Taurus 1911B-1 Initial Impressions and Review
I recently purchase a Taurus 1911 as I've always been curious about the 1911 model and wanted to get my hands on it to try it out. This is re-cap of my initial impressions of the firearm after shooting some rounds through it as well as function checking, inspection, tear-down, and cleaning. When I get more rounds through, I will try to post a more detailed review.
I currently have a Springfield XD45 as my first and current carry gun and were looking for some other 45 model handguns as a potential replacement/compliment to my XD. I decided on the Taurus mainly due to price/quality. Many reviews and reports I've read state that the Taurus 1911 is just as good as many of the other higher-end 1911 manufactures or better due to the price being more reasonable than others (can find them as cheap at around 550.00). I decided to take the plunge. See picture below (not of mine but that is basically what it comes with):
It comes with 2 8-round magazines, cleaning brush, keys to the Taurus lock system, and the gun itself along with manual and registration card. The gun itself is coating with a nice bit of factory goo so you will need to clean that off and re-lube beforehand (at least that is what I did).
Considering how easy it is to take about a XD, the 1911 was pretty crazy but after a few times, it isn't too crazy. Of course pushing in the recoil spring plug to start and finish dis-assembly/assembly is a pain in the ass.
Since this is an all metal gun, it has some weight to it but I wouldn't call it heavy. Since I carry my XD with all 13 rounds of 45acp, the weight doesn't feel much different.
I fired of only about 35-40 rounds of hollow point mainly to function test the the weapon. The recoil was lighter than my XD which is probably due to the weight of the gun and the 5 inch barrel as opposed to the 4 inch barrel. It also was quite a bit more accurate, again, possibly due to the weight reducing felt recoil/muzzle rise and the longer barrel.
This part sucks. The 8-round magazines cause failure to feed on the first round in all of them. Essentially, with the slide open and the magazine inserted, when you release the slide the round does feed unless you either rack the slide back up push up on the magazine. Other than that, the magazine functioned OK. I'm assuming that these magazines use standard 7-round 1911 magazine springs along with an extended magazine well adapter. As such, the tension is probably incorrect for feeding the first round. I've read about this online previously regarding 8+ round 1911 magazine. Fortunately, I have some 7-rounders to replace these.
So far, it looks, feels, and, with the exception of the magazines, shoots fantastic. More rounds will be required to be put through to get a full idea of how well of a performer this is, but if it continues to function well, I wouldn't mind using this as a carry weapon.
I will note, however, that there are very very few commercial holsters for this model of 1911. This is due to the this model having the accessory rail on it which is a bit larger than other 1911 models such as Springfield and Kimber. As such, holsters for those models won't fit these. The ones that I have been able to find are in the 50+ range and the better ones appear to be in the 90+ range. Mind you, I'm talking about fitted, molded holsters such as kydex and formed leather. You shouldn't have any problems with a normal nylon holster. Me personally, I prefer paddle holsters.
As I put more rounds through it, I will give a final review.