Several months ago, I was invited to Gunsite
in Arizona to shoot a pre-production model of the Remington
RM380 semi-automatic pistol. The little pistol ran very well,
was easy to operate, and performed as it should all week. We
produced a video on this pistol, but have been waiting for
the pistol to go into full production before writing a detailed
review of the weapon. The RM380 is now in full production in
Remington's new Huntsville, Alabama facility, and the pistol
shown here was built on the Huntsville production line. I
received this pistol about a month ago, but Remington did not
want to announce that the pistol was in production until a
quantity of pistols had shipped to distributors.
The little Remington feels good in the hand.
If the pistol looks similar to the Rohrbaugh design, that is
because it is the Rohrbaugh pistol, modified, tweaked, and
improved to fire the 380 ACP cartridge. Remington did not rip
off the design; they bought it. The slide is much easier to
operate than on many small 380 pistols, which is important to
those who do not have a lot of strength in their grip. With the
RM380, there is plenty of area to grasp, adequate slide
serrations, and a spring that does not feel as if it was
requisitioned from a log truck. Anyone who can operate a
semi-automatic pistol slide should have no trouble with the
RM380 slide effort. The trigger pull is very smooth as well. The
pull measured right at nine pounds resistance on my gauge, but
the smooth action feels a couple of pounds lighter.
The RM380 is supplied with two six-shot steel
magazines. One mag has a flat base plate, the other a finger
extension for better control of the pistol. I found both to work
well for me. The magazines load easily, and securely lock into
the mag well. The magazine release is an ambidextrous unit, with
release button at the rear of the trigger guard on both sides.
They are easy to operate, but require enough travel that the
likelihood of the mag releasing accidentally while in the
holster or pocket is minimal.
The RM380 slide is made of 416 stainless
steel, and wears a black oxide finish. The barrel is made of
blackened 410 stainless, and mates snugly with the slide. Unlike
most pocket 380 pistols on the market, the RM380 has a frame
made of black anodized aluminum, instead of polymer. The grip
panels are made of black textured polymer, and are removable and
replaceable. The recoil spring is a dual spring setup, aligned
by a steel guide rod.
specifications for the RM380 are listed in the chart below.
Weights are listed in ounces. Linear dimensions are listed in
inches. Trigger pull is listed in pounds of resistance, as
measured with my Lyman digital trigger pull scale. Height
includes the sights and the flat magazine floor plate. Maximum
width is measured across the top of the frame, and includes the
|Weight with Empty Magazine
||410 Stainless, Black Oxide Coated
||416 Stainless, Black Oxide Coated
||Black, Rear Notch, Front Post,
|MSRP as of November 2015
Shooting the production version of the RM380
was a pleasure. Even when shooting Plus P Buffalo Bore
ammunition, the pistol is very controllable, and the hand
suffered no pain at all. Shooting standard-pressure ammunition,
and especially the lightweight
Ruger ARX ammunition, the felt recoil is very mild. The
RM380 is easy on the hand, as the grip is angled and shaped
perfectly for natural pointing, and the edges are rounded and
smooth. Well done.
test for velocities of various ammunition from the 2.9 inch
barrel, I assembled together every type and brand of ammunition
that I had on my shelves. Velocities were recorded ten feet from
the muzzle, at an elevation of 541 feet above sea level, with an
air temperature of sixty-one degrees Fahrenheit and a relative
humidity of eighty-six percent. Velocities are listed in feet
per second (fps). TAC-XP is a homogenous copper hollowpoint
bullet manufactured by Barnes Bullets. JHP is a jacketed
hollowpoint bullet with a lead core. FMJ is a full metal jacket
bullet with a lead core. ARX is a copper-polymer composite
bullet. LFN is a hard-cast lead flatnose bullet. Bullet weights
are listed in grains.
|CCI Blazer Brass FMJ
|Remington Home Defense JHP
|Buffalo Bore +P TAC-XP
|Buffalo Bore +P LFN
|Buffalo Bore FMJ
As can be seen in the chart above, the
Buffalo Bore Lead Free and the Barnes TAC-XP use the same Barnes
bullet, but the Buffalo Bore is a +P rated load, with the bullet
running approximately 236 fps faster than the Barnes load. Both
use excellent bullets, and both loads expand well upon impact.
The Buffalo Bore load has more recoil, but hits harder. This
gives the RM380 owner a choice of power level, using the same
fine Barnes bullet. Accuracy was very good. This is a
tightly-built pistol, and it shows in the pistol's inherent
accuracy. Practical accuracy was greatly improved for me by
adding the Crimson Trace laser, because in
dim light, I do not see black sights very well, and
due to the overcast conditions and shooting in the woods, the
laser helped me greatly, even at mid-day. The pistol could hold
a pattern very well; limited only by my ability. Holding a tight
cluster of one ragged hole at seven yards was easy with the
laser attached, and I had no trouble at all keeping
every shot within the vital zone of a human silhouette target at
twenty-five yards, even with darkness fast approaching.
Reliability was perfect. Every brand and type
of ammunition tested fed, fired, and ejected flawlessly, every
time, and the slide never failed to lock open on an empty
magazine. Perfect. The magazines are easy to load to capacity,
and the RM380 is perfectly safe to carry with the chamber
loaded, for a total loaded capacity of seven rounds.
The Remington RM380 production was delayed a
bit, in order to get the pistol in production at the new
Huntsville facility, but they are now available for purchase.
The RM380 is a dandy little pistol, equally at home in a holster
or carried in the pocket. It is light, compact, reliable,
accurate, and made in the USA.
For more information on the RM380, go to www.remington.com.
To order the RM380 online, click on
the GUN GENIE at www.galleryofguns.com.
To order quality holsters for the RM380, go
To order high quality laser sights for the
RM380, go to www.crimsontrace.com.
order quality 380 ACP ammunition online, go to www.midsouthshooterssupply.com,
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