By Eric Christensen
Next Year, Remington will celebrate 200-years of rich gun manufacturing heritage. Founder Eliphalet Remington II firmly believed he could build a better gun than he could buy. The Remington Firearms Company was born on this dream and pure determination. Remington is bringing out a personal defense gun called the Remington RM380, chambered in .380 ACP, which has become one of the most preferred calibers for personal defense.
The RM380 is a full frame pocket pistol, completely made out of metal. The slide is made of stainless steel and moves very smooth on the frame. The frame is made of aluminum, making the gun seem more balanced in your hand and gives more confidence when preparing for a shot. Over time, I have shot other models the same size as the pocket 380’s. Those that incorporate polymer frames are nice for weight, but inhibit the range of the short barrel pocket guns. And I have found that the triggers weren’t as comfortable or have the room the RM380 gives shooters. Weighing only 12.2 ounces empty keeps it very light for an all-metal construction. The DOA trigger is surprisingly crisp and didn’t pinch my finger to the trigger guard when it reset after firing a round like other models have done in the past.
The RM380 comes with two separate magazines. Both are 6+1 and are also made from all metal. They feel solid and firmly lock into place when inserted. One magazine is flush to the bottom of the handle for maximum concealment and the other features a pinky grip for users who want a little more hand control. Both felt really good when firing rounds at targets, but I personally like the extra grip magazine when shooting the RM380. The frame is less than 1-inch in diameter and is very well rounded and smooth. This is a must for concealment, as any parts of the gun that can hang up on clothing could prevent you from accessing your gun in times of need. The rear of the frame features an extended beavertail over your shooting hand to prevent the slide from biting you on movement and helps with proper shooting form.
Remington thought to encompass both right and left handed shooters when bringing out the RM380. It features an ambidextrous magazine release and I found the release buttons to be firm, but not enough to grind your teeth when releasing the magazine from the gun. Remington went with fixed sights, again for no drag or edges to hang up on clothing or material when drawing your pistol. The slide lock is firm and positive. It’s more concealed than their competitor’s models and takes some practice to learn to release with your shooting hand. The Remington RM380 also has replaceable grip panels if users so choose, to upgrade for comfort or style. Overall, I was very impressed with the performance and consistency of the RM380. I feel like the design and choice of an all metal frame gives the pistol more accuracy and comfort.