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My old Mk IV 70 is over 30 years old now, and over time I've collected a cigar box full of springs, pins, ejectors, extractors, firing pins. barrel, bushings -- I've got multiples of everything. Kind of a comfortable feeling -- if anything breaks, I can put it right in a hurry.

If I spring for a Taurus 1911 -- they really do get some good press here for reliability, etc -- is there any chance that (since it's the same basic design), some of my spares will fit? Especially the major pieces like barrel, barrel link, firing pin, mainspring?

I don't need a list -- just some general thoughts.
 

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Since the Mark IV 70 and the PT1911 are both essentially mil spec, A majority of the parts will exchange. Keep in mind that the PT1911 is an 80 series design so things like the firing pin will not interchange unless the PT 1911 is changed to a 70 series.
 

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Thanks! Not having a Mod 80, I forgot that there are some subltle differences. The "Mil Spec" is great endorsement. In the main, becuase in 30 years, I've become a pretty fair "1911 mechanic" and outside of having some sights silver soldered onto the slide and re-bluing it, I've been able to do all the work myself. But, I suppose that's the beauty of the Browning design.
 

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Most all 1911 parts will fit with some hand fitting regardless of manufacture, that's why typically the part suppliers just list 1911 parts, not a specific brand.
certainly some parts like sights (different dovetails, different heights) grip safeties( depends on the type G I, High beavertail, etc) series 80 VS series 70 as to different firing pins, levers, plungers etc. but all and all 90 plus percent will typically fit.
 
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