Reviewed By: james r on 09/10/2014
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
bought this during the summer blowout sale.
nice looking pistol and it came in the taurus box with one ACT mag. full length one piece guide rod and a take down wrench made of nylon. mine had the taurus billboard slide. was hoping for a plain one.
at first glance the pistol looked fine. a trip to the range showed the pistol was not quite as good as it looked.
the first issue was the barrel bushing it was very loose fitting as the slide slot was machined a hair too big causing the bushing to move forward as much as 2mm.
the trigger pull on this example seemed OK at first --but after firing a few rounds it seemed to get very hard-- the firing pin stop was froze to the slide--LOL
the slide to frame fit had a small amount of slop in it-- nothing major but enough to notice if you looked hard. the safety hole in the frame is also a tiny bit too big when the in the safe position showing a bit of exposed hole when on safe.
it had some problems feeding JHPs too.
nothing wrong with the taurus plastic grips but i replaced them with some cocobolos, a change to a wilson hammer and sear solved the trigger problem. the frame seems to very good with the exception being the JHPs . after the tune up is has been 100% reliable with FMJs it seems to be very accurate. put in a new oversized barrel bushing solved the walking out problem--
a little polish on the ramp may fix the problem with the JHPs as it is very close to working with them..
i thought the double safety might be a problem but i have grown to like it. the grip safety fits and functions perfectly.
be aware these are series 80s. with extra safety things like plungers and levers. the one i got really wouldn't do a first time 1911 owner. too many little problem areas. they may not all be like the one i got so YMMV.
for what this sold for though i have no complaints as the pistol is mostly a in spec 1911 --the only thing being the trigger has a smaller bow than a regular 1911 has --but if you have done the 1911 thing for a while your going to be pretty comfortable working with the PT1911.
and all i have spent was $30 for the grips , the rest came from my spares box and this is one sweet shooter now-- now it shoots like a expensive 1911 with a big name , trigger smooth as sild and the thing cycles perfectly--the taurus barrel seems ver accurate and hits to POI and is dead on with the sights. -- and i barely got a bit over 4 bills in it. in spite of a few issues i can't complain!!
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