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Old 06-01-2020, 01:17 PM
keturner keturner is offline
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1911 Bought Used

A friend was shooting his Taurus 1911 and the barrel bushing came apart. We found the pieces and spring and spring cap. The end result was that I bought it at a very reduced price. I replaced the bushing with a Colt bushing. Accuracy was poor about Army standards. Total tolerances measured .023 combining slide to OD of bushing and ID of bushing to OD of barrel. Ordered new bushing from Taurus for $12.95. So much for lifetime warranty. Total tolerances measured .007. Rear sight comes loose when firing. I will mark slide and rear sight when windage is correct and put JB Weld in cavity of rear sight and that should hold. I would not pay full price for a Taurus but recommend a used pistol and be prepared to do some work on it. Some people buy a Taurus 1911 and spend more than a Kimber on it. That doesn't make sense. I am more interested in performance than pretty.
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:20 PM
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Taurus has had some pretty hideous QC problems in recent years. There was a time when their PT-92 was a fantastic bargain for the price, given that it was basically a Beretta 92 copy, but in recent years I've head of sights falling off and other problems with those as well. When you can't even machine a sight dovetail to spec it's time to shut the whole company down and re-train employees, but instead Taurus continued to blunder on like it wasn't a big deal. And like you noted their so-called lifetime warranty is nothing to feel good about either. Assuming they agree to cover repairs on your pistol your grandkids will be in retirement homes by the time they're ready to send it back.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1970 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 06-16-2020, 01:31 PM
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Range report on used Taurus 1911

At the range Sunday with my grandsons. The 1911 functioned well with 230 gr cast lead bullets pushed by 9.8 grains of AA #7. This is the recommended low load. Next reloading I will load 10 grains of AA#7. I had not done the above rear sight work and after about 30 rounds it came loose again. I have ordered the Wilson recoil spring and buffer. Next trip I will check these additions. Some folks wonder about the magazines. I have the original plus one Magpul and one Wilson Combat magazine. All work fine.
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Old 06-23-2020, 02:09 PM
1saxman 1saxman is offline
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Of course you don't know who may have done what to the rear sight before you got it. Typically you have use heat to get those sights out when replacing.
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Old 07-12-2020, 08:43 AM
mkk41 mkk41 is online now
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1. Read stories on gun forums of the horrible problems people have with Taurus firearms.

2. Buy Taurus firearm anyway.

3. Post stories of problems with newly purchased Taurus firearm.
Beware of counterfeits and patent infringments!~ Col. Sam'l Colt
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Old 07-12-2020, 05:33 PM
kcruisin kcruisin is offline
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I've got a Taurus-doorstop. So much for lifetime warranty.
It's too much trouble to keep sending it back to them.
"To conquer a nation, first disarm it's citizens" -Adolf Hitler 1933
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