In 2010, Remington introduced its first 1911 in nearly 100 years, simply called the R1. But its reputation for reliability helped the series grow, and the company recently released the new R1 Carry. In the upcoming September 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, author D.K. Pridgen gets his hands on one and tests it to the fullest.

According to Pridgen, the R1 Carry “is specifically designed for 1911 fans to tuck into their belts and discreetly go out into an uncertain world.” Remington has “melted” the 1911’s edges for greater concealability. The dovetail-mounted front sight base now has a contour similar to the slide. This pistol also does away with front cocking serrations, and the rear serrations have morphed into radiused vertical slots. As Pridgen notes, “There’s nothing to snag on here.”

The pistol comes with a 5-inch, stainless steel barrel with a target crown, an ambidextrous thumb safety and nice cocobolo grip panels. How well did it handle on the range? To learn more, check out the September 2013 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally June 25, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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