Taurus PT1911 45 ACP opinions??


February 6, 2009, 09:01 PM
Hopefully this has not been covered somewhere else. I am looking at possibly getting a Taurus 1911. Looking at it at the shop I was very impressed - seemed very high quality, awesome trigger, and good price.

Anyone have experience with one? :confused:

Thanks - and good luck all -


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February 6, 2009, 09:12 PM
Go and search in the auto section will be post their Go to any 1911 board will be many Gun seems to be a hit and miss many like many don't
my self I would Get a Rock island tac or a American Classic deluex Both around $400 and better I belive pistols.

February 6, 2009, 09:17 PM
michael your kidding right? from what ive read the taurus has alot of extras that cost you.. the rock river is a plain jane fixed sighted pistol thats, well it is what it is.. it might shoot, but its not great, it sure aint pretty, for the price i cant argue too much, but id go with a hi-point .45 for under 200.00 new before a rock island.. owned one, it was what it was, a cheap .45.

February 6, 2009, 09:17 PM
I've had one for 3 years, several thousand rounds, zero malfunctions, zero problems. I consider it to be one of the best firearms bargains on the market.

I've heard the dovetail on the sights is bigger than standard which is only a problem if you want to change the sights. There are also people caliming the finish is thin and the safeties fall apart.

There will be the Taurus bashers chiming in and suggest you get a different 1911 close in price. These are 1911s actually made in Brazil or the Phillipines but it has a US manufacturer's name on it so I suppose that means it's better quality?

I intend to buy another PT1911 in stainless (what I orignally wanted) if that means anything.

February 6, 2009, 09:24 PM
I said the Rock Tactial model has every thing except the ambi safety. I have a American Classic it to has all the toys except the Ambi safety. Both are made in Phillipines and better made than the Tauras My AC is made by MetroArms a new company in the 1911 game I wish my Colts had the smooth slide that this pistol does. Also a nice blue finish. Lot of complaints about the Taurus finish wearing off very quickly. At present day prices I think they are priceing them selves out of market Another 100 of so can get a Springer

February 7, 2009, 01:17 AM
The PT1911 had some early issues with ambi safety and light blueing.

The stainless is like a precision surgical tool in fit and feel and OPTIONS!

Just make sure you check it out fully in the store...

February 7, 2009, 09:39 AM
I bought mine, a PT1911 stainless steel, used (LNIB, never fired) last year and have never regretted it. I have something like 3500 rounds through it now and it has never exhibited a single problem or issue of any kind. It shoots well, accurately and reliably, and it feeds any FMJ and JHP (winchester, remington, Hornady, Speer) ammo I have tried in it.

Like all pistols these days, the prices seem to have crept up steadily, but I still think that relatively, the PT1911 is a good deal. You will get some good info (PT1911 specifically and 1911's generally) at http://forum.m1911.org/

February 7, 2009, 05:16 PM
I bought one last year. it's my only 1911. the black finish is thin and wears. I can't change the sights b/c the dovetail is too wide and to my knowledge NOBODY makes a replacement. but my safety has not fallen apart, the few jams have all been with reloaded ammo, it shoots minute of steel plate no problems, has a nice trigger and all my 1911 having friends that judge a gun on what it is, and not just on brand and price have been very impressed with it. I bought some grips on ebay that dressed it up outstandingly well. I bought it for 400 used.
you will likely be pleased. and if not, if you buy used you can get your money back out of it.

also the msrp and street price has gone way way up on them since they were introduced even before the past 4 months of rising gun price mania. I figure that is a good sign.

Mitch from LA
February 7, 2009, 06:46 PM
I bought one about a year ago. A gentleman my father in law works with who has owned several 1911s recommended it.

I have been very pleased with it, it is a good shooter with no malfunctions. I got mine for $505 but I believe prices are going up just about everywhere.

I think you will find that most people who have actually owned one really like them.

February 8, 2009, 11:28 AM
I bought mine last fall. Probably have around 300 rounds through it. My only complaint is that it's mighty boring. It just sits there and shoots round after round with no problem. It could at least FTF or stovepipe one so I'd have something to complain about!! It's a very accurate gun and I feel that I got my bang for the buck. Besides, with my Hogue grips, it's just right down purty!

Actually I do have a complaint. I have some "rheumatism" showing up in hands and fingers. I covered that in another thread. I'm still mulling over the suggested "fixes" so the .45 or a conversion kit will be a little more gentle on my softie hands/fingers! In the meantime I have a Ruger 22/45 that I take to the range to attempt to mimic the 1911. The Taurus is a home defense gun for me although I enjoy taking it to the range every now and then.

February 8, 2009, 02:12 PM
Go with a Stainless model. Mine has been fine for over 1100 rds. Load up the mag, hp or fmj and hit the target. It's that easy with the PT-1911 ss!

February 8, 2009, 07:39 PM
Appreciate all the replies. I am looking seriously at the stainless model - and will see when I can fit it in my budget and do a lay-a-way. There is a gun shop 2 miles from me - makes it convenient.

One other question I have is magazines used in the Taurus. A couple of Google searches are showing Taurus magazines running around $30.00 - which sounds outrageous to me. Anyone have any recommendations on spare mags?? :confused:

Thanks again everyone -


February 8, 2009, 08:10 PM
I use these:


in my stainless PT1911. They work flawlessly.

February 8, 2009, 08:18 PM
JUNK, but still better than a Glock

February 8, 2009, 09:09 PM
Verrrrry informative post.....I gleaned a lot of very useful info from it......tnx for sharing......

February 9, 2009, 07:49 PM
i have a co worker that owns one and really likes it,and i hear good things about them, even on the 1911 forums.

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