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Doughnutman_923
08-09-2012, 00:27
Traded a pimp'd out Remmy 870 for a used (2009 era) Taurus PT 1911 AR. Blued.

Got a few questions:

What should I look for to make sure nothing needs replacing?

What are some good sites to get recoil springs, hammer springs, upgrades?


I really want to replace the recoil spring right off. Will it run any average full size 1911 recoil spring? (I'm just weird that way)

Thanks for replies, in advance! :wavey:

Jason D
08-09-2012, 01:04
Midwayusa and Brownells for parts.

If the gun is reliable then all you'd need is a recoil spring. 16 pound is standard, and what I mostly run. My hardball gun needed a more powerful 18 pound spring to run. If you buy Wolff springs, they usually come with a firing pin spring. It's a good idea to change them together, but not really necessary.


Nothing else is needed but for a few spare mags

Doughnutman_923
08-09-2012, 01:12
Midwayusa and Brownells for parts.

If the gun is reliable then all you'd need is a recoil spring. 16 pound is standard, and what I mostly run. My hardball gun needed a more powerful 18 pound spring to run. If you buy Wolff springs, they usually come with a firing pin spring. It's a good idea to change them together, but not really necessary.


Nothing else is needed but for a few spare mags

Sounds good, I looked on Wolff's sight......does it run "COLT STD 16# 1911 Recoil Spring"

I know they're the same design and all that, just wanna know if there's a difference between brands. (i.e. Will a 5'' Colt use the same Recoil Spring as my Taurus PT 1911?)

Jason D
08-09-2012, 02:45
It sure will if....

A. Your gun doesn't use some convoluted dual spring set up.
B. Your gun is a full sized Government type model.

Doughnutman_923
08-09-2012, 03:08
Thanks!

New to 1911's. lol

jstanfield103
08-09-2012, 04:07
It does run the standard government model 1911 stuff. I also have a PT1911 SS great gun shoots everything and never any problems.

Doughnutman_923
08-09-2012, 04:26
It does run the standard government model 1911 stuff. I also have a PT1911 SS great gun shoots everything and never any problems.

Good. I've heard a lot of positive things about the Taurus 1911. This one is an AR (accessory raily-thingy)model.










Hope it works better than my Glock 19 that I sold off. :upeyes:

Jason D
08-09-2012, 15:48
Congrats on the gun btw.

CDR_Glock
08-09-2012, 17:09
Congrats on the new addition.

If the gun shoots fine, I don't replace anything, except I use Wilson Combat Magazines, unless it's a 357 Magnum...then I have to use the factory Coonan 357 Magnum Magazines from the maker.

Doughnutman_923
08-09-2012, 18:39
Man this thing is a btch to find holsters for! I'm using a $6 IWB holster currently....I used to say I would never be caught dead with one. But...it's not too terrible..

The gun shoots great...lots of holster wear. (IMO, it's just character) When I got it, the extractor tension was like 10 oz. so I put it about 32-36oz. (about 2 1/4 lbs?)

Tac driving machine!!! Recoil is so much better than the Gen 4 G19 I used to have.

Pythonman
08-14-2012, 02:28
Another good place to find springs and other parts for your 1911s is Ebay of all places. I just got a Wilson 18lb spring for $8 with free shipping. Midway will charge about seven bucks extra for shipping. I really gotta wan't something bad from Midway to order anything from them any more. They used to be so handy. 20yrs ago I'd buy a thousand .357 125gr jacketed Remington bullets for reloading, pay $62 or whatever it was and no taxes and no shipping charges. You paid what the catalog price was period. How they went from that to charging up the wazzoo shipping for each individual item you order is beyond me.

Doughnutman_923
08-14-2012, 06:22
Another good place to find springs and other parts for your 1911s is Ebay of all places. I just got a Wilson 18lb spring for $8 with free shipping. Midway will charge about seven bucks extra for shipping. I really gotta wan't something bad from Midway to order anything from them any more. They used to be so handy. 20yrs ago I'd buy a thousand .357 125gr jacketed Remington bullets for reloading, pay $62 or whatever it was and no taxes and no shipping charges. You paid what the catalog price was period. How they went from that to charging up the wazzoo shipping for each individual item you order is beyond me.

Yeah, it sucks if you just want 50 rounds of a certain type or something small. $40 for the ammo and then $20 for shipping.

okie
08-14-2012, 07:09
I bought some Wilson Combat springs at a gun show:thumbsup:

ca survivor
08-14-2012, 14:51
Traded a pimp'd out Remmy 870 for a used (2009 era) Taurus PT 1911 AR. Blued.

Got a few questions:

What should I look for to make sure nothing needs replacing?

What are some good sites to get recoil springs, hammer springs, upgrades?


I really want to replace the recoil spring right off. Will it run any average full size 1911 recoil spring? (I'm just weird that way)

Thanks for replies, in advance! :wavey:
the whole gun :rofl:

Jason D
08-14-2012, 15:42
the whole gun :rofl:

There is no need to be a Richard Cranium.

Snaps
08-14-2012, 17:41
well it's used, so I'd say recoil spring. Replace those every 2500-3K rounds. If everything works well nothing you need to worry about.



Tac driving machine!!! Recoil is so much better than the Gen 4 G19 I used to have.

that's because it's a 1911, they're heavier, thus much better recoil management. And of course it's gonna shoot better, parts are actually fitted

far as carrying it, blackhawk makes some nice kydex ones. Anything htat's for a railed colt 1911 shoudl work.

Snaps
08-14-2012, 17:43
double

glock2740
08-14-2012, 21:33
There is no need to be a Richard Cranium.
:rofl:

Doughnutman_923
08-15-2012, 08:49
well it's used, so I'd say recoil spring. Replace those every 2500-3K rounds. If everything works well nothing you need to worry about.



that's because it's a 1911, they're heavier, thus much better recoil management. And of course it's gonna shoot better, parts are actually fitted

far as carrying it, blackhawk makes some nice kydex ones. Anything htat's for a railed colt 1911 shoudl work.

Yeap, the new recoil spring made a world of difference.

Nope, BLACKHAWK does not make a holster for this 1911. So far, the only company I have found to make a holster for it are iTac Defense and I guess some other custom shops. The rail on the Taurus is stupid and somehow lower on the frame or wider or something.

There is no need to be a Richard Cranium.

At least it works better than my Glock. :tongueout:

crazyasian1
08-15-2012, 11:18
Good. I've heard a lot of positive things about the Taurus 1911. This one is an AR (accessory raily-thingy)model.

Hope it works better than my Glock 19 that I sold off. :upeyes:


Don't come around here much? Man, there is some SERIOUS hate for Taurus roun' these parts! Luckily I think most of the haters won't bother to post up if they got nothing good to say.

I don't care either way, just an observation. Congrats on the new gun.

Roering
08-15-2012, 12:29
I would echo what Jason D said but also ask what it's used for. If this is a range toy then a fresh spring and if it shoots then that's all there is to it. If this will be used for defense I would have a gunsmith strip it down and examine for any worn parts.

Have fun.

Oh and don't forget to gold plate it!