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Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by CharlieWhiskey261, May 4, 2012.

  1. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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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?
    Thanks
     
  2. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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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.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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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.
     
  4. rab

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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.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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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!
     
  6. therewolf

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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.

    And welcome to the FTF.

    Make ya a deal. Don't crap on my Hi-Point carbine, and I won't

    give you grief about your Taurus...
     
  7. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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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
     
  8. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Wat he said :D
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    2 things------------
    Just shoot the Taurus till you can trade it up or buy another ;)
    Leave the poor squirrels alone unless you eat what you kill :(
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Taurus huh?

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

    My father used to say to me, "Son, if ya got nothing good to say, don't go provin' it."

    So...........
     
  11. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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    lol I'd eat it.. if there was anything left. I don't want to trade it, and don't plan to buy another full set up until I've built my own at least. My next goal is to custom build one. So even if I didn't mod the Taurus I plan to buy part by part for my next one and put it together as I go.

    On that note, does anyone have suggestions for what company to use to get custom parts and such? I looked at Caspians store and like all the customization options but don't really know what else it out there pistol wise. Yes I do know it will cost more in the long run to build my own then to buy a nice one but 1. I built it and 2. If I can buy parts here and there its more feasible for me.

    I do agree that Taurus has some shotty firearms but a lot of companies do to. I love mine so far, and had shot my fathers PT1911 before I got this one and loved it as well. I'm sure there are better ones out there but I wouldn't say "you get what you pay for", like this 700.00 pistol is a highpoint. 1 of my favorite pistols I've ever shot was a 30.00 Ruger MKIII 22LR, followed by a 400.00 Springfield XD.

    I've said it multiple times, I bought this gun because it was 300.00 for a 700.00 pistol and I love 1911's. I've been big into rifles for a long time and love them (mainly military surplus) and would love to have one of the old WW2 Colts but as for now 300.00 for any 1911 short of Rock Island or American Classic is a good deal in my view so I am gonna run with it. I know its not the best, which is why I'd like to build my own.
     
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  12. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    ^^ +1 hoss!

    (I didn't say it dad. :eek:)
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    unless you have extensive knowledge and equipment, building a 1911 from scratch is a waste of time. unless you plan on building many 1911's, buying the equipment and tools to build a 1911, is going to be very expensive. by the time you bought all the parts and tools needed and assuming you have the expertise to do it correctly, you could have bought several 1911's already to shoot, right out of the box. too many think that building a 1911 is like building an AR. it's not. there are too many parts that needed to be fitted and made to work, then when buying parts from different suppliers, the problem is compounded further. best suggestion, just buy one that has the features you want and shoot the snot out of it.
     
  14. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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    I get where you're coming from Axxe. I probably won't ever completely build 1 but the idea is something I am in love with. I've messed with rifles for a while now and theres just something about a 1911 that im gravitated toward. I have a few friends that have worked in gun smithing and have some of the equipment needed. Basically at this point I am just looking at options and probably will end up picking something else up instead.

    I know I am new to these forums and likewise don't expect a lot of credit nor do I deserve it yet. Also, I am kind of hard headed, I don't like to be wrong and am very competitive. I hope no one takes me wrong on here and thinks I am just trying to be a troll or start problems. I really do appreciate at least most input and hope that I'll have as much fun in the world of 1911s and pistols as I have in rifles.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i hear where you're coming from. i think just about anyone who has owned a 1911 or several in the case as some of us, has given thought to building a 1911 from the ground up. it's a great idea, but by the time you buy all the parts, buy the tools, and buy the books and such, it's just not cost effective. i know i looked into myself many years ago, and when i put pen to paper, i found out that i could buy a couple or even several for what one would cost. plus there is the chance it will be a problem pistol if everything isn't fitted peoperly, which means it will probably never function correctly. i am not saying it isn't doable to build one, but definately not a job for the inexperianced.
     
  16. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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    Ive thought about taking some gun smithing classes. Theres a few here taught close and thought it would be fun, plus a way to make a little cash on the side. I've always like engineering stuff and love working on my car and what not. tedious stuff with a lot of detail. I bought my car for 5000.00 and since have put probably 20,000.00 into it.. lol
     
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  18. CharlieWhiskey261

    CharlieWhiskey261 New Member

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    awesome, thanks a lot. I'll look into them
     
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    On a side note, I finally got a photo to post up.
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