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Old April 28, 2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Taurus PT1911

So I am on the hunt my my second pistol, and I am considering the Taurus PT1911. I have read mixed reviews on it, and a good friend of mine speaks highly of the PT1911 (he also has a Colt 1911 and says he likes the Taurus just as much). My first gun was a Taurus PT92, and I love it. I have about 500 rounds through it and it has worked flawlessly. Both pistols will be for home defense and range, as getting a CCW in CA is nearly impossible. The Taurus is attractive to me from a price/option standpoint. I'm hoping to hear from some other Taurus owners and of their experiences with the PT1911 against some of the similarly priced competition. Tanks in advance.
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Old April 28, 2013, 04:05 PM   #2
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For the money it isn't terrible, but it's not a great 1911.

If you're on a budget, get a Sig 1911.
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Old April 28, 2013, 04:10 PM   #3
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Mine sucks, been back to the factory a few times.

Springfield Armory has one around the same price. I'd get one of those or a Ruger SR1911.
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Old April 28, 2013, 04:12 PM   #4
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Keep in mind that Springers have a 6 o'clock sight picture, if you've never shot one before.
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Old April 28, 2013, 04:20 PM   #5
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Never had a problem with mine in eight years and thousands of rounds. Taurus does not hold resale value like some others but if you are going to keep it it is fine usually unless you tend to have problems with everything.
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Old April 29, 2013, 09:39 PM   #6
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Constant debate. I guess there QC is spotty, but I have pt1911 and pt-99 and both are some of my favorite guns. the pt-1911 I like better and shoot better than my expensive custom Springfield Armory 1911?
I don't know why?

I would buy another if in the market. I would buy a Ruger sr1911 too if I could find one, but never have.
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Old April 30, 2013, 12:45 AM   #7
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Mine broke its hammer and its thumb safety within the first 300 rounds. Cheap parts, replaced by my local 1911 gunsmith with quality aftermarket parts. It has run fine since, but still, cost me an extra $200 plus, because I didn't want to ship it back to Taurus and wait 8 weeks to get the same cheap parts put back in it.

Taurus service may be a little better these days, but they still don't sound as fast as Smith and Ruger, and I doubt they pay shipping both ways like the others do. Correct me if I'm wrong.

For just a bit more, get a Springfield or Ruger. Better rep for both quality and service. Also Remington or Magnum Research maybe, and STI Spartan definitely.

Taurus isn't always bad, but they are never first rate in quality, and their service department has never been considered top class either.
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Old April 30, 2013, 09:44 AM   #8
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Mine was quite accurate. When it actually worked. Seemed to have a problem of giving a "click" instead of a "BANG."

IMO, there's better options in that price range. Remington, Ruger, Sig (if you get a good deal... they tend to go for more but they're my favorite in the just under $1000 range), all good guns. Many have great experiences with Rock Island Armory (the one I've dealt with didn't impress me one bit, but I seem to be a minority on that) as well.
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Old April 30, 2013, 10:32 AM   #9
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Taurus PT1911

Thank you all for your input. I took a Sig 1911 out the other day and was damn impressed with it. Trying to find a local range that has a Taurus 1911 for me to shoot (slim chance, I know).
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Old April 30, 2013, 04:01 PM   #10
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I has stayed away from Taurus because of people saying bad things about them but I wanted a 1911 in 9mm and I found the Taurus used for $500.

Although it had a minor issue, when I got it, it has turned out to be an excellent pistol, in sevral ways better than my Springfield or Colt at a much lower cost.
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Old April 30, 2013, 09:43 PM   #11
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For what it's worth , my first and only (so far) 1911 is dual tone PT1911 , just over year old and about 3k rounds ( mostly reloads ) with zero issues.
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Old April 30, 2013, 10:50 PM   #12
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Mine broke an ambi safety and had too light a sear spring. Fixed myself for around $60. Has run almost perfect for over 2k rounds and just now got a full set of Wilson Combat springs.
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Old May 1, 2013, 10:06 PM   #13
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Much better choices, some of them work great but if you have issues their customer service has a horrible reputation.
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Old May 1, 2013, 11:52 PM   #14
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Re: Taurus PT1911

Not a fan of Taurus. Look into the STI Spartan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Sme...e_gdata_player

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Old May 2, 2013, 09:24 PM   #15
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Quote:
and a good friend of mine speaks highly of the PT1911
People who actually own them tend to.
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Old May 2, 2013, 10:53 PM   #16
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QC spotty. Worst when they first came out. Mine sucked, but I've also heard very good things about 'em. Again, QC iffy.

Personally, I'd spend the extra $150 and get a Ruger 1911. Either that or a basic Rock Island Armory 1911 for around $400-$450.

BTW, the PT92 is Taurus' flagship in terms of reliability.
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Old May 3, 2013, 12:12 AM   #17
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I traded for a used PT1911. The extractor broke after 100 rounds. I replaced it with a Wilson Combat Bulletproof extractor. I then replaced the sights with Hi-Viz fiber optic sights and added a set of Raasco grips. 2500 rounds later it is one of my favorite shooters.
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Old May 5, 2013, 08:33 PM   #18
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Taurus PT1911

Yeah, so after a few weeks of considering this as my next piece, I found out yesterday that this is not on the California Compliant list... Learned the hard way that I need to start with that damn list prior to considering any gun. I think I might change directions and go with a Sig P229 Enhanced Elite .40 (if I can find one).
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Old May 5, 2013, 10:04 PM   #19
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Sorry about your luck on the Cali list, but I'm another thats had excellent luck with my PT1911, however the last 2 taurus's I've purchased and the round I went with their repair center, I will never buy another taurus product. but will never get rid of my PT1911 either.
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Old May 5, 2013, 10:19 PM   #20
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Why on earth is a single stack 1911 on Cali's "not ok" list?
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Old May 5, 2013, 10:42 PM   #21
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Why on earth is a single stack 1911 on Cali's "not ok" list?
Lack of a mag disconnect or loaded chamber indicator. Who knows with California.
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Old May 6, 2013, 07:59 AM   #22
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its illegal because its a "new/modern/assault style/scary" gun.
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Old May 6, 2013, 08:09 AM   #23
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I has one and it was great for $575, I wouldn't pay what they're going for now though.
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Old May 6, 2013, 10:34 AM   #24
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Why on earth is a single stack 1911 on Cali's "not ok" list?
That's what I said!! Apparently the "extortion fee" that Cali charges to have a gun on this list was not economically viable to Taurus...
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Old May 6, 2013, 10:52 AM   #25
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For the money it isn't terrible, but it's not a great 1911.

If you're on a budget, get a Sig 1911.
Even out here though, the Sig 1911's are going for around $900-$1100
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