Taylorís & Company Compact 9x19mm 1911 Semi-Automatic Pistol

by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

April 24th, 2017

 

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Drift-adjustable post front sight (top), and fully-adjustable rear sight (center & bottom).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor's compact 9mm (right) compared to S&W Performance Center Round-butt Lightweight Commander 45 (left).

 

 

 

 

It is getting harder and harder to find many gun companies these days that do not have a 1911 style pistol in their lineup, and for good reason; the 1911 is more popular now than ever. Even with designs available that are lighter and cheaper, the proven 1911 design is the pistol of choice for many who carry and enjoy shooting pistols. Taylorís & Company has for many years marketed mostly reproductions of nineteenth century firearms, but have now moved into the early twentieth century with their line of 1911 pistols, of which they have several variations.

The newest 1911 in Taylorís fold is this compact 9mm shown here. The size of the pistol is what is commonly referred to as an ďOfficerís ModelĒ pistol. The compact 1911 is made of steel and wood. This gives the pistol a solid feel, and enough weight to make follow-up shots quick and accurate. The excellent set of sights consist of a dovetailed post front and an adjustable rear. The front sight is black, and the rear has a two-dot pattern. The thumb safety is right-hand only, but an ambidextrous safety can be easily fitted, if necessary. The pistol wears an overall black-matte finish, which contrasts nicely with the double-diamond pattern checkered walnut grip panels.

The Taylorís & Company Compact 1911 has a traditional pre-Series 80 1911 action. Many refer to this as a Series 70 action, but this type of action predated the Series 70. The term ďSeries 70Ē was used by Colt in reference to the collet-style barrel bushing introduced with that pistol, and had nothing to do with a firing pin safety, nor the lack thereof. The firing pin safety was introduced by Colt in the Series 80 pistols, but all previous generations of the 1911 had no firing pin safety, and none is needed. The Taylorís pistol has no such safety. It has a thumb safety, a grip safety, and a disconnector to prevent firing out of battery. That is enough. The main safety is between your ears.

The Taylorís Compact 1911 uses a cone-style barrel, which eliminates the need for a barrel bushing, as the barrel returns to the same position in the slide every time. The pistol also has a full-length steel guide rod. The trigger pull is a perfect, crisp three and three-quarters pounds on this particular pistol. Just right.

The Taylorís & Company 1911 pistols are built for them by Armscor in the Philippines. Armscor has a long history of building quality all-steel 1911 style pistols, and the Taylorís pistols are very well-built. Everything on this Taylorís pistol is made of steel, with the exception of the checkered walnut grips. Even small parts such as the trigger, sights, and magazine follower are steel. The feed ramp is polished for smooth feeding of cartridges from the magazine.

While on the subject of magazines, I also used two Mec-Gar ten-shot magazines in this Taylorís pistol. Mec-Gar is likely the largest manufacturer of pistol magazines in the world, and they make many original equipment magazines for makers of pistols in the United States and Europe. These ten-shot magazines fed smoothly, with only one type of ammo hanging up on two occasions. Everything else fed smoothly from the steel Mec-Gar mags. If carrying spare mags, they might as well hold ten cartridges each instead of eight, and Mec-Gar is a good choice.

Specifications are listed in the chart below. Weight is listed in ounces. Trigger pull is listed in pounds of resistance. Linear measurements are listed in inches.

Chambering 9x19mm
Weight 37 ounces
Height 5.1 inches
Length 7.37 inches
Slide Width 0.9 inch
Maximum Grip Width 1.37 inches
Frame Width 0.765 inch
Maximum Width 1.37 inches
Trigger Pull 3.75 pounds
Trigger Reach 2.75 inches
Barrel Length 3.63 inches
Construction Forged Carbon Steel
Sights Adjustable Rear / Post Front
Magazine Capacity 8 rounds
Magazines Supplied 2
Firing Pin Safety No
Magazine Disconnect Safety Hell No
MSRP as of April 2017 $644.00 US

I fired a variety of ammunition over the chronograph to check velocities, with the results listed in the chart below. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second. Bullet weights are listed in grains. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint bullet. DPX is a hollow nose homogenous copper bullet. FMJ is a full metal jacket roundnose bullet. FMJ-FN is a full metal jacket flat nose Buffalo Bore Penetrator bullet. PB is PowíRBall, a specialty bullet from Cor-Bon. XP is a specialty homogenous copper bullet from Lehigh Defense. Glaser is a pre-fragmented bullet. Velocities were taken at an elevation of 541 feet above sea level, with an air temperature of sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and humidity of eighty-nine percent. Velocities were recorded at twelve feet from the muzzle.

Ammunition Bullet Weight Velocity
WCC NATO FMJ 124 1001
Fiocchi FMJ 115 1102
Buffalo Bore FMJ-FN 124 1263
Buffalo Bore JHP 115 1298
Buffalo Bore +P+ JHP 115 1336
Buffalo Bore +P JHP 147 1100
Buffalo Bore +P JHP 124 1255
Cor-Bon Glaser 80 1501
Cor-Bon JHP 115 1278
Cor-Bon Pow'RBall 100 1313
Cor-Bon +P DPX 115 1163
Cor-Bon JHP 125 1243
Sig Sauer JHP 124 1111
Remington JHP 124 1117
Lehigh Defense JHP 85 1202
CCI Blazer Brass FMJ 115 1099

Reliability was excellent with the little Taylorís pistol. I had one failure-to-feed early on, in the first magazine, but no other problems after that. The pistol fed, fired, and ejected flawlessly after that first magazine. Reliability with the Mec-Gar magazines was also near-perfect, with the exception of two failures to feed with one brand of ammo. . Both the eight-shot Taylor mags and the ten-shot Mec-Gar mags loaded to capacity easily. The magazines also ejected perfectly with the pressing of the mag release, and the slide never failed to lock back on an empty magazine. The little pistol is easy to shoot, and easy to shoot well, due to the all-steel heft, perfect trigger pull, and excellent sights.

The little 1911 carries comfortably in a belt holster, and I used the Galco Yaqui Slide holster to carry the pistol on my hip. The Galco carries it well, and is a trim little holster that will fit any length 1911 pistol.

The Taylorís & Company 9mm Compact 1911 is an accurate, reliable, and affordable all-steel 1911 pistol that is very comfortable to shoot, even with premium high-pressure ammunition.

Check out the extensive line of quality Taylorís firearms and accessories at www.taylorsfirearms.com.

To order Crimson Trace Lasergrips for the Taylorís compact 1911, go to www.crimsontrace.com.

To order quality 9x19mm ammunition, go to www.midsouthshooterssupply.com, www.doubletapammo.com, www.luckygunner.com, and www.buffalobore.com.

You can order the Mec-Gar magazines from www.shop.mec-gar.com.

Check out the extensive line of Galco holsters and mag carriers at www.galcogunleather.com.

Jeff Quinn

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Pistol comes with hard case, two magazines, instructions, and cable lock.

 

 

 

 

Mec-Gar ten-shot magazines.

 

 

Galco slide holster.

 

 

Two of Jeff's favorite loads for the Taylor's pistol are the Buffalo Bore +P+ Hollowpoint (top), and the Lehigh Defense +P Xtreme Defense (bottom).

 

 

 

 

The Taylor's & Company 1911 pistols have no firing pin safety.