We happened to run into some of the Remington boys at dinner last night, including one of the guys responsible for their new RM380 pocket pistol. And a nicer group of guys they could not have been. Even to us! So when the doors opened to the NRA exhibit hall this morning, I made my way to their booth to check out the new pocket pistol. Yes, it’s a little late to the .380 party. More than a year later than the G42, which was almost universally dinged for being late when it intro’d last year. But maybe that’s because they took the time to get this one right . . .
The RM380 feels good in the hand (especially with the pinky-extension mag). The slide works smoothly and surely. Best of all, the trigger feels pretty great for a mouse gun. It’s a long, very smooth pull to a nice break. Think Kahr’s revolver-mimicing striker-fired trigger, although the RM380 is a DAO design.
And that’s about all I could tell from playing with it at the booth. Rest assured we’ll get our hands on one — one way or another — and give it a full and fair review. But given that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, the RM380 managed to get off on the right foot.