If there is only one pistol I would recommend from Taurus, it’s their low-cost 1911. This feature-packed pistol is excellent on many levels and is priced well. You simply can’t beat it and you can find my thorough review of this awesome pistol here. Now, Taurus has introduced these pistols chambered for 9mm ammo. Their brand new stainless steel model has been released and a very short first look at it can be found at handgunsmag.com below. What does have me a bit puzzled is the higher price tag when compared to some of their low-cost .45 models. Perhaps it’s all that shiny stainless steel finish. Another important thing to note is capacity. Unlike guns from Para for example, their 9mm offering only has a 9+1 capacity compared to the 8+1 capacity of their mighty .45 caliber options. Personally, it does not make sense to buy a 1911 style pistol in this caliber. The 1911 is meant to be a .45.
Taurus is coming on like gangbusters in the 21st century firearms field, aggressively creating new guns for the U.S. market, and new for this centennial year of the 1911 is the Model 1911SS-9—the company’s 11th version of this iconic design. It’s a lot of gun for the money.
The forged steel frame and slide is clothed in subdued stainless steel with wide and deep fore and aft slide serrations. The slide is crowned with low profile, black Novak, white three-dot fixed sights that can be removed and replaced or drifted for windage.
The ejection port is enlarged, flared and lowered. The pistol’s two-lug stainless barrel features a polished, fully supported ramp and is slightly belled at the muzzle for a snug bushing fit. It has hammered-forged rifling with a 1:16-inch twist and 6 grooves. It has a Series 80 firing pin safety and an enlarged internal extractor increases reliability. Firing pin and extractor can be removed in the traditional manner.
Source: Handgunsmag via Topix