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Taurus 1911-AL 45ACP 8RD ALUM
by JOHN B Date Added: Friday 27 November, 2009
I wrote a review, but it didn't appear, so I'll try again.

Perhaps the alloy frame 1911 needs a bit more breaking in; I'm having a bit of trouble with JHP ammunition feeding, extracting and ejecting properly. Fired 100 rounds of FMJ and it was OK; quite difficult to insert the magazines with 8-rounds loaded. Really had to hit the mag bottom quite hard and feeding stripping the first round was not positive; slide did not fully return to battery. The subsequent rounds were the ones that hung on the lip of the feed-ramp, not entering the chamber at all; had to drop the magazine and manually remove the loaded round (185gr Remington Golden Saber BJHP).

Like 1911's sometimes do, this gun may need a lot of breaking-in with 'FMJ', yet I do notice a small 'nick' at the bottom of the ramp. I can catch my finger-nail in the 'nick', so a trip to Taurus may yet be required. I'll try running 350 aditional rounds of 'FMJ' and then see how things go.

Others have noted the 'finish appearance' as being a bit 'thin' and I must agree, but this is not a big issue. If reliability can be improved, even with a return to Taurus, I plan on having it refinished anyway. The FIT appears very good, especially for a mass produced gun. Many alloy frame guns are produced and well liked; I have no reason to believe this one will be any different.

Cost versus others is a great point and the lower price does NOT seem to result from lesser quality. I also bought a steel frame 1911 from Bud's at the same time and it has been PERFECT from round-one. Accuracy of bothe the steel and alloy frame guns is EXCELLENT. I'll get more familiar with these and am confident they will be, "all that they can be", especially in MY hands!

If the issues are resolved, I'll bump thie alloy frame to a '5' from a '4' ..... the all steel is already a '5' and can only get better! Overall, I am HAPPY and especially so with all the folks atBUDS who have been VERY understanding of the issue with alloy frame and offered ALL THEIR HELP to resolve the matter. THANKS FOLKS I appreciate your support!

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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