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Good inexpensive 1911

Postby tommydacat » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:37 pm

Im looking for a good 1911, but I dont want to empty my bank account for it. Ive been looking at the Taurus and really like it, but I cant find one around?
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Postby XXOXX » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:42 pm

You dont want inexpensive. 1911 is a special breed, and they cost money. The whole concept behind the 1911 is that there are heaps of aftermarket, custom parts for these guns.



If you get a hybrid or bastard. The custom parts wont fit. You want the 1911, not a clone.



Springfield Mil-Spec is the plain vanilla, miitary spec 1911.



Spend the money. Down the road youll be happier.
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Postby tommydacat » Wed Feb 28, 2007 3:46 pm

I was told by my local gun guy that most if not all of the aftermarket parts will fit the taurus. All of the reviews that I have read really rated the pt 1911 very high. The only afermarkets that I may want in the future are the Kimber drop ins
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Postby CONT2 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:42 pm

The new Taurus Pt-1911s are made with most, if not all of the aftermarket stuff youd want to add anyway. For just under $600 bucks, youre getting a completely tricked out gun.



The extras that are standard on the Pt-1911 would cost you at least another $800-$1000 to add. Get the Taurus. I plan on getting the same gun this summer when the SS model is available.

Or...you can take XXs advice and get a Springfield Armory Mil spec. At around $1000 or more. You can find used S.As for half of that. Let someone else spend the big bucks then get it when they trade up to Kimber or Baer.
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Postby agonist » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:18 pm

I gotta agree with CONT2. About the only things you could want to add to the Taurus is a target sight or a laser grip and those are available. Why pay twice as much for a stripped down model and half that again to get it the way you want. Even among mil-spec 1911s many interchangeable parts may be ill fitting or require some gunsmithing to get them right.

Much of the 1911 crowd is a bit snobbish. The 1911 is a great design but I dont know if I would call it a special breed. Its simplicity is its strength.

According to reviews the Taurus delivers accuracy comparable to match grade 1911s. How are you going to upgrade that. Any 1911 grips will fit so you can also customize that way. At this point if you are in the market far a 1911, the only reason not to buy the Taurus is because you just dont want to tell anybody you own a Taurus. They dont have history and they dont have snob appeal. To me, if it shoots good, feels good, looks good, its good.
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Postby tommydacat » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:27 pm

Thanks to all for your input. I called a gun shop about 60mi away and they quoted me a price of around 450, I just cannot pass that up. My only other question that the guy could not tell me is that does the Kimber drop-ins fit the taurus? Even if they dont I still have my S&W 22A.
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Postby CONT2 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 10:37 pm

tommy, you mean to tell me you got a quote on a PT-1911 for $450? Youre right, you cant pass that up...
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Postby agonist » Wed Feb 28, 2007 11:00 pm

Get me one too! What drop ins?
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Postby tommydacat » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:22 pm

Id be glad to agonist, but you dont live in Ne. Kimber makes a .22 lr kit that fits most of mil-spec 1911s.
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Postby agonist » Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:33 pm

Theres a PT1911 thread in the pistol forum. One or two of the guys said they got the Kimber .22 conversion for it and it works great.
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