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Taurus PT1911-Should I Pop?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by BayouGlocker, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. BayouGlocker


    May 12, 2010
    NW Louisiana
    At a local pawn shop, I've found a black framed Taurus PT1911, the sides of the slide appear to be stainless, altho the top, back, and inside the slide serrations are black. I'm not good at telling the difference tween types of finishes.... It has ambi safties, which I'm kinda "bla" about, but the fact that they're extended is a plus for me. Novak sights. Pachmyer (sp?) rubberized grips, that are way bigger than I'd want to carry with, but they are comfy to hold. It comes with (I think) an Ed Brown 8 round mag with a thick rubber padded base.

    The price is $415 or 425, can't remember for sure. Should I pop? I realize that there are plenty reasons NOT to buy a Taurus 1911--it seems that you either love or hate the guns. They work, or they don't. For this price, I'm tempted to buy it as a first 1911. If it works then I'd have an ok set up for a first steel gun. If not, could I get most of my money back out of it?
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010
  2. jrs93accord


    Jul 10, 2005
    Pensacola, FL
    I would look for a new or used Rock Island Armory 1911A1 instead. For the same amount of money, you will get a better pistol.

  3. ctfireman


    Feb 13, 2010
    Bridgeport, CT
    To those who don't know 1911's inside & out (myself included) they appear nice & have all the modern doodads. Thanks to people here, i didn't jump on it when i had the same chance, mint gun & similar price. You can get a few different 1911's brand new for that price & get a higher quality 1911. The experts will be along any minute.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010
  4. 38 Super Fan

    38 Super Fan

    Jul 15, 2010
    I agree with JR. A new RIA is gonna run about $425 and is in my opinion a better gun.
  5. RonS

    RonS Millennium Member

    May 27, 1999
    Oh, USA
    Do you have duck decoys you need to keep from floating away?
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Yeah, stay away from the Taurus PT1911.

    There are far better 1911s on the market for the same price.
  8. I've only examined both in a local shop, without firing them, but based on that I think the Rock Island Tactical model is a better choice than the Taurus PT1911. New, the RIA was only $445 and has a beaver-tail grip safety (which is the starting point for any 1911 I'd buy) as well as Novak-style sights.
  9. zhix


    Jan 31, 2010
    I saw a guy in a local pawn shop the other day carrying a Taurus 1911. I was thinking 2 things: 1.) I wouldn't be protecting my life with that and 2.) Is this guy CCing or OCing? - it was in an OWB open top literally hanging from his pants that looked they could fall down any minute sticking halfway out from his shirt.

    Also, guy I know just bought a taurus 45 used, but I don't know if it was the PT1911. He took it out to shoot it and it went full auto. I told him to take it back cause if the shop owner refused to take it back he could threaten him with selling him a machine pistol. Instead he talked him into "having his gunsmith work with taurus to fix it and they might even send you a brand new gun." I told him seeing as its used I doubt thats going to happen. I personally I am not sure I would even want a "free" taurus. That said I have never owned a Taurs and probably never will.
  10. remat


    Mar 19, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    For a little more $ I would save and get a RIA/Citadel/etc, or a Springfield. I think you would be a lot happier in the long run. Take a closer look at the so-called "custom" features and components they use.
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I say jump all over it. You're getting a $2000 custom 1911 for a little over $400. :whistling:

    3.....2.....1.....blast off:rofl:
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2010
  12. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Chesapeake, Va
    That's original. Really. :rofl:
  13. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Chesapeake, Va
    I have one. The stainless is pretty decent finish-wise. That takes care of one criticism. I didn't like the ambi-safety, so I decided to replace it. The original fire control parts were so far out of spec that the new, oversized safety wouldn't work (metal needed to be added apparently). Truth be told, I already had a Cylinder and Slide Professional Trigger Pull Set (IOW, everything pre-fitted, except the safety). So this was my indoctrination to the world of parts replacement of the 1911. I had to fit the safety and that was educational. I went real slow and got it perfect IMNSHO. It went smoothly with a whole bunch of cussing :rant::burn: while I was trying to put that cursed series 80 firing pin safety back in. I had to replace the hammer strut too as the original looked nasty.

    If you're not getting it to tinker with, I'd say pass, Even at that price there are better. My RIA Tactical was $450 NIB and I like it much more.
  14. maxniman


    Sep 20, 2009

    I agree
  15. Shortimer


    Dec 11, 2007
    I have a RI Compact & have had the 5 in Tac. They both were very good basic 1911s & have always exceeded my expectations. I have read very few positive remarks about the PT1911 & even though I usually take internet chatter with a grain of salt their has been so many neg posts about this gun I would pass. Do your homework & good luck
  16. Trey83


    Feb 28, 2010
    Based on my bad experience with Taurus' autos I am on the "NO" boat.
  17. rsxr22


    Feb 25, 2009
    Youngstown, OH
    I have nothing good to say about taurus autos, minus the PT92. And i dislike their 1911 line more than any of their other models
  18. Pipedreamer


    Sep 17, 2008
  19. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Yeah, the PT92 is really the only Taurus auto I like.