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Old March 15, 2008, 12:01 AM   #1
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Taurus 1911

Here's one for our resident experts on the 1911. A local gunshop has a brand new Taurus 1911 stainless steel pistol for $560 [plus tax]. Would you buy it? Why? If not, why? Thanks in advance for your usual very helpful inputs.
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Old March 15, 2008, 12:41 AM   #2
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That is a great price for that particular model. Most of the blued ones go for about that much. I have been looking into buying the same gun. It has all of the features that other manufacturers "loaded" models do but for alot cheaper.

I dont own a Taurus so this is hearsay but...it seems like people have issues with taurus pistols. I have heard alot of good things about the 1911 though. There are some people on here that own that gun that will be able to answer your question

If it were me and I saw that gun at that price...I would snap it up
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Old March 15, 2008, 06:53 AM   #3
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Yes i would buy it. I went to a gun show about two weeks ago and took a long hard look at Taurus 1911. I intend to purchase one within the next 2 months.
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Old March 15, 2008, 07:44 AM   #4
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The PT 1911 is a good gun; whatever the issues the rest of Taurus' line has, the PT1911 seems to be built to a higher standard.

Mine did have an issue with light primer strikes right out of the box, but now it works great and it is a fantastic shooter. I've not heard of another one with that issue, so I think mine was a fluke on that.

My take on the PT1911 is that if you want a 1911 and want to spend under $700, that's the one to get.
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Old March 15, 2008, 08:38 AM   #5
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Good price, great piece. Go for it if you're so inclined. I really like the used blue one I just picked up. Only downside, now I can't say all my 1911's are Colts.

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Old March 15, 2008, 05:24 PM   #6
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Benzene said [quote] Here's one for our resident experts on the 1911. A local gunshop has a brand new Taurus 1911 stainless steel pistol for $560 [plus tax]. Would you buy it? Why? If not, why? Thanks in advance for your usual very helpful inputs. [quote]

This gunshop wuonl't happen to be in MD would it?

Darn, I didn't think so.

If you're planning on using this pistol for gp shooting, I'd already have grabbed it. The ONLY drawback[s] I can see to a Stainless gun is that stainless steel is somewhat prone to galling, and, if you want to drill and tap the slide for s scope or red dot, stainless steel is harder to machine.

Pics and a range report are required when you DO get this.

BTW, I have an acquaintance who shoots ONLY NRA Conventional (bulls eye) and owns two PT1911's; he's getting sub-3" groups off of a Ransom rest at 50 yards. The only thing he's done is change out the bushing to a National Match bushing, which I hear is a $40-50 job.

The PT1911 is on my short list of affordable, ready-to-go guns.

All the best,
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Old March 15, 2008, 06:30 PM   #7
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You've helped me to decide...

Rob, thanks for helping me to decide.

No, this "gunshop does not happen to be in MD", not even close; it is in the midwest. The owner is a great guy.

I'll have to be late for the office Monday morning. Now, you know why.
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Old March 15, 2008, 06:46 PM   #8
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Best of luck Benzene. Pics and range report when you can.
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Old March 15, 2008, 06:56 PM   #9
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Just bought one monday. 250 rnds so far without one problem. Ill admit I didnt know too much about Taurus but Im impressed with it. Its tight and shoots good. Sounds like a good price I paid 621 0ut the door new.
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Old March 16, 2008, 01:36 PM   #10
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How often?

How often had anyone had to change parts for the 1911?

After reading the page http://outlands.tripod.com/armory/1911.htm, I'm a bit apprehensive about buying a 1911.

Thanks for your input.
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Old March 16, 2008, 03:17 PM   #11
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I wouldn't fret too much about the article you linked.

The author makes some valid points, but there is no perfect gun design.
Of course, ammo selection is important...it is so with every semi-auto.
Before any gun is carried or used for self defense, it should be thoroughly
tested with the intended carry ammo.

I have sold a few Taurus 1911s and shot one. The specimen I shot did very well, and I liked it.

The price on the one you referenced above is not much above what I pay wholesale, so it is a great buy.
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Old March 16, 2008, 07:15 PM   #12
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I'll make it short and sweet. I have one and I love it.

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Old March 16, 2008, 11:12 PM   #13
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Let me piggyback on Taurus_9mm's post.
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?board=25
This has diagrams and stripping details as well as a mountain of other info.
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Old March 17, 2008, 04:11 PM   #14
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I bought a PT1911 as soon as they became available up here and found it to be an excellent gun, smooth, great trigger, well made. I've owned other Tauri and have found them to be of good quality regardless of the many negative posts. Mine were of recent manufacture (past 4-5 years,) I have heard that the earlier ones did have quality problems. Don't think you'll have a problem with the PT1911.
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Old March 17, 2008, 04:16 PM   #15
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Great gun for the money.
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Old March 17, 2008, 04:48 PM   #16
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Taurus 1911

Jump on it! I paid that much for blur/no rail. I love mine shoots to POA and so far very reliable.
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Old March 19, 2008, 06:35 AM   #17
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I have owned the colt and the taurus and I liked the colt but I really like the taurus. Just my opion though
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Old March 19, 2008, 06:46 AM   #18
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I went into my local store Monday with the intention of getting one. Almost did until I found a LNIB Springfield GI for $380. Yes, to bring my GI level with the Taurus (should I want to) I'll have to spend some money; however, it does shoot good as is.

I agree that the Taurus represents a great value for a 1911 but my only concern is they tend to sell some lemons - my 24/7 Pro went back to Taurus to fix a trigger problem a week after I bought it. Taurus had the gun for 2 1/2 months but at least it came back fixed...
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Old March 19, 2008, 02:21 PM   #19
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Picked it up!

Well, I DID pick up the PT 1911. I'm hoping to field strip it and take it to the range.

I've noticed that the box does not contain the "fired shell", the shell that comes from the factory. Anyone with a comment? Thanks.

And thanks for the comments that helped me make the decision.
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Old March 19, 2008, 02:41 PM   #20
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From what I've heard, thats a US thing. Foreign manufacturers don't "have" to do it, but some states in the US require it.

I'm thinking about the taurus too. The stainless is a fine looking firearm. Let us know how it works out.
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Old March 19, 2008, 02:54 PM   #21
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Old March 19, 2008, 06:02 PM   #22
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I've heard it's pretty good 1911. However, I have also heard that customer service is terrible, that if you send it back to Brazil you may end up waiting a year. Just as well buy one and send it to the local gunsmith if you have problems. Also, I've heard that the finish is less than perfect; but then you can always have it refinished for a reasonable price. My 2bits.
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Old March 19, 2008, 07:09 PM   #23
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Good move Benzene. If you like yours half as much as I like mine, you'll have a goofy grin for quite a while.
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Old March 19, 2008, 07:41 PM   #24
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Congratulations. It may be Taurus' best pistol.
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Old March 19, 2008, 07:54 PM   #25
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I picked one of these up a few weeks ago. This thing was sighted in perfect from the factory. A little over 400 rounds in it so far. No issues and I dont think I'll have any. Tight and accurate. I like it.
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