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Old 08-09-2017, 10:46 AM
Razor1xi Razor1xi is offline
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Taurus pt 1911 9mm stainless

Just picked up a stainless taurus 1911 in 9mm. Need some opinions on it. I was told there are a few modifications that have been done. But the guy didn't know much about them. I can tell it has a full length metal guide rod and an oversized melt barrel bushing. The trigger is black instead of stainless so I'm assuming it is changed also.
Main problem I have is a standard 1911 bushing wrench doesn't fit and it's super tight. Once I got it rotated I noticed I can get the plug and spring to clear out the front. I tried removing the slide first and the spring can't come out that way either because of the full length guide rod.
Should I keep this set up or change to a two piece guide rod and save the hassle of this while trying to clean it? I can't remove the bushing so I'm having a friend that's a gunsmith strip it down and clean and see what all needs to be replaced.
I already know it's a little rough and I plan to cerakote it. And the thumb safety seems to slightly engage after firing so maybe need a new one or a new spring
Thanks for the opinions
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:17 AM
lowball lowball is offline
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Welcome to the forum. About your pistol. Some will comment that Taurus has had poor quality control over the years, probably with the intention to crank out numbers of guns. Others might say that Taurus customer service is poor. They will be speaking from experience. Before spending money to correct defects, I suggest that you give Taurus a chance to do so. If you choose not to, you may void the warranty. If they are unable to correct issues, then I suggest that you trade the pistol. Custom repair work on a Taurus 1911 costs as work performed on a premium grade pistol, and you may end up spending more money than the gun is worth. If you do keep it, I recommend having all work completed before any refinish work is done.

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Old 08-09-2017, 12:31 PM
Razor1xi Razor1xi is offline
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The gun doesn't have any major issues. It was a request for opinions on the set up itself. Its not a factory stock 1911. It has some custom work done already. The only thing I mentioned having an issue was the thumb safety. That's an easy fix.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:56 AM
Martensite Martensite is offline
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Yeah, the warranty is no longer valid on that pistol since it has been "modded". I have a PT1911 in .45. For the money it is a great pistol. I had the extractor crack on mine where it meets the firing pin stop. Taurus sent me a new one even though I am not the original owner. As of late, Taurus has turned over a large portion of their upper level management and seems to me more focused on quality control and customer service.

In regard to your pistol, someone put that oversized barrel bushing on it to try to improve accuracy. I'd change it out for a regular stainless bushing for sure. It'll make field stripping a lot easier. I'd leave the trigger (looks nice) and the FLGR. Stay away from Cerakote. I find it to be a crappy finish that doesn't hold up well. I'd leave it original.
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