The Taurus PT1911 is a clone of the venerable US Military model 1911 single-action recoil operated semi-automatic pistol. It was designed and manufactured by Taurus in Porto Alegre Brazil, and distributed in the US by Taurus USA. Announced at the 2005 Shot Show, it was released to the consumer market in the fall of 2005.
The PT1911 differs from its many competitors in the 1911-style market in that the basic model offers a package of features found on top-end models from more expensive semi-custom pistol manufacturers such as Rock River Arms, Para-Ordnance, and Kimber Manufacturing at a significantly lower cost.
Featuring a forged steel frame, the PT1911 was originally marketed with a blued carbon steel finish, but as of late 2007 a stainless steel version was released. The standard PT1911 is hand-fit in the Taurus factory and includes popular combat and competition custom features such as a ‘Beavertail’ Grip safety with memory groove, extended ambidextrous thumb safety and slide stop controls, lowered and flared ejection port, frame checkering, and other niceties unusual for a pistol of its price range..
|* custom fitted slide||* custom fitted close-tolerance barrel and bushing|
|* polished feed ramp & barrel throat||* full length recoil spring guide rod|
|* ventilated trigger||* target hammer|
|* lowered and flared ejection port||* beveled magazine well|
|* extended ambidextrous thumb safety||* oversized slide and magazine releases|
|* 30 LPI checkering on flat mainspring housing and frontstrap||* Heinie 'Straight-8' sight system; luminous night sights also available|
|* double diamond pattern plastic stocks||* Taurus Security System Gun lock|
|Ammunition||Velocity (ft/s)||Energy (ft•lbf)||Avg. group size (in)|
|Hornaday 200 gr XTP/JHP||949||400||1.75|
|Black Hills 230 gr JHP||854||373||1.55|
|Federal Gold Medal 230 gr FMJ||798||325||1.65|
|Remington Golden Sabre 230 gr JHP||845||365||1.76|