Here's some quick pictures of Taurus PT1911 #3, this is a different gun belonging to a different shooting buddy.
We were talking about the other two I was looking at and my friend not being much of a 1911 guy hasn't shot his much and asked if I would be willing to take a look at his.
He was not impressed with his Taurus.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BRqAFlg86q...IMAG0076-1.jpg Batterting of frame, not sure what's causing this as this area of the frame can not be struck by hammer with firing pin stop in place. The joint where the ejector meets the frame looks pretty nasty as well.
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-kQOo3b-D_m...IMAG0068-1.jpg Barrel lug appears cut/battered, bare steel visible, looks like someone took a rough file to it. The barrel link also appears to be taking some uneven wear.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9qAoAXMaFa...IMAG0069-1.jpg Scratches in barrel, scratches on side of lug also visible.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yedBpb9VdE...IMAG0070-1.jpg More gouges in lower lug where it mats to the frame, additional scratches evident. Looks as if the lower link is being eaten in the frame.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GduKiM1CJk...IMAG0072-1.jpg Main spring housing extends past frame cut out. Does not appear to hamper function but is aesthetically horrid.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lOup5N8KF1...IMAG0073-1.jpg Firing pin stop and slide being battered, probably by that huge ledge in the rear of the frame
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YVxMCESj6g...IMAG0075-1.jpg Rough fitting of the grip safety, clean edges? Who needs them....
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kErlRD9zBJ...IMAG0074-1.jpg Some small gouges in the slide.There's some other bits of this gun that scare me, the muzzle end of the barrel looked pretty rough. Taurus does this odd thing with their barrels and bushing where there's a raised ledge of sorts and a corresponding recess in the barrel...it seems like it may increase barrel to bushing fit in that small area, but it looks like it's lapping the barrel...
I did not open up the rest of the gun, I don't think I'd like what I would've found. This gun has maybe 500 rounds though it.