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Remington Model 51 .380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by killa_criba, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. killa_criba

    killa_criba Member

    I inheritied this sweet piece from my grandpappy and was wondering if anybody out there knows a good source for mags. It is such a neat gun, reall inovative for it's 1920's manufacture. I shot it once but would hate to damage it and it only has 1 mag which is 60 years old. Anybody out there have one of these and shoot it reguarily?
  2. dogtown tom

    dogtown tom Well-Known Member

    I bought my first 51 in about 1974 or so. Like yours, it came with one magazine. Finding an original factory magazine is not impossible, but will be expensive.

    On gunbroker.com, the last two factory magazines up for auction went for $127 and $125...........just for the magazine.

    In the last couple of years I've picked up two more 51's and paid less than $350 for each (both came with factory mags). So I retired my original 51 and now only plink with the ugly sister.:D

    A word of caution. The 51 went out of production eighty odd years ago when metalurgy and .380 loads weren't what they are today. If you break a part expect to have difficulty finding a replacement. This is the best reason to pick up another 51.

    For new, aftermarket magazines:
  3. killa_criba

    killa_criba Member

    Thanks Tom. I really love this gun and would like to shoot it once a year or so using some softer loads to protect the piece. It is one of the coolest designs I have ever seen, how many guns out there don't contain a single screw? Too bad Remington doesn't do a retro thing and offer mags for it.
  4. capttom

    capttom Well-Known Member

    The house next door to me was for sale and a nurse was looking to buy it. She had 2 Rem 51s! Both had been armalloyed a couple decades ago and were about as nice shooters as could be. I did everything I could (short of marriage) to latch on to one of them. Alas, it wasn't to be. She didn't buy the house either. Given the choice of a 51 and a Colt 1908, I don't know what I'd do.

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