Taurus PT-1911 Pistol



Specifications

Style Full Size Pistol
Frame Steel frame, blue/stainless finishes
Grips Various
Caliber .45 ACP
Capacity 8 rounds
Weight
32 oz (907 g)
Length 8.75 inches (22.2 cm)
Barrel 5 inches (12.7 cm)
"6 grooves, 1:16"""
Trigger SA
Sights Fixed front and adjustable rear
Manufactured Brazil by Forjas Taurus
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Taurus PT-1911 Reviews

     
116 Reviews

 

Elliot V. from Austin, TX on Fri, 14 Nov 2014

Just bought a pt1911 in 9mm several weeks ago for my wife to shoot at the range. She just has this aversion to polymer pistols. She picked this one out herself over a RIA, Para & a few others. So far we have 400 rounds through it without a single ftf. For a 1911 that was purchased new for under $500, that is fantastic. An inexpensive gun built on a forged frame that so far is 100% reliable. Wish I could say that about all my other guns!!!!

Michael S. from Woodhaven, NY on Mon, 8 Sep 2014

beetlemaster check pictures 11 and 12 that's my gun

Michael S. from Woodhaven, NY on Mon, 8 Sep 2014

Hey beetlemaster - I have fired the Springfield Armory, Kimber and own the Taurus 1911 - they all fired exceptionally accurate with no misfired. I've owned my Taurus for awhile and never have had issues with it. It's a little lighter then the rest but it is the best gun Taurus make.

Ismael O. from Marseilles, IL on Fri, 25 Apr 2014

one of the verry best 1911's on the market and that's saying somthing! GOOD JOB TAURUS

Louis A. from Fort Lauderdale, FL on Tue, 1 Apr 2014

GREAT FIREARM! I have owned Taurus Revolvers for years and love them, but have always been very weary of their Semi-auto's however the Taurus 1911 is probably the best you can buy for under 8 or 900 dollars. I bought the PT1911 with the aluminum frame and blued steel slide online for $470. 500 Rounds through it so far with no real problems (did not like PMC STARFIRE-but ate EVERYTHING ELSE LIKE CANDY). Very accurate out of the box: 3.5" groups at 25 YDS (beanbag rest) Lots of ++ features you pay big $$$ for like Novak three dot sites, checkered front strap and trigger guard, lowered/flared ejection port etc.... For the price I don't think you can find a better deal on a quality 1911. I have a ROBAR Customized KIMBER Ultra and a STI RANGER II and while the finish is not a nice as my "upper mid level 1911's" the reliability matches them. An excellent range or competition gun or defensive/carry gun if you don't mind a full size 1911. I'd trust my life with it.

Casey J. from Doniphan, MO on Fri, 29 Nov 2013

bought the pt1911 two months ago and shot about 200 rds and have not had any problems at all shoots great

Owen I. from Ceres, NY on Tue, 20 Aug 2013

Well mine is still running great after 3 or 4 yrs and well over 2500 rnds I bought a Kimber cdp and it is doing very well also. But the ss pt1911 is still my favorite . Kind of an old friend and I shoot it in IDPA. It just feels good and is accurate. I also trade off for ccw with the smaller 4" brl. I like and trust both as they will run flawlesly on about anything I run through them. Both fine weapons and fun to shoot. I would rate them about the same for fun factor.

Michael S. from Woodhaven, NY on Wed, 17 Jul 2013

Shot another 100 rds today - damn that's an accurate gun. The straight 8 sight is dead on just took me awhile to get use 2 it.

Michael S. from Woodhaven, NY on Wed, 26 Jun 2013

Awesome gun. Still getting use to the straight 8 sights. A very accurate gun to shot. Love my 1911

Sean S. from Holbrook, NY on Tue, 4 Jun 2013

Just got my PT1911ss Saturday. This is my first 1911,(what was I waiting for...right). I love it. It is very accurate, and with 400 rounds down range, seems very depenable. I will change the grips though. I really like what you did with yours dsclaiborne31, that looks sharp.

Donald S. from Las Vegas, NM on Tue, 16 Apr 2013

I bought my PT1911 a couple days ago, just the basic blue model. I took it to the range today. I put 250 rounds through it in about 30 minutes it fed everything I put in it. I tried everything I could, limp wrist etc... to get the gun to malfunction. I had no problems at all and at about 15 yards I was shooting 2" groups. I think the gun is capable of much better but the shooter was the problem.

Dylan I. from Springville, NY on Mon, 1 Apr 2013

This site has some grips that i like that will fit it. If I get one of these though it will probably have crimson trace screw on laser grips for it though. Check out these though. [url]http://www.customkillergrips.com/[/url]

Curtis E. from Johnstown, CO on Sun, 31 Mar 2013

I don't personally know of any manufacture that states. Go fire reolaads! there is no standard for reloaded ammo by a individual, and i have seen a few miscalculations in my time! now reloads are only as safe as the person in charge of quality control" The reloader himself" No manufacture in their right mind is going to put that kind of liability on themseleves! in real life it actually doesn't matter if it is factory ammo that falls outside Saami standards, it still voids a manufactures warrantee. I believe that all P plus P ammo is not reccoemnded and stated as void to the warranty. as for light loads and not functioning again go back to standards, it takes a certain amount of UMPH to make an action work. My PT 1911 is an absoulete dream to fire and is accurate as all get out for me.

Timothy P. from Carlisle, IA on Wed, 27 Feb 2013

My taurus was good with FMJ, next I shot some cast reloads and it did not do good at all. Next time I made them max loads and they did really well. For some reason it did not like the light loads. I think I can re-rate it again now and give it a strong 4 but not quite a 5 yet.

Owen I. from Ceres, NY on Sat, 23 Feb 2013

Hey revolver guy If your pt1911 is so bad why do you not let me take it off your hands. I will give a couple hundred for something like that. Junk any way right? Maybe I could put it by the one I own and it would pick up its good habits. Mine has been flawless and I shoot cheap soft lead bullets. Just send it in to taurus and six weeks latter you will get it back in a safe condition. problem solved. I was going to buy a Kimber this year but after researching their problems I got cold feet. Colts are not perfect either from the factory,good and bad in all. I like my pt1911 and my previouse posts stand. Great weapon for the money!

Justin D. from Huntington, WV on Fri, 22 Feb 2013

Also, one should not take a posting on this web site and confuse it with a scientific analysis of a particular gun manufacturer's product line. What you see here is ONE persons interaction with ONE gun at a time. Yes, getting a gun with multiple problems is indicitive of a problem with quality control. It could be just one problem with one person, who may have a grudge with his employer. One bad gun, out of multiple thousands being shipped and sold in a year does not mean we as a group need to pillary Taurus. I own 8 pistols and three rifles, of the pistols I own two from Taurus, and my PT1911 is one of the best of the breed I have seen or used, and I have used one in combat in Vietnam.

Bradford L. from Cedaredge, CO on Thu, 21 Feb 2013

That's outrageous! I certainly hope you demanded a refund, did you? That's so blatantly negligent, I think I'd even call one of those ambulance chasers and sue them for extreme mental distress. Someone in the useless customer service/quality control portion of that company needs to lose their job. Starting with the idiot in charge of it. That now holds the sad, first place award for the worst thing I've ever heard of coming out of that company. Because of your notification, I'm changing my mind about purchasing the Taurus pistol I've been planning on buying. Not only that, but they have just lost any chance of a future customer. Those of you that might think my response is a little extreme, need to consider the fact that if they let one get by, how many others have too? The longer I listen, the more negative stories I'm hearing about this outfit. Very sorry at best. Thank you very much for posting that most disconcerting warning.

Bryan N. from Stevenson Ranch, CA on Thu, 21 Feb 2013

I've had the PT1911 in stainless for about 2 years now. In that time I've put about 1000 rounds through it. This is a combination of my hand loads, hot, light, or average and many different kinds of commercial ammunition from winchester white box to several different kinds of defense specific hollow points. No matter what I've done to torture it I've never had a single jam, mis-fead etc. It's also as perfectly accurate as it was the day I brought it home......

Salvatore R. from Rockland, ME on Tue, 5 Feb 2013

A while ago I posted a very positive review of this pistol. After about three hundred rounds I am afraid I will have to take back all I said. I went to the range this weekend and had a terrible time. Firing a little over fifty rounds, the weapon jammed or failed to return to battery about a dozen times. This is not satisfactory. I plan on getting rid of this pistol and replacing it with either a Springfield, Colt, or Kimber.

Timothy P. from Carlisle, IA on Sun, 27 Jan 2013

When I got my PT1911 before winter I shot it a few times with factory ammor and was impressed, since it has warmed up a little I took it out today and shot some reloads. It does not like reloads at all. It is not my reloads, I've been reloading for 50 years and know what I am doing. The gun just does not like lead bullets. it goes from a 2 inch group at 15 yds to 5 inch with lead. It shoots 2 inches to the left with FMJ and 4 inches with lead. And at 25 yds. It is sometimes off the paper with lead. 10 yds. should not make that much difference. No way anyone will convince me that it is me or my reloads causing the trouble. My Kimber will hit golfballs almost every shot with either FMJ or cast RN or SWC. I will re-rate this Taurus to a much lower rating.

Taurus PT-1911 Questions & Comments

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Russell O. from Maryville, TN on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Thank you Both I will look to get it Tuned up and will grab some of the Hornady Critical Defense thanks agian

Donald S. from Las Vegas, NM on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

I have to agree my 1911 feeds anything. I did have to have it tuned up but when I got it back as a test i slipped an empty casing in the magazine. It even chambered it.

Bryan N. from Stevenson Ranch, CA on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

I carry either Hornady Critical Defense or Winchester PDX in mine and both work 100% of the time for me. In my experience though I haven't found anything that doesn't feed well in mine so you might want to have it looked at by a smith or something. I've been able to feed even the crudest white box HP ammo reliably ... does the corbon have a really significant angle or wadcutter appearance at the end of the bullet or something?

Russell O. from Maryville, TN on Fri, 24 Oct 2014

Hello I just bought the PT-1911 and have heard great things about it.. I have always carried Glocks on and off duty, I have had one problem with the PT-1911 I tried using the cor-bon 230 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point Bullet its a high velocity round and it seems to not want to load right stopping the side.. round nose loads and fires no problem ANY ideas on a good carry ammo? thank you

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Mon, 8 Sep 2014

Hey perez, nice looking 1911 you got there, I have been considering a springfield GI or Mil Spec but after finding out they were made in Brazil for the most part and do not have as many features as the Taurus I'd rather spend a bit more money and get everything already assembled in one package. That's why I am looking at the Taurus or the new Ruger 1911 because I do not need to spend hundreds on extra features that these already come with. I live on a budget anyway and money is tight so a mid range priced .45 is better for me than a $1,500 Kimber or Wilson Combat.

Benjamin J. from Cranberry Twp, PA on Sun, 7 Sep 2014

Right now I am debating either buying one of these or the new Ruger SR1911 that has recently come out. I know its going to be a pain finding the new Ruger 1911 but I was wondering if anyone has had really bad experiences with these and can tell me where its biggest weaknesses are. I am not a huge fan of Taurus's and try to steer clear of them but I did own a Taurus model 85 a few years back and ended up trading it for a Smithy model 642. I won't bad mouth it but I have heard their customer service is sometimes terrible and their guns seem to have a pretty high failure rate in most cases, like every 1 out of 50 or so is a bad gun. I do like their 1911's cause they are about 400 bucks cheaper than a Kimber and they still have all of the great features of a higher quality 1911.

Ismael O. from Marseilles, IL on Fri, 25 Apr 2014

hey out there fellow gun buffs been hearing some rumours on Taurus makeing a 1911 type pistal BUT in 40 SW something about PT 1911C4. Any one Else heard of this?? hope to hear back from some one

Douglas C. from Urbandale, IA on Fri, 11 Apr 2014

Is there a Parkerized with Accessory Rail version? I've seen the stainless and blued versions and a blued PT-1911AR ... thought I'd seen a Parkerized AR version somewhere like Academy one day... if so i want one - thank you!

Raymond N. from Oroville, CA on Tue, 1 Apr 2014

Thanx Chief im defenetly getting me 1 for sure & aside from the good ratings its had with accuracy etc etc its designed so beautiful. Man, it like i have 2 wives when i see it. Must have!

Raymond N. from Oroville, CA on Tue, 21 Jan 2014

I just bought a ruger p97 dc .45 & I like the power & accuracy but I been extremely tempted 2 sell it 2 buy the taurus pt1911 ar .45. Can some 1 please tell me wich 1 is better in every aspect like accuracy, power, durability etc etc cuz I'm trying 2 make up my mind.

Roland C. from Tacoma, WA on Thu, 21 Nov 2013

Initially had problems with my PT1911 simply refusing to load Speer Gold Dot sooooo, I sent it back to the factory. They sent it back saying no problems found. Loaded up the Taurus AND the Wilson Combat mags I'd bought and...you guessed it...same problem refused to load them. Dummy that I am I didn't bother to try different HP's to see if it was just the Speers it didn't like. They put in a new barrel and sent it back and...yep still don't like Speer Gold Dot. Switched to Hornady Critical Defense and all is well. Also got a Kimber .22 conversion kit for it and was told that it wouldn't work on the Taurus when I sent it back to the factory because the extractor went AWOL on it. All I had to do was raise the rear sight three clicks on the slide and it's fires perfectly, loves Federal .22 long rifles, and is a tack driver of a range pistol. Money saver up the yingyang too.

Dylan I. from Springville, NY on Tue, 19 Nov 2013

I also recently installed a wilson combat tactical ambit safety on it that is much shorter than the factory and I like it better. That will now allow me to install crimson trace grips if I can ever get me a job and have enough money to do so. Damn this economy. I would go with the burl wood ones if I get any.

Dylan I. from Springville, NY on Thu, 7 Nov 2013

Honestly jmkpm they shoot about the same. To be honest I am more accurate with the PT1911 the groups are tighter much tighter.

Jason F. from Allyn, WA on Mon, 23 Sep 2013

dsclaiborne31, You posted that you had a set of Trijicon night sites in stalled on your XD. Which gun shoots better for you? I thought about getting a set of night sights but went for the Crimson trace grip instead. I was surprised you had the Taurus. I have had no luck with their quality. I'm stuck on Springfield XD's.

Dylan I. from Springville, NY on Mon, 2 Sep 2013

I recently had some trijicon night sights installed on my pt1911 that I bought from Novak Designs.

Curtis E. from Johnstown, CO on Wed, 26 Jun 2013

Pere, straight eights? how long have you had the weapon? thats the old style sights and personally I like them. the newer models are Novak three dots, taurus changed to the Novaks cause so many people were having problems shooting the straight eight, which in reality is a better combat sight than the novaks but harder to learn. Took my PT1911 to the range today and ran another 150 flawless rounds through her! I should have stopped at 100 rounds as I was wearing out the target then started to get tired and relaxing the muscles and began to shoot low and spreading the groups out, still held 5-6 inchers at 15 yards but i can do better than that! MY bad. not the weapon, she will shoot minus 4 inchers at 15 yards almost all day. I should have left off those 200 rounds earlier of 22 Long rifle i guess!

Dylan I. from Springville, NY on Sat, 22 Jun 2013

I hear ya smoke jumper but it was all the ammo they had. I am going to have a wilson combat ejector and extractor put in it.

Russel V. from Waipahu, HI on Tue, 18 Jun 2013

Looks cool - is actually rather dangerous. :) Not sure I'd break in a gun on Wolf ammo; especially a 1911 - anyones 1911. BUT if it handles Wolf OK - it should be a good one. Those steel cases can be tough on ejectors - especially Taurus "new and improved' that are someimes touchy. Mine needed a new one after 200 rounds - then it ran well for the next 2,250 rounds. Taurus may be 'junk' to some folks, but I've had issues with the beloved SIG 1911 as well. Made the mistake of buying one when first introduced years ago. Now THEY were junk for FIT, FINISH and FUNCTION. Sigrushed them out the dorr before they were ready and payed the price. MANY horror stories about them --- IF the buyers admit they had issues. Most do not because of the bucks they spent. SIG replaced mine --- then I sold it --- thankfully losing only $75.00 on the entire deal. Buy another SIG 1911? Heck NO! I took my chances on the Taurus and have NOT been disappointed overall. "Using wolf no less and putting out 2 inch groups or better. It even ejected one case that was on fire as it came out of the gun it looked like a shooting star it was so cool.

Dylan I. from Springville, NY on Fri, 14 Jun 2013

Steve that front strap was eating my big ass hand up on every shot. Now it feels like there is not even a gun in my hand when I shoot. 9.99 for the pearce grip insert and 49.99 for the double diamond cocobolo from woodgrips.com

Clark D. from Carefree, AZ on Fri, 17 May 2013

I love my PT1911. It is a phenomenal pistol for the money. Some good gun reviews at: www.pocket-defense.com

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