A little on why I don't like Taurus 1911s....
Originally Posted by VAMarine
For my findings on these two guns:
For the entire read:
Guns, Guns, and More Gosh Darn Guns: Update on the PT1911s....
The down and dirty of which is:
Plunger lever being lapped by slide,
if left uncorrected, this will probably shear off.
Imperfections from MIM casting, waves could break
off and foul gun, possible integrity of part is compromised.
Not sure why they chose to gouge the barrel rather than
relieve the frame but that cut mates up the the frame.
Machining marks, sharp edges. I've seen better work done
on ball point pens.
All in all I'm not very impressed with the Taurus offerings, but that's more of an issue with their marketing department, hype and current trends in cost...which is probably the fault of the market for buying the hell out of these things...If they were still $450 and $500 1911s, I wouldn't be as miffed about some of this findings but for "$2100 worth of features" I think I'd rather have a Rock Island Armory Tactical Model for around $450. I've often thought about getting one of their matte nickel models and just trying to run the thing into the ground...maybe one of these days...Or just pony up a couple extra bucks and get a Ruger SR1911.
Will post some comparison pics later of of specific areas / features of some of the other guns.
One thing I will say for the PT1911, the stainless 1911 cleaned up real nice with a little Flitz, a scouring pad, and some gun oil. The trigger on the .45 is pretty nice after my work, better than the current state of my older Springfield, the 9mm could use a little more work, but I'd not put the effort into it until it came back from warranty service.
Some things I would probably do with the PT1911 if I were to buy one.
First thing's first, I would buy a stainless steel model. There have been many accounts of the finish on the blued guns not holding up well and what I saw on these two guns reinforces that. The slide of the blued model needs to be refinished. I would ditch the full length guide rod (FLGR) for a GI plug and guide, probably ditch the slide stop of a Wilson Bullet Proof part, and inspect all the internals, if nothing else appeared suspect, at minimum replace the ignition parts, and add a Cylinder and Slide Series 80 Trigger Pull Reduction kit, and maybe switch to a single side safety.
The slides and frames themselves seemed to be made OK and might be good for a build, the only thing that would give me pause is that checkering, it would have be sanded down for either some proper texture to be applied or left smooth etc.
There's more photos and commentary on the guns and some other issues encountered.
Yeah, I'm a gun snob and just "hating on Taurus", but now you can see a little as to why.
The owner of the guns will be following up with Taurus, I'll be sure to post follow ups on how Taurus handles the issues.