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Recently I got the bug to play with some "enhancements" to my PT1911, and at a recent gun show ran into the guys from EFK Fire Dragon. I had seen their compensator online, but didn't realize they are local here in the Phoenix area. I hadn't really considered a compensator, but seeing them on a couple of their 1911's I got talked into one. They also convinced me to try their Frame Saver Dual Action Recoil Spring, a two stage guide rod that has a spring inside. The stock outer recoil spring works as usual for the first part of the slide movement, but past the point of brass ejection, the inner spring keeps the slide from banging back against the frame. Instead of a 1/8" thick traditional recoil buffer, the inner spring really cushions the rear travel and greatly reduces felt recoil.





I am so glad I tried these! The one thing I regret after range session was not taking the time to test them separately - working together, the guide rod and compensator made my .45ACP PT1911 feel like a 9mm!

Of course I was also concerned about any effect on accuracy since the compensator replaces the barrel bushing, but the fit was just about perfect. I was told I might need to open up the compensator a bit with 400 grit sandpaper, but mine fit well right out of the box, and accuracy was not affected at all - it still shoots much better than I do. The only fitting required was a little filing on the compensator lug to get it to lock in.

Overall, I am VERY happy with these additions and would highly recommend them. EFK Fire dragon also makes a dual action spring/rod for the PT92 and Beretta, as well as several other brands.

For more pics and descriptions of my other additions - http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/taurus-1911s/5958-post-about-your-taurus-pt1911-enhancements-here-31.html

@olfarhors - I just read your post on that thread, and I agree - never been a fan of compensators, but I'm real happy with this one.











And just for fun I photoshopped my idea for slide cutouts to match the compensator...

 

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That compensator really does look good on there, I can't lie. I'm interested on the spring system though, there are some things i'll be looking for when I buy a 1911.
 

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I have been thinking about doing some of the mods you have done, sweet looking piece Sir
 

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Looks good, dress 'em up dress 'em down, just don't forget to shoot 'em. 1911's are the GI Joe's I used to play with all grown up.

Nice looking firearm you got there!
 

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Yes, indeed!

It is evermore one fine-looking firearm.
 

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@offroader1006 - I'm waiting for compensator manf. to give me a price, I guess even though it would be matching the comp, it will require complete new set up on the cnc...also thinking that I'm not sure I would want my slide to be the "Guinea pig" If it does end up being doable, I will have the barrel jeweled.
 

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Don't buy Taurus... by the time you custom tune your weapon too shot where you point it... you'll spend enough to have purchased a Wilson Combat or Kimber ... which do all the things you need right out of the box. I have had nothing but a nightmare since getting my PT1911SS... right out of the box using Remington and Blazer ammo, it would not hold 4 inch groups at 10meters, in addition it shoots low left and randomly threw rounds.. The custom air fitting of the barrel bushing and barrel must have been done by a Drunk... and the barrel shows excessive rattling, with the slide locked back... Don't even attempt to adjust the Novak rear sight it is frozen in place with lock-tite... it will take a special sight tool to move it even after heating it remained stubborn. If you want to purchase a weapon don't do it by mail order... you may get stuck with a lemon... I apparently did. P/S I have over 40ys experience using the M1911A1 and am a retired military officer who has qualified expert with the 45 on many occasions... It is not my marksmanship skills causing the problems.
 

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I have an EKF threaded barrel in a .40 cal conversion barrel on my Glock, their quality seems to be pretty much top notch. Love the looks of your cut out compensated 1911. Sweet to say the least.
 

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That is real nice for a piece of junk!
 

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Don't buy Taurus... by the time you custom tune your weapon too shot where you point it... you'll spend enough to have purchased a Wilson Combat or Kimber ... which do all the things you need right out of the box. I have had nothing but a nightmare since getting my PT1911SS... right out of the box using Remington and Blazer ammo, it would not hold 4 inch groups at 10meters, in addition it shoots low left and randomly threw rounds.. The custom air fitting of the barrel bushing and barrel must have been done by a Drunk... and the barrel shows excessive rattling, with the slide locked back... Don't even attempt to adjust the Novak rear sight it is frozen in place with lock-tite... it will take a special sight tool to move it even after heating it remained stubborn. If you want to purchase a weapon don't do it by mail order... you may get stuck with a lemon... I apparently did. P/S I have over 40ys experience using the M1911A1 and am a retired military officer who has qualified expert with the 45 on many occasions... It is not my marksmanship skills causing the problems.
Sorry you have not had a good experience, but this is just one of my two PT1911's and both of them out of the box shot one ragged hole off sandbags at 30ft.(at point of aim) My shooting buddy has a Kimber and neither one of us can shoot better with it than my Tauri. Between the two, I have sent many thousands of rounds downrange without a single failure. Thanks for the tip, but I'll stick with mine.
 

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Don't buy Taurus... I have had nothing but a nightmare since getting my PT1911SS... right out of the box using Remington and Blazer ammo, it would not hold 4 inch groups at 10meters, in addition it shoots low left and randomly threw rounds.. The custom air fitting of the barrel bushing and barrel must have been done by a Drunk... and the barrel shows excessive rattling, with the slide locked back... Don't even attempt to adjust the Novak rear sight it is frozen in place with lock-tite... it will take a special sight tool to move it even after heating it remained stubborn. If you want to purchase a weapon don't do it by mail order... you may get stuck with a lemon... I apparently did. P/S I have over 40ys experience using the M1911A1 and am a retired military officer who has qualified expert with the 45 on many occasions... It is not my marksmanship skills causing the problems.
And you're on the TAURUS armed forums.... why? Seems to me as another member was informing other Taurus users about a compensator and a dual recoil spring/rod assembly that is not only fashionable but also provided improved function. For your service to our Country, I thank you. For your expertise, you're an internet user who apparently has a chip on his shoulder against the PT1911 in stainless. If you want to play with other 1911's, that fine. I will say that over the multitude of Kimbers I've seen and shot, not one performed flawlessly, Not one Les Baer has performed flawlessly. The Colt branded 1911's.... same story. It is a complex mechanical device that is assembled by humans. because of this, there will be failures. Every large 1911 manufacturer does final assemblies and testing early Monday mornings and late Friday afternoons. Because of these times, there will be the ocassional major and minor problems. Did your Ed Brown 1911 get a final assembly after the assembler got in a fight with his GF? Maybe got a flat and is thinking about changing a tire instead of focussing on YOUR 1911. It does happen. We are Human. I would like to know how many times it's been sent back to Taurus for repairs. If it hasn't, you are the problem, not the firearm, you. Taurus does offer lifetime repairs on their firearms. If you can't take them up on it, then feel free to ship that POS to me and I'll pay for the shipping to my FFL and the FFL transfer and take it off your hands. If it truely does have a problem, I know Taurus will make it right.
 

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Nice, I like the photoshopped cut outs too!
 

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Well it looks like i found my first mod after a PT 1911 purchase, maybe not so much a compensator but the spring for sure. Love the looks man, turned out really nice :D
 

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Don't buy Taurus... by the time you custom tune your weapon too shot where you point it... you'll spend enough to have purchased a Wilson Combat or Kimber ... which do all the things you need right out of the box. I have had nothing but a nightmare since getting my PT1911SS... right out of the box using Remington and Blazer ammo, it would not hold 4 inch groups at 10meters, in addition it shoots low left and randomly threw rounds.. The custom air fitting of the barrel bushing and barrel must have been done by a Drunk... and the barrel shows excessive rattling, with the slide locked back... Don't even attempt to adjust the Novak rear sight it is frozen in place with lock-tite... it will take a special sight tool to move it even after heating it remained stubborn. If you want to purchase a weapon don't do it by mail order... you may get stuck with a lemon... I apparently did. P/S I have over 40ys experience using the M1911A1 and am a retired military officer who has qualified expert with the 45 on many occasions... It is not my marksmanship skills causing the problems.
Apperently after 40 years you haven't learned much cause all 1911 barrel will rattle when the slide is locked back, the barrel is unlocked, DAUH.


shoot safe, shoot straight, and have fun
 

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I purchased the EFK 357Sig conversion barrel for my PT100 and love shooting it. I also considered the dual action recoil system but was not sure if it worked as advertised. Based on your review, I will reconsider that upgrade. Thanks.
 
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