Taurus Pt1911, Firearm Manuals

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THIS BOOKLET
The safety warnings in this booklet are important. By understanding the
dangers inherent in the use of any firearm, and by taking the precautions
described herein, you can enjoy complete safety in the use of your Taurus
firearm. Failure to heed any of these warnings may result in serious injury to
you or others, as well as severe damage to the firearm or other property.
DANGEROUS WEAPONS
PISTOLS are classified as FIREARMS or DANGEROUS WEAPONS and
are sold by us with the specific understanding that we are not responsible in
any manner whatsoever for their improper or negligent handling or resale
under local laws and regulations.
Taurus shall not be responsible in any manner whatsoever for
malfunctioning of the firearm, or for physical
injury or property damage,
resulting in whole or in part from (1) criminal or negligent discharge, (2)
improper or careless handling, (3) unauthorized modifications, (4) defective,
improper hand-loaded, or reloaded ammunition, (5) neglect, or (6) other
influences beyond our direct and immediate control. This limitation applies
regardless of whether liability is asserted on the basis of contract,
negligence or strict liability (including any failure to warn).
Under no circumstance shall Taurus be liable for incidental or consequential
damages, such as loss of use of property, commercial loss and loss of
earnings or profits.
SAFETY WARNINGS
NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS
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Regardless of your familiarity or experience with firearms, you need to
study this manual.
The safe handling of firearms requires specialized training, discipline and
caution. Firearms, by their nature and intended function, are deadly
instruments. Accidental death or serious injury can result if they are handled
improperly or carelessly.
Firearms rarely cause accidents. Firearms accidents almost always are
caused by a failure to obey the basic rules of gun safety. Unfortunately,
experienced shooters seem to violate these rules as frequently as beginners.
Thus the basics of safe firearms handling cannot be repeated too often.
Read, re-read and practice the basic principles of firearms safety until they
become second nature: habits that you don't forget.
If you have any question about your knowledge or ability to use this or any
other firearm with complete safety you should seek supervised instruction.
Personalized instruction is often available from firearms dealers,
gun clubs,
state hunter safety programs or police departments in the United States. If
none of these sources is accessible, write to the National Rifle Association,
11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 or at www.nra.org. THEY WILL
ASSIST YOU.
A person with a firearm in his possession has a full-time responsibility. He
must KNOW how to keep and use his firearm safely, and then must always
TAKE the precautions necessary -all of them. He cannot guess; he cannot
forget. This responsibility is his alone. It cannot be passed off to someone
else. Remember: no firearm can be made accident-proof. A firearm is just
a
machine,
with no judgement of its own. It responds to your actions, whether
wise or foolish. The only truly effective safety device is the mind of a cautious
shooter who never forgets that a moment's carelessness can produce
permanent tragedy.
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ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
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FIREARMS ARE NOT ALL ALIKE
Many makes and models of firearms might LOOK nearly the same. However,
they differ widely in design and operation, and in the location and function of
various controls.
: If there is any reason to suspect that a bullet is obstructing the
barrel, immediately unload the firearm and look through the bore. It is not
sufficient to merely look in the chamber.
WARNING: Keep your finger off the trigger until you are actually aiming at
the target ready to shoot.
WARNING: Be certain the firearm is unloaded before cleaning.
WARNING: Always empty firearms before entering a place where there are
people.
WARNING: Don't test the safety by pulling the trigger while the safety is on
unless you are absolutely sure the firearm is empty and you are pointing the
muzzle away from everyone and in a safe direction.
WARNING: Never pull a firearm towards you by the muzzle. Don't climb a
tree or cross a fence with a loaded firearm.
WARNING: Never carry any handgun in your pocket, purse or waist-band.
Use a pistol case or proper holster with safety flap or strap.
WARNING: Old or reloaded ammunition may be dangerous. We recommend
against using it.
WARNING: Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
WARNING: Firearms and alcohol or drugs don't mix. Do not shoot or handle
firearms after consuming beer, wine, other alcoholic beverages, any
medications or other drugs that may affect your ability.
SAFETY FIRST: Never leave a loaded firearm unattended.
SAFETY FIRST: Store firearms and ammunition separately beyond the
reach of children.
SAFETY FIRST: Be sure of your target and backstop before you shoot.
SAFETY FIRST: If a firearm fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, keep it
pointed at the target for at least 30 seconds. Sometimes slow primer ignition
will cause a "hang" fire and the cartridge will go off after a short pause.
SAFETY FIRST: Never shoot at hard flat surfaces or water. Bullet may
ricochet.
SAFETY FIRST: Use a proper bench or support and aim the gun only if you
intend to shoot.
SAFETY FIRST: Dry firing is bad for this firearm.
SAFETY FIRST: Treat this firearm as a precision instrument.
SAFETY FIRST: Write to us concerning any items or circumstances which
might relate to your safety and the operation of our products.
SAFETY FIRST: Use a proper holster and draw only if you intend to shoot.
Study this manual thoroughly. Educate yourself on the characte-ristics and
operation of your particular firearm before attempting to handle it. Do not permit
others to handle it
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unless they also have done so.
You should have an instruction manual for every firearm you own. If you do not,
write the manufacturer and obtain one. Most manufacturers will gladly send you
one free. If for any reason a manual is not available, visit your public library.
Many books have been published which contain detailed information on
obsolete or discontinued firearms.
Your knowledge can prevent injuries.
Taurus firearms are designed and made to offer maximum safety when
correctly used. However, as with any other weapon, it is not foolproof,
and may become very dangerous if the following basic recommendations
are not RIGIDLY observed:
ATTENTION
NOTICE: Get instruction from a competent firearms instructor before using any
firearm.
NOTICE: Never cock the firearm until you are ready to shoot.
DANGER: Never, never-ever point any firearm, loaded or unloaded. at
anything you do not intend to shoot.
DANGER: Load and unload with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
DANGER: When receiving a firearm always check that it is unloaded (open
breech and inspect the chamber), even if you saw it done previously.
DANGER: Never put your hand over the muzzle of a firearm.
DANGER: Check ammunition to be sure it is the right size and caliber, and that
it is not dented.
DANGER: WHILE HANDLING ANY FIREARM, NEVER ALLOW IT TO POINT
AT ANY PART OF YOUR BODY OR AT ANOTHER PERSON. NO HARM
SHOULD RESULT IF YOU OBEY THIS RULE, EVEN IF AN ACCIDENTAL
DISCHARGE OCCURS.
DANGER: Don't try to change your firearm's trigger pull, because alteration of
trigger pull usually affects sear engagement and may cause accidental
discharge.
DANGER: Never engage a gun lock on a loaded firearm.
DANGER: This product is not intended for use by criminals, for use in the
commission of crimes or for any other wrongful purpose. Such uses constitute
a misuse of the product and have a high likelihood of serious bodily injury or
death for the criminal, the wrongdoer, law enforcement officers and/or innocent
bystanders.
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ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
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WARNING
Taurus pistols were manufactured to perform properly with the original parts
as designed. It is your duty to make sure any parts you buy are installed
correctly and that neither replacements nor originals are altered or changed.
Your firearm is a simple tool but it has many parts that must relate correctly
to other parts. Putting a firearm together wrong or with modified parts can
result in a damaged firearm, danger and injury or death to you and others
through malfunction.
Always have a qualified gunsmith work on your firearm.
DANGER:
This pistol will fire with the magazine removed. Injury or death may result.
Never point a loaded pistol at anyone or anything you do not intend to shoot.
WARNING:
To prevent injury or death, it is imperative that you must keep your firearm
unloaded, un cocked and securely locked, with ammunition in a separate
location. In addition, take any other reasonable steps to limit the possibility of
theft, crime, accident or suicide.
DANGER: PROTECT YOUR EYES AND EARS
Always wear adequate shooting glasses and ear plugs or "ear muff' type
protectors whenever you are shooting. Always make certain that persons
close to you are similarly protected. Unprotected eyes may be injured by
powder, gas, carbon residue, lubricant, metallic particles or similar debris
which may emanate occasionally from any firearm in normal use. Without ear
protection, repeated exposure to shooting noise may lead to cumulative,
permanent hearing loss.
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ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
ALWAYS KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION.
WARNING: AMMUNITION
1. Use only
high
quality, original, factory-manufactured ammunition. Do not
use cartridges that are dirty, wet, corroded, bent or damaged. Do not oil
cartridges. Do not spray aerosol-type lubricants, preservatives, or cleaners
directly onto cartridges or where excess spray may flow into contact with
cartridges. Lubricant or other foreign matter on cartridges can cause
potentially dangerous ammunition malfunctions. Use only ammunition of the
caliber for which your firearm is chambered. The proper caliber is
permanently engraved on your firearm: never attempt to use ammunition of
any other caliber.
2. The use of reloaded, "remanufactured", hand-loaded, or other non-
standard ammunition voids all warranties. Improperly loaded ammunition
voids all warranties. Improperly loaded ammunition can be extremely
dangerous. Severe damage to the firearm and serious injury to the shooter
or to others may result. Always use ammunition that complies with the
industry performance standards established by the Sporting Arms and
Ammunition Manufacturers Institute, Inc., of the United States, (SAAMI) or
the equivalent from other countries.
3. Firearms may be severely damaged and serious injury to the shooter or to
others may result from any condition causing excessive pressure inside the
chamber or barrel during firing. Excessive pressure can be caused by
obstructions in the barrel, propellant powder overloads, or by the use of
incorrect cartridges or defectively assembled cartridges. In addition, the use
of a dirty, corroded, or damaged cartridge can lead to a burst cartridge case
and consequent damage to the firearm and personal injury from the sudden
escape of high-pressure propellant gas within the firearm's mechanism.
4. Immediately stop shooting and check the barrel for a possible obstruction
whenever:
IF A BULLET IS IN THE BORE, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SHOOT IT OUT BY
USING ANOTHER CARTRIDGE, OR BY BLOWING IT OUT WITH A BLANK
OR ONE FROM WHICH THE BULLET HAS BEEN REMOVED. SUCH
TECHNIQUES CAN GENERATE EXCESSIVE PRESSURE, WRECK THE
FIREARM AND CAUSE SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY.
If the bullet can be removed with a cleaning rod, clean any unburned powder
grains from the bore, chamber, and mechanism before resuming shooting. If
the bullet cannot be dislodged by tapping it with a cleaning rod, take the
firearm to a gunsmith.
7. Dirt, corrosion. or other foreign matter on a cartridge can impede complete
chambering and may cause the cartridge case to burst upon firing. The same
is true to cartridges which are damaged or deformed.
8. Do not oil cartridges, and be sure to wipe the chamber clean of any oil or
preservative before commencing to shoot. Oil interferes with the friction
between cartridge case and chamber wall that is necessary for safe
functioning, and subjects the firearm to stress similar to that imposed by
excessive pressure.
9. Use lubricants sparingly on the moving parts of your firearm. Avoid
excessive spraying of any aerosol firearm care product, especially where it
may get on ammunition. All lubricants and aerosol spray lubricants in
particular, can penetrate cartridge primers and cause misfires. Some highly
penetrative lubricants can also migrate inside cartridge cases and cause
deterioration of the propellant powder; on firing, the powder may not ignite. If
only the primer ignites, there is danger that the bullet may become lodged in
the barrel.
Taurus pistols were designed to use cartridges loaded to the limits shown
below. Other cartridges of various types or bullet weights mayor may not
function acceptably; such ammunition should be thoroughly tested by the
user before relying on it. Because of the widely differing specifications of
such other ammunition, Taurus cannot be responsible for malfunctions
resulting from its use.
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A cartridge misfires (does not go off), or
. The mechanism fails to extract a fired cartridge case, or
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Unburned grains of propellant powder are discovered spilled in
mechanism, or
.
A shot sounds weak or abnormal.
In such cases it is possible that a bullet is lodged part way down the barrel.
Firing a subsequent bullet into the obstructed barrel can wreck the firearm
and cause serious injury to the shooter or to bystanders.
5. Bullets can become lodged in the barrel.
CALIBER
BULLET
WEIGHT
MUZZLE
VELOCITY
.45 ACP
230 GR FMJ
835 FPS
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If the cartridge has been improperly loaded without propellant powder, or if
the powder fails to ignite (Ignition of the cartridge primer alone will push the
bullet out the cartridge case, but usually does not generate sufficient
energy to expel the bullet completely from the barrel).
GR
=
grains
FMJ
Full metal
jacketed
bullet
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FPS
Feet per second
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If the bullet is not properly seated tightly in the cartridge case.
When such a cartridge is extracted from the chamber without being fired, the
bullet may be left behind in the bore at the point where the rifling begins.
Subsequent chambering of another cartridge may push the first bullet further
into the bore.
6. If there is any reason to suspect that a bullet is obstructing the barrel,
immediately unload the firearm and look through the bore. It is not sufficient
to merely look in the chamber. A bullet may be lodged some distance down
the barrel where it can not easily be seen.
"Plus-P', "Plus-P-Plus" or other ultra or high velocity ammunition generates
pressures significantly in excess of the pressures associated with standard
ammunition. Such pressures may affect the useful life of the firearm or
exceed the margin of safety built into many pistols and could therefore be
DANGEROUS.
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms, or handling
ammunition may result in exposure to lead and other substances known to
cause birth defects, reproductive harm, and other serious physical injury. Have
adequate ventilation at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.
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You have difficulty in, or feel unusual resistance in, chambering a
cartridge, or
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