Here we are at the planned end of the Taurus PT1911 Torture Test. I always wanted to close it out with something interesting like this, where I run the gun through something that’s beyond the limits of any gun’s normal operating environment. Hence the 500 rounds endurance test. By the end of the test, the gun was too hot to touch, mags weren’t dropping free, it was throwing brass everything, and it was filthy, but for two malfunctions it ran the test just fine.
That brings the PT1911 to exactly 2,000 rounds fired, with a total of 9 malfunctions of any time. 6 of those were incurred during two runs of the 10-8 Function test, which is designed to test base level function of the pistol, and places a high premium on extractor/ejector function.
At this point, my plan for the test is pretty much over, and here’s my verdict on this Taurus: I really like it. It is an absolute hoot to shoot, and I shoot it very well. It has personality, it feels like there’s a proper single stack competition gun hiding in this pistol that wants to come out and play.
But, and this is big, just because I like it doesn’t mean I’d recommend it for everyone. Here’s where I think this gun fits in the world: if you want a fun range toy, knock yourself out. It’s not reliable enough for an EDC gun or a serious competition gun, but it should be good enough to get you through a weekend USPSA/IDPA match. Range toy? Absolutely. It is a lot of fun to shoot, it’s easy to shoot well, but again it has those reliability issues that prevent me from being able to recommend it for serious competition or carry.
That brings me to the final question: what next? A lot of the commenters on the video want me to get into the guts of the gun and tune it up, see if I can fix the magazine problems and the extraction issues. I think that would probably be the most natural conclusion to the test, and it’s something I’m tempted to do. Other options would be to shelve the gun and move on to the next cheap 1911 you animals want me to test; which will likely be a Rock Island. So, what do ya’ll want to see? Tune it up? Move on?