would you buy a PT1911


July 23, 2008, 01:27 PM
i can get it for $400.

i think it is a deal what do you all think. :confused:

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July 23, 2008, 01:34 PM
My friend has one. I am very impressed with it, considering the price. It is pretty accurate (sorry didn't measure any groupings). The tolerances on the gun are tight, even to where it is difficult to field strip the first time.

If you don't mind heine sights, and the stupid hammer lock then get it.

July 23, 2008, 01:37 PM
it is what it is i knew that when i bought mine for 525 but its a good
gun for the price but its no hi end 1911 thats for sure

July 23, 2008, 01:38 PM
400? That is a tempting price for a 1911. Still, it's a Taurus, and I would have to say No.

July 23, 2008, 01:41 PM
I wouldn't, I think there are too many other options in near or the same price range that are probably better. I'd buy the RIA before a taurus I think and a springer before both of those.

July 23, 2008, 01:42 PM
I have a Springfield 1911-A1 I bought back in the 80s. i like it a lot .
IM fond of the 45acp this one will be the 5th 45.
i have XD, baby eagle, PT145, AND the 1911.
best price i have seen around here has been $500 for used, new has gone up to 580

July 23, 2008, 01:42 PM
Good deal, especially if it is SS.

And especially if it is $400 OTD.

July 23, 2008, 01:43 PM
Look it over carefully. I bought one which quickly proved to have a cracked slide. The company made it good, but I decided to trade for something else. A good gun otherwise.

July 23, 2008, 01:54 PM
sounds like the right price, the PT1911 is supposed to be the best of that company offerings. Don't forget the RIA 1911 as well.

July 23, 2008, 01:55 PM
Clint Smith seems to think pretty highly of them, and he probably shoots more in an afternoon than I've been able to this year.

He's mentioned on a couple of occasions in his columns that he owns one, bought it with his own money, and uses it in his classes now and again.

$400 doesn't sound bad to me for a well equipped basic "working" 1911 to me.

July 23, 2008, 02:04 PM
New ones here are $600 blue, $680 stainless. Haven't seen any used ones yet.

July 23, 2008, 02:11 PM
New ones here are $600 blue, $680 stainless. Haven't seen any used ones yet.

SS ARE $680 HERE also but the blues are catching up. thought about getting one when they first came out , i think they were $500+.
i guess it will always be worth $400.

July 23, 2008, 02:17 PM
I would get it. My brother has the blued one and want's to get a stainless one to go with it. It shoots great and hasn't had any problems so far. He bought it for <600 new

July 23, 2008, 02:20 PM
NO emphatically!

July 23, 2008, 02:21 PM
No, emphatically.

July 23, 2008, 02:27 PM
For $400 in a heart beat. I am saving up for one in stainless now.

July 23, 2008, 02:35 PM
Id say buy it, thats a good price.
If you dont like it you can probably sell it for what you got it for.

July 23, 2008, 03:01 PM
Would I?

Well, I did.

I'm happy with mine- the worst experience I've had with it yet has been reading what people say about it online. It took some breaking in, but it has proven itself quite reliable and reasonably accurate. It's my nightstand go-to gun, and I don't have any worries about it performing if it needs to go BANG in the night.

July 23, 2008, 03:10 PM
Been there, done that and sold it shortly after. I won't be fooled twice.

July 23, 2008, 03:10 PM
Just ordered mine from budsgunshop.com for $567 shipped. Stainless also. I can't wait to try it out.

July 23, 2008, 03:33 PM
For those who said no, why? Been looking at one myself.

July 23, 2008, 03:35 PM
I wouldn't buy one. I contemplated it but came home with an RIA Tactical instead.

July 23, 2008, 03:44 PM
No I would not. It is hit or miss. Poor finish and not that accurate.

July 23, 2008, 03:44 PM
No, and here's my innagural thread to THR to explain why:


Now, keep in mind, that after $300 of replacement parts and $200 of gunsmithing, this gun will eventually be a good gun.

So you start off with a $400 gun that turns into a $900 gun.

Do you want to spend $400 or $900?

If $900 isn't too much for you, by all means get it and turn it into a truly serviceable firearm (that will never have any resale value, so just be prepared to accept that if you ever decide to sell it).

If you only want to spend $400, buy something else... anything else.

July 23, 2008, 05:01 PM
NO---simply because its a Taurus POS.

July 23, 2008, 05:03 PM
I did, I got the SS last week. Took it to the range last night and ran 200 rds thru it without a hitch. I am very pleased. A bunch of guys I was with (far more knowledgeable than me) like the gun as well. I have, so far really enjoyed it. I am also doing really good with my Mil Pro PT145. I so far have had real good luck with Taurus.

July 23, 2008, 06:03 PM
I have 1,200 rounds through mine, all trouble free. It's a good gun.

As long as the lifetime warranty is transferable, I would snatch it.

July 23, 2008, 06:28 PM
My family of daughters and son-in laws all have Taurus handguns, eight in all, not a single problem with any of them.
You will find problems with any gun at some point in time, I don't care how " high end" it is, being the number of them out there and the owners.
The snobs that say Taurus is no good, are just that, SNOBS, ya, thats it, SNOBS.
And I say this because it's true, and I don't own a Taurus, I am a CZ guy, so there, a lot of guys, they just flap, no idea what they are talking about.:D

July 23, 2008, 06:30 PM
I would not just because their customer service sucks so bad.

Ala Dan
July 23, 2008, 08:27 PM
NO, its still a Taurus~! :eek: :uhoh:

I own several .45 ACP 1911's, and so far the urge too own a Tauri PT1911
hasn't grabbed hold of me; and I doubt it ever will. :scrutiny: :barf:

July 23, 2008, 08:48 PM
NO, well for $400 maybe. It is what it is.....wait a minute; it is a Taurus so back to NO.

Take that $400 and buy a RIA.

Lack of Customer Service is the key. If Clint Smith calls I bet he will get handled a little different then if I call. Burn me once (well ok, a shooting buddy) and I am gone....

July 23, 2008, 09:00 PM
Why would I buy a Taurus when I could simply flush my hard earned money down the toilet?

July 23, 2008, 09:20 PM
I have seen all brands have to go back to the Hospital,Yes even the sacred gluck. The pt1911 is a good weapon :cool:. I know this from experience. Others do to.

It just doesn't have snob appeal:rolleyes:.

Not trying to start anything just an observation. As in racing run what ya brung. different strokes and all that.:p:p:p

July 23, 2008, 09:52 PM
if the price was right like $400 out the door, or even a little more then yeah i would get one. i wouldn't mind having one. they are nice for the price, and there are many many rave reviews about them everywhere.

July 23, 2008, 10:25 PM
Pain $480 for a new blued model almost 2 yrs ago. No problems, no complaints.

July 23, 2008, 10:25 PM
I have a bad impression from Taurus' incompetent customer service. I'd rather jump on a STI chambered in .38 Super Auto.

July 23, 2008, 10:38 PM
yes, bought one used last year for 330. OTD. replaced all springs,cleaned and buffed. runs great.

July 23, 2008, 10:59 PM
Bought one. I am very satisfied. Love having a 1911.

There are two targets with this link that I shot the first time I put rounds through it.

July 23, 2008, 11:46 PM
Lets see. It seems the knocks seem to revolve around issues with Customer service. In my case, not Internet rumor, not a message I got from a friend of a friend, but what I witnessed.

The enlighten crew scream "snob" if you dare question anything about a firearm of their choosing.

So yes, my answered is based upon experience. Can you say the same? Or is " I have never called Taurus so therefore no problem exists" your answer.

Should we start a poll about response to Taurus Customer service? OK, so everyone, what has your experience with Taurus been?

July 23, 2008, 11:59 PM
Bought a blue one when they first came out $450.00. Can't say enough positives about it. Broke in after about 50 rounds.. in accuracy and touch. Don't care for the sights much, more my eyes than anything else. Liked it enough, bought the Stainless for $525.00 when it became available. It now rides under my coat when the weather permits. They attract a lot of attention at the range... the Taurus stigma intitially but after I lend them out for a few rounds, comments are universally positive.

July 24, 2008, 12:04 AM
No. Not when I can get a new RIA or a used Colt for a similar price. I wouldn't buy one anyway, simply because of the quality control and customer service issues. I've got enough headaches in my life.


July 24, 2008, 12:14 AM
well as i thought love it or hate it,:rolleyes:

i have had 3 Taurus guns so far and all have been trouble free for me.;)

So I bought it.:neener:

sad thing is it has to set there till sat to clear the police check on the gun:cuss:

it was a trade in and has to set 10 days:banghead:

I'LL FIND OUT SAT if it is a POS or not.
I'LL put 5-6 hundred rounds down her then. If she chokes I'll just have to divorce her.:o

Got about the same type response when I started asking about the desert eagle 50 and the PT145, bought them also, again trouble free. NO BRASS TO THE HEAD from the DE and no jams from the PT

i do agree there probable are some bad ones out there but that is the same in life,
the difference here is the mid range guns when they act up there a POS
but the high dollar ones ARE JUST BREAKING IN.

(i saw that frase somewere around here);)


July 24, 2008, 06:16 PM
My son bought a PT1911 and loves it.

July 24, 2008, 07:30 PM
Yes, 'cause I did. It's a great shooting pistol.

July 24, 2008, 07:34 PM
Chevelle427 nailed it.
Oh ya, I'm having a little feeding problems with my custom nitrate, cobalt titanium 1911 but hey it's just briken in.
What a joke.

July 24, 2008, 07:41 PM
Have one, would buy another. 400 is a good price.

July 24, 2008, 09:26 PM
I like my PT1911, which I bought new for $499. You can get the same deal at Bud' s now.

Other people will pay more for used guns than I will. If I only had $400 to spend I would look hard at the RIA tactical...but I would probably, grudgingly, wind up with the used PT1911. The figure 8 sights would push me in that direction.

Honestly, I would spring for a stainless for $170 extra.

July 24, 2008, 09:54 PM


July 24, 2008, 10:04 PM
+1 on Hoffy's comment. My only complaint is the bluing, which is pretty sad.

I bought one for $425 that had exactly 50 rounds down the pipe. :D

My buddy and I went to the store together (just after bonuses were paid at work) to pick out 1911's. There were a couple of dozen to choose from, but we narrowed it down to a Colt series 70 for $650, a Kimber Carry II for $599, the PT1911 for $425, or one of several new Springfield GIs for just over $500.

My buddy got the Colt, 'cause he insisted on a horsie. :p The Kimber was eliminated because it looked a little ragged-out. I got the Taurus because of them all, it had the best slide-to-frame fit and best trigger. It then proceded to shoot groups half the size of the Colt. OK, the sample size isn't big enough to conclude anything meaningful, and I know it... but neither is anybody else's anecdote.

Now, I probably would not have bought one sight unseen, as I concede that there is probably some truth to Taurus' QA and TS being hit-and-miss. I also would be wary of Taurus designed pistols based on my experience with an early 24x7 .45.

...but this is a 1911, and closer to mil-spec (as far as parts interchangability goes) than most on the market.

No regrets on the purchase.

July 25, 2008, 11:10 AM
I am up to just under 10K rounds through my PT1911, and have never had a problem. Ever. Has been fed everything I have been able to get my grubby little hands on, and it digests them all just fine. Am torn between getting the stainless version, or getting an officer model for CCW from a different maker. I love my PT1911. Sorry some of you got hosed, and others choose to make a judgement on a gun you do not own.

Enjoy your 1911!

July 25, 2008, 11:12 AM
see my sig line

July 25, 2008, 06:29 PM
I had a long-winded reply written up and scrapped it. I have a PT1911 and I have found that some of the nay-sayers here don't seem to have a clue what they are talking about. I'm glad I did not listen to them. My new shooting trophy is one reason for that.

Well, that did not take long to say.

The Doc is out now. :cool:

July 25, 2008, 08:06 PM
no taurus, bad bull, bad, bad, bad.

July 25, 2008, 08:17 PM
Yes, I'd buy it. I own one. I've put 500 rounds through it without a problem. I haven't had to use Taurus customer service but I tend to just take all my guns to a gunsmith that I trust. He is very good at customer service.

July 27, 2008, 11:40 AM
For a range gun or a platform to build up on, sure, I'd buy one. But to defend my life with, the way it is out of the box, absolutely no way.

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