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Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. has an interesting history. It began in 1939, when a small tool and die company was founded in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The company began by producing small tools designed for use in manufacturing processes. In the years that followed, the company branched out to include divisions focused on metals manufacturing, plastics, body armor and, most importantly, firearms. That company is Forjas Taurus, what we commonly refer to as Taurus International. Since its inception, Taurus has had ties to both Smith & Wesson and Beretta, which allowed the company access to information related to the design, manufacture and tooling of some of the world's most popular pistols – including Beretta's 92 series. Since then the company has learned a thing or two about arms production and is now one of the largest manufacturers of small arms in the world.
Today, Taurus International offers a wide range of products from revolvers to both steel- and polymer-framed pistols. The company now seeks to bolster their lineup with the new Taurus 1911, a pistol whose design was based around the crisp action provided by the legendary single-action design originally exhibited in John Browning's M1911. And as noted, the Taurus 1911 is no run-of-the-mill 1911. It is jam packed with practical features that make it truly worth your consideration.
With Taurus' design of their new 1911, they sought to produce a 1911 that held the potential to eventually become the standard against which all other 1911s are measured. By building the pistol with hammer-forged frames, slides and barrels and hand-fitting and tuning each with 19 standard features, Taurus has crafted a high-quality 1911 – what they are calling "an unbeatable gun that is also an unbeatable value."
The Taurus 1911 features a five-inch hammer-forged stainless steel barrel and an overall length of 8 1/2 inches. The hammer-forged steel frame and slide both feature a blued finish to protect from rust and corrosion and are joined by checkered polymer grips to form a pistol that weighs in at a hefty yet manageable 38 ounces. Interesting is the fact that the Taurus 1911 also includes the Taurus Security System, an integral locking system designed to provide the pistol with enhanced security. The pistol also includes a ventilated trigger, the iconic beavertail grip safety, a manual thumb safety and genuine three-dot Novak® sights. As noted, each pistol includes two eight-round magazines for an "8+1" capacity.
Best of all, the Taurus 1911 comes with the Taurus Unlimited Lifetime Repair Policy. Taurus International has pledged to repair, free of charge, any firearm manufactured or imported by the company. For details, visit the official website of Taurus International.