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Remington Model R51 9mm LUGER, $420

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Though looking as modern as tomorrow, the new 9mm Remington R51 has its roots in a design dating to a century ago by the same fellow who gave us the Pedersen Device. Our tested R51 had a decent trigger and excellent sights. It pointed well and was reliable, apparently very unlike most of the handguns. The factory has since recalled the entire run.

Remington Model R51 9mm LUGER, $420

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Like so many other features of the R51, the sights showed lots of thought. The sight picture was outstanding. Both front and rear sights were steel, dovetailed into the slide. The white dots were easy to see. The top-rear edge of the front blade was also rounded to avoid snags.
Be sure to read the book before you try to get the R51 apart. The procedure is different, yet simple enough. Unlike the old 380 ACP version, there are no small parts here to get lost. Two 7+1 mags come with it. This was a graceful gun, well thought out. The grip was big enough for most hands to get all the fingers on it.

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