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Old 05-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I've been a fan of firearms for a while and recently picked up my "must keep" firearm a Taurus PT1911, and have been looking into different upgrades and stuff I can pick up. My goal was to buy a decent, but cheaper side 1911 and slowly upgrade and replace parts until I had my own custom pistol. Well the opportunity arose recently when I was contacted by a friend about his Taurus PT1911 he needed to sell for quick cash and picked it up at a whopping 320.00. So far, short of it being pretty dirty, I love it. Obviously its a 1911 so its going to feel amazing in your hand and the PT1911 has ambidextrous safety that is great for lefties like myself. I love firearms and so I figured why not get on somewhere where I can not only share my interest with others but broaden my knowledge on the subject. I have messed with a lot of rifles but this is one of my first pistols. I pulled it apart last night which took me about 10 minutes found it to be pretty dirty but was able to get it apart and together fairly quickly and easily.

My main question as of now is has anyone here had any problems with their Taurus PT1911s? I am not looking for "I once heard that Taurus sucked" answers. First person accounts are appreciated. Anything that I should for in my 1911 or any common problems. The slide seems pretty smooth on it and without shooting it, it appears to be in pretty nice shape.

The other question I have has to do with upgrades.

I've read that triggers, hammers, sears, and springs are the place to start on making your 1911 a better all around pistol. Is this true? What are your opinions on upgrading 1911's and what brands do you suggest?
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First Taurus is not highly regarded in the 1911 world. 2nd they are hit and miss. If you got a good one congrats. 3rd shoot the hell out of it as is as your tastes will change a bunch in the 1st year of joining the 1911 world. Once you have some time in the platform you will know what you like and don't much better. Then make changes. My guess is you will buy more 1911s with the stuff you like on them. Happens to most who get into the 1911 platform.
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+1 on what limbkiller is telling ya.

Shoot the heck out of it, then change.
If I had the money for all the changes I've made to my guns that weren't needed, I'd be retired.

Now, how much to shoot? I would say that you should try to wear the thing out.
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Hi! Welcome to the forum. So much for formalities............
Well, imho, don't be so quick to spend money. (I might be old-fashioned) The gun has many parts that need to learn to work together. For the time being, buy good ammo to break it in with. Learn to shoot it proficiently. Each gun is different. You'll need to get used to it. There will be plenty of time to buy all the things that you want. At least then, you'll know what you need.
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i with the others. Taurus has let their QC slip to the point of you might get a good one or not. i myself own a Taurus revolver, but have enough concerns that i would probably never purchase another new one. i hope you have one that is one of the better ones.

now on to your questions on modifications. Don't! shoot the snot out it like you're trying to wear it out. clean and maintain it per the owners manual. if you don't have one, get one. learn the pistol and how it operates, then you will have a better understanding of what you want in a 1911. sometimes its cheaper to buy one with the features you want or need vs. modifying one into what you want. you might find that like many of us, one 1911 is just not enough!
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I'd say shoot the heck out of it because it helps

the 1911s "wear in". Many times a crappy

shooter" out- of -the- box" gets much more dependable

as it cycles repeatedly.

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Well i got it for cheaper than you can pick up a rock island, and I like the ambidextrous safety. I talked to the guy at Caspain about a frame that works with the safety style and he said he didn't have the time and funding to take on the project. Like I said, I got it because it was a .45, it was 300.00, and I figured I could slowly swap parts out. I've wanted to build a custom 1911 for a long time and this way I can slowly build on what I have and just save the old parts and rebuild them together when im done. Basically turning 1 1911 into 2. I love the way it feels love the overall 1911 experience. Went and picked up a box of 50 brass and need to find something to shoot at. As soon as I get a day off I might drive out to some public hunting land and try to shoot a squirrel or something. I
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+1 on what limbkiller is telling ya.

Shoot the heck out of it, then change.
If I had the money for all the changes I've made to my guns that weren't needed, I'd be retired.

Now, how much to shoot? I would say that you should try to wear the thing out.
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Well i got it for cheaper than you can pick up a rock island, and I like the ambidextrous safety. I talked to the guy at Caspain about a frame that works with the safety style and he said he didn't have the time and funding to take on the project. Like I said, I got it because it was a .45, it was 300.00, and I figured I could slowly swap parts out. I've wanted to build a custom 1911 for a long time and this way I can slowly build on what I have and just save the old parts and rebuild them together when im done. Basically turning 1 1911 into 2. I love the way it feels love the overall 1911 experience. Went and picked up a box of 50 brass and need to find something to shoot at. As soon as I get a day off I might drive out to some public hunting land and try to shoot a squirrel or something. I
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Taurus huh?

Well you get what you pay for in the 1911 world.

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So...........
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