I will add more specific info if nesscessary if i can (names etc), as i'm gonna do this off the cuff. I feel i need to let others know of my expierience with taurus usa with regard to my pt1911ar. I have owned my pt1911ar for several years now and was very happy with it. During that time i hadn't taken the slide apart. Since i have fired several hundred rounds in that time, i felt it was time to do so and clean. While reassemling the slide, the firing pin stop spring, part #1.13 did what it does and sprung out of my clumsy fingers and became lost. I contacted taurus. Ultimately they said that spring is a "restricted part", because it is part of a safety mechanism. Now, i can understand if i had to send in the slide because i was not able to figure out the problem, taurus would want to look at it because if the spring had worn down and was causing the plunger to block the firing pin, they would want to look at the firing pin for damage as well. But in this case nothing was wrong with any of the parts. I simply lost the spring and wanted to replace it. I have spoken to taurus several times to no avail. They would say thing like "you shouldnt be breaking down your slide because it could void your warranty". Which is ridiculous because over time, carbon with also get onto the firing pin and firing pin spring and could cause it not to function, therfore, no bang. Then they said they "could not recommend the use of the same part from another source because it would not be a genuwine taurus part, again voiding the waranty". I told them the slide has to be taken apart eventually because there is going to be carbon buildup and the firing pin functioning is obviously very important. And to heck with my waranty, and just sell me the part if you don't want me to use an "non genuwine taurus part" they wouldn't do it. They wanted me to send in the whole slide i guess to verify what i was saying, and it would cost $50 to do so. I said no because its nuts to spend $50 for a $3 part, probably less than $3 part. So, just so you know a little about the policies of taurus usa. Left a really bad taste...buyers remorse. Next gun a buy i will be calling the manufacturer and asking 2 questions. Do any of their guns have this dumb safety design and do they have a list of "restricted parts" they cannot sell to their customers as they need them.