Reviewed By: Robert F on 05/05/2013
Rating: [2 of 5 Stars!]
I wanted to purchase a 9mm 1911 at the end of last year and this gun was available at the price I wanted to pay. The factory features seemed great for the price, and the reviews I saw all were positive, and handguns were becoming scarce due to politics, I went with it!
However, since this was an online purchase, after receiving the gun, I had to "evaluate" what I bought! I noticed that the slide to frame and barrel to bushing fit were rather sloppy, to the point that the slide would literally "rock and roll", both up and down and side to side. I didn't have any experience with 1911's and didn't know what the "norm" was for fit.
Since purchasing this gun, I have went to numerous gun dealers locally, a couple in Florida, some in Tennessee, and even to Buds, comparing other 1911's fit and finish! What I have found is that my Taurus is by far the loosest slide fit of any other 1911 that I have checked in it's price range. The old saying "you get what you pay for" applies, and yes, there is such a thing as a "lemon"! Maybe?
Shooting mechanical performance has been flawless with no FTF or FTE, but the gun's accuracy is very picky on what brand of ammo you put through it. Maybe the case with all handguns. But, overall the accuracy of this gun is not what I expected even with the most accurate ammo.
I did replace the barrel bushing with one that had a tighter fit and the accuracy did improve some. The factory bushing had a .0065 clearance, and the replacement had a .0015 clearance. The trigger was rather creepy and rough, and a trigger job took care of that.
On the positive side, Bud's Gun Shop cannot be beat for service, price, selection and of course, free shipping!
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