Aguila 5mm Ammo Breathes New Life into Forgotten Plinkers (VIDEO)
By Kristin Alberts
After a lengthy hiatus, the once-obsolete 5mm Remington Rimfire Magnum has returned to production by Mexican-ammo maker Aguila. With the re-introduction of the round, nostalgic shooters can grab their aging plinkers and share a much needed history lesson.
In the late 60s and early 70s, Big Green originally introduced the round along with a pair of bolt-action rifles, the Remington 591 and 592, to compete against the Winchester .22 WMR. While the Remington round outperformed its competitors – and in some ways still does – it failed to gain commercial success.
After manufacturing some 60,000 rifles, Remington ended their production in 1973 and the ammo fell by the wayside shortly after. For decades, many of these original rifles languished in closets and gun cabinets. A handful of gun makers tried to spur interest with offerings chambered in 5mm but nothing really took hold. Now, thanks to Aguila and a revitalized interest in longer-range rimfire shooting, 40-year-old Remington 591 and 592 rifles are gaining popularity.
The signature grip cap denoting caliber was found on both the Remington Model 591 and 592. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
The Remington 591 and 592 Rifles
The Remington 591 and 592 share many characteristics. Both feature classic glossy Walnut furniture; a bolt