SHOT Show 2016 – The pocket pistol market is growing? No doubt. That is why also a big brand like Remington, celebrating right in 2016 its 200 years of history, has filled up this gap in its own handgun offer with the new Remington RM380 pocket pistol in .380 Auto caliber. Also because… “sometimes” small is better than bigger.
Remington RM380 pistol, a pocket size handgun in .380 Auto caliber from Remington Arms? And not a clone of a 1911?
There has been a time in which words like “Big Frame”, “Large Size”, “Full Size” and “High Capacity” have been a must in the market, to attract people over new products in the self-defense pistols and revolvers world.
Then something happened: with limitations in the magazine capacity on one side, and the simple but well settled concept that in self-defense situations, very often, small=concealable is far better than big=bulky.
Remington Arms Company has been founded exactly 2000 years ago, and if something is not missing to this company, this is “awareness” about what the market wants.
Years ago, recovering something that in reality Remington Arms had been doing since 1858, the company had restarted a handgun line in its full offer panorama. But we were talking about a classic like the 1911 platform, something that if a gun manufacturer in the US decides “not to have” in catalog, could risk to be law suited by the Government.
But here, we are talking about a small sized pocket pistol: the new Remington RM380 pocket pistol in .380 Auto caliber.
But is it really “new”? yes and no… Fact is that in 2014 Remington Outdoor Company has acquired the Rohrbaugh Firearms company and… the pre-existing Rohrbaugh R380 pistol has evolved into the new Remington RM380 pistol. With the word “evolved” meaning that it is not the same pistol, just rebranded. The current market and heavy competition in the pocket size pistols area would never forgive such tricks. For sure not to companies the “size” of Remington.
The Remington RM380 pistol was introduced last year, but its official make-up and presentation is from this year SHOT Show (see Remington RM380 pistol video).
The suggested MSRP goes at $436 for the standard version (code 96454 9) and $638 for the version equipped with the Crimson Trace red touch button laser (code 96462 4).
The Remington RM380 semiautomatic pocket pistol characteristics in short:
Model: Remington RM380
Caliber: .380 Auto
Mag capacity: 6+1
Barrel length: 2.9”
Rifling twist: 1 in 16”
Overall length: 5.27”
Overall height: 3.86”
Trigger pull: 10 lbs
Barrel material: 410 SS
Grip material: glass filled nylon
Frame material: anodized alloy
Weight: 12.2 oz. average
• Fully functional slide stop
• All metal construction