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Add-On Projects for the PT1911

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I am seriously looking at adding the Taurus 1911 to my collection. I have been impressed with all I've read about the technical aspects of the gun, and the outstanding reports of those here who already own them. However, I have started making a list of the "add-on" items I can see as potential.

Unlike most 1911 models, the innards of the gun seem to be very well taken care of and a crisp, clean trigger is in place... so no replacement triggers, hammers, sears, etc will be needed... even the over sized beaver tail looks great. But here is my list... and I'd like to ask those of you who have one of these fine guns to add your opinions to my list.

  • Because of the finish that Taurus has chosen, I would immediately refinish the slide in a Duracoat Stainless Steel. It has proved that it will stand up to the wear better than reports I've seen and heard. Besides, I like the Two-Tone contrast of the Stainless slide on my PT145
  • The plastic grips will have to go. I love the looks of the Coco bolo grips on a black frame and CDNN has some nice ones for about $20 plus new hex head screws.
  • I really like the dual spring recoil reducer that Taurus uses in the Millennium Pro series... It soaks up the recoil. The full length recoil rod doesn't appear to have the spring system in the PT1911 and I think I would have to upgrade that bit of hardware since I know how it affects the short barrel guns.
  • Last on my list would probably be a different set of sights. The Wilson 3 dot sights are designed for 1911 guns, however there would still probably be a bit of shimming to do given the Taurus dovetail, but it would be worth the effort. I've been pretty adverse to spending a $100+ for night sights for a gun that carries a $300+ price tag, but in truth the 1911 would be a weapon that would be worth investing in a good set of sights for... so even the Heinie 3 dot night sights would be an option.

OK... that is my speculation without ever having handled the weapon outside of a gun store. What about you guys who own and have shot your PT1911... what other items would you add to this list?
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I've added a Wilson extended slide release and a EGW mag well, re-polished barrel/ramp, MILD throating on the barrel for my lead bullet loads and Wilson recoil buffer. Massaged the grip safety which the trigger bow was dragging on when squeezing trigger. Also added Hogue wraparound rubber grips.

Still plan on new sights, fiber op front mandatory, even if I have to cut new dovetails! Also plan on fitting new barrel bushing (too much play in stock one).

Since the finish is a little weak on the PT1911, I'm SERIOUSLY considering the Duracoat/Ceramicoat option. Cimarron tell me more about your experience with these products when you are able please?
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