I'm just now getting back into IDPA comps and I've been using my 24/7 .40 S&W.
I notice a lot of people using Taurus firearms mainly because the type that shoot IDPA around here are working class on a budget. But none of them have any complaints about using a Taurus.
hopefully in the near future i will attain enough talent to get into comp shooting comp. and if i do, i will be using my PT1911. depending on how things go for me i will let you know how things turn out
I've shot mine in many IDPA matches as well as a few local steel matches. Seen every type of 1911 represented.
The max distance your shooting at these matches is about 35 yards and the Taurus is plenty accurate out to 35 yards. The biggest thing the high dollar guns have over the taurus is the quality of the internal parts...mostly tool steel instead of MIM parts and tool steel does seem to hold up better over the course thousands of rounds
Thats not to say that the high dollar guns aren't more accurate its just that unless you start shooting at the Master levels your ability to out shoot the gun isn't there.
Better to spend your money on a timer, bullets, and lessons, and practice, as opposed to a new pistol.
Now if I were shooting bullseye theres allot to be said for the higher dollar guns that are garunteed 1.5 inch accuracy at 50 yards. The PT1911 isn't set up to be a bullseye gun though.
Mine has 5,000 plus rounds through it and the slide fit is much looser than new. It rattles when I shake it but was dead nuts reliable and I recently added a dawson precision front sight which really really made shooting at 20 yards or longer much easier.
i've shot Steel Challenge with my Pt1911 twice. The second time out the Ambi safety fell off and the plungers and spring were lost in the dust. We found the left side safety. Just got new plungers and springs and have pinch tightened the "female" side of the safety in my vise. Both sides felt like they snapped into place. Hopefully they stay together.
The gun shot very well and I've had no other malfunctions with about 600 rounds thru it.
While waiting for the springs, I've added a Dawson front fiber optic sight, a Wilson magwell and some rubber textured grips from XTR. I found some CMC 10 round mags so I think I'll be ready to go this week. I think it going to be great gun. I don't read about any other "issues" in the various forums.
I just started shooting in a couple local club matches and have used my PT1911 with no problems. Wish I could blame the gun for my poor times, but it goes bang every time and hits right where it's pointed...
I too just began shooting local club matches and among the thirty or so shooters guns mine is the only PT1911. These folks show interest in the Taurus and many have asked if they could shoot it. So far, works flawlessly, and that's with lead reloads (only problem with them is that your pistol ends up filthy). Don't come in first, but don't come in last, either.