Remington 1911 RAC BB pistol: Part 2
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- Installing the CO2
- Daisy BBs
- A puff of CO2
- Loss of gas
- Blowback is strong!
- H&N Smart Shot
- Shot count
- Trigger pull
- Where do we go from here?
Today we look at the operation and velocity of the Remington 1911RAC BB pistol. I will test it with both steel BBs and with the new Smart Shot lead BBs from H&N. I failed to mention in Part 1 that there is also a Remington 1911RAC Tactial BB pistol, as well.
I commented on the realism of this pistol in Part 1 and several readers answered with their own comments. Those who have seen and held the gun agree it is very realistic. Nobody likes the white lettering on the sides of the slide and frame, but the heft of the gun probably trumps that for many shooters.
I was surprised to see just 8 reviews of the pistol. It has been out for 2 years and should have twice that many. Two of the reviewers complained of gas blowing back in their face when they shot. That probably means it exhausts backwards after being used for blowback. The shot count should tell us whether this pistol is a gas hog or not. If it gets 50 good shots or less, it uses a lot of gas. More than 50 shots means it’s conservative. This is where a chronograph really pays for itself!
Installing the CO2
Push the magazine release button and the drop-free mag comes out of the grip. Both the CO2 cartridge and the BBs are loaded into this magazine. A couple reviewers complained that the magazine was hard to remove from the gun. I found that as well, and I will address it in a bit.
One owner complained of getting 2 different pistols that both leaked. One pistol I can understand, but 2 is stretching credibility. It sounded to me like the owner may not have known how to install the CO2 cartridge. Let me talk you through it. First, and foremost — put 2 or 3 drops of Crosman Pellgunoil on the flat tip of the new cartridge. Or drop it onto the piercing pin where the tip of the cartridge is going. That’s what I do.
The pistol comes with a separate Allen wrench to tighten the Allen screw that pushes the cartridge into the piercing pin. I found that I had to screw in beyond the point where gas began to escape to make the seal. I wondered if perhaps this is what that owner wasn’t doing? Once the gas stops hissing you can stop tightening the piercing screw. That will preserve the face seal that seals the cartridge. And the Pellgunoil will blow through the valve assembly, getting on every important surface.
Pull down the spring-loaded follower and it will catch at the bottom of the slot. BBs are then loaded into the top front opening of the magazine, one after another. Other BB pistols have a hole in the follower slot where BBs can be fed in, but the Remington doesn’t have that. I found by putting a finger behind the BB hole at the top of the magazine and pushing each BB straight in sped things up, though not as fast as some shooters would prefer. If you intend shooting action pistol matches with this gun, have several spare loaded magazines on hand, so reloading goes fast. If you follow the link you will see that the RAC uses the same magazine as several other BB pistols.
The first BBs tested were Daisy’s Premium Grade BBs. They averaged 306 f.p.s., with a velocity spread from 298 f.p.s. to 323 f.p.s. Remington advertises a 320 f.p.s. velocity, so the test pistol is right on the money.
I noticed while shooting the first string that stage two of the trigger is creepy. It feels a lot like a government 1911A1 that’s been living in an arms room for many decades.
I also notice that the velocity declined from the first shot to the last. This is very typical for a CO2 pistol. I gave a minimum of 10 seconds recovery time between shots to allow the gun to return to room temperature, because CO2 gas will chill the gun parts and lower the velocity as you shoot.
A puff of CO2
There is a small but distinct puff of CO2 that comes back at the shooter with every shot. I very much suspect this is the gas that is used to make the slide blow back and isn’t worth consideration. The shot count will tell us for sure.
Loss of gas
I also found that the brand new CO2 cartridge I had loaded two weeks before was completely exhausted when the test started. I had only fired the gun once with this new cartridge, so it should have been full. I will test whether the pistol we are looking at looses gas over time between the end of this test and the next one.
Air Venturi copper-plated BBs
Next up were some Air Venturi copper-plated BBs. These averaged 302 f.p.s. with a low of 296 f.p.s. and a high of 310 f.p.s.
Blowback is strong!
I suspected this gun would have powerful blowback and it did not disappoint. The weight of the metal slide, coupled with the long slide travel, gives the pistol a realistic jolt.
H&N Smart Shot
The last BB I tested was the copper-plated lead Smart Shot from H&N. These loaded well and did not suffer from the heavy follower spring. They averaged 264 f.p.s, with a low of 256 f.p.s. and a high of 272 f.p.s. They are not as much slower as the extra weight would suggest, which is because this is a gas gun and not a spring-piston powerplant.
Magazine problems and gas loss
I was finished with the velocity testing and about to see how many shots I could get on a single CO2 cartridge when I noticed that the magazine wouldn’t release. This is the problem several owners have reported.
I needed to load up for the next part of the test, so I tugged at it. When it finally came out, some gas was lost. I inserted it again and fired 10 blank shots, then tried to remove it again and got the same loss of gas. It appeared the valve stem is slightly too long and hangs up inside the gun. When it comes out, it drags on the inside of the gun — exhausting gas.
My shot count really isn’t accurate because of the gas loss. Shot number 41 was a Daisy BB going out at 210 f.p.s., so the gun was off the power curve. The slide stopped blowing back 5 shots later. We don’t get a shot count from this one.
I always test the trigger in Part 2, so here we go. As noted already, stage 2 is very creepy, but it’s not very heavy. It breaks at between 2 lbs. 3 oz. and 2 lbs. 6 oz.
Where do we go from here?
I am going to try to finish the test. If the gun finishes, we will know how accurate it is. Unless the gun starts functioning correctly, however, it will not make my list of recommended buys. I am installing a fresh CO2 cartridge now and will check it in a couple weeks when I start the accuracy test.