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    Taurus PT1911, feasible 1911 for defense?

    Why the hatred? I've heard of finish, and hammer follow issues but don't other manufacturers 1911 style firearms have their(or had) problems from time to time?

    Aside from all of the Taurus bashing, why do you consider this 1911 a no go? Please provide some substantiation. Please don't post the typical Taurus bashing rhetoric.

    I've not heard of one instance of a 1911 KB from this model.

    ETA: I understand this is a low price point 1911, and will not compete with a 2K 1911.
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    I have a good friend with one and have had no problems with it. He also have a Kimber Raptor...both nice guns...

    I think PT1911 is a good gun for the money!

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    I wouldn't trust my life to one.

    I've only handled and shot two of them, but based upon the two that I've seen and what I've heard from others they are a fairly roughly assembled hodge-podge of parts.

    A guy at my work bought one to carry on duty to prove to us that you didn't have to spend a lot of a quality 1911. The plunger tube and firing pin stop all promptly fell apart within the first 1,500 rounds. He's now back to carrying the issued M&P.

    When there are much better options out there in the same price area, like the M&P 45 or Glocks, why bother with a gun of questionable quality?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaltblitz View Post
    I wouldn't trust my life to one.

    I've only handled and shot two of them, but based upon the two that I've seen and what I've heard from others they are a fairly roughly assembled hodge-podge of parts.

    A guy at my work bought one to carry on duty to prove to us that you didn't have to spend a lot of a quality 1911. The plunger tube and firing pin stop all promptly fell apart within the first 1,500 rounds. He's now back to carrying the issued M&P.

    When there are much better options out there in the same price area, like the M&P 45 or Glocks, why bother with a gun of questionable quality?
    I think by merely not owning one, and shooting one twice this is an unqualified opinion. But thank you for the info about the tube and stop. I'd more likely replace a few parts with Wilson or some other company. I'll await the next post from someone that has more experience behind the trigger of a PT1911.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SW-Shooter View Post
    I think by merely not owning one, and shooting one twice this is an unqualified opinion. But thank you for the info about the tube and stop. I'd more likely replace a few parts with Wilson or some other company. I'll await the next post from someone that has more experience behind the trigger of a PT1911.
    A simple thank you would have been good enough. The guy was trying to help you and you cop an attitude. I was going to give you my $.02 based off one used at a friends range as a rental but I think I can do without the attitude.
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    By the time you are finished switching out parts with quality replacements, your
    "savings" over a gun with an overall better reputation i.e. Springfield or used Series I Kimber will likely evaporate presuming a new Taurus purchase price of 550 to 600 for a blued gun.

    You have already contemplated a new firing pin stop and plunger tube. i suspect since you will have then gun that far apart, you will likely end up replacing the Taurus unique hammer with the key lock built inside of it. This will mean a bit of work to fit it and to get and /or keep a decent trigger job.

    Since you are replacing the hammer, you might think about replacing all the other internals with some type of matched set.

    I frequent a private board that is populated with the 1911 "gurus of old and some new. The collective universal opinion is the the Taurus 1911 is a good concept that contiues to be marginally executed on its best day.

    YMMV greatly

    david of vcdgrips.com

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    I own 2 1911s, both Kimber Series I guns
    I have only shot one Taurus 1911. It was a POS.
    It has since had 200.00 woth of new parts put it in by a guy who knows a thing or two about 1911s, it is now a marginal gun at best as the good parts only fit/function so so given the outofspectness of the frame, slide etc.
    Last edited by dojpros; 11-23-09 at 20:06.

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    No disrespect was intended, I'm sorry it came out so bluntly.

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