My Taurus Customization

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Olympus, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I've had the stainless PT1911 since back when they first came out. The gun has simply been amazing. I've put about 5500 rounds through it so far and haven't had any problems. But I've really used and abused the gun and it looked a little worse for wear. So I decided to put a little money back into the gun and get it back to looking good and to make some changes that I like to see on my 1911s.

    First thing I did was remove the HUGE billboards! I completely sanded off all of the lettering on the sides of the slide. This made a huge difference in the appearance of the gun. Then I got rid of the ambi-safety and swapped it for an Ed Brown wide single-safety. I pitched the stupid Taurus "lockable" hammer and replaced it with a skeletonized hammer. I replaced the front sight with a Hi-Viz fiber optic sight. And I replaced the rear sight with an adjustable target sight with white outline. I had to have the slide milled to accept the rear sight that I wanted, but it turned out great. Then I sent the whole thing to my gunsmith for a satin bead blast finish instead of the polished flats/satin rounds that the gun came with. The results are better than I could have hoped for.

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  2. towboater

    towboater Well-Known Member

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    Darn fine job. Ya made it a beauty!!
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    WOW!!! i like it, very nice looking and you did a very good job on it. :D
     
  4. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Thanks fellas!
     
  5. MrWray

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    Nice job,she looks good
     
  6. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Definitely better than a box stock version. I'm anxious to try the new sights out.
     
  7. Ruzai

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    I'm in the middle of redoing my PT1911 duo-tone and hoping the dress it to the 9s and make it as reliable as any other 1911.
    I'll be doing it mostly by myself under supervision of instructors who do this stuff for the Denver PD.

    I'm guessing since you swapped the hammer you did some trigger work? (I'm in the middle of doing the same thing for a better trigger pull)
    My PT1911 had god-awful vertical play in the original trigger so I swapped and fitted it with a Wilson ultra-lite trigger. Tedious but well worth the time.

    Just curoius, but does your pistol have ejector clocking? I'm curious to find out since your's is an early model if its got tighter fitting internals than the later versions like mine.

    Beautiful grips and finish by the way.
     
  8. Vigilant1

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    Great job, looks like it will do the job...
     
  9. Olympus

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    Not really any trigger work done on the gun. Just a light polishing of the engagement points. Factory trigger on mine wasn't bad at all.
     
  10. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    Olympus that thing looks pretty good man.
     
  11. griffin81

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    Now that makes me want to do some work to pt1911. That looks awesome nice work.

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  12. XxChino13xX

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    Seeing that definitely just added a few more points to get a 1911 style pistol next. She came out great man, I especially like the satin black instead of the polished.
     
  13. canebrake

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    Outstanding, but I've come to expect nothing less from you.

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  14. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Thanks Cane!
     
  15. Byron0022

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    Fine looking pistol, great job.
     
  16. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Thanks everyone. Still waiting for better weather to shoot it.
     
  17. Olympus

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    Whelp, I guess I need to do a yearly update on my Taurus project. I was not very happy with the new satin finish. It wasn't the look I was going for. Then the gun spent most of the time in the wood shop being a test dummy for new grips. It got covered in sawdust and unfortunately, some of the small parts started getting some surface rust. Needless to say, it was in bad shape and needed to be rescued.

    So this time, I did the research to do the kind of bead blasting finish that I originally wanted. I wanted a shiny silver color that was buttery smooth instead of rough like it was before. Bought a small sandblaster and used 80 grit glass beads at 40PSI on the compressor. I bead blasted the whole gun and the results were better than I could have hoped for. This thing is like brand new again and exactly what I wanted the first time!

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  18. JSStryker

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    Very nice looking sidearm, either version of it that is!
     
  19. griffin81

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    That looks even better than last time! Wow great job I love the finish.
     
  20. racer_x

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    Ive been thinking about doing the same thing or trying for a flat blackish color.
    Great job OP!!