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Post about your Taurus PT1911 ‘enhancements’ here.

I know a number of people here have replaced some parts on their PT1911. This is a thread to talk about the aftermarket hammers, safeties, sights etc. even magazines that work reliably. And remember pic are quite welcome. 8)

The idea is to create a database (sort of) to aid other members looking to enhance their gun find what’s available and what works best. I’m especially interests in DROP IN PARTS (or parts that require minimal fitting).
 

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Nowlin Pro hammer, dropped in with no fitting, using the existing hammer strut and sear. So far, so good. It was installed to rid the gun of the defective ILS.

 

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I don't know, but looking at the picture at the right side thumb safety, I always thought the right side thumb safety tang was supposed to go under the right side grip. This one appears to have the grip under the tang. Nor does it appear that the right side ambi-safety is flush against the frame, meaning the left and right thumb safety parts are not properly "mated" together.
Can some one define "ILS", Oh I know, it's the Taurus Integrated Locking System located in the hammer.

On my PT-1911SS I did away with the ambi-safety (pain in the rear) and installed the Wilson Combat #6S (Stainless, Wide Thumb Pad) Thumb Safety.
Also I installed a Ed Brown #855-E, Extended Mag Catch, (0.060" longer); Wilson Combat #7S, Extended Slide Release; Wilson Combat #29S, Match Grade Barrel Bushing; Wilson Combat #188S, SS Magazine Well and a set Of Chip McCormick, #83000, Exotic Rosewood, "Slim Carry" Grips. These mods accomodate my small hands and make them more competition friendly.

I have done so many I can't remember if the supplied Taurus magazines were seven or eight round capacity. If a seven round, you can convert a 1911 mag to an eight round capacity by using the Wison Combat #266,45C Conversion Kit. A new mag spring and follower is supplied. They function flawlessly.

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The Thumb Safety had to "fitted" to the pistol for proper operation.
The rosewood grips had the be inletted to accomodate the installation of the W/C mag well. (Dremel tool)
The Taurus magazines rubber base pads had to to be mated (use a dremel tool on the base pads) to the angle of the W/C mag well so they would seat.
The W/C Match Grade Barrel Bushing will require the use of the barrel bushing tool to turn it for installation. It is a "sung" fit. On my 1911 there was no filing or fitting required.

The same "mods' were also done on my other two PT1911Bs, Colt Gold Cup, and my Kimber Gold Match II.

I haven't messed with my Springfield Armory, Trophy Match, It was "perfect" out of the box and by far the most accurate 1911 I have ever shot or owned.
 

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High Power Bob said:
I don't know, but looking at the picture at the right side thumb safety, I always thought the right side thumb safety tang was supposed to go under the right side grip. This one appears to have the grip under the tang. Nor does it appear that the right side ambi-safety is flush against the frame, meaning the left and right thumb safety parts are not properly "mated" together.
Can some one define "ILS", Oh I know, it's the Taurus Integrated Locking System located in the hammer.
Maybe it's the picture, but the tang is most definitely is under the grip and the safety is flush with the frame. And, yes, the ILS is the Taurus locking system. Mine failed after one range trip.
 

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So for mostly just fixing a few issues. Replaced the stock "floppy" trigger with a STI, much better and pull down to 3lbs. No more creep! Installed a S&A magwell, stoned the slide surfaces to smooth out the action, installed a shock buff system (if you can call it a "system"), new grips. Ok, reading this I'm making it sound like I did this work...I had my gunsmith do it...

New hammer to come, need to get rid of that crap safety system...
 

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Just got my .45 back today. I took it to the gunsmith two days ago to replace the hammer.

Replaced it with a Wilson Combat skeletonized Ultralight hammer. I looked at there value line speed hammer also, but the serrations felt better to me on the ultralight hammer.





 

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My ambi-safety came apart right out of the box on my new PT1911 SS and would not stay together for more than a few rounds at a time. I read around and finally decided to replace mine with a Cylinder & Slide High Grip Wide Extended Thumb Safety ($30.00 from Midway). I'm a southpaw but have shot my other 1911 so much without an ambi I'm just used to it. The C&S safety needed minimal fitting and I had it installed correctly in about 30 minutes with just a little fine filing/stoning on the sear engagement surface. Be sure to remove the grip safety during install so you can see the engagement surfaces. Again, I'm not a gunsmith so if I can do it pretty much anyone can...The C&S included good directions. I think the C&S is a MIM part (probably from Taurus Mfg!) but the finish is identical to the original ambi. Down side is the Taurus original was a little bigger and more substantial, but oh well, I'm very happy with how it turned out anyway. Most importantly, it functions flawlessly.

Other "enhancements" on my T1911. I replaced grips with double diamond, checkered cocobolos. Under the grips, like on my other 1911, I installed a Pearce Rubber Finger Groove Insert Grip ($9.00 from Midway). It looks good and makes the gun feel and control much better. It also makes the grips slightly wider which I prefer. I installed a Wilson Combat shock-buff. It initially prevented the slide from being pulled to the rear far enough to disengage the slide release which was a little bothersome (Grrr!). However, with only about 50 rounds through it since, it has "settled in" and compressed enough that the slide release is now (for the most part) disengaging correctly when slide is pulled back. I may experiment with trying to "thin" a shock-buff out. I installed a barrel bushing compensator which looked awesome and seemed to reduce muzzle flip. However, apparently it was binding just enough to slow the slide causing a couple of FTFs and a failed lock-up or two. I took it back off and now pistol functions flawlessly again. I think I need to break the gun in much better (only had about 150 rounds through it) before I mess with the compensator (or much else) again. Next, I plan to put some "Nitesiters" on the Heine sights (which I like very much). As soon as I figure out how to, I'll post some pics.
 

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buckhammer, i tried slimming down some ed brown shock buffers. dont waste your time. it dont work. you will be able to slingshot the slide with the thinned down buff, but they wont last much over 100 rounds. at least mine didnt. dont know the reason why but that was my experience.
 

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How do you like the new Wilson safety starshooter?
Do you have any more clearer pics?
 

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Important question!

Will any modifications I make to my Taurus 1911 VOID the warranty?
 

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KSoldier welcome from Minnesota :wave: As for waranty, if you replace your sights, for example, they will not be covered by waranty. This is how I understand the policy.
 

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So far I have just replaced the grips with Hogue rubber grips and bought a couple McCormick mags. I am looking for the right hammer and single safety to complete my mods for now.
 

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So far I've just added faux stag grips and a Wilson extended slide release.
 

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Pachmayr American Legend Grips
Shooting Star mags
STI single side safety
Smith and Alexander Magwell and Main Spring Housing
Next will be the trigger and hammer then perhaps a refinish.
 

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Got mine right before the railed ones came out. Slimline grips, extended slide release, SHok-buff inside.

 

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All I've added was the Sid Ryan grips discussed in a different post.

I want to add a compensator and am going to comment/ask about it on a separate post.

I also plan to have Trijicon sights installed. The factory sights are okay for day time, but I plan to get a CHP and this will be what I'll be concealing, so I need night sights.
 
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