they should be a bit cheaper since they're made in brazil and are pretty much identical in quality to RIA 1911s. i tried a few out when i was on my search for a 9mm 1911, they were said to offer one and it was listed in the 2007 catelog i believe but it never reached distributors nor is it on the 2008 catelog.
Bought my youngest son one for christmas last year. He wanted his first handgun to be a 1911 and I was not about to give him one of my Wilsons. I was impressed with the guns workmanship, it's accuracy and all the bells and whistles for the price paid. My son really likes the gun and now has over 1500 rounds through it. I did have to adjust the grip safety a bit but other than that nothing has been done to it. Oh I did change out the plastic grips with a pair of nice Cocobolo's I had. I recommend them, based on my and my sons experience with his. He is now looking for the 4" stainless version for concealed carry.
One hears a lot of stuff about Taurus being this and that.. tons of opinions... but when I bought mine (.357 Tracker 627 revolver stainless steel, also my .45ACp semi-auto (not the 1911), and a little Model 85).... I was surprised and very happy to find that the fit and finish were tops, the quality is heavy duty and the performance of all my Taurus's has been exceptional and reliable.
I haven't looked back. I own other mfg's also and they hold nothing over Taurus when you compare apples to apples and considering the price.
There's a taurus forun you can check out to hear a lot about the 1911 Taurus. I think it's taurusarmed.net
I have one. For a factory low priced gun it is pleasantly accurate. I base my accuracy figures on my Gold cup and 2 Kimbers and while it is not quite as accurate as those, it is worlds better than a standard Colt government.
It has a ton of custom features and a decent trigger (my showed 4' 2").
I have got to agree with everyones opinion here that the Taurus line is very decent quality. I have 3 of their double action revolvers besides this gun and none of them have ever given me any trouble.
I agree with you guys, my sons 1911 is the 5th Taurus product firearm I have purchased. I still have two PT-145's, my favorites. I carry one of them daily in the office, in the right front pocket of my dress slacks. The other rides in a hidden compartment in my car, loaded and always at the ready.
I have also had a model 415 revolver, stainless, 41mag with a 2" ported barrel. I wanted to have a smaller gun that I could pack into the woods whenI was bow hunting.
I also had a PT-24/7 in 9mm that I put about 300 rounds through before trading it on my first Browning Hi Power. Nothing wrong with the gun I just really like the Hi Power and something had to go so the Taurus became trade fodder.
I have had really good luck with my Taurus handguns and will probably own others in the future.
I owned one but it was problematic.It would FTRB and FTE constantly.I sent it back two times and the pistol was not fixed.I grew impatient and sold it.I am not saying I haven't had issues with other manufacturers but I had an extremely long wait time with Taurus customer service dragging their heels all the way.