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My ‘new’ 1926 Remington

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Copper BB
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Joined: Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:38 pm
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:35 pm
Can’t find any discussion up here about this. But I’m not looking to join the ‘Society’ because I only have two Remingtons, an 870 and this: a Model
51 in .32ACP manufactured in October of 1926. I’d post photos but Tapatalk errors out and the web site apparently can’t handle the file sizes I have. Here’s a share to my google photo album that I’ll leave open for awhile.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/duNSK6NnNZN65Nyx9

It is reported that less than 65,000 were manufactured and only
10,200 were in .32; the majority were chambered in .380.

This is technically my second model 51. My first one was purchased about three years ago from a shop on Long Island. When I received it, it appeared that the recoil spring bushing was missing and it was obvious that Bubba had been working on a redesign of the way the grips attach to the frame. No bushings could be found anywhere in the free world. The shop was so mortified at what I reported (they apparently hadn’t looked at it very closely) that they refunded my money and all shipping costs both ways. Decent people. I later found out from them that the bushing was inside the gun, it had been assembled incorrectly. The inspection period specifically stated no firing and no disassembly so I didn’t see the bushing. But the grips were so bad I still wouldn’t have kept it.

This one doesn’t have those issues. Everything is there, intact and tight. There is some rash on the outside but pretty minor compared to some of the other senior citizens I have in the safe.

I’ve reviewed the few Youtube videos on the pistol and was amazed at the differences between the presenters on field stripping and cleaning. Tomorrow I will do an advanced field strip then take it for a function test at my gun club.

Copper BB
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Joined: Thu Dec 17, 2015 4:38 pm
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:10 pm
Well, I did more than advanced field strip, I completely disassembled the pistol. I had the help of the field manual, a reproduction of which I purchased off eBay. Disassembly is quite simple, reassembly a little less so. The only dirt I found in the gun was in the slide, apparently from having been shot a few times, but otherwise it in very clean condition.

At the range I shot half a box of standard FMJ ammunition through it for a function test. At 40 feet, point of aim and point of impact are quite close, the gun does indeed naturally point as the old advertisements claimed. My only surprise was that a small plug on the right-hand side, whose function remains a mystery to me, worked its way out from the shock of shooting the pistol. When one peers inside the hole that the plug fills one can see the trigger return lever. I don’t know why that hole is needed, the owner’s and field manuals have nothing to say on the subject. I reinstalled the plug into the hole and continued shooting.

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