Gun Report

Taurus PT1911 .45 ACP

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The PT1911 you buy might be perfect. But ours needed to be sighted in and supplied with better-quality magazines

Taurus PT1911 .45 ACP

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Span Single

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The PT1911 offered just about every custom feature we could ask for. But the Heinie sights were way off, and operation of the hammer lock was confusing, in our view. The lock was meant to be used with the hammer in the down position. But the lock would turn and appear to be in the activated position with the hammer back. In fact, in this condition the gun would still fire if the trigger were pressed.
The PT1911 had difficulty chambering rounds. Note the scarring on the feed ramp and the tool marks to either side. We saw noses of some bullets stuffed against the feed ramp, halfway out of the magazine with the slide out of battery. We think this set back the bullets into the cases, resulting in uneven pressures. Using better magazines cured these problems.

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