Word has prematurely leaked out of the NASGW meetings in KC, so we can now let you know about the newest entry in the full-sized, striker-fired polymer pistol game…the Remington Rp9. Here are the deets:
It may have taken Big Green a while to jump into the plastic fantastic game, but they’ve done an awful lot that’s right with this gun. I had a chance to play with one and put some rounds down range at a writers event last month.
Queue the comments about how late to the party this gun is. Fair enough. But the only effect that has is foregone past revenue. Going forward, given its features, the Rp9 will be a very viable option for a lot of pistol shoppers.
The Rp9 looks like the lovechild of a Smith M&P9 and a Walther PPQ.
It features a svelte grip circumference that makes holding (and, you know, shooting) one exceptionally comfortable for small-handed shooters like me. It ships with three interchangeable backstraps to make it conform to your particular paws.
The Rp has drift-adjustable steel sights. The rear sight’s front edge is shaped such that you’ll be able to use it to rack the slide if it comes to that.
The new gun is due to hit the stores the first part of 2017.
We can’t mention the cost yet, but the Rp is very competitively priced. That and its 18+1 capacity will make the Rp9 a great home defense or duty carry option.
I ran a few mags through one while popping a dueling tree from one side. The gun lays very comfortably in the hand with good recoil management and quick follow-up shots.
Its best feature: the trigger. Out-of-the-box, it’s light, grit-free, and has a short, perceptible re-set. From the 60 or so rounds I pumped through it, the Rp reminded me most of some of the best stock triggers I’ve tried on comparable guns like the FNX-9 and the PPQ.
We have one on the way for a full review. The first impression, though, was extremely positive. No matter how long it took Remington to get the Rp9 to market, they seem to have put a lot of thought into it.