love the Heinie

Discussion in 'Range reports' started by CATO, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    I spent an hour or so at the range today after work.

    I recently bought a Taurus 24/7 on sale at BPS. I wanted a cheap .45 to carry in my man-purse (Maxpedition EDC). There are times that I can't carry and have to leave my bag in my truck (I have to go through metal detectors at work) and if it ever got stolen, I didn't want to be out a grand.

    I'll be honest, I had a bit of buyer's remorse after reading about some of the issues with these guns that Taurus had a few years ago (Youtube is full of videos and the web full of rants). Add to that some funky sights and the fact that I'm not a fan of hammerless pistols and I was sort of expecting to be disappointed, but it was a great that bought me an open mind.

    Aside from the price, the main selling point was that the gun felt fantastic in my hand. It must not be just me, because after holding the 24/7, both my father-in-law (retired LEO) and my dad (Marine, big fan of the 1911) went out and bought one ... unbeknownst to me.

    I'm happy to report that after a few boxes of shells, I never had a problem from the gun or magazines and it was very accurate.

    This line of pistols from Taurus has the Heinie sighting system. It's essentially two dots that you stack on top of each other and the front dot you put on what you want to hit.

    I found this to be quite easy to use and moving from target to target was very natural. Maybe video games as a young punk helped out here, but putting the dot on what I wanted to hit effortless in terms of hand/eye coordination.

    The one con I had is the trigger. There's a lot of takeup/slop, almost no creep, and very little pull. It almost felt like you had the safety on and with very little room to go, BAM. I got used to it, but I don't prefer to have that much slop in my triggers...but, it was a cheap gun and for my purposes, it will do fine.

    I've already cleaned it...fairly easy to do.

    So, I know it isn't a Wilson Combat Arms 1911, but, if you get a chance to try one, you might like it if you're on a budget. Also, I highly recommend the snoman sights.
  2. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    I have a Taurus PT1911 .45acp & love it. Sweetest Trigger of All My Guns. Reliable with the factory mags, but it hates Wilson Combat mags. I'd hoped to get it with the Heinie sights, but by time I bought one they had switched to the Novaks. Decent sights, but sooner or later I'll get better ones.
  3. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    You don't like your Novaks?

    My next pistol is going to be the Ruger 1911r, which has Novak sights. I've never used them, but heard good things about them. Why don't you like them?

    Impact Guns - Ruger SR1911, 45 ACP, Novak Sights, SS, Wood Grips
  4. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    I like them well enough, but think i need a Taller Front sight. As with my PT1911, I have to have top of the front of the slide level with top of rear sight to hit Point of Impact being Point of Aim at 21 yards or better. Either that or a lower rear sight.
  5. LogOut

    LogOut Monkey+

    Wow. Are those stock sights ?

    What grain bullet are you using and have you considered a light weight bullet ? In theory a lighter weight projectile will impact lower due to a lower recoil.
  6. Huntinbull

    Huntinbull Monkey+

    that actually sounds like you need a shorter front site. Or taller rear. If you are using the rear site to adjust, you need the site to go in the direction you want the point of impact to go. If the bullets are hitting low you need a higher rear site to bring the front end up.
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