sputnik1988- I like the Beretta 96, it looks like a good face-lift to the 92. Its not hard to find a good GI 1911 on the cheap, especially this year with the flooded market of the 100 year anniversary.
mrwintr- I've had experience with several PT1911s and there is something you have to realize about mass produced 1911s...they're mass produced
this means that less attention to detail and less quality control. You cant expect every single gun to get looked over on a personal level. Just because you see one bad apple in the bunch doesnt mean they all are bad.
Its your constitutional right to be negative and display your dislikes but that doesnt make it a good idea for a first post.
There could be several things that could cause the extractor to break, but it'd have to be pretty apparent or some real mis-use to break within the first 200 rounds. As for slide to frame fit, its going to be that way in mass produced guns and can be fixed by a gunsmith (who has the right tools) that isnt a snob about what guns he works on.
The .080" gap, did you show this before or after the extractor broke? If its after it might not have been that way before.
3,000 rounds is not hard for a 1911 to have...I know of many that have had that much. I'm a little over half way there myself on my PT1911. Sure its not a tack driver and shows wear but its still banging away. Mind you, I havent changed anytihng on mine execpt the grips.
I find it surprising that Taurus wont work on your gun, perhaps you got someone having a bad day on the phone. Try again and if they say the same thing, send that hunk of SS to me