Remington Model 51 Single Action .380 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol - C&R OK

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Auction: 12235540

Manufacturer:   Remington
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Auction Start:
(July 25, 2013 18:06:00 PT)
Auction Ended:
(August 8, 2013 18:06:00 PT)

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Seller's Description

Guns For Sale - Remington Model 51 -- Single Action .380 ACP Semi-Auto Pistol - C&R OK

LSB#: 130419DG01

Make: Remington

Model: Model 51

Serial Number: PA51212

Year of Manufacture: 1927

Caliber: .380 ACP (9mm Kurz)

Action Type: Single Action Semi-Automatic Pistol with Removable Magazine

Markings: The left side of the frame is marked “PA51212”. The right side of the frame is marked “Remington / Trademark”. The left front of the trigger guard is marked with the date code “AU”. The top of the slide is marked “The Remington Arms Union Metallic Cartridge Co. Inc. / Remington Ilion Wks. Ilion, N.Y. U.S.A. Pederson’s Patents Pending”. There is an “Anchor” inspection mark on the right front of the trigger guard.

Barrel Length: 3 ½”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a short blade fixed to the slide. The blade is a Patridge style blade with a vertical rear face. The rear sight is a square notch fixed to the slide.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are black checkered plastic with a circled “Remington / UMC” logo on each side. The grips show only light handling marks and the checkering shows very light wear. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is shallow. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The front edge of the barrel and the front lower edge of the frame show thinning. The slide and frame show light handling marks, with two scratches through the finish on the right side of the slide and small compression marks on the back side of the slide. The safety, magazine release and pin on the right side of the frame above and behind the trigger show thinning. The markings are clear but the “Remington” on the right side of the frame is a little light – but is characteristic of this model, and probably a result of stamping before finishing. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with one 7 round blued magazine. It is marked “380 CAL” and shows only light wear. It is in overall Excellent condition.

Our Assessment: From Wikipedia: “The Remington Model 51 is a small pocket pistol designed by John Pedersen and manufactured by Remington Arms in the early 20th century for the American civilian market. Remington manufactured approximately 65,000 Model 51 pistols in .32 ACP and .380 ACP calibers from 1918 to 1927, though small numbers were assembled into the mid-1930s. Because the breech is locked, this pistol can handle greater pressures than a blowback firearm yet without the size and weight penalty of other locking systems. The design also allows the recoil spring to be placed around the barrel making for a shorter profile gun. Lighter operating parts and longer lock time provide less felt and actual recoil. A lower bore axis gives less muzzle rise which also lowers felt recoil. A fixed barrel allows for greater accuracy and reliability as well as simplifying construction compared to other locking systems. Overall, this system is lighter than a blowback, simpler than any conventional locking mechanism and has less recoil than either of the other systems.” From : “One has only to hold the Remington 51 to feel its quality. The first thing you notice is how well the grip fits your hand--the result of extensive testing with hand molds to determine the correct size and shape for the average hand. Similar effort went into calculating the correct grip angle to allow the gun to point naturally. Very few guns feel so much like an extension of the hand as does the Remington 51. W.H. B. Smith says: “With the sole exception of the Luger, and the new German Walther P38, the Walther PPK, Sauer-38 and Mauser HSc (all foreign developments) this Remington 51 is probably the best-balanced, most-instinctive-pointing pistol ever made.” Some of the Remington advertising went so far as to describe the pistol as “self aiming.” R.K. Wilson says the Remington 51 is “ the opinion of many authorities, the best pocket self-loading pistol ever designed...””. Wow! What a great pistol. This pistol is in GREAT condition for its age and is extremely well made. It is a must have for Remington collectors and collectors of early autos. It balances well in your hand, the action is very tight and the bore is nice, so it has everything you want in a small auto.

CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible handgun CAN be transferred as a dealer sale in California and CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R's and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS'd. This does not apply to out of state residents.

Payment and Shipping Instructions:

USPS or UPS Insured shipping will cost $30. (USPS to 01-FFL's, UPS to 03-C&R's)

Your item will be shipped within 1 week of receipt of good funds, usually the next day. You will receive an automatic notification with a tracking number upon shipment, to let you know that we have received funds. (Please obtain a tracking number from your carrier for immediate delivery confirmation of payment). If you are in Southern California, you are welcome to pick your item up and complete the transfer at our shop in Simi Valley (M-F, 8-4 and Saturday By Appointment).

This gun can only be shipped to an FFL or C&R, and it will be shipped from an FFL. It is your responsibility to ensure that the gun is legal to own and receive in your area. If you would like to be notified when we receive your payment, please obtain a tracking number from your carrier.

We always combine on shipping to save you as much as we can. You can generally assume it will be full shipping charge on the first item, 1/2 on the second, 1/3 on the third, etc. Exceptions only arise when the items are going to different locations (different licenses), or when they are exceptionally large, heavy or valuable and cannot be combined.


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CA Sales tax applies to CA buyers (7.5%).

Layaways are offered on all items, requiring a 20% non refundable down payment within 7 days of the auction’s close and the balance within 60 days. We do not require prior notice to place an item on the layaway. No returns are accepted on layaway items and the item will be considered abandoned after 60 days.

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Returns (less shipping) are accepted within 3 days of when the item is delivered with signature confirmation. Returns are accepted for material misrepresentation, non disclosed flaws, overrepresentation & damage in shipping. Sometimes we miss, overlook or confuse things and we promise to make it right as best we can when we do. It is our goal to resolve return issues to keep all parties satisfied with their dealings (look at our feedback). Our return policy is not designed for folks who have just changed their mind or who did not fully read the description. Returns are very costly for both the buyer and for us, so please ask all of your questions before bidding and please be sure you can legally purchase this item. Thank You!

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No gun should be fired without being examined by a competent gunsmith.

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