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Offline 15Romeo

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Taurus 1911 frame
« on: January 07, 2016, 10:02:37 PM »
I posted this on another forum but I'd like opinions from here also. I know I have the option of sending it back to Taurus for warranty work but I'm exploring other options. Since I don't see a smithing section I'll post this here.
Ok here's what I have and my thoughts, I have Taurus 1911 that has a broke extractor and an ambi safety that doesn't like to stay together. Also I know that Taurus has a lot of proprietary parts, my first question is are the parts contained in the frame proprietary? I've been kicking the idea around about swapping slides with something different, possibly a complete slide barrel included. What issues might I encounter trying this swap and how much custom fitting will I be looking at? I plan on swapping out the hammer for a non Taurus hammer, will this be a drop in replacement? And finally I have to address the ambi safety that insists on falling out, I'm thinking of a standard safety instead of the ambi.
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Re: Taurus 1911 frame
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2016, 10:14:40 PM »
Define what you know is proprietary.  If its something like Springfields ILS it can be changed easily..  If its something else? I dont know much about taurus 1911's at all.

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Re: Taurus 1911 frame
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2016, 02:20:49 AM »
I have read somewhere that the hammer, safety and sear are not made to original 1911 specs.

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Re: Taurus 1911 frame
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2016, 07:09:03 AM »
You will have to hand fit any after market parts, to insure proper function and reliability. The hammer is a fitted part for most 1911s, they're made slightly over sized so you can get a precise fit. The same with the safety. Drop in means sloppy fit and often poor function. Fitting usually means a few passes with a file and polishing with a stone or crocus cloth.

Changing slides on a 1911 can be a challenge, what ever you do remember, fit the slide to the frame, NOT the frame to the slide. 

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Re: Taurus 1911 frame
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2016, 08:08:05 AM »
There are no drop in parts on a 1911 except for springs.  The ambi safety can be replaced with fitting to the sear.  Not hard but you need to know what you are doing.  As far as proprietary parts go, I can't think of any in the Taurus.  Changing uppers, creates its own problems with fitting the slide to frame and the barrel feet to the slide stop. 

If the problem is a broken extractor and the safety just change them.  Extractors are fairly easy to fit and tune.  How did you break the extractor?  Dropping the slide with a round/snap cap in the chamber?  1911 extractors and not designed to do that.  They are designed so that the rim slides up under the hook as the round is stripped from the magazine by the breach face.
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