I lifted this picture from Miguel over at Gun Free Zone, because it shows the Remington R51 in someone’s hand at SHOT show.
Now, originally we received some size numbers on the pistol stating that it has a 6″ overall length, and a 4.5″ height. The 6″ length was really attractive to me, as it puts the R51 in smaller than many of the other pistols in its class.
Unfortunately after looking at the above picture, the picture taker either has the world’s smallest hands, or the R51 is a bit bigger than we originally thought.
This isn’t a deal breaker, but it is a little disappointing.
I took Andrews picture from the above link, and since we know the Benchmade Mini-Griptillian has an overall length of 6.78″, I was able to use that to compare the overall length of the Remington R51, and they are very close. Interestingly, nobody seems to have the exact size from Remington just yet, several places are listing different overall lengths, and Remington still doesn’t have specifics listed on their site:[table]Site, Reported Length
The Firearm Blog , 6″
Jorge Amselle (In the comments), 6.68″
Outdoor Hub, A little more than 6.5″
Gun Digest, “a mere 6-inches in length”
Safety Solutions Academy, 6″
All this over a measly 3/4″?
Yep. If the pistol is 6″ long, it’s the smallest in it’s class. Smaller than the S&W Shield, Springfield XDs, and all the rest. However, if the pistol is 6.78″ long, it becomes one of the biggest in it’s class, and I really don’t see any advantage with the R51 over the Shield or XDs.
March Update: I had the chance to shoot an R51 recently. I talk about it in detail in Episode 73 of the podcast. Listen here.