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Remington May Bring 1911 Pistol to 2010 SHOT Show

The handgun is now in production, a firearms blogger reports.

December 01, 2009  |  by - Also by this author

The company best known for its pervasive shotgun is testing a 1911-type pistol that may be ready to be introduced at the SHOT Show in January, a firearms blogger is reporting.

Remington, which is best known by LEOs for its Model 870 shotgun (often touted as the best-selling 12-guage in law enforcement), is working on the pistol, firearms blogger Jim Shepherd first reported.

The pistol is now in "first-production testing," Shepherd reported on his The Shooting Wire blog.

The 1911 pistol is not as popular with law enforcement agencies as it is with civilians — the single-stack magazine makes it ideal for concealed carry — and few agencies have adopted it as their regular duty pistol.

Yet, the pistol has its acolytes, especially among officers who enthuse about its accuracy even if they can't carry it as a primary weapon.

The Tacoma (Wash.) Police Department made history in 2001 by becoming the first law enforcement agency in more than 50 years to choose a 1911-type pistol — the Kimber Pro Carry II — for patrol duty. And the LAPD SWAT unit picked the Kimber Custom II in 2002 as their pistol of choice.

Of course, Kimber isn't the only producer of 1911s for LE agencies. Springfield Armory produces its custom Model 1911A1 pistol for the FBI regional SWAT teams and the Hostage Rescue Team.

The Remington news may be more than just mere speculation. Giving credence to the report is additional news that the company has hired a former Smith & Wesson executive (Tom Taylor) as its senior vice president of marketing and product for a new handgun division.

If the pistol comes to fruition, Remington would re-enter a handgun market it has been absent from for awhile. From 1918 to the 1930s, the company produced the Model 51 pocket pistol that was available in .32ACP and .380 ACP calibers.

Should this pistol make an appearance, POLICE magazine will hear about it and bring you the news. We'll be attending the SHOT Show (Jan. 19-22), and we'll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for this handgun.

Tags: SHOT Show, 1911-Type Pistols, Remington, Kimber, Springfield Armory


Comments (3)

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stan462 @ 12/2/2009 9:33 AM

I have been a rangemaster for over 15 years. What most police departments forget that the single action 45 is a very accurate gun. Most police dept don't like them because of the light trigger pull. What they don't realize is that is what makes it so accurate for the first shot. They just need ore training when using it, that is all.

colonelbwalton @ 12/4/2009 6:57 AM

I was a military police officer and EST for 26 years, a police officer for 8 years and currently serve as Director of Security for a well known and long established private in Norfolk Virginia. I have carried the M1911A1 pistol as a duty weapon and as my personal sidearm for 40 years. I am a real fan of this pistol. Even cheap ones are easily turned into great and accurate shooters. I have own several as well as other pistols. My choice at present and my duty weapon is a Taurus PT1911. This is a very high quality but inexpensive pistol. It is very accurate anf functions flawlessly. I team it up with Chip Mccormick stainless 8 round shooting star magazines. I highly recommend this weapon.

Finn'sDad @ 1/22/2010 3:39 PM

Per Remington Defense rep @ SHOT. The 1911 will be introduced in Feb or March, 2010.

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