You should have gone with the Rugar.......
I have seen a lot of happy buyers on here, but i have about had it and need to share my experience with this company and their product.
I had heard they were getting better with their warranties/products, so i decided to pick
up the PT1911 based off its great looks and features. Sure enough
within 2 days of owning the pistol the hammer would not lock back, and there was
a serious gash where the slide meets the frame because taurus had mounted it on
at an angle, and the safety pin was loose.
I was talking this thing up for the first 24-48 hours until the 2nd trip to the range. Im in a small gun club in Dallas
and one of the other members warned me against Taurus, but i did not listen. I showed it off and took it out. In front of
about 8 of the members at the range this thing started showing its colors. Hammer stopped locking, with every shot the scratch
one the slide where the frame meets would get deeper, and the safety pin on the left side of the slide would pop out to the side of the
safety latch. This thing was regarded as a total peice of **** by the time we were leaving.
i sent it back after owning the pistol for less than a week and they have now had my weapon for over 5 weeks. They still
have not even started working on it. Its become an inside joke to my friends "hows that pistol coming along?"
I have called several times and spoken to a few different agents, asking to speak to a
supervisor. No one ever calls me back. A life time warranty means very
little if they just store your gun shaped paperweight in their warehouse for a
couple months. I truly hope anyone who does purchase this firearm has a better experience than me, but there is group of
gun owners in this area that will not be purchasing a Taurus product ever again... I should have went with the Para or Rugar.
Last edited by daniel15o; 04-16-2012 at 12:13 AM.
You should have gone with the Rugar.......
I shoot usualy at least twice a month and have never seen a taurus fail like yours did, my son has a pt1911, granted his has a custom trigger and hammer but it has never failed him. I would hate to see you condem an entire line on 1 gun, how many happy owners are out there? You may have just gotten a lemon, hopefully when you get yours back you may change your mind.
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My PT1911 is my favorite shooter. My friend has one and its trigger is even better than mine. Yes you got a lemon. Taurus will make it right but it's too bad it's taking too long.
Have you ever owned a 1911 before, because it's normal for the pin to protrude from the plunger when the safety is on, but not so good with (as you describe) a gash. Call Taurus in Miami and ask to speak with Christian I think that he might be able to give you better information, sorry for your troubles, but dont throw the baby out with the bath water, good luck.
Last edited by cuban; 04-16-2012 at 06:38 AM.
While we can appreciate the fact that you feel you got a bad gun?
Did you inspect it before taking possession of the gun?
Did you completely clean and relube the gun before firing?
I know waiting can be a problem, but allow them time to evaluate your gun, they may or may not replace it if the defects are so bad that it cannot be repaired.
However, this being said, Putting the same basic complaint in several area's does not help get your gun fixed??
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Maybe if Taurus is too busy to get to it, they can farm it out to me...."The Crazy Mad Gunsmith!".....and I can modify it to my specifications......if it has a pitcanny rail, I'll mount one of my Ronson mini flame throwers to boot....and a trigger you don't want to even breath on. Just think your shots and they will happen!!!!
Don't buy another Taurus ever, I don't want the prices going up. Maybe you can find some knowledgeable folks in your Dallas gun club who can give you a few pointers on examining a handgun before you buy it.
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First 1911? If, in fact, the slide was "mounted at an angle", it should have been apparent when you inspected it prior to buying.
There is no "safety pin on the left side of the slide". The safety of a 1911 is in the frame. The only involvement of the slide is when the safety is applied, and it physically locks the slide in place in the notch at the bottom of the slide.
With the slide mounted as you describe, the hammer would be prevented from reaching lock by the slide itself. Where is this "gash" located? On the frame? On the slide?
If you've read very many of the Service related posts here, you would realize that CS, and the actual gunsmiths who do the work, aren't in synch with each other (nor are they in any large gun manufacturer). CS has a computer system to report when guns are "ready". Until it's entered into that, they are clueless.
Six weeks is the average time for a serious problem. If the gun has a frame that is machined incorrectly, you will see the gun sent to a review board, and permission to replace the entire weapon will need to come from Brazil, the head office.
A Warranty will never replace inspecting the gun BEFORE you buy it. Bad things can happen to good guns, made by anyone. It's absolutely ludicrous to buy a gun with a known problem, and then complain when it needs to be sent in for repair. In the Old Days, a person new to a type of gun, or guns overall, took someone along who knew what to look for, and watch out for. It's evidently not cool to do that today, but it sure saved a lot of trouble back then.
Any brand can fail. If you base your opinion on just one example from a manufacturer I could make the case you shouldn't buy any gun. For example don't buy a Glock: Glock 20 10mm Auto KABOOM | The Firearm Blog
I am a member at a very large range in Houston. At any given time on a Saturday there's at least a dozen Taurus guns on the line. They don't seem to have any more problems than any other gun.
Doesn't sound like the members at your club are right friendly. Glad I don't have to shoot there.
Hey JR. There is a safety pin on the left side... it is the spring loaded affair that provides a detent to the safety when the safety is in the down position and also provides detent for the slide lock back lever. I doubt this is what he is talking about but it is easy to remove this pin and springs and clean up in there, if needed. I have to do this on my 1911s from time to time because the pin/springs tend to get rusty inside the sleeve it rides in because I carry against my sweaty body.
As far as the OP's problems go, most seem to revolve around the the embarrassment of the OP because of his "friends" taunting him. Perhaps they are not good friends at all. People who laugh at the misfortune of others are seldom friends but acquaintences. Friends are helpful and supportive. Just an opinon from a Texan.
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