Apologies in advance, as I have no pictures because I am too lazy for that, and you all know what the thing looks like by now anyway. Let me preface this review by saying that the only other 2 handguns I own are a late '90s Springfield Armory Mil-Spec 1911a1, and a 2-year-old Gen 3 Glock 19 (with the good slide finish). These are the guns I can compare the R51 with, so there is your grain of salt. Ok, so it looks like I was finally 1st at something in my life, and now I understand that 1st ain't always best. Yesterday I rode my Harley (taking care to do several 60mph wheelies while weaving through traffic) out to the not-so-local gun shop that I go to (Tomball Pawn) to pick up the 1st R51 delivered in these parts. They didn't have any target ammo there, so I bought 2 boxes of Gold Dot 124gr +P and then rode over to Gander Mountain and bought 500rds of WWB. Well, after enjoying a long ride I came across a small range in the middle of nowhere, and decided this was as good a spot as any to test 'er out. My goal was to put about 300 rds of WWB through the R51 to break it in, 25 rds of Gold Dot for function testing, and hopefully go home and see about getting a High Noon holster for it. I also wanted to run a mag through my G19 to compare and contrast. I shot silhouettes at 7 and 10 yards with the sun in my eyes (fun). 1st the good: 1)I LOVE the dimensions of the R51. It will carry much more comfortably than the G19 in ANY position IWB, as my Mexican Carry trials confirmed. If you were thinking pocket carry, well this ain't that gun. It feels natural in my medium-sized hands, it forces your hand into a proper grip right when you grab it, and fits the 3 bottom fingers perfectly (a biggie for me). It is nice and hefty; about the same unloaded weight as the G19 unloaded, but balanced throughout the entire gun. 2)The grip safety is AWESOME, as you cannot grip the gun with your finger on the trigger without activating it, and it has a VERY definite positive click that you FEEL when it is disengaged. 3)The fit and finish are very good, this is no toy gun. It comes with 2 stainless 7 round mags which are good and heavy-duty. 4) I was unable to cause a malfunction by limpwristing, which I found impressive for such a small pistol relative to the caliber (not that I'm prone to limpwristing, but for those who are, ). 5) Accuracy was good, I was able to get about 3 inch groups at 10 yds with the sun in my eyes, and a sight issue I'll talk about later. 6) It ate a box of the Gold Dots with no problems, and about the same recoil as the WWB. Now for the not-so-good: 1)The recoil impulse is not nearly as low as most of the reviews would lead you to believe, and this is where I owe an apology to Nick Leghorn at TTAG for downplaying his stated issues, because this sucker definitely bites the crap out of the web of your hand!!! Although there is no way to get bit by the slide, due to the overhang of the frame, I did begin to hurt after the first 100 rds because the gun forces your hand all the way up into the beavertail and then pounds the teeny sharp edges cut out for the grip safety into the web of your hand. After 250 rounds, I am tore up. There is no way you could take this to your super duper operator "bring 2,000 rounds" pistol course without wearing reinforced gloves. That being said, I wouldn't have any problem practicing with it 100 rounds at a time. 2) It malfunctioned about 10 times. (None with 25 Gold Dot +Ps) Most all of them were FTEs, with 1 light primer strike (2nd round ). But before you stop reading and say "welp, that's all I needed to hear", let me reassure myself :embarassed: by saying that this thing was lubricated with some kind of thick goop that was darn near lithium grease IMO, and made the gun extremely dirty with all the ammo fouling and the wear of the (I'm guessing) phosphate-type coating on the breach block that was wearing off. I didn't take the gun apart before firing, and didn't realize this lube was used until I went to clean it. IMO it needs a lot of break-in to wear off a lot of coating on its many moving parts, and that thick factory lube just made it too dirty. I think it will run much better now that I cleaned it and lubed it lightly with CLP, and more of the friction-prone surfaces are exposed. One thing is for sure: This is NOT A COMBAT PISTOL that would survive major torture testing. It is a carry gun for people who don't mine coal or dig ditches while wearing it, or run their guns over in the mud and then fire them for YouTube. 3) It needs thicker mag floorplates for easier loading. The mags seat firmly and easily, but the bottom sits flush with the frame, which makes you have to use a digit to seat it. 4) My rear sight drifted wayy left on me!!! I thought there was something wrong with me, as I'm a pretty decent shot with my other 2 pistols, because I kept shooting farther and farther left while not noticing that the rear sight was way out of whack (sun in my eyes, and all). That being said, again, it grouped nicely, and was on target vertically, with no flyers. It needs a set screw in the dovetail area, for which there is plenty of room and metal. Final Analysis: I still love the concept of this gun, and the way it feels/draws. I want it to work out, but: 1)I am giving this sucker 100 more rounds of WWB. Now that I have cleaned and lubed it with CLP, it is allowed 0 malfunctions out of that 100, otherwise it's off to Gunbroker with it! (Yes, I know I'm ruining my resale value with this review, but the truth is the truth.) I'm not going to use the crying smiley because I knew I was taking a big chance with something so new, and I have used up all the smilies I am allowed already. 2) I shot a mag through my G19 after about 150 rds through the R51, and it was like sitting down in a soft leather chair after a long, hot hike. I have never had a malfunction with my Glock, no matter how dirty, after approximately 800 rounds and I shoot it very accurately, even after months of not practicing (1st shot at 7 yds was a bullseye). The only reason I am giving this thing a chance is because of the dimensions, combined with it's simplicity of operation and low price to play. If Glock made a 9mm this thin, I would never stray again. 3) That's all I can think of right now. You have no idea what it took for me to be able to write this thing, as I am watching the kids alone today to pay my debt to my wife. EDIT: Forgot one good and one bad: Good) The trigger is SWEET. It is better than my stock 1911, in that it breaks cleaner and the spring resistance during take-up is heavier, so you know exactly where you are. Love it. Bad) It has lots of little parts to fumble around and avoid while disassembling/assembling and cleaning. I made the mistake of taking the grips off, and a pin that holds part of the grip safety mechanism fell right out. I did not read until after it fell out, that the instructions state not to go as far as removing anything besides the slide (including grips) during cleaning. I got it all back together though, and function test was successful.