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

LAST UPDATED: August 9th 2018
GUIDE: Chris Browning

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

This 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, 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.

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.

Features of The Taurus PT1911

Product Specs

Manufacturer:
Taurus

Caliber:
.45

Warranti:
Lifetime Transferable

Product Features

Taurus Security System

Manual Safety

Standard 1911 frame


Features and Benefits

A number of fantastic features 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® Sights

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 Safety

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.

Manual Safety

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.

Warranty

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.

Pricing

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.

National Rifle Association Membership

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.


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 blackOf 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 2017If 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 2017Just 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’s 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!

5 COMMENTS

  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 🙁

    • 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.

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