What Are Some Common Problems With the Remington 1911 R1?

The Remington 1911 R1 had a single jam occur with full metal jacket ammunition during a test shoot with GunDigest. Another problem encountered with the R1 includes an 80-style internal firing pin safety, which leads to a grittier trigger pull.

Several Gander Mountain customers mention the R1’s jamming potential and dissatisfaction with the gun’s cosmetic finish. Despite a few negative reviews among Gander Mountain and Cabela’s customers, the Remington 1911 R1 has high-star ratings. Released in 2011, the R1 is a modernized version of the classic World War I handgun. Although accurate, the vintage 1911 is known for its uncomfortable grip safeties, minimalist sights, reload difficulty and reliability issues with any ammunition besides full metal jacket rounds. With the R1, Remington attempts to correct the problems of its predecessor. The R1 features walnut wood grips, Novak-style sights and a marginally lowered and flared ejection port for added reliability.

For its test of the 1911 R1, GunDigest fired CCI Blazer, Magtech and Remington UMC ammunition all with a 230-grain FMJ bullet. The single jam occurred while shooting the CCI Blazer cartridge. The rim of the cartridge case caught on the feed ramp, but was easily fixed using the tap rack method for clearing a malfunction.

The Remington 1911 R1 Carry is an adapted R1 with a shorter slide and barrel for easier holstering. This 3/4-inch difference creates a shorter sight radius and increases missed target potential, reports Guns & Ammo. For better accuracy, Guns & Ammo recommends the full-size R1. Also available is the Remington 1911 R1 Stainless, which upgrades the R1’s standard satin oxide finish to stainless steel.