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Old 10-15-2007, 09:54 AM   #1
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What the thoughts on it? Saw one at a dealer. Always looking for another 1911. (or two...)
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Old 10-15-2007, 11:26 AM   #2
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Mike the first ones I saw was at the SHOT show in 2006. They appeared well made with most of the bells and whistles on them and at a good price.

I looked (pair on display) at the .45 acp. then realized that the second gun was a .38 Super. Haven't seen a Super since.

I have seen some Internet write-ups saying they were not up to snuff, but I have seen that about most guns.

I think it would be a good buy for the money.

Old 11-13-2007, 12:22 PM   #3
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We've got one at the shop where I work. It's loose and I suspect all the parts are low grade mim, but it's not a bad package. Even if you replaced the whole ignition system with good parts you'd still be a couple hundred dollars under a Kimber. The only real gripe I have is that they put those little sights on it that they use on the Milleniums. They just look stupid.
Old 11-18-2007, 05:16 PM   #4
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Taurus 1911

We have had them in and out of the shop for over a year. I would have to agree with the write up by Clint Smith and the 5,000 round test at Thunder Ranch published in American Handgunner....it IS the most bang for the dollar in 1911's today !

I do not like the Heinie slant 8 sights either but theor market research likes them...we have replaced a bunch...personal preference.

On range testing...100 % reliable.

JMHO based on experience with the pistol.
Old 11-18-2007, 11:23 PM   #5
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I have had 2 and now have one. They are great guns for the money. The only weak spot is the finish, not consistent but it's not that big a deal for me. I will eventually have it refinished in two tone black on SS. Mine was very tight, fit was good, very good accuracy (1.5 in groups at 45 ft and I'm not the greatest shot), and I have only found 1 ammo brand that won't feed reliably in it (HSM re-manufactured JHPs). All other ammo has fed fine. No failures in over 1700 rds. Great gun for less than $600 over that go for a Kimber or SA.
Old 03-13-2008, 01:12 PM   #6
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I'm very happy with mine. I also have a SA Trophy Match Long Slide that costs twice as much but it's not twice the gun.

I got rid of the hammer, the series 80 "junk", and put a 18 LBS main spring. The trigger went from 5.5 to 2.25 LBS with no creep.

I just wish it had adjustable sights.
Old 03-30-2008, 09:07 AM   #7
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Taurus PT 1911

I bought a used PT 1911 from another IPSC shooter, it has had some trigger work, but other than that, it's stock. My impressions so far are pretty good. The pistol is reliable, and to my surprise, very accurate! I had to change the front sight to a Dawson fiber optic due to my eye-sight and it shooting low. I got the lowest profile I could find, and it still shoots a little low, not enough to really be a problem, unless you're shooting at a paster or something small, but I would still like it to be just right.
I know that the Heinie dove tail is different from other sights, does anyone know of a "drop in" rear adjustable sight that it is out there? I didn't see one on the Heinie website.
I can give it to my gunsmith to fit one on there, but I would rather get a drop in type for now.
Old 10-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #8
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Taurus 1911

Just bought a Taurus 1911 38 Super with the gold plated accented pieces for CDNNSports in Abilene Texas,,really wanted a RI 38 super but the dealer that usually buy from was out of them and did not know if and when he would get some,,,pistol was 399.00 and I think it was a good buy,,,still the only minor issue is that it has a light rail and it has been the pits trying to find a thumbsnap crossdraw holster,,,anyone out there have a recommendation as to where to get a decent holster,,,,custom made holsters are a tad pricey,,,
Old 01-09-2013, 11:18 AM   #9
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In case anyone else reads this thread, I was just wondering what kind of replacement rear sights are available for this gun without sending it out to a smith.
I like my stainless, no rail gun. I replaced the safety with an ed brown, (now it works fine and stays in the gun.) That was the only problem I have had with it in over 3 years now. But I just can not get used to the straight 8 sights. I am sure the gun shoots better than I do with those sights installed. I would like to see what I can do with it after having a good adjustable rear sight on it.
The smiths in my area do not seem to want to work on a Taurus 1911, for what ever reason? Over 1000 rounds though it, and other than the safty falling out, no other problems at all.
Thanks in advance for those that reply.
Old 01-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #10
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I've wondered about the Taurus 1911's, if they're up to par with Colts, SI, etc...

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