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Love my PT1911, but I need to make a few changes.

First: I absolutely must have an arched housing. 1911's with an arched housing feel as if they are made for me.

Second: Single-side safety. I am right handed, and it just feels wrong to me.

Third: Some good night sights. In case I might actually have to use it for killing something other than milk jugs.

Fourth: A new trigger (purely cosmetic)

I know the sights from a standard 1911 won't fit, so I'll have to get something taurus specific. But what about the other three? Will standard arched mainspring housings fit? Can a standard safety be fitted? Will regular triggers fit also?

I am having the gun parked soon, so I want to have the gun in its "final" configuration to have it all color matched.
 

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Accourding to an article that I read on the PT1911, it was made to the specifications of the 1947 government model. So after market parts for the 1911 should fit, but as with any 1911 may need some minor fitting. I just put in a GI length guide rod and standard spring guide plug and they fit just fine.
 

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Parts should fit. I changed out my slide stop for an extended version, fit fine. One area of concern is aftermarket grips may have interference with the ambi safety. Mine did. I put on a set of wood grips and had to cut a relief for the safety on the right grip.
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See original post, the ambi safety is going in the junk pile ;D

Most of what I want is at CDNN.

I found an arched mainspring housing, standard safety, and solid trigger there for well under $50 shipped.

Now I just need to find a set of night sights. I honestly don't care if they are black, though. They would still look fine on a parkerized gun. So I might send all my stuff out to get fitted/parked as soon as the UPS guy shows up.

The night sights can wait, I guess.
 

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I plan on making some changes to mine as well, first off I am getting rid of that hammer safety lock! But do any of these changes VOID the Taurus warranty? Most of the changes I plan to make are not permanent and I am saving all old parts. But if I were to make a permanent change to the firearm, would there be problems?
 

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Arched mainspring housing will fit no problem. The trigger will go in, but you will have to insure that the trigger over travel screw is set correctly. You will probably want to hone the main spring housing spring channel as this will help smooth out the action.

Here are some links:

http://www.azod.com/shooting/Archive/2004/Q1/Adjustable%20Triggers%20-%20Not.htm

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=110432


As for fitting the new non ambi safety, read the following:

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=245926

That link doesn't so much as tell you how, but does point out it's not just a drop in part. Take it to a decent smith for this part if you've never seen or done it before.

Heinie does make night sights, but again you'll need them to be professionally installed. The old "hammer and drift" method is a sure way to break the tritium vial and ruin your new sights. An honest to goodness sight installing fixture is the stuff, or a competent machinist.
 

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KSoldier & Justice4, said it correctly. I own two Pt 1911, the HD & the Talon (w/ night sights), plus a Colt 80 & the Defender series 90.

The Taurus although based on a series 80 doesn't use the half-cocked safety in the same manner as Colt. In a Colt the half cock will fall when you squeeze the trigger (won't discharge from half cocked) but the Taurus won't fall. If anything the Taurus will Jam in half-cock or if your really lucky it will fall into the half cock position when raking the slide.

So KSoldier, is on the money about that safety hammer. It's everything but safe. Who asked for it anyway (how correct)? Now get the hammer to work right. (Sorry), don't want to go there.

Don't alter the frame or anything permanently. You will be blamed for Neros' fire and all sins against humanity. My last phone call to Taurus, the gentlemen warned me about making the slides' grip sharper (so I could pull the slide back correctly). Nice & honest he said," I would be better off using gripping tape then making a mark in the slide".

Seriously, you have a great gun and needless too say I am a cynic, at the least. If I own 2 of them, it's worth some small problems. Make your changes and have a fun. You'll probably raise the value........
 

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Careful about prospects of "raising the value." Do what you like to enhance your enjoyment of the gun, but I've found that those who are out to buy guns won't offer more than penneys on the dollar for enhancements... but you aren't doing this for someone else... make it right for yourself.
 

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A friend of mine just bought a real nice looking (looked barely fired) PT1911 from Cabelas last week for $479. It had the wood Taurus grips as well as the cheap plastic ones, in the box w/two mags, etc...
After shooting about 10 mags without a problem he started have having issues with the hammer falling to the half cock positioned when tring to fire the pistol. He had to cock the hammer with his thumb and then pull the trigger a second time to get the round to fire.
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations to cure the problem?
Thank you!
 

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i am having a similar problem of hammer follow and drop, a member on the main PT-1911 page suggested a Clark custom mainspring from Brownells to fix the problem. i can't remember his screen name but the helpful guy included a link to the spring in his post. just ordered mine, it only cost $6. hope this helps you and your friend.
 
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