Well I finally got the chanch to shoot the "repaired" Taurus PT 1911 on Tuesday June 12th. Had a buddy with me Sighting in a 30-06 so he was using the target board. I desided to shoot a bucket at about 30yards. First 2 rounds hit the bucket, then it started shooting low again. Picked up the fired shells and they were deformed on the head.
Put up a new target at 25 yards and the 1911 was shooting 12" low again. ****.
Had my son shoot the Pistol and he was shooting low too. Put the Taurus back in the box.
Went to the gun store that I bought it from to show the Gunsmith and get his oppion and inspect the gun. He found that the mark was made by an raised edge on the battey face of the slide.
Justin (the Gunsmith) also noticed that the rear sight was loose. The setscrew was missing, and that the rear sight was too lose in the grove. he also commented on the poor installation of the barrel link.
The Pistol was shipped FedEx this morning, over night.
Now we will see what happens next.
On the Plus side Taurus's Customer Service rep Mario was very helpful and appoligized for my experience with this gun. He went over my complaints and concerns on the issues with this 1911. Made sure that he understood my complaints so he could put them in the work order and also stated that he would personally make sure that his supervisor understood what was happening.
This is the letter that I sent to Mark Kresser CEO of Taurus USA
President and CEO
Mr. Kresser, the PT 1911 is not repaired.
I finally was able to get to the range 6-12-2012. I loaded 4 clips and was shooting at a bucket at around 30 yards.
The Taurus hit the bucket several times, and then started shooting low.
I picked up the fired brass and found that the head of all of the fired shells were marked
and the primers appeared to be hit off center again. Shot a target at 25 yards and the impact was 12”low.
The mark on the head of the shell corresponds to a raised area on the slide battery surface. See picture
My gunsmith Justin Davis (JDK Professional Gunsmithing Middleton, ID) was the one that spotted the raised surface,
he also commented about the barrel link marks and poor filing job.
He also found that the rear sight set screw had fallen out, and that the Sight was too loose in the groove.
I am getting the opinion that this pistol is a lemon. I will be sending it back again.
I have the feeling that it should be replaced with a "tested", new PT 1911.
This Taurus PT 1911 has been nothing but a bad experience.
I expected a good shooting 1911 from Taurus. I am not looking for a National Match Grade Bulls-eye shooting machine,
Just a fun shooting gun.
I understand some things go wrong, but it seems that each repair is a little worse than the last repair,
and the original problem still exist.
I am including picture links so you can see the poorly machined slide battery face, marks on the fired cases, and barrel link. These are High Resolution Pictures.
On 4/17/2012 I purchased a Taurus 1-191101 sn NFN 36270 brand new.
I fired the pistol at 25 yards using Federal 230 grn hard ball.
Point of impact was 16-18" low on a 6:00 Bulls-eye hold.
I field stripped the 1911 to verify proper assembly.
I Fired 7 more rounds, same impact point.
Used my other 1911 (an Ithaca government model M 1911 A1) with the same ammo and impact was as expected 3" high.
4/24/2012. The gun store that I purchased the Taurus at sent it in for repair.
4/26/2012 the 1911 was received by Taurus.
5/16/2012 the repair was completed Service order # 410454. Repaired The slide was replaced. Poor Accuracy Weak groove.
5/17/2012 The gun store JKD Professional Gunsmithing received the 1911. I was there when they opened the Box.
I inspected the gun and found that the finish on the slide was marred,
several scratches on the top and bottom of the slide,
and a scratch on the frame. The barrel link is also damaged.This repair on a brand new gun is unacceptable.
I contacted Customer Service, They were very apologetic, and set up FedEx shipping for the return.
The FedEx terminal is 30 miles from my house, not real convenient. I will deal with it.
I expect that the 1911 will be repaired to new condition or replaced.
5/22/2012 Back to Taurus for repair. service order 414074 date 5/23/2012 Replaced Slide.
5/24/2012 returned from customer service.
6/14-2012 Shipping back to Taurus for the third time... I expect the Pistol to be replaced