Big Green is going “Glock”: Remington is finally introducing its long-in-development polymer handgun. The new handgun is a tilting-barrel striker-fired affair, but it possesses some unique features that hint at a wider family of Remington striker-fired pistols. The pistol will come in two varieties, the first to be launched will be the RP9 followed by the RP45.
One of the most distinctive features of the RP9 / RP45 is its heavily chamfered barrel surface. Most tilting-barrel recoil operated Browning guns use a slight chamfer on the barrel to allow it to pass underneath the slide, but the RP9 / RP45 has a much more extreme chamfer than normal. This has led some to speculate that the RP9 / RP45 might represent a unified slide and frame design that will be used for 9mm and .40 S&W variants in the future, in addition to the .45 ACP version just released. They also appears to feature an internal serialized chassis – a key feature of pistol’s designed for the US Army’s Modular Handgun System program.
It seems possible that the RP45 / 9 may have come about – like the Ruger American pistol – as part of a planned Modular Handgun System bid by Remington, or it may just be Remington’s belated attempt to get in on the popular law enforcement and commercial striker-fired pistol markets.
Our own Richard Johnson has also written an article on the new pistol over at his site Gunsholstersandgear.com.