Some (abbriviated) Rgent 1911 Range Time!


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Panzercat
March 26, 2013, 10:55 PM
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Finally got some range time with the Umarex Regent R200, a 1911 pattern pistol made in Turkey. While ammunition shortages curtailed a comprehensive test, I'm quite pleased with what amounts to a full featured stainless 1911 for under six bills. So what does taking a chance on a relatively unknown foreign manufacturer get you? Pretty much all this:

CNC MACHINED BAR STOCK SLIDE
STEEL INVESTMENT CAST FRAME
STAINLESS STEEL HAMMER FORGED BARREL
LOW CUT EJECTION PORT
ARCHED MAINSPRING HOUSING
7-ROUND STEEL DETACHABLE MAGAZINE
BEAVERTAIL GRIP SAFETY
AMBIDEXTROUS EXTENDED THUMB SAFETY
COMMANDER STYLE HAMMER
SKELETON TRIGGER
COMBAT STYLE 3-DOT SIGHT SYSTEM
CHECKERED HOGUE GRIPS

Sitting idle in hand the stainless R200 is a handsome piece that looks like it should have cost at least a hundred dollars more. It's not perfect and sports some spots of uneven finish- the thumb safety on mine, for example -but the few blemishes are minor; barely noticeable without close inspection. Likewise, the Regent is a tightly assembled pistol, exhibiting no rattle. The trigger has a slight amount of pretravel, but nothing obnoxious. With the hammer lowered to half cocked, pretravel is non-existent. Everything operates smoothly in dry fires, but I would expect nothing less really. It's the mags I worry about. Having Owned an R100, the piece was a jam-o-matic because of them so i went in expecting them to be a lost cause. That said, even if something were to go horribly wrong with this iteration, i bought it under Davidson's, so i wasn't too concerned.

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There were a few things I just had to do before i took this particular piece to the range. First, the flathead grip screws had to go, replaced by hex types. I wasn't overly fond of the hogue grips either, so I threw those back in the case as well in favor of a present from my wife: Hardwood burled grips. It's here that I encountered another problem: The thumb safety with the hogue grips was disappointingly on the spongy side due to an inadequate channel cut into the underside. Since the hardwood grips weren't cut at all, I took a dremel tool and carved the area out myself, giving the arm more than enough clearance to swing without hindrance. There is still a slight amount of over-travel when set to off, but it's still very acceptable given the price point. I prepped the Regent with a light application of WD40 and was ready to go.

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At this point, I'm not quite sure what to expect. There haven't been too many reviews of the R200 and I'm already expecting the magazine to be a loss. The LGS threw in an extra eight Promag for sympathy's sake, but even that brand is not exactly confidence inspiring based on word of mouth. Still, it was the best I could do thanks to the world's best gun salesman so off to Shooter's World I went with a box of fifty. They didn't have any ammunition either :\

With the gun ready and the shooter likewise, most of my worries evaporated the moment I pulled the trigger. Groups were reasonable given my my relative inexperience with the the .45acp and I was able to keep them small, if low when I did my part. The pistol was comfortable in hand and best of all, no jams or failures of any sort regardless of which mag I used. Definitely looking forward to putting the pistol through its paces once I actually buy .45acp at reasonable prices again :D

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A JBP #36 black leather ambidextrous holster was purchased for light carry duty. Hard to beat for $20 :)

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Aceoky
March 27, 2013, 11:32 AM
Great review!

BP Hunter
March 27, 2013, 12:13 PM
Nice looking piece! It always nice to find a quality piece for a low price.

tekarra
March 28, 2013, 10:34 AM
Enjoyed your review Panzercat.

bikerdoc
March 28, 2013, 05:40 PM
They will also take the Kimber mags.
Good luck. Looking forward to more review!

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