Taurus PT 1911

Sam PT 1911

This firearm is slightly torn, torn between timeless design, and modern affordable production. On the one hand, you have a pure American classic firearm in the 1911 designed by none other than John Moses Browning and put into service in 1911. On the other Sam PT 1911 pic 2hand you have Taurus, a company that has been successful by offering cheaper alternatives to more expensive designs offered by other companies. Not to say they don’t make quality firearms, but suffice to say they are not always the most independent when it comes to design. As far as inspiration goes, they lead the way with the PT 1911 pistol. Taurus managed to cram a lot of features into a well-fitted and finished firearm that would normally go for twice as much money. A majority of people agrees that the value in this gun is tremendous, however there are some naysayers. You can find video reviews and blooper vids on youtube showing misfeeds and stove pipes. That’s all fine and dandy, but even the highest end 1911’s can sometimes have growing pains.

I took the plunge on this gun and have not regretted it one bit. It has been just as, if not more reliable than guns twice its price point. Granted if you’re a collector, none of this is all too impressive. The beautiful scalloped cocking serrations of an S&W E-Series, or the almost hand shredding checkering of a Springfield Armory TRP may draw you in more. However, for the budget conscious, or the person who simply wants a 1911 to fill that void, this is the gun for them. It sure was for me.

Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame:  Value, finish and warranty.Sam Pt 1911 pic 3

Target Market:  The “Budget Conscious” and Tacti-cool crowd.



  • Front Strap and underside of trigger guard checkering.
  • Ambidextrous safety
  • Front and rear cocking serrations
  • Flat and checkered mainspring housing.
  • Novak Sights
  • Taurus security system
  • Two 8 round magazine
  • Forged slide and frame
  • Great slide to frame fit.


  • Many features of much more expensive guns at a more accessible price point.  Money saved can go towards aftermarket magazines, holsters and ammo.

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:  I have the non-blued steel variety with black grips and no light rail. It comes in a variety of configurations including a really nice duotone that I was trying to hunt down before I called it quits and got this model. The product line also offers 9mm variants.  PT1911 Product Page 

Whatt others are saying?:

Price point: I purchased mine brick and mortar here in New Jersey and paid $560 this was a little over a year ago and was part of a two gun purchase so the manager gave me a little break on this and another handgun.

I need it now! Availability:  Not a rare firearm however if you are looking for a specific caliber or specific finishes it may take some hunting.

Our Rating:

+ 1911 Weight and Feel + Magazines + NJ and similar state compliant out of the box + Price + Feature Packed

- Ugly Hammer

Score: 8.585


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