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Our Jon Wayne Taylor was impressed by the bang for the buck quality of Remington’s R1. Now, Big Green has announced a lighter Commander-sized version that’s perfect for EDC use…and priced over $200 less than their full-size R1 Carry model. Here’s Remington’s press release:

When Ounces Equal Pounds, Go Ultralight
Remington Introduces Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander

Huntsville, AL – Remington manufactured its first Model 1911 during World War I, introduced the 1911 R1 in 2012 and now is proud to introduce a new version of America’s favorite pistol design, the Remington Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander.

The R1 Ultralight Commander’s aluminum frame reduces the weight while matching performance of the standard 1911, bringing you a time tested classic, with a 20% weight reduction.

The Remington Model 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander features a type III hard coat anodized lightweight aluminum frame at 7.5 oz., adjustable trigger, PVD finished slide and aggressively checkered laminate grips.

For more information on the Model 1911 R1 line of handguns, please visit

About Remington Arms Company, LLC

Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation’s oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at

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  1. I’ll be excited when it’s in 9mm and incorporates a rail….

    1911’s in 45 acp are becoming like ARs…..everybody’s got one and they’re all the same

  2. I got an R1 full size a while back for a song and a dance, and it is actually a pretty good shooter. I mean, it is a 1911, so how bad could it get, but I like the pistol. I used the internals as my first complete tear down and rebuild, and I polished all the insides and parts. It didn’t need that; but for the price I paid, if I screwed it up, I wouldn’t have lost much.

    Point is, for an entry-level 1911, there are way worse options out there than Big Green.

  3. Why the hell would you buy anything from Remington? Let’s see, R51, top end triggers that fire themselves on their high end 700’s, generally poor internal and external quality, and treating their customers like shit. Oh, and doing all of this while offering absolutely NOTHING that is not also offered by competitors at comparable prices. Yeah, Remington can suck it. I think I’ll buy from companies that actually have a shred of integrity, and I’d encourage anyone else to do the same.

  4. What type of feed ramp is used on the new 1911 R1 Ultralight Commander?

    The aluminum feed ramp of the original Colt Commander tended to deform even with hardball. Some manufacturers have addressed this with ramps integral with the barrel and of course Ruger used a titanium insert feed ramp in their light-weight commander series.

  5. Re: Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C.,. . .

    I missed that. When did Remington Arms Company move their HQ from Ilion, NY, to Madison, NC?

    • They have a plant in Illion – many of the legacy designs are stamped “Illion, NY”, but to my knowledge it has never been their headquarters.


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