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    PT1911 failing to feed

    I have a PT1911, manufactured in 2007. I am not the original owner. I had some issues with it, asking for advice. The gun seems to be worn; the round count seems to be higher than I thought. The gun fails to feed all too often. I had issues with the grip safety in that it would not engagae. The gun would not fire. I think the gun needs an overhaul. Any suggestions?

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    A complete rebuild is beyond my knowledge but I would offer 2 ideas that might help with the feed issue. First is polish the feed ramp if it isn't already and second would be try a new magazine if you are using the mags that came with the gun since you think the gun has a lot of rounds through it.

    There should be some folks with more knowledge to come along and offer some help.
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    First thing that come to mind is to tear it down and do a deep cleaning. Could be as you state that the round count is pretty high with little to no maintenance along the way.

    Option 2 would be to call Taurus and see about sending it in for warranty coverage and let Taurus take care of the issue. You will have to pay for shipping, but this is an option available.

    Personally, I would find a great exploded schematic of the PT1911 along with a great video on YouTube. Grab some tools, cleaner and take the plunge in making it a DIY project. I never held much esteem in the 1911 pistols, until I took the time to dismantle one and take a look as to the inner workings. I even got them put back together and working as new.

    Good Luck

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    Two things that I know will cause a 1911 to malfunction are the magazines first, they are very dependent on good magazines. The second is a worn out recoil spring. Both of these things are "consumables" and spares should be in stock for all 1911's. Replacing these, along with a detail strip of the slide at least, concentrating on the FP channel and the condition of the FP it self along with the extractor are also SOP for the good operation of the 1911. Let us know how it works out. Once you get it running right, you will come to love it.

    I see you're in Illinois. The gunsmith who worked over mine putting in a single sided safety and extended slide stop is up in Spring Grove near the WI border if he hasn't fled the state yet.
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    Failure to feed: weak magazine springs or damaged magazine feed lips (replace or rebuild magazine), Barrel feed ramp damaged or needs cleaning and polish. Recoil spring incorrect weight or worn(I would order a set of recoil springs from Wolff springs). Pistol filthy( excess crud can slow the slide and make feed timing an issue - field strip and give it a good cleaning, then moderate lube - 1911's prefer to run a little wet ). Extractor worn or damaged, not grabbing spent case, causing it to jam with a new round from the magazine. Ejector worn or damaged not kicking spent round out quick enough, causing a feed jam. These are the most likely, but there a many things to verify on a 1911 beyond what I listed, and may require a gunsmith to work through.
    Grip safety issues: Once again cleaning- however in this issue. What we need to focus on is the sear leaf spring that rides above the main spring housing. The sear leaf spring may be worn or damaged. It has three legs, one is for the grip safety. The grip safety itself may be crudded up or the sear leaf spring may be sticky/dirty. regardless you need to remove the leaf spring and look over the spring and the area around it. New leaf springs are available many places, however some may require tuning. I have replaced PT1911 leaf springs on two Taurus 1911's both fit fine, no tuning. But it would be a good idea to get some education, You tube is a great place to get an understanding of 1911 service procedures.

    #1 is the sear spring, #2 is for disconnector/trigger, #3 is for the grip safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan5809 View Post
    I have a PT1911, manufactured in 2007. I am not the original owner. I had some issues with it, asking for advice. The gun seems to be worn; the round count seems to be higher than I thought. The gun fails to feed all too often. I had issues with the grip safety in that it would not engagae. The gun would not fire. I think the gun needs an overhaul. Any suggestions?
    Honestly unless you want to quickly get waaay upside down in money I would consider sending the weapon back to taurus, and hope nothing has been done to void the warranty.
    along with the things already listed ( a new mag and cleaning being the cheapest to try) I would mention that disengagement and chambering can easily also be shooter induced problems.
    many times the 1911 doesn't get along well with shooters that have low grips and chambering problems can be associated with babying the weapon and the particular selection of ammo.
    Good luck with the problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors View Post
    Honestly unless you want to quickly get waaay upside down in money I would consider sending the weapon back to taurus, and hope nothing has been done to void the warranty.
    along with the things already listed ( a new mag and cleaning being the cheapest to try) I would mention that disengagement and chambering can easily also be shooter induced problems.
    many times the 1911 doesn't get along well with shooters that have low grips and chambering problems can be associated with babying the weapon and the particular selection of ammo.
    Good luck with the problems.
    If you decide to go this route, a friendly FFL can utilize the USPS to ship it Priority Parcel (you cannot legally) to GA for 30.00 or less. Turnaround time should be 4-6 weeks or less as any parts needed should be readily available. If it's got nice grip panels.sights, etc..take them off before sending it, should they decide to replace it they are not good at swapping those things out.

    Oh..and if an FFL sends it out, they will only return it to that FFL and not your home address.
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    Is the pistol stock or have parts been replaced ? Grip saftey not engaging could be interference with mainspring housing, trigger bow and possibly frame. Disassemble the pistol leaving trigger and mag. catch installed, then intall grip saftey. Does it move freely as it should or is there interference? you will be able to see, if it moves as should next put the mainspring housing and pin back in and check again.

    As far as FTF that could be alot of different things, you have already been given good advice on what to look for.
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    Yep so much deepnds on what you vcan do or what you are comfortable doing on the 1911.
    IF you start paying a Gunsmith for work yuo can quickly get wwell in past the value of the weapon.
    My self most 1911 stuff I am comfortable doing as long as it doesn't involve mating sear/hammer, etc stuff.
    and of course if comfortable working on the gun you can get 98% of parts for the gun as most are colt 1911 parts and aftermarket parts.
    some parts are strictly Taurus and that's where the problem with parts comes in.
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