Based on the popularity of the Taurus PT1911 torture test, and how many of you people want me to keep testing “budget” 1911s in 9mm, I’ve come up with an evaluation plan for how to proceed from here.
Now that it’s hit 2,000 rounds, the Taurus will go on the shelf, albeit temporarily. The idea is to then acquire samples of other budget/entry level 1911s, such as Rock Island, Springfield RO, etc. Those guns will be subjected to the exact same test cycle at the PT1911, with the results reported here. Then once the stable of guns have all reached 2,000 rounds, I will use my awesome and terrible powers as a certified 1911 armorer to try and correct whatever issues I may have with the pistol. I’ve even come up with a scoring system!
All kinds have a maximum possible score of 100 points, and all guns start with a perfect score. As the 2,000 round test goes, guns lose points for various issues based on the following metrics:
- Parts breakage before 2,000 rounds: -50
- Failing the 10-8 Performance Function Test: -10
- Mechanical issues that can be corrected at the armorer level: -5 points
- Any failure to complete the cycle of operations (FTF, FTE, etc): -1 point
I might be missing a category that could cause a points loss, but if so I’ll go back and add it in. All guns will get scored at 2,000 rounds, and then after that we’ll attempt to correct any armorer level issues that the guns may have. Based on the scoring system, the Taurus PT1911 would have put the following score:
- -10 for failing the 10-8 Function Test
- -15 for three issues that can be corrected at the armorer level: mags not dropping free, erratic ejection, rear sight set screw backing out
- -9 for failures to complete the cycle of operations
That would give the PT1911 9mm a final score of 66, which is good for a D+. Let me know in the comments what you think of the scoring system. I’m going to use this as my standard to evaluate all the 1911 pistols that we get in for review going forward, but especially for the 9mm 1911 test I’m doing this year. It gives me a perfectly fair benchmark to compare all pistols too that’s based on nothing other than pure mechanical function.
The next two guns I plan to test are a Springfield Armory Range Officer in 9mm and a Rock Island 9mm.