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Remington R1 Commander 96336 45 ACP, $573 (Grade: B 2015)

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The Remington R1 Commander has good fit and finish. Reliability was good with personal-defense loads after a single odd malfunction during the first round of firing. This is a traditional 1911 Commander with no extraneous features.

Remington R1 Commander 96336 45 ACP, $573 (Grade: B 2015)

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The Remington R1 is a clean design. If you don’t like or want bells and whistles, this gun may suit you, and the price is right. The Remington would be a great rough and ready outdoors handgun, and it will fit more budgets than the Colt.
The Remington’s front sight is neatly dovetailed in place. This isn’t going to work loose. The Remington sights are what we once referred to as “high profile.” This was a desirable modification prior to 1980 or so.
The Remington’s malfunction during the first magazine wasn’t surprising, but the malfunction type was. After some study at the range, we cleared the jam and had no further problems. Against a different gun, we might have graded it higher.

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