Taurus PT1911 problems

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by RepeatDefender, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. RepeatDefender

    RepeatDefender New Member

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    I think I bought a lemon on this one ya'll.

    I have tried 3 different types of ammo, Remington FMJ and JHP...Blazer FMJ...and WWB FMJ. All 3 consistently fail to feed and fail to eject after every 2-3rds. Called Taurus this AM and they said that if this is happening consistently and with both of the supplied mags (which it is...) to send it in for warranty service.

    So this will be the first gun I have ever had to send in to the factory. I want this gun to be right. I bought this one specifically to protect the house. No other mission but that one. It must be utterly reliable and in this condition was not. :(
     
  2. ber950

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    I have sent guns back to the factory before. The problem is when that doesn't fix it.
    Its probably minor. There are a lot of litte things that can make a 1911 unreliable when they are new and tight.
     

  3. rajl

    rajl New Member

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    Mine works perfectly. First Taurus I've bought that did. :D Send it to the factory and see if they can fix it. Taurus service takes about 6-8 weeks I've found.
     
  4. GunNut

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    Is it brand new or previously enjoyed?

    If brand new, it may just need "breaking in". How many rounds have you shot thru it?

    I have seen some 1911's that had feed problems, not exactly sure what the problem was, but if you slapped the clip in you hand a couple of times after you loaded it, basically making sure all the shells were in the clip as far back as possible, they seemed to feed fine.
     
  5. USMC - Retired

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    This is always a good practice. I got in the habbit of doing this in my early days in the Corps and very rarely have feed problems. Part of that may be that I have great firearms but that wouldn't account for the endless line of Gov firearms that have been in my hands with the same results.
     
  6. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    Let us know how the Taurus service is.

    My PT140 was perfect out of the box, and has continued to be perfect since... from what I hear, these firearms typically need a small "break-in" period and I'm a little afraid because mine didn't.
     
  7. RepeatDefender

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    UPDATE: Sent out the PT1911 on 7-31-2007, arrived at Taurus on 8-2-2007, logged into Taurus 8-7-2007.

    Estimated time of repair and turnaround per Taurus customer service rep......5-6 WEEKS...... :evil:

    LAST TAURUS I EVER BUY.... :evil:

    And it better be better than new when I get it back... :evil:
     
  8. ptsmith24

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    5-6 weeks? Are they really that backed up on repairs? If so, I suppose it's time for a change of brand.

    I wonder if it's 5-6 weeks real world time, or 5-6 weeks probate court time? ](*,)
     
  9. RepeatDefender

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    Oh s:censored:t, if it's probate court 5-6 weeks I'm gonna have to make a trip down to Miami, to kick some crappy gun-making butt.

    Seriously, if they are that backed up on repairs, I will never buy another gun from them again. I shouldn't have even sent the damn thing to them. I should have just taken it back to the dealer... :roll:
     
  10. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    The dealer would take it back. I thought most dealers just directed you to the manufacturer for repairs anyway?
     
  11. RepeatDefender

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    Some dealers are less inclined to do that than others. They don't want to be associated with selling trash. In a perfect world, all dealers would take back the crap that they bought and sold to you.

    Oh well....So I guess now I wait to see if my piece of crap comes back as crap or as fixed crap.... :roll:
     
  12. jp233

    jp233 hu huh, you said "Member"

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    Hmm. Did you polish the feed ramp? Try any other mags?

    I am of the opinion that 1911's should be able to work with US GOVT GI mags, but that isn't always necessarily true. Just my dumb thought I guess. Most people believe that Wilson 47D mags are the dogs bollocks.

    Yeah, even though it was bought at a gun dealer, this is where the world known to most a la vehicles end. Most gun dealers don't have some warranty repair service like car dealerships do. They all have to go back to the factory.

    Well in the meantime, I hope you're protecting your house with that Springfield GI Champion. I only had FTF loading the first round, but that was by using the slide stop release, it ALWAYS fed if I racked the slide (which is US military S.O.P.) Even though its got crappy sights , at night all you gotta do is point your arm and shoot one-handed. Ah, the 1911... the best extension of the human arm..
     
  13. RepeatDefender

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    Yeah the GI Champion is on the night stand every night. I shot it a few times and it was completely reliable with everything I fed it. FMJ's and JHP's fed equally well.

    Not so with the Taurus, you would think that it at least would have fed ball ammo...right? Nope...

    Sent you a PM!
     
  14. JiG

    JiG Awaiting censure

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    That sux. I've got a PT1911 under my shoulder as i type. It has been remarkably reliable, right out of the box.

    That repair time is the norm for Taurus.
     
  15. RepeatDefender

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    OK, I got the Taurus back today via FedEx overnight. I will take it out to the range early tomorrow. I will update this post with the results tomorrow afternoon.
     
  16. cdtracing

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    As a dealer I have been less than impressed with Taurus autos, revolvers have been great. My wife carried, for a very short time, a PT145. While at the range the trigger pivot broke. The pistol only had 500 rounds fired thru it. I tried to get a new trigger for it but Taurus wouldn't send me one, I had to send it in. It was replaced with a G-19 4 days later. The boss likes the G-19 better anyway.

    Chris
     
  17. foshizzle

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    ~20 days turnaround time? Not bad! Almost as good as my Ruger. They told me 4 weeks I got it back 11 days later, fedexed overnight, free of charge.

    Bad guns happen man. Shoot it and report back.
     
  18. RepeatDefender

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    Phew, finally got a free minute to shoot the PT1911 on Sunday. When I got it back from Taurus, the gunsmith's note said the extractor was bad and was replaced.

    So here is the report on Taurus:
    Taurus gets an A+ for customer service. The reps were nothing less than professional and courteous. The turnaround time was only twenty days, with shipping both ways.

    Report on the repaired PT1911:
    Fired approx 100rds of hardball (no JHP's to test...), alternating 8rd mags. Fired first two mags slow, no problems. Fired next two mags rapid, changed mags as rapidly as possible. On second mag 5th round FTE, cleared, rounds 6-7-8 no problems. The rest of the session was trouble free as well.

    So all in all I am happy with Taurus. It is a very nice gun, with a helluva good trigger OTB, feels great in the hand, and is more reliable now. I must still run a couple hundred more rounds through it (and some JHP's).

    The two things I will change about my PT1911 are:
    1. Replace ambi safety with a right hand only safety
    2. Replace Taurus mags with Wilson Combat or Chip McCormick mags

    I'll give further reports of the PT1911. I hope all works out for the best, but if it doesn't...there are plenty more 1911's out there. :lol:
     
  19. slabertooch

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    I always seat the rounds, tap the magazine so that the rounds are as far back as they can go. Like Gunny, old habits.
     
  20. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    Did you have to pay for shipping?