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I'm looking at possibly getting one of these or a Glock 32. I'd prefer something in a 1911 frame as the slimmer feel fits me better, only problem is I don't know of anyone who has a PT1911, but I know a number of people that have the Glock 32, and I currently have a Glock 23, so I really would prefer to get something that isn't a Glock. Any insights here?
 

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I have yet to hear anything bad about the gun from people that shot it and gave it a fair shake without falling into the "buy American" shit.

There are a few things to be aware of.

1. There were some reports of slightly premature finish wear on the very first batch.......I havent heard anything sense. Even the first XDs had that.

2. The trigger is not perfect but rates about 5.5-6lbs. It will most likely smooth out with use.


For a fully froged 1911 you are not getting any better deal.
 

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go PT1911!

The trigger pull is slightly rougher than kimber's i've fired.
About the same as a base model sprigfield actually.

Gun looks and feels solid otherwise. No machineing marks to notice. No rattles or clicks.

still haven't shot one, but got to handle two in the store.
 

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I've had a PT1911 since last fall. I love it. The finish is my only real complaint as it is wearing. I'll do something about somewhere along the line but I'm not in a major hurry.

Trigger (for me) works very well. I can't give a report of actual accuracy since I'm unskilled at longer distances. I hit what I'm shooting at which, for me, is very good.
 

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If I had one wearing I would get it hard chromed. The gun wears less and has the most resistant finish on earth that way. Great for carry.
 

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Harc Chrome is naturally satin like regular stainless. What you think of as chrome is really nickel.
 

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I finally got my 1911 shortly after posting this, but it wasn't the Tarus, I ended up going with a Kimber Eclipse Target II. I now have about 400 (=/-) rounds through it and I absolutely love it. When I take my time to get back on target between shots, it's incredibly accurate, and the trigger is great, the only gripe that I have is it took forever to get the sights zeroed right. Other than that, great gun. In my opinion, my Kimber is head and shoulders above the Glock 23 that I had.
 

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I just wanted to add my .02 to this.

I picked up a Taurus PT1911 a few weekends ago at a gunshow. Got it NIB for $515 out the door. I simply would not pay over $550 for this.

I've only shot a few hundred rounds, but accuracy is great! I've only had one FTE as of now.

My complaints:

1.) The mags that come with it are "meh" at best. Seem like they may die rather quickly. I've already picked up some Wilson Combat 47D's.

2.) Finish does indeed wear quickly. It's such a thin finish! Really a shame that they skimped on this area of the firearm. I'm debating if it's worth spending another $120-180 for hard-chroming. Supposedly, you can send it back to Taurus for free re-blueing. I have not confirmed this yet, but other users have said that customer support has said they'd do it.

3.) Customer service is flaky. Although their warranty is killer, turn around time on service has ranged from quick to MONTHS. It's really a toss up on how they act. I've heard horror stories and I've heard about great customer service. (P.S.- I did find out that if you refinish the gun, it only voids the 1 year finish warranty. The lifetime warranty stays in tact. Whew!)

4.) Taurus uses MIM for their molding, and there has been high debate about this process. Some say, if done right, MIM is as strong as forged, just simply at a lower cost. At worse, if it's done wrong or bypasses quality control, space can be developed between the metal during the process, thus leading to cracked parts (and a useless gun). There are all different methods of MIM, and I know Colt uses it as well, but I still think it's worth pointing out. Some also say that MIM leads to a softer steel than forged. This I haven't seen confirmed, but again, it might be worth some debate.

Overall, it is a beast of a gun for the price. For the price, I'd easily easily choose this over other liked priced guns (Springfield GI + Mil-Spec, Rock Island Armory, etc). Trigger is very smooth, although it could be just a TINY bit less lb pull. Feels like it's built very solidly, and it's still a complete mil-spec 1911, so any gunsmith can work on it easily, and you can do all the do-it-yourself drop-in's such as magwells, safeties, etc.

Minor rant: I dislike the front slide serrations. They're pointless. But many manufacturers do this. Also, the hammer is a bit of a let-down, with their little "locking" mechanism in it. They should have just gone with a lightweight hammer (at they did in their prototypes). No biggie though, and this can be swapped out with another hammer easily.

If you're in the sub-$600 price range, GET IT. If you can afford to jump to 700-800+, I'd definitely go looking at Springfield, Kimber, etc. The Taurus is a very underrated firearm though.
 

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Also, just to throw this out there, here is what I want done to my Taurus (still debating)

1.) Base PT1911 - $515
2.) S&A Magwell - $78
3.) Hard Chroming via Tripp Research - $180ish
4.) Mil-Tac G10 Grips - $69

Total: $840ish. So is it worth it to do all that? Or sell it and go with a Springfield Loaded in SS (At least $780-850) and add in the grips and mag well?

I'll probably stick with the Taurus and mod the heck outta it.
 

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THe only 1911 makers not using MIM are the custom shops. You find MIM in Kimber, S&W, Springfield, and Dan Wesson.

I think Colt is using them as well.

Its here to stay.
 

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Yep ^^

Off hand the only non custom 1911 maker I can thin of that has not gone MIM yet is SigArms.
I personally have no issue with MIM parts.

- Janq
 

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Adler said:
THe only 1911 makers not using MIM are the custom shops. You find MIM in Kimber, S&W, Springfield, and Dan Wesson.

I think Colt is using them as well.

Its here to stay.
I'm a proud MIM Kimber owner :)
 
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