I just bought a Taurus PT-1911 last Saturday (4/07) at the Spokane Gun Show for $495, no tax but $10 to transfer to an Idaho dealer. My dad bought one for $499.99 +tax at Blacksheep two or three weeks earlier. We went out the next day to try them out and from a rest I shot a 2" group at 20-25 yards. I like the Heinnie sights with the two dot set up. I sold my older Springfield Champion 4" at the same gun show for $425 (I paid $400 in '94, new). My ten year old daughter likes, too. She shot three or four clips of 230 grainers through mine and my dad's. If we hadn't run out of ammo she would still be shootin' it!
The Taurus field strips easy as you would expect and goes together even easier. For the money I don't see how you could go wrong! I think I'm going to buy a Ted Blocker IWB http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/DA3.html
holster for it since my belt slide shows too much slide below the belt. The Taurus is all steel and not a light weight but it sure feels good to shoot. My daughter has been bugging me for an XD45, but now she wants a Taurus and a S&W M&P45.
For those who don't know, my girl has become a gun nut!!!
Anyone thinking of buyuing a Taurus 1911... DO IT!!!