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Hi,

I own a PT1911. The ambi safety broke. Need advice form others who have had this issue.

Taurus offered a $50 return. If I do this, I will receive the same part installed in the same way. I thought about having a higher quality part installed by a 'smith, however have been having a problem finding a 'smith who is willing to work on a Taurus (claim lack of quality etc.).

Is it worth the $50 for what may be a reoccurring problem? Should I keep looking for a 'smith who will work on this firearm and install a better part or cut my losses altogether and retire the gun?

Thanks for the feedback!
 

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Unless the barrel breaks in half and falls outta the slide, I would NEVER use a factory warranty for ANYTHING - especially something as simple as a safety.


- Buy Wilson ambi-safety
- Have 'smitty install it, if you can't
- ???


PROFIT! I mean, "Go enjoy your gun now!"

Unless your 'smitty charges by the second, and is slower than black strap molasses in winter, it'll more than make up for your waiting 6 - 9 mos. for the slow boat from Brazil to bring it back to you... maybe... :eek:
 

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Taurus should send you a replacement. It should drop in. I thought they have a lifetime warranty. I would install a quality part myself before paying them.
 

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Always seems to be so many issues with Taurus, bad guns, recalls, class action suites, and crappy customer services, almost toxic.
 

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Justfy, justify, justify. . .

I keep trying to justify my decisions to own Taurus firearms; however I have had issues with all of them. I know better and understand that quality costs.

Challenge is that in just this past year I have had to return S&W and Ruger revolvers as well as two Taurus pistols. It seems as if quality is slipping for other manufacturers, also.

Think when I get the time I'll try to have a 'smith fix the Taurus safety. If I have to spend $50 to Taurus to return the handgun, I'm probably better off investing into a higher quality solution. I'll check that out to determine how much it will cost to replace and repair. Don't want to have to spend too much to fix a cheap firearm. Like the old commercial says: "You can pay me once or you can pay me forever".

I'll let you know what I learn.

Thanks fr the feedback!
 

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The Taurus ambi safety is junk. In fact, the whole concept of the ambi safety is junk. I replaced mine with a Wilson 'Value Line' single safety, medium rise.

 

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Ambi Safeties

I have several with the ambi safety. In fact, the one is well over 20 years old. Never a problem. Just the Taurus. In fact, every Taurus I have owned has had problems. Finally learned my lesson. I'm done!

I like the ambi safeties, especially now since my shoulder surgery. Unfortunately, my dominant arm (right) was the one affected by a rotator cuff problem. Have to shoot left handed. The ambi safety sure comes in handy.

By the way, better practice with your weak hand. You never know. . .
 

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Buy a quality saftey either an ambi or single. Yes fitting must be done. It is a simple task. It may take you 30 min to do tops. It require a little filing on the new saftey to engauge the sear or to clear it shall we say. I just did mine. There are several good videos out there to do what you need. I watched one by mosin vir US he gives great detailed videos. I bout my PT1911SS used for $450 and it worked wonderfully. Now I’ve refined it and couldn’t be happier.
There are always going to be problems with mass manufactured firearms, but for those who complain about inexpensive ones have to own the fact their not paying $2-3000 for a custom one. For me I love learning how to perfect the imperfect, and learn all I can to get what I couldn’t afford.
I now own proof of what hard work will get you
 

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Buy a quality part and fit it properly, if you possess some patience. It isn't hard. Go slow & take your time.

Seek out a local smith if you have neither the patience or desire to DIY it.
 

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I totally agree. In many ways I’m fortunate. I learn quickly. So far I made only one mistake, and that was the firing pin block. It worked fine, and would of been fine to use. I didn’t notice that I had cut into it making it look crooked. Just the way the file hit the edge of the face. So I replaced it, and now it’s perfect.
Today I was watching more videos on what makes a quality custom 1911. One area was the rails. Yes they said there are few mass produced makes that give the quality of attention to detail, with 10-15 hours of refining. I learned about refining the slide, how it’s cut, and what makes a quality piece. Taurus didn’t do a perfect job. There were several high spots. So I went to work hand sanding every area that I found out of spec. I took it slow, and three hours latter the drag I was experiencing before is now gone. The slide moves like it’s in glass. I could instantly tell that feeding was drastically improved. It was like having a new pistol all over again. Before all this I had FTF with semi-wadcutters and a full mag. With some mag refining I learned a long time ago, that problem is gone. Even my factory Taurus clips will feed hollow points, wadcutters, and hardballs with zero issues.

For me it can be a slow process, but with all my free time being laid up from surgery, it’s actually a blessing to have a Taurus that needed a lot of work to give me the results I wanted. Yup making lemonade out of lemons.

I’m actually wanting to build a 80% either 2011 or 1911. It will happen, just a matter of the almighty dollar.
 
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