Remington R1 Ultralight Executive .45 ACP 1911 concealed carry pistol

Remington’s New R1 Ultralight Executive 1911 [SHOT Show 2018]

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Ruger wasn’t the only gun maker to show off a new officer-sized 1911 pistol at SHOT this year. But in contrast to the 9mm SR1911, Remington’s taken a more traditional — and more refined — approach with their R1 Ultralight Executive pistol.

Big Green equipped their aluminum-framed, .45 ACP Ultralight Executive with a 3.5-inch match grade barrel. It also comes standard with tritium night sights.

The Ultralight Executive has an adjustable trigger (from 3.5 to 5 pounds), G10 grips and front strap checkering for a firm, positive hold on the pistol.

Another welcome feature, one every compact 1911 should have, is the rounded frame and mainspring housing. If you’re going to shoot this pistol at all — and why wouldn’t you? — that rounding means significantly more comfort, especially larger-handed shooters firing big boy .45 rounds.

The R1 Ultralight Executive weighs exactly one-half ounce more than the new 9mm Ruger pistol. And while you give up one round of capacity (the R1 is a 7+1 pistol) you gain an adjustable trigger, match barrel, night sights, checkering and a rounded frame. So while the R1’s $1250 MSRP is $270 more than the Ruger, the R1 more than makes up for the difference in features and build quality.

Now we just need to shoot one.

About the Author

Dan Zimmerman has been shooting guns for 25 years and writing about them for the last eight. He’s particularly into the shotgun sports, including trap, sporting clays, duck and pheasant hunting.

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