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Remington RP9 – An accurate, budget 9mm handgun that deserves more attention

Remington RP9 (YouTube)
October 18, 2017

As I was scrolling through my favorite online gun stores, I noticed that Remington was offering a $50 rebate for the purchase of one of their handguns. Being a longtime fan of the Remington 870 shotgun, along with understanding the quality and respect Remington has in the long-range hunting arena, I decided to give the newer Remington RP9 a try.

The Remington RP9 was budget priced at $300 and with the $50 rebate (now expired), my total cost was $250 plus shipping and transfer. While looking at the specs, I saw the RP9 had a polymer frame, 4.5-inch barrel, light trigger, two 18-round magazines, accessory rail, and the thinnest double stack grip in the market. Those features, along with a budget price of $250, made the Remington RP9 an attractive choice.

When I received the RP9, I was very much impressed with the ergonomics, the trigger action and the overall balance of the pistol. It had nice machining, clean lines and pointed well. This handgun had all the features and qualities of other pistols in the striker fired polymer class at half the price.

I also had first hand experience with Remington’s customer service. The slide on the RP9 was stuck to the frame when disassembling the pistol. I contacted the service department and a tech took me through the disassemble process. Upon realizing the issue was beyond my control, Remington sent me a prepaid shipping label, and a month later the RP9 was back to me in good working condition.

Customer service speaks volumes about a company. Several companies I have dealt with through the years were quick to blame everyone and everything except themselves for a problem. Remington offered good communication and a quick repair to get the RP9 back into my hands. Hey, these things happen.

I took the Remington RP9 to the range and it performed excellently. The trigger was quick and the accuracy was amazing. I decided to run some cheap steel case 9mm ammo through it to see how well the RP9 fed, fired and ejected. As the video demonstrates, the RP9 ate up the cheap TulAmmo like a fat man at a Chinese buffet.

There is just something about full-size pistols that excite me. It’s the incredible accuracy the RP9 delivered that made this range session fun and productive. From 18 yards, I was able to tag an eight-inch plate with ease.

The Remington RP was never marketed for law enforcement or military use. However, for home defense, competition or just plain range fun for not a lot of money, the RP9 suits the bill.  

Watch the video below and let us know if the Remington RP9 is a pistol you are interested in.

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