Welcome to the forum from another newbie. I had not heard anything good or bad when I purchased my Pt1911. I have owned various pistols over the past 40 years. Some of them good and some not so good. However, I purchased my Taurus without doing any extensive research so I had no prujudice. I am very happy with the fit and finish. Accuracy of the pistol is better than that of the shooter. If possible find a range that rents this model and give it a try. Had mine about 2 weeks, fired over 500 rounds, no problems. Seems to be a well built reliable firearm.