I must admit my time spent with this pistol has been limited, but I had no problems field stripping it and re-assembling it. It’s different in that you have to grapple with the barrel a bit, which is a little weird, but obviously that’s just how the Pedersen Hesitation recoil operation system works.
And while Remington did not have any R51 pistols available to shoot at SHOT Show this year, the people we’ve spoken to who have range experience with the gun didn’t complain much about recoil. Any 9mm of this size and narrow profile is going to register with the shooter more than a larger gun, but the R51 still has a good amount of mass to help deal with the snap.
Although I did find the trigger to be heavier than expected, with more take-up than many single-action-only triggers. But it wasn’t glaringly heavy. The amount of force it takes to actuate the grip safety was more surprising. You have to put a lot of pressure on it, and it clicks into and out of place with a noticeable pop. That more than anything is what most people will take issue with.
All that being said, it’s a slick pistol. A lot of people are going to love it.