Guns More on the Remington R51 Recoil Staff August 8, 2014 Join the Conversation We wrote about the R51 back in Issue 12, and recently shared the news that Remington would be replacing the problematic post-SHOT R51s with new guns. There's more to the story, however, than reports of bad manufacturing and numerous operating failures. The original, senior R51 engineer left the project before prototypes could be turned into production models. Transitioning the product’s development from AAC to Remington occurred in mid- to late-2011; and not everyone involved was happy about it. This was just as things were getting ugly between parent company Freedom Group and AAC’s leadership. According to another former AAC employee, the senior AAC R51 project engineer left the company at this point, forcing Remington engineers to pick up the work in progress and translate AAC’s prototypes and drawings into a mass-production ready pistol. Gear Scout has more details, from how the .45 R53 model was a part of the design to how things when awry. You can read about it here. Explore RECOILweb:Appendix Carry 2.0[WATCH] RECOILtv All Access: Century Arms Draco NAK9After the Apocalypse: the Last Hot SpotAmerican Made Giveaway: THRiL USA AR-15 Furniture Set NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.