Taurus PT 1911 45 acp Range Review

The Taurus PT 1911 chambered in 45 acp is considered a budget 1911. but this gun is has features usually found on more expensive models. This pistol features an extended beaver tail, front cocking serrations and novak sights.

I’ve known about the Taurus 1911 since they first came onto the market and looked at them on several occasions. I never bought one myself until recently.

During a trip to a local gun store found one that I couldn’t pass up. The 1911 is one of my favorite pistols to take to the range for an afternoon of shooting. This pistol is the second 1911 in my collection but certainly won’t be the last.

After getting the gun home I noticed that there was virtually no wear on this pistol. It was sold as a used gun but I would only consider it preowned. It was obvious it hadn’t been fired much at all.

The Taurus pt1911 has been a reliable pistol at the range.
The Taurus pt1911 has been a reliable pistol at the range.

My first trip to the range was a very enjoyable experience and there was only one malfunction attributed to the magazine I was using. You can see the malfunction in the video above.

I wanted to test this gun’s reliability and ran a couple magazines of hollow point defensive loads and had no malfunctions with them.

Anyone familiar with the 1911 knows that a bad magazine can cause major functioning issues.

Taurus PT 1911 in 45 acp is a great budget 1911

The popularity of the 1911 is unmatched with many different manufacturers making their own version of the pistol. Prices for custom made 1911’s can reach into the thousands of dollars.

The cost of a 1911 turns some people away from them. Several manufacturers such as Taurus and Rock Island produce less expensive versions of the 1911. Taurus 1911’s have a large following of gun enthusiasts who may not have the budget to get a more expensive version of this classic.

Today the 1911 is available in many popular calibers including 9mm, 10mm, 38 super and several others. However, my favorite caliber for this classic designed pistol is the 45 acp.

The 45 acp cartridge is a hard hitting round that leaves a large hole in the targets downrange. It is also a very good caliber for self defense but the larger size limits ammo capacity compared to other calibers.

Whenever I think of a 1911 I think of it being chambered in 45acp. However, it is nice to see other calibers offered in the classic design.

The 1911 pistol has a long history of military service

The original Colt 1911 pistol was designed by John Moses Browning and adopted by the U.S. military in 1911. The gun served as the standard issue sidearm of the military until 1985 when they switched to the Beretta M9. Some branches of the military still use the 1911 but it is being phased out.

U.S. Army General Scott Miller carried his issued 1911 in Afghanistan during 2019. Photos taken in the field by TOLONews showed him carrying the single-action pistol “cocked and locked,” indicating the gun is in ‘condition one’ and ready to fire.

Final Thoughts on the Taurus PT 1911

The Taurus PT 1911 is a series 80 pistol. That means there is firing pin block safety which is supposed to make the gun safer to carry. Some people like this feature and others do not.

The grip safety is a little stiff compared to my other 1911 and the trigger feels slightly different also. Neither of these two things would keep me from recommending this pistol to anyone.