Taurus 1911 Commander .45 ACP Review

Taurus 1911 Commander .45 ACP Review
The new Taurus 1911 Commander comes with a low-profile rear sight, an extended thumb safety, a high-sweep grip safety with speed bump, a checkered magazine release button, and a lightweight trigger.

Taurus has made its mark in the world of guns by offering dependable yet affordable pistols and revolvers, and the new Taurus 1911 Commander in .45 ACP continues that trend.

Taurus’s new Commander has many fine features, including a 4.25-inch stainless-steel barrel. Unloaded, it weighs 35.0 ounces. All parts are manufactured and assembled at the company’s factory in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and imported to the United States. A passive block prevents the firing pin from moving forward until the trigger is squeezed.

The frame and slide begin as ordnance-grade steel forgings, and like all other parts, they are precision-machined to final dimensions. Almost everything considered to be important on this type of pistol is here.

The Commander slide has grasping grooves up front and at the rear. Novak sights are dovetailed to the slide, with two white dots flanking the 0.130-inch-wide rear sight notch and a single dot on the 0.130-inch front blade. The rear sight is drift-adjustable for windage. A lowered and flared ejection port combined with a lengthened ejector ensures trouble-free exit of spent cases.

The frontstrap, mainspring housing, and the flat surface of the magazine release have 30-line checkering. The grip safety is the high-sweep type with speed bump, and the extended tab of the thumb safety is nicely striated. The black synthetic grip panels have a double-diamond checkering pattern replete with the familiar El Toro logo. The lightweight aluminum trigger has an overtravel adjustment screw, and the magazine is made in Italy by Mec-Gar.


It’s not unusual for 1911 pistols to require breaking in before they will function reliably, and that includes some with price tags much larger than those hanging on the Taurus pistol. Prior to accuracy testing, I subjected the new Commander to several IDPA courses of fire. There were a few bobbles in the early going, so I removed the upper and noted it was quite dry inside. I gave the slide rails a light coat of Birchwood Casey Synthetic Gun Oil. While there was an occasional stoppage thereafter, once round count had climbed to 100, it had stopped misbehaving. Semiwadcutter bullets sometimes cause an off-the-shelf 1911 to choke, but the gun ran smoothly with my handload and Black Hills factory ammo loaded with that type of bullet.


Taurus-1911-45-ACP-1

Due to heavy rains prior to my shootout, the only target frames on dry land were at 7 yards, so I placed targets at that distance and shot the Commander over an MTM pistol rest with its butt resting atop a 1-inch-thick leather sandbag. Four, five-shot groups were fired with two handloads and five factory loads. The average for 28 five-shot groups was 1.36 inches. The smallest 20-round average was 1.17 inches.


The Taurus 1911 Commander comes in a lockable hard case with one magazine, a cable-style gun lock, and a nylon bushing wrench. According to Taurus promotional material, the company’s 1911 pistols are easily “customized,” and while many who buy one will be quite happy with it as it comes from the factory, the price does leave room in some budgets for improvements.

First on my list would include an ambidextrous thumb safety. I am right-handed, but I prefer an ambidextrous safety on a Model 1911 carry gun simply because it is quicker and easier to disengage with the weak hand should the strong hand become immobilized.

Next on my list is a trigger job. While my trigger finger has engaged worse, considering the amount of money saved when buying a Taurus 1911, a better trigger should fit into most budgets.


That being said, Taurus has made its mark in the world of guns by offering dependable yet affordable pistols and revolvers. The new 1911 Commander in .45 ACP continues that trend.

Buy It Now: Log on to GalleryofGuns.com, select this firearm, pay a deposit, and it will be at your local gun store in two days. When purchased from galleryofguns.com, Davidsons guarantees to repair or replace this firearm for LIFE!

Recommended for You

Using Ramshot Enforcer and 230-grain bullets, .45 ACP muzzle velocities over 1,000 FPS at safe, standard-level pressures are possible. Reloading

45 ACP Fast Loads

Brad Miller, Ph.D. - January 02, 2018

Using Ramshot Enforcer and 230-grain bullets, .45 ACP muzzle velocities over 1,000 FPS at...

The FNH USA Midwest 3-Gun Championships kicks off at 8 am on Friday, May 21. Industry

FNH USA Announces 5th Annual FNH USA Midwest 3-Gun Championships

Shooting Times Staff - September 23, 2010

The FNH USA Midwest 3-Gun Championships kicks off at 8 am on Friday, May 21.

Cutting-edge projectiles provide unprecedented performance in the venerable old workhorse, the .30-06. Ammo

Get the Most Out of the .30-06

Joseph von Benedikt - April 01, 2019

Cutting-edge projectiles provide unprecedented performance in the venerable old workhorse, the...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Pinging Steel At Over A Mile Away

Pinging Steel At Over A Mile Away

Big bore semiauto or a lever gun? We look at the futuristic .450 Bushmaster and how it compares to the tried and true .45-70. ISS Prop House gives us the rundown on the guns used in Enemy at the Gate. We ping steel with a .300 WinMag at over a mile.

Skills Drills: 3-Second Headshot

Skills Drills: 3-Second Headshot

James Tarr runs through the 3-Second Headshot drill.

Black Hills Evolution of Rifle Cartridge: .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match

Black Hills Evolution of Rifle Cartridge: .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match

David Fortier talks with Jeff Hoffman of Black Hills Ammunition about the evolution of the .308 Win. 175 Gr. Match bullet.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Burris has expanded its top-of-the-line Veracity hunting riflescope line with new 2-10X 42mm and 3-15X 50mm RFP (rear focal plane) models. Optics

Burris Veracity RFP Riflescopes

Jake Edmondson - June 04, 2019

Burris has expanded its top-of-the-line Veracity hunting riflescope line with new 2-10X 42mm...

Considering how popular the .270 Winchester has become, it's a great mystery why more .270 caliber (6.8mm) rifle cartridges  have not been introduced. Ammo

5 Great .270 Rifle Cartridges

Layne Simpson - May 28, 2019

Considering how popular the .270 Winchester has become, it's a great mystery why more .270...

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 is back in production after being on ice for almost two decades. Handguns

Review: Smith & Wesson Model 19 Classic Revolver

Joel J. Hutchcroft - March 08, 2019

The Smith & Wesson Model 19 is back in production after being on ice for almost two decades.

See More Stories

More Handguns

The new Nosler Model 48 Nosler Custom Handgun (NCH) is a solid extension of the evolution of the “hand rifle” and to me is eerily reminiscent of the Remington XP-100. Handguns

Nosler Model 48 NCH Review

Steve Gash - December 03, 2019

The new Nosler Model 48 Nosler Custom Handgun (NCH) is a solid extension of the evolution of...

Representing the next generation in the G-series, the full-size Taurus G3 9mm semi-auto pistol has been released. Handguns

First Look: Taurus G3 9mm Pistol

Shooting Times Digital Staff - August 30, 2019

Representing the next generation in the G-series, the full-size Taurus G3 9mm semi-auto pistol...

Taurus has made its mark in the world of guns by offering dependable yet affordable pistols and revolvers, and the new Taurus 1911 Commander in .45 ACP continues that trend. Handguns

Taurus 1911 Commander .45 ACP Review

Layne Simpson - September 20, 2019

Taurus has made its mark in the world of guns by offering dependable yet affordable pistols...

See More Handguns

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.