Old Remington .380 pistol

Old Remington .380 pistol

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    Old Remington .380 pistol

    This Model 51 belonged to the Wife's grandpa - I found it rusting away on a shelf in the family homestead basement about 40 years ago. Her grandpa carried it in the 1920s & '30s. It fits my hand beautifully:

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    Very nice. Have you shot it?
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    Here is some info on it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remington_51 The designer of your pistol was John Pederson who also designed the Pederson Devise, which replaced the bolt in an M1903 Springfield with a mechanism to turn it into a semi-auto rifle.
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    I would love to have one of those! Great find!

    Had an uncle who had one in .380. It shot a treat. Very thin design that handles really well.
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    I was given one of these in .380 not long ago. It is one of the best "feeling" small pistols I have ever held.

    Unfortunately, mine has a tendency to 'double' when firing hammers; IOW, it will shoot three times, doubling on the second shot. Doesn't do it when firing slowly, but I know its only a matter of time before whatever is worn wears enough to empty a magazine...

    I suppose I should make the effort to isolate the worn part and replace it. Numrich still has most of the parts available. But this is a complicated little bugger; took me a half hour to figure out how to field-strip it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    Fascinating info re the Model 53. Boy, would I like to have one of those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSP972 View Post
    I was given one of these in .380 not long ago. It is one of the best "feeling" small pistols I have ever held.

    Unfortunately, mine has a tendency to 'double' when firing hammers; IOW, it will shoot three times, doubling on the second shot. Doesn't do it when firing slowly, but I know its only a matter of time before whatever is worn wears enough to empty a magazine...

    I suppose I should make the effort to isolate the worn part and replace it. Numrich still has most of the parts available. But this is a complicated little bugger; took me a half hour to figure out how to field-strip it.

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    Mine came with the original box (which is falling apart) and the paperwork manual - even the penny registration postcard & cleaning rod - so I'll check out the field stripping procedure.

    I've shot it a couple of times. Not a bad shooter., and yes it fits the hand very well.
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    Very neat little pistol---I used to have one---very thin and reliable---VERY tiny sights---enjoy!

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    Here's some good info on it also...

    http://50ae.net/collection/remington51/

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