New here and just got my CHL. I already have a Glock 17C but the wife likes it alot, so I am looking into getting a 1911. I have heard great things about the Taurus, but also considering Para and Kimber. Any info would be helpful.
I have a Kimber Pro CDP & a Springer A1 loaded. Both have night sites. K has ambi safety, Springer single side. Kimber is lighter to carry but gets a little fussy w/ reloads after 200+. Springer NEVER does.
Kimber is a little more prestige I guess.
If I could only have one it would be the SA 1911A1.
I too would recomend it be added to your short list.
I don't own a Taurus, but I shot one and seen a couple.
The things I like about it:
-- front strap is checkered. There are no guns in this price range with a checkered front strap. It's not a custom checkering job by any means but still...
-- finish is pretty good.
-- trigger is very acceptable
Things I don't care for:
-- beavertail has knuckle relief - I just don't like this type of a BT
-- the hammer doesn't have much "purchase" for thumb-cocking. I prefer modern delta hammers or spur hammers on full size 1911. Just a preference thing.
Things I don't like about Taurus
-- too many stories of frames out of spec
-- too many stories of long waits on warranty work
-- too many MIM (read "inferior quality") parts
For ~ $600 I'd go for the following:
-- Colt 1991A1 old roll mark (matte finish), new in the box
-- Springfield Mil-Spec
But it's kind of hard to get a stone cold reliable well made 1911 at a low price. Your options expand a lot if your budget goes up to anywhere from $750 to $1600.
According to your criteria, I would suggest:
Springfield Armory Loaded Champion with nightsights (~$750)
Dan Wesson CBOB (comes standard with nightsights) (~$1000) - this gun is worth way more than the extra $250 over the Springfield.
Find I have to chime in here. Have 50 yrs. of shooting 1911s and have owned many, some I should have kept oh well. Currently own a Colt LW Commander (1972), a Springfiield Loaded bought in 2000, Taurus 1911, and while not in 45 a RIA with a Ciener Platinum Cup .22RF conversion. I like all 4, and they serve me well. For the last year the 45 I shoot most is the PT1911, and I have yet to have any hiccups with it yet. It has digested and fired everything I've put through it. Now the last Kimber I had, developed more hiccups than someone on a 2 day toot. Reason I don't own it anymore. At my age I don't think I'll add anymore to the stable, very happy with what I have now, coveres all bases. My 4 cents worth, was 2 but with inflation has doubled like gas in the last year.
I personally own a Para LTC and it is my every day carry gun. It has been completely reliable with every kind of ammo I have tried and Para's customer service has led me to considering purchasing another.
I definatly cant say anything bad about any of the companies you are considering as they all make very nice 1911's but I would definatly look at the Para for your first slabside.
Just my opinion and it is worth exactly what you paid for it
I got a taurus pt 1911 not long ago and hasent missed a lick and have shot several different rounds from store bought to reloads. I really like it .I do have a colt series 80 bought a long time ago. After owning a colt I cant complain about the taurus. She does just fine.
Evenin all. New to the forum but not new to 1911's. Had a bad run in with 2 Para 1911's, but absolutely no problems with a Stainless and a blue PT1911. Both pistols have 2k + rounds through 'em with zero problems. Just my 2c.
I am a CCW instructor here in AZ. I do at least one class a month and sometimes more. I have seen all types of guns including PT1911's. Some seem to be alright but most of them have some kind or other problem. I for one am not willing to take a chance on hit or miss quality. Look at Kimber or Springfield for an entry level 1911, MK
PS I have many 1911's including 3 Para P14's. Never a problem with any of them.
Just FYI on the Kimber...lots of MIM parts...just saying, don't want to start the old MIM vs. forged vs. billet vs. cast argument It just seems like a lot of money for an item that many folks would want to replace all of the ignition components. Taurus seems to be the best deal for a starting point. Let the fire and flames begin!
The Taurus PT1911, Remington R1 and the Ruger SR1911 seem to be the best of the $600ish 1911's at this time. I have handled all 3 and shot all except the SR1911. For the money they are all 3 great guns. BTW , now seems like a great time to tell everyone that we currently have the Taurus PT1911 railed 1911 in blue on sale right now for $575. w/ free shipping. http://www.shootersplus.com/taurus_semi_auto_handguns
I have several 1911's and a Taurus 1911 is one of my later guns. I love it and have developed a lot of trust in it. I have put about 300 rounds through it and not one hiccup. Every time I have a flyer I know why. I love this gun.