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Old 02-17-2010, 04:19 PM
CLAYCOMO TRUCKS CLAYCOMO TRUCKS is offline
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Taurus PT1911

How good are the Taurus 1911's? Reliable right out of the box? Any reaccurring problems to know about? Customer srevice good?
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:38 PM
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Great gun for the money. I have over 3000 through mine out of the box without a problem. It's one of my favorite range gun. Don't let any of those snobs with high end 1911's tell you anything different. Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2010, 06:33 PM
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I was one of those snobs, have some high dollar 1911, needed a truck gun, went out and bought a Taurus 1911, looked at 5 and picked one out, slide to frame fit in back looked liked my Les Baer, took it to the range and was very surprised, impressed,and whatever,and very good accuracy at 20 yards, now has over 2500 rounds with no failures at all, did take 100 rounds of ball to break in to feed hollow points, now it will feed anything. It has turned out to be one of my favorites. I never thought I would ever own a Taurus, glad I got it, and for 600.00 with night sights you cannot beat it.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:54 PM
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Mine has run without a single flaw since I bought it. I've got 1,000 rounds through mine and feeds all ammo. Even when taken right out of the box- ran great with no break in at all.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:19 PM
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:41 PM
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:53 AM
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Only one negative I have heard about

Safety's falling off, not sure if these were early models or what but have heard it from more than a few owners.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:44 AM
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on youtube- nutnfancy did a great tabletop presentation on it, and then another 2 videos of the smith at impact guns tuning it up.

looks solid. real solid.

id be interested in one for a backup, or a pickup truck gun.


it still kind of rests in the same category as the glocks, and the fat chicks... there all good, and lots of fun- untill your friends see you playing with one!
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Old 02-19-2010, 04:24 PM
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Bought mine used from a private party at a GS about a year and a half ago, $450 out the door.

Immediately had a problem with the firing pin sticking forward. Discovered the problem when I dry fired the gun, racked the slide, and the firing pin stop fell out. Couldn't get the firing pin spring to come out for examination.

At this time I was very new to 1911s and showed it to a local gunsmith. He told me what he could do, and then reminded me that Taurus has a lifetime warranty. I know, I know, please don't everyone start with Taurus' lousy CS. At that time I didn't know anything about them. I followed their process, shipped the gun to them. It took awhile, about 6 weeks, but I got my pistol back with a whole new top end.

Since then I've put over 5K rounds down the pipe with only occasional hiccups which were likely self-inflicted (running the gun very dirty, like about 1K rounds fired between cleanings). Sometimes I shoot a lot in a very short period of time.

I love the thing. It's showing a lot of holster wear, so the finish isn't all that, but it shoots reliably and accurately. I just have to do my part.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:36 AM
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If you're looking at the Taurus because of the price, you may also want to check out a Rock Island Armory. I have the tactical RIA and absolutely love it - no failures of any kind, nice fit/finish etc.

That being said, if you really like the Taurus, get it. No one but you will carry/own/shoot whatever you buy, so get what you like.

From what I've heard, Taurus seems to put out a few "clunkers" that end up needing some smithing to get them right, or getting sent back to Taurus. Seems that Taurus customer service is sub par from what others have said. There again, I've had 2 colts and 1 springfield that were "clunkers" so it's not always price=reliability. Also, the range I shoot at has a Taurus 1911 for rent that runs like a tank - it just shoots and shoots and shoots. Keep in mind, its not like they take great care of the rental guns. I know a couple of the guys who work there and they've not had any issues from it
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:10 AM
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Got one of the first ones for about $500. Mine is over 2K rounds without a problem, although the finish did not look wonderful, it still looks like it did when I bought it.



Looked at a couple of others in gunstores after I bought mine and they had fit issues. Have not had experience with Taurus service. Others will hopefully respond. I do not plan on buying another unless it was a SS Commander size in 9mm and I got it used at a fantastic price.

I think the debate would be is it better than an RIA, etc. (Like you live in a part of the world where you can get a Norinco from the PRC).
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:25 AM
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Other than Ambi-Safeties I've heard nothing terrible about them except their CS of course.

That being said Ditto to what Chopper said about the RIA...let me add to that the Citadel, Firestorm, and American Classics II line of 1911's. They all run fine and one a budget it doesn't get much better.

That being said if you want the Taurus get the Taurus, I'm all about individual choice.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:53 AM
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Taurus PT1911 Hammer crack

I just recently purchased a 1911 DT and have about 100 rounds of 230 FMJ through it. I was very pleased with the way it handled and shot. Upon cleaning dissassembly last night noted a crack in the bottom of the hammer (see attached). Hoping the lifetime warranty takes care of this.


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Old 02-20-2010, 02:25 PM
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If you're comfortable with detail stripping the gun (or know a smith who will do it for you), call the CS folks and get them to send you a new hammer. It should just drop in. That way you avoid the most common CS problem, sending your gun into what could be a black hole. And yes, the warranty should definitely take care of this.

When I had my firing pin problem, I was at least the third owner of the gun. They took care of my problem no questions asked. It did take six weeks from the time I sent it in to the time I got it back, but they did the job.

Some other companies have "lifetime" warranties, but if you look at the fine print, it only applies to the original owner. Para is for sure this way, and I think Springfield is also.
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Old 02-20-2010, 04:34 PM
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What makes you think that ??????? Did it have anything at all to do with...the OP couldn't even get his 1st response without havin ta hear bout dem damm "SNOBS"
The stage is set ...... Good luck to the OP
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Old 02-20-2010, 04:45 PM
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I just recently purchased a 1911 DT and have about 100 rounds of 230 FMJ through it. I was very pleased with the way it handled and shot. Upon cleaning dissassembly last night noted a crack in the bottom of the hammer (see attached). Hoping the lifetime warranty takes care of this.


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Don't use the warranty. They'll just replace it with same HSL type. Buy an aftermarket Hammer.... unless you like the hammer safety lock ?
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:23 PM
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I owned a Taurus 1911 stainless for about 3 months, I got all my money back when I sold it. I bought it because I was curious how a 1911 could have all those features for such a low price. I think I paid $525.00 for it. It was accurate and reliable. I never had any type of failure with it. I would recommend one to anyone. They aren't a race gun but are the most 1911 I've seen FOR THE PRICE.
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Old 02-21-2010, 12:52 PM
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Time for a refinish job

I just sent my 1911AL off for a refinish job. I'm convinced it is running quite well and hope it continues to do so; however, seeing through the finish was not to my liking. SO off it goes to the folks at WWW.CUSTOMIZEDCREATIONZ.COM for a bit of work. Pics will follow in a few weeks when it comes home. Until then .......... I'm looking for another, hopefully used Taurus 1911 BLUE to play with at the range and tote around in the vehicle. Anyone have one for sale --- I'd appreciate a heads up. Sorry if this is inappropriate posting, I looked but did not see any warnings against doing so.

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Old 02-22-2010, 10:42 PM
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I have had two, still have one. (gave one to my son)

Great guns, no problems at all. I am actually going to get a stainless one next time they are in stock at my local gun store.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:44 PM
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Great gun! Swap out your barrel if you want for a kart ez fit. The gun rocks i own 2.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:35 PM
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I've had a PT-1911 for over a year and have put a bunch of reloads through it with only one problem - the rear sight came loose. No Loctite was applied to the set screw. Other than that, it is a heck of a bargain, in my humble but highly accurate opinion.

Hey Claycomotrucks, do you built F-150's at the Claycomo plant?
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:51 PM
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Repaired the hammer issue.

Added a cylinder and slide hammer kit. 3 1/2 lbs. Nice. Replaced firing pin and extractor with Ed Brown components. That should fix the reliability issues. Nice gun overall for the price.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:15 PM
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Added a cylinder and slide hammer kit. 3 1/2 lbs. Nice. Replaced firing pin and extractor with Ed Brown components. That should fix the reliability issues. Nice gun overall for the price.
The Ed Brown extractor had to be hand fit yes? Different from Taurus design?
Firing pin is the same as far as I read.

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Old 03-11-2010, 05:23 AM
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...my PT 1911 has yet to hiccup....


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Old 03-11-2010, 03:08 PM
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No hiccups/ You changed the trigger - nice looking. Changed due to issues or looks? Difficult to fit or no more than any other after-market pieces?

I like mine, but wish they would have left the extractor alone so a swap would be easy for buyers.

OMEGAMAN67 mentioned a 3 1/2# trigger pull. I assume for target use? Kind of light for carry use, huh? The folks at C&S strongly recommended their:
CS0324 - 1911 24/7/365 PROFESSIONAL 5 lb TRIGGER PULL SET as the best for carry. They told me they felt that in a time of need the difference between 3 1/2# and 5# would never be felt; a point I agree with and have for years.

Taurus added all the supposed "extras" and claimed they were worth a load - which they would be if done individually by a 1911 expert gunsmith. Yet, most of the items added are not top quality as a 'pro' smith would hopefully do. Some are good, others just acceptable.

Better that they left the supposed 'custom extractor' stock so it could be changed without an act from God. Had the lower end been stock I believe it would have been a real selling point. Let customers do what they desire.

NOT to say I don't like the gun. The "for they money" description some folks use is has always bugged me. The same can be said about a Kimber or other big name manufacturers. Take away all their big-buck advertising and the Kimber could well sell at the Taurus price. Watch their sale rocket to the top! Stay with a proven design - let the gun sell on reputation, not an ad in every gun rag known to man (and woman). Many folks buy because of the name - and have issues just as Taurus does from time to time. Kimber is not THAT much better than a Taurus - just more money. SO it can be said of them as well, "for the money", problems still exist.

I passed my OM's high-dollar guns to my son, including a very custom 1911 Wilson built for him 15 years or so ago. He detailed every point he wanted and between he and Wilson's folks, they arrived at a definite one-of-a-kind firearm. He shot competition with it and was rewarded for the custom build with many victories, trophies, back-slapping, ooh's and ahhh's and folks wanting a look at the gun. SO, "for the money", it was a good gun. Inreality, it was a superb gun and had over 48,000 rounds through it when he quit shooting due to his health.

Taurus or Kimber (for the money), will never reach the round count, still be 100% thanks to initial quality AND dilligent maintenance. The two may still 'fire OK', but the overall function will be miles apart.

The average shooter will be happy with a Taurus and be as happy as if they bought a Kimber - the difference being the name and bragging rights. I still contend Kimber is simply a Taurus with a bigger advertising budget.

Refinish a Taurus and don't show the name on the slide - slap on some fancy grips and spiffy looking controls and the glances towards a holstered refinished Taurus will be the same.

I know - dumb old lady (not THAT old - just feel that way sometimes).
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