American Rifleman cover story

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by tenringtaz, Jul 27, 2006.

What's your opinion of the Taurus PT1911

Poll closed Aug 17, 2006.
  1. Holy Mackerel - what a gun! LOVE IT!!!

  2. Pretty fine firearm for the price. Like It...

  3. Eh, just another mediocre 1911. It's OK~~~

  4. Nope, don't like, never will, not a good firearm. YUCK!

  1. tenringtaz

    tenringtaz New Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    So, on the cover of the American Rifleman is the Taurus PT1911. What a writeup! WOW! and, for around $600, seems like a good deal.

    I am one of the fortunate few who live in Californication - handguns must pass etsting before being added to the approved list by the DOJ. <sigh> so, we haven't seen any in country yet...

    Looking for a quick opinion / feedback on first impressions from those who have one, tried one, etc.

    See poll...

  2. Welcome Tenring
    For the price not bad heard good about them
    BUT keep in mind for around $700-$800 you can get a Kimber

  3. tenringtaz

    tenringtaz New Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Yup - got a Kimber and love it. Ultra CDP II from the custom shop. Kinda pricey, but dead on accurate and a sweet little 45.

    I also have a Springfield Operator, Springfield XD40 and XD45 and love all of them too.

    I was thinking the Taurus would be a good one for GP (General Purpose) shooting, kinda like my XD40 - takes a beating and keeps on firing. For that matter, the Operator is similar.
  4. ironsight65

    ironsight65 New Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Glad to see this post. I am considering one myself. Seems like they have a lot of features for the price but I would like to hear from someone who has shot one.
  5. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Springfield has some good 1911's in that price range too.

    Great quality firearms.
  6. Smoky14

    Smoky14 Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Nowhere NM
    Gun mags never saw a gun they didn't like. I think any gun you have to run through a smith to get a decent trigger is not on my list of buys. 6# out of the box trigger stinks, lawyers love them but shooters don't.
    I'm to the point a gun has to be in service for a few years before I buy. Sigma, S&W 1911,etc come to mind.

    LIKTOSHOOT Advanced Senior Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Yep-never met a gun magazine that didn`t like a gun, but American Rifleman----you jest/jist. What a bunch of bafoons.

  8. omegapd

    omegapd New Member

    May 8, 2005
    I've read a couple of posts so far on another forum about the Taurus...

    It's selling in the 450 range.

    It's also a series 80 type gun with whatever makes that different than the 70.

    Single action trigger is in the 5 pound range. I'm sure that could be a quick fix if needed though...

    One guy said he bought it to abuse and see how it stands up. After 250 rounds the first day he had one failure (stovepipe maybe? can't remember) and said it was extremely accurate- on par with his higher end 1911s.

    I'm not a big 1911 guy, so probably wouldn't buy one, but I've taken my chances twice with Taurus products (the Beretta clone 92 and the 608 eight shot .357 revolver) with good luck.

  9. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Yeah, Taurus has definitely gotten better from 20 years or so ago...maybe we should wait for AGB to chime in...since he's in Brazil,, he's probably seen it around for a while, but didn't he say he wasn't allowed to own a "military caliber?"

    I can't remember...
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2006
  10. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Taurus got their start, in the internaational weapons business, on Beretta Machinery, building their own version of the Beretta 92; the original pistol, with the mag release on the heel of the grip,and a frame, not slide, mounted safety, was a clone of the original Beretta; while Beretta 'sucked up' to market demands, almost immediately, Taurus kinda dragged their feet, and left the controls where they were, for a while, which, personally, is where I feel they should be!
    They then, and now, offer a 'Lifetime' warranty, on their product, and honor it, without question.
    Faced with the necessity of a new .45, what I know of their 'nines', would sell the pistol, given the $450-600 price point, previously mentioned.
    I've 'Broke' some Colts, with fractures thru the slide stop pin hole, and some Berettas, with fractured slides; never have I seen such failures, from Taurus. For me, this is selling tool enough!
  11. AKGUY

    AKGUY New Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    FYI,dealer price on the Taurus is just under $400
  12. Bill

    Bill New Member

    Mar 31, 2003
    Very happy with my PT 1911. Got it for $529. Very accurate, lots of features. Had a minor top round feeding problem that 5 minutes with a stone completely corrected. No misfires or stove pipes in 100 rounds. Hope to do more testing soon. First impression is outstanding. Trigger is not 6 lbs, more like 3 to 4 and very crisp.
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2006
  13. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Thanks Bill, for the report.

    However, with my AVERSION to buying ANY new firearm, (along with my inherent ) until they PROVE themselves for say 50 or 100 years, or 5 or 6 years of actual COMBAT use, I'll wait until I can buy a "Well used, but used Well" sample....;)
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