Taurus PT1911 Review: Is it Worth it For a 1911?

Last modified: February 9, 2021 GUIDE: Chris Browning
left view of the taurus 1911 45 acp for the gnd review 2017

1911-style pistols are some of the most popular firearms on the market.

This Taurus 1911 handgun is modeled after the Colt Model 1911, designed by John Moses Browning with the current requirements of the U.S. Army. On March 29, 1911, this pistol was selected as the official sidearm for all U.S. military personnel.

The Taurus PT1911 is a semi-automatic pistol chamber with the muscle of a .45 ACP round. It comes with awesome features, including patented Taurus Security System, a 9-round capacity, and a lifetime warranty, and has a black finish, all for an inexpensive price tag!




Things to Consider Before Buying

If you’re looking for a pistol that can be used not only for home defense but as a general carry weapon, check out the PT1911.

Don’t worry if you have children in your household, because this firearm has special safety features to prevent accidental discharge. In addition, it comes with a grip safety and hammer drop.

All Taurus firearms are backed by their 100% Unlimited Lifetime Warranty. This warranty even transfers ownership: it’s protected for the life of the firearm! And this .45 caliber pistol packs a real punch, so it’s good for home or self-defense.

This is a time-tried and true handgun frame. Taurus hammer-forges all their frames, slides, and barrels, and then machines those parts to exacting standards. It’s got a vented, lightened trigger and comes with Novak® front and rear sights.


Features and Benefits

A number of fantastic feature makes the Taurus PT1911 a well-rounded firearm.

  • Taurus Security System (TSS) keeps the gun safely locked
  • Novak® Sights
  • Grip Safety
  • Manual Safety
  • Transferrable lifetime warranty
  • Built on the standard 1911 frame
  • NRA Membership included

Taurus Security System (TSS)

Taurus offers its patented security system on all its firearms. This is a locking mechanism built into the hammer of the firearm that is activated by a special key.

The Taurus Security System is so secure, there is no way to discharge the firearm without destroying it; unless you have the special key, of course.

Each firearm comes with two keys, and the same key will unlock Taurus’ semi-automatics, revolvers, and rifles. This is an excellent way to lock your firearm, especially if you have children in your home. When this lock is engaged, the slide and the grip safety will not function.


Novak® is well-known for producing superior sights. Their sights are used by military and law enforcement personnel across the country as well as competition shooters.

One of their innovations is the LoMount sight. It’s a dovetail-shaped sight with ease of use. And if you want to customize your Taurus PT1911 even more, you can purchase either fiber optic or tritium sights from Novak® directly. They’ll also install them for you.


Grip safeties on firearms may take a little getting used to. They’re in the grip in the fleshy part of your hand between your thumb and first finger and require a good strong grip to activate properly. The grip safety prevents the trigger from moving unless it’s pressed hard.

If you grasp the firearm properly in a tight grip, the grip safety should deactivate smoothly.


The Taurus PT1911 also has a manual safety which is ambidextrous, meaning it is on both sides of the slide. When the manual safety is engaged, a hammer sear and firing pin block activate, preventing the hammer from contact with the firing pin.

1911-style handguns are often carried “cocked and locked” by law enforcement personnel because the manual safety combined with the grip safety is so effective.


Taurus offers an unlimited and transferrable lifetime warranty on all its firearms. It’s registered to the firearm, not the owner. This means that even if you buy a second-hand pistol, you can transfer the warranty into your name.

This warranty covers all the standard parts of your firearm, but doesn’t include extra accessories like grips, sights, accessories, or cosmetic defects after one year. And, of course, it doesn’t cover damage due to abuse of the weapon.

I myself had a warranty claim with Taurus about 18 years ago. The rubberized grip on my PT24/7 started to peel off. I contacted Taurus and the wheels were set in motion.

I returned the 24/7 to Taurus via a licensed gun dealer, and they replaced my rubber grip frame with a textured combat grip frame.

It took a while, but I eventually got the firearm back from the gun dealer. I still own this pistol and it’s been operating flawlessly all this time. I’ve heard recently that their customer service isn’t up to par, but my experience was pleasant enough.


The Taurus PT1911 is one of the least expensive 1911-style handgun available on the market today. This could make the Taurus PT1911 an excellent choice for a new shooter, or one who is living on a strict budget.


When you purchase a Taurus firearm, you’ll be eligible to receive a free 1-year membership to the National Rifle Association (NRA). This group is proactive in gun education and politics and are proponents in gun rights. There are many benefits of NRA membership.


To breakdown this gun, use a bushing wrench to twist the barrel bushing counterclockwise. You then hold your hand over the end to keep the spring from launching. Remove the spring and then twist the bushing in the opposite direction and remove. Pull the slide of the gun back until the notches line up with the slide release lever. You can then remove the lever, remove the slide, and pull out the guide rod and barrel.

To reassemble, you follow the same steps in reverse order and make sure everything is lined up properly when you reinsert the lever. It isn’t the easiest breakdown process because the full-length guide makes it a bit more difficult.


Some found that cleaning the slide area after a day of shooting can be difficult because of the grooves that trap the barrel. You will also find that have a few rounds, the gun will become dirty, so you will have to get used to cleaning the gun regularly.


This gun ranks highly when it comes to its reliability. At one point in time, the 1911 was a pistol that showed that a semi-automatic gun could be just as reliable as a revolver.


Some say that the Taurus PT 1911 is a real tack driver. This means it should be able to shoot two-inch groups at 25 yards. IT has been shown to perform just as well as other guns when it comes to accuracy and reaching targets. This gun also weighs just over two pounds before it is loaded and can really absorb the recoil.

Alternate Choices for a 1911

There are too many alternatives to the Taurus PT1911, but I’ve found a few that might interest you.

1. Colt 1991

product image of the colt 1991a1 handgun in 2017 dark matte black

Of course, we can’t talk about 1911s without thinking of Colt, the original manufacturer of the 1911.

Their newest model is the .45ACP chambered 1991, which features white dot sights and a reduced ejection port for increased reliability. Colt’s 1991 is almost double the price of the PT1911.

2. Springfield Armory EMP Lightweight Champion

product image of a brand new springfield armory emp champion steel silver in 2017

If you’d like a 1911-style handgun but prefer a choice of caliber, you might look at the Springfield EMP Lightweight Champion, which is available chambered in 9mm or .40 S&W.

It comes with white dot rear sights and fiber-optic front sight. But beware, this pistol comes at a price!

3. Kimber 1911 Amethyst Ultra

image of a brand Kimber 1911 Amethyst Ultra in 2017

Just for fun, click the link and take a look at this beautiful and unique 1911 from Kimber. It’s available in both 9mm and .45ACP.

It is a special edition ultra from Kimber and features an amethyst purple slide, stainless steel barrel, and tactical night sights.

Its uniqueness comes in the form of the amethyst PVD coloring of the pistol. Just don’t take a peek at the price tag!

Final Thoughts About the PT1911

Taurus firearms are among the least expensive of handguns.

For anyone wanting to try out a 1911-style pistol, whether new to shooting or an old hand, the PT1911 might be a good choice.

It’s built on the historic 1911-style frame, offers reliability and safety.

Do you own the Taurus PT1911 (or one of its alternatives)? Let us know your thoughts about the gun in the comments below!

Taurus PT 1911 Gun FAQ

Is the Taurus PT 1911 a mil-spec?

The official name for this gun is Taurus Model PT 1911 and is said to be a true testament to the Grand Old 1911. Some would consider it a basic mil-spec model pistol. The new Taurus PT1911 comes standard with a full-length solid guide rod and skeletonized match-type trigger.

Are 1911 pistols reliable?

Yes. 1911 pistols are reliable. People also love them because of their accuracy and safety as well. People describe the trigger of 1911s as being crisp or light. When you fire, it is clean and immediate and there is minimal excess movement and no over-travel.

Are Taurus guns good quality?

Every Taurus gun manufactured is backed by a warranty and lifetime quality guarantee through the manufacturer. Taurus guns are also known for being slightly less expensive than a Ruger and may also be a bit bulkier in comparison.

How much is a Taurus PT 1911?

On average, you can find a Taurus PT 1911 around the $500 price range.

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18 thoughts on “Taurus PT1911 Review: Is it Worth it For a 1911?

  1. REALLY…. I MEAN REALLY? who the heck wrote this???……………. The PT1911 is a single-action/double-action pistol, meaning you’ll have to pull the trigger in order to fire the first shot. For subsequent shots, the handgun has a double-action; simply pulling the trigger again will fire a second shot. JMB just rolled over 🙁

    1. Lol i was a sure a giant question mark formed over my head when i read that too.

      Ive been looking for an inexpensive well made 1911 to play around with.

      This might be the choice.

  2. What kind of IDIOT thinks “The PT1911 is a single-action/double-action pistol, meaning you’ll have to pull the trigger in order to fire the first shot. For subsequent shots, the handgun has a double-action; simply pulling the trigger again will fire a second shot.”
    The PT1911, like almost all 1911 clones, is a single action semi-automatic, ie: auto-loader, meaning you have to pull the hammer back, with a round in the chamber, then pull the trigger to fire the first shot. For subsequent shots, all you have to do is pull the trigger (the action cocks the hammer for you). I guess that’s why they call it semi-automatic, or auto-loader… Duh

  3. I have owned one of these Taurus PT1911’s for almost two years now. It is actually one of the second generation Taurus PT1911’s with a few refinements, like better finish, ,more polishing, and different markings on the slide and barrel. I have found it to be a very reliable 1911 clone. I replaced the factory grips with a set of Colt factory checkered Rosewood grips and they fit with no issue. The gun digests Magtech or Aguila 230gr FMJ practice ammo with each. For defense rounds, I use Winchester PDX1, Magtech +P Guardian Gold, or Remington Golden Sabre. It digest them all well, and the target is easily hit at 10,15, 20, or 25 yards with no issue and no feed problems. I couldn’t get a Stainless version when I got mine, but I don’t regret getting the standard model, as it looks great with the grips I installed. I know shooters who have new Colt Commanders who have more issues with their guns than I’ve had with my Taurus PT 1911.

  4. You want an older model w/ “PT1911” on the slide. These are nicely done. The newer models w/ “1911” on the slide… not so much.

  5. Best pistol for the money. I own 1911 colt Nat match and a kimber comp. II, the Taurus is just as good as either one of them. If you want a great gun for at least than half price of the others you won’t regret the Taurus….

  6. I have to question the reviewer. Have you actually seen a PT1911, or did you just copy and paste from the internet? To begin with, the photo is several years old. They no longer look like that and haven’t for the last few years. My first PT1911, brand new five years ago, though it ran well, looked like a beater out of the box. This latest refinement was good enough to get me to buy a second one. Taurus has greatly improved the finish and toned down the garish rollmarks. Gone are the “straight-8” sights, in favor of three dot sights, which I personally prefer. I’m not a fan of the key lock system, but the PT1911 is well equipped for the price point. The recommended Colt, which I also have, does have nice wood grips and a gorgeous blued finish, is around $300 to $400 higher in price is closer to the original mil-spec design and doesn’t include features found on the Taurus, than many consider desirable. I consider performance and reliability to be on par with my other 1911s in the $500 to $700 range for my purposes.

  7. “The PT1911 is a single-action/double-action pistol, meaning you’ll have to pull the trigger in order to fire the first shot. For subsequent shots, the handgun has a double-action; simply pulling the trigger again will fire a second shot.”

    WRONG. Can it be beaten into the ground enough? This person is an absolute moron, and is a disgrace to the name Browning, which they apparently share.

    Did none of the editors check this? Why is this individual even allowed to write articles?

  8. I purchased a PT1911 in 45 ACP and found that the grip safety would not clear the trigger unless depressed as far as it would go. Plus the spring was very heavy. I removed the grip safety and filed the appropriate surface down a little and now it functions well. The trigger however is still a bit gravelly.
    Don’t they test fire these things before they leave the factory?
    I have a ATI 1911 in 9mm that is far superior in my estimation. And it cost less. Plus it came with a certificate that said it was test fired, and signed by the tester.

  9. If you put your life in the hands of this paperweight you are dead. This company builds junk! No amount of reviews by thier employees will change that! You would be better off to carry a hammer or a block of wood for personal defense. Run scared from this brand and the dangerous product they produce. Overall Taurus should hang thier head in shame and be shunned by this community.

  10. I have two of these 9 mm and 45 modem of been flawless for 5+ years I don’t like the stack 8 sites on the 45 but the three dot on the nine works perfect

  11. I have owned a Taurus PT 1911 AR for several years. I find it reliable, chambers everything I put into it and is a pleasure to shoot. It is my everyday carry gun. But only after my gunsmith replaced the spring and plunger housing which locates the safety and slide release which fell off the frame. The ambi safety which fell apart he also had to fix. The plastic grips cracked and had to be replaced.
    On a new out of the box weapon. Totally unacceptable. But I live in South Africa and beggars cant be choosers. We have to make do with what we can get. Fortunately after some expense my story turned out to be a happy one. The writers double action 1911. Cant say Iv ever seen one. Must be a prototype

  12. I bought the Cerakote .45 brand new about 2 weeks ago.Shot it twice,and the hammer locked back and dove tail safety locked up.Finally got a shipping label to send it back.Their quality control are GD CRACK HEADS!!I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER TAURUS PRODUCT!!!!

  13. I had one of the first PTs only problem I had was shooting the flat nose Winchester target rounds, but a few strokes with a file on the feed ramp solved that. The factory mags were fine but because this was CC weapon I went with Chip McCormick mags with the heavy spring. Accuracy was excellent for the price and options and being a smaller framed female the weight of the 1911 and a good stance ate up the recoil and follow up shots were all satisfactory. I’m not sure how many rounds I put through it because I can walk out my back door and shoot 24/7. So I was very familiar with this gun, and because it was my CC I bet my life on its dependability. With that being said I’d own another and wouldnt think twice.

  14. Taurus was making fairly good products up until around 2002 and then they all went to hell. I have owned 2 .357 revolvers, a PT45 and a Beretta clone and had no issues with any of them what so ever. I also owned one of there .38 specials as a service revolver and got rid of it as fast as I could. This change came about when they stopped making the bright stainless finish models and went with that cheap ugly matte finish. the action on the .38 was atrocious.

  15. Chris Dickey, why the vitriol? I own quite a few 1911’s and find the PT1911 the equal of any. Accurate, reliable, lots of quality features. Never had reliability issues at all. Your post sounds like the gun snobs I run into at the range. Have you ever shot one? By the way, you might want to consider meds.

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