TAURUS 1911ALR .45 ACP

Equipped with 19 standard features you’d normally expect from a…

Equipped with 19 standard features you’d normally expect from a custom shop, but carrying a remarkably low price, the 1911ALR proves to be a lightweight, versatile fighter at a tremendous value.

Taurus Manufacturing has offered full-size 1911’s in its line-up since 2005. “Don’t be surprised to find some new versions during 2011,” said Taurus President & CEO Bob Morrison. One of the current Taurus 1911 models—the 1911ALR—sports an aluminum alloy frame with a Picatinny rail. Equipped with 19 standard features you’d normally expect from a custom shop, but carrying a remarkably low price of $870, the 1911ALR proves to be a lightweight, versatile fighter at a tremendous value.

Gun Details
The Taurus 1911ALR came in a locking polymer case—opening it revealed gray foam padding, custom cut to accommodate the gun, two magazines, a barrel bushing wrench, keys to the Taurus Security System, cleaning brush, and of course, the 1911ALR. Nestled in foam custom-cut to fit the gun, the full-size 1911ALR featured a blue forged steel slide, light gray forged alloy frame, and black plastic grips.

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Getting a grip on the 1911ALR is easy, thanks to 30-lpi checkering on the frontstrap and mainspring housing, and the checkered black grips. The hammer of the 1911ALR features the lockable Taurus Security System, which gives it a thicker profile than a normal hammer.

The only immediate visual differences from a standard 1911 design that I noticed were the hammer (which has a slightly different shape because it contains the key access for the Taurus Security System) and the Picatinny rail. Everything else was classic 1911—familiar and good-looking.

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The Picatinny rail on the Taurus 1911ALR’s frame allows for attachment of a variety of tactical lights and lasers.

Just as familiar as the look of the 1911ALR was the means of loading it. Push the extended magazine release, catch the blue-steel magazine as it drops, and push in eight rounds of .45 ACP. Place the magazine into the beveled magazine well and push it home. A positive click indicates a well-seated magazine. Using the front or rear slide serrations, pull the slide back, let it go, and the first round chambers. Thumb the ambidextrous safety up—“Click!”—and the 1911 is in Condition One. The motions and sounds are all familiar—like talking to an old friend.

This old friend, however, has two features that 1911 purists may find offensive…or not. The first is the Picatinny rail, which changes the look of the gun. The second is the lightweight aluminum frame, which changes the feel. Although John Moses Browning may have never envisioned such features on his original 1911 design that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have approved of these.

Even though the 1911ALR is full-sized—a “Government model”—it only weighs 33.6 ounces. As such, it’s a bit easier to carry than its all-steel counterparts. Still, with the accessory rail adding mass and volume to the traditionally slim dustcover, finding a suitable holster may prove difficult. If you plan to keep a tactical light or laser on the Taurus it adds more complexity to finding a suitable holster.

The feel or comfort or ease of drawing a handgun is of course one of the more subjective areas of handgun evaluation, but I found the 1911ALR presented well—intuitively, in fact. One of the 1911’s most often touted strengths is an inherent ability to aim in accordance with the natural motion of a shooter’s arm and hand. The 1911ALR did just that. The checkered black plastic grips offered excellent purchase and seemed well suited to the task. Significantly aiding my grip was the 30-lines-per-inch (lpi) frontstrap checkering as well as the aggressive 30-lpi checkering of the flat, polymer mainspring housing. The triggerguard also features the 30-lpi checkering.

The 1911ALR featured Novak low-profile standard sights that provided an easy-to-acquire and familiar sight picture while reducing the potential for snagging on clothing during a draw. Most gunfighters will argue for the necessity of night sights and I would agree, regardless of whether a shooter employs a laser sighting system on the Picatinny rail.

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  • Im not too sure that this Richard guy should be shooting guns nor should he own one for that matter…learn how to spell buddy..all words aren’t spelled exactly how they sound.

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  • TZ

    I bough a Taurus 1911 stainless after heard good things about it. Yes. Taurus 1911 is very high quality for the price. 600round now and very reliable.

  • Soldier

    If I new when I picked up my Kimber what I know now I would have went to buy a Taurus 1911, my Kimber sucks, I have a new kimber pro 11 with a light rail and the gun feel so good and looks good to but i have sent it back to have kimber to fix it and they sent it back after 5 weeks and it still FTF and jams, when i called kimber they told me to clean it every 100 rounds? if i could get a full mag out of it with out it jamming it would be nice!? come on kimber clean it every 100 rounds? it would be nice to get a 100 rounds down range!

  • Richard

    Keep come out 1911 that ever one can owen want with all thing you pay more for on other 1911.