Gen 1 was an abortion for most people. Gen 2 was really pretty good but by that time the YouTube want to be celebrities had smelled blood in the water and, regardless of whether it was a decent gun or not, were all looking to me too and just get hits for bad reviews. Bad reviews get hits, good reviews don't. But, yes, to a degree Remington really shot themselves in the foot on that. They came out with a stinker for the first gen and then less communicative than a government agency on problems, solutions, and eventual resolution. I blame freedom group, to be honest.Wow, I was all hot for that R51 like you were, (almost) and then paused... I know you got a lovely R1 out of the deal, but did Remi kill the R51 in the process? It was a sweet looking piece, but I'm a horrible beta tester, and I lost track, and interest, at about the same time.
In the interim, I picked up a Ruger P85 and an S&W 5906, the Smiff was a real grab, or so I thought, but I kind of like the Ruger manual of arms a bit better... Need to shoot them side by side, same ammo, same day test. Both guns are very similar and from about the same time frame. Both feel great in the hand, good weight, etc. Plus I do not mind the Era of Big Hands, I have some pretty big paws for a guy under 6' tall. Go Figure!
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