A Budget-Friendly 1911: Taylor’s & Company’s New FS Tactical 10MM

FS Tactical 10MM and colorful ammunition
The FS Tactical 10MM: A solid 1911 pistol in a powerful caliber…for under $700


My first 10MM AUTO pistol was a PARA Elite LS Hunter, a 1911 sporting a six-inch match barrel and VZ G10 grips. I used and reviewed the pistol, took a number of hogs with it, and it is still one of my go-to handguns for hunting.

The PARA started me on 10MM pistols a decade ago, and I’ve tried to use and review the newest 10MM offerings ever since. Increasingly, that’s meant poly-framed 10MM’s with ammunition capacities far above my PARA and its 8+1 load.

Then, I noticed that Taylor’s & Company, which I knew from Old West reproduction firearm imports, offered the Full Size (FS) Tactical 1911 10MM pistol–a steel-framed 1911 in 10MM for what seemed a ridiculously low suggested retail of $699.99.

No, it wasn’t a long slide like my $1,200 PARA but still…under $700 for a 1911 in 10MM with a five-inch barrel, ambidextrous butterfly safety as well as the grip safety, plus two magazines? And that $699 suggested retail likely meant much closer to $600 in-store and on the Internet.

A quick check on the web of prices for other 1911s chambered in 10MM had most models right around $1,000. Which made me wonder: at this relatively low price point, could the FS Tactical 1911 10mm pistol actually be any good?

Yes. It could be good because it actually is a quality pistol.

The 1911 Plunge

As noted, Taylor’s & Company is best known for the historical firearm reproductions it has been importing for years now. From black powder revolvers to 1873 single actions to an amazing number of 1873 and 1892 lever actions, Taylor’s & Company imports these firearms from manufacturers that include Chiappa, Pietta, and Uberti.

More recently the company began selling 1911s, and FS Tactical is made in the Philippines by Armscor.

FS Tactical brings in very accurate results
McCombie found the FS Tactical accurate and very functional, and just the thing for home defense.

I received a new Full Size (FS) Tactical 1911 10MM pistol for testing and evaluation, and upfront all looked fine. Standard 1911 Government, fairly heavy, with ambidextrous manual safety and grip safety. The pistol felt very good in the hand and pointed nicely.

10MM Meets 1911 Accuracy

At my outdoor range, I first shot the FS Tactical using the odd rounds I’ve collected over the last few years of 10MM shooting. Have three rounds of 10MM range leftover from a review? Into the quart freezer bag it goes. A handful of self-defense 10s that didn’t get shot up? Into the bag.

I did all of my shooting of the FS Tactical at ten yards offhand. My assumption: if a pistol can produce good groups at ten yards offhand, better groups can certainly be had at self-defense distances like five yards; decent groups, at the least, should be very possible at 15 and 20 yards.

By my third magazine loaded with a variety of 10MM ammunition, my groups had tightened up nicely, closing in on 1.0 inches; five rounds in the fourth magazine printed a .80-inch group.

FS Tactical with some gold old 10MM and some great 1.0 inch groups
Initially, McCombie used his odd 10MM rounds. Group #4 scored .80″ at ten yards offhand.

Despite the magazines being loaded with various brands of 10MM ammunition, I never had a failure to eject or load. Different brass, range, and hollow-point loads, all of it cycled in and out nicely.

I switched over the Winchester USA Ready 10MM load, a range round launching a 180-grain full-metal jacket bullet. Initially, I placed five-shot groups right at 2.0 inches, but several magazines later I was able to peg groups of 1.2- and 1.1 inches.

FS Tactical brings great accuracy results with Winchester 10MM
Winchester’s USA Ready 10MM proved itself a very capable range round in the FS Tactical.

New Self-Defense 10MM Ammo

I ended my shooting with a self-defense round, the Overwatch made by Liberty Ammunition. The ammo was new to me, and I wasn’t sure how it might function given that it is loaded with a 70-grain lead-free bullet rated 2,150 feet per second at the muzzle.

The Overwatch bullet sports a very large hollow area inside the bullet’s front. Once it penetrates the initial barrier the bullet expands rapidly, the hollow pointed area quickly filling with fluid. With the round’s very high velocity, the result, says Liberty, is massive rupture of the bullet and massive displacement of tissue.

I had no way to test that displacement (though I hope to do some testing with ballistic gel at a later date), but I found the Overwatch easier to shoot than the other loads simply because it recoiled less. It was also extremely accurate.

FS Tactical with Liberty Overwatch ammunition
Liberty’s Overwatch self-defense ammunition gave this “Bad Guy” an extreme headache at ten yards.

I shot the FS Tactical with the Overwatch at five yards offhand, more of a self-defense distance. The shots clustered like champs. My best group came in right at 1.0 inches.

Well, with such close shooting, I thought, groups should be tight.

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I backed off to ten yards. And I still shot several groups right at or just slightly larger than an inch, including a five-shot, 1.0-inch thump to the head of a Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C Bad Guy target. 

At ten yards, I concluded that any groups over 1.5 inches with the FS Tactical were the result of sloppy shooting on my part.

Good Sights, A Quality Trigger

Rarely have I met a 1911 trigger I did not like, and the FS Tactical’s trigger was no exception. The skeletonized trigger featured a grooved front for a nice, tactile interface between the finger pad and trigger. There was just a bit of uptake and then the trigger broke very cleanly at an average of approximately 2 pounds, 7 ounces, according to my Lyman Electronic Trigger Pull Gauge.

FS Tactical 1911-style trigger broke cleanly
The FS Tactical featured a crisp trigger, with a grooved trigger face for very tactile finger engagement.

FS Tactical G10-Style Grip

The FS Tactical featured G10-style grips and a checkered backstrap. These provided good control over the pistol even when firing rapidly. The front strap is grooved but those grooves didn’t do much to improve my grip on the pistol. There was little contact between the front strap and the inside of my fingers, which may well be due to the structure of my fingers. But I think the grooves would have to be slightly wider and deeper to aid in gripping the FS Tactical.

FS Tactical and its wavy G10-Style grip
G10-style grips and a nicely checkered backstrap made for a very firm hold.

The pistol’s red fiber optic front post came right to my eye and the two white dots on either side of the rear sight’s notch helped align that front post easily. The rear sight was also adjustable for elevation and windage, though my FS was on target from the start.    

The FS Tactical is sold with two, 8-round magazines, made of steel with rubberized base plates attached. The magazines loaded easily with my fingers, no speed loader was required. The magazines popped into the grip nicely thanks to a beveled, slightly oversized magwell.

FS Tactical magwell and magazine
Magazines loaded fast and easy thanks to the pistol’s beveled magwell.

One Issue

The one issue I experienced: ejected brass sometimes struck the slide right behind the ejection port. I’m no 1911 gunsmith, but I’ve been told by those who are that this is usually an extractor problem. So, I think either the tension on the extractor would need to be adjusted or the extractor itself might need replacing. There are likely other explanations, too.

FS Tactical extractor view
Possible extractor issue suggested by these dings to the slide.

Self-Defense, Range Time and…Hunting?

Is the FS Tactical a concealed carry option? Not for me. Too large and heavy for effective carry for this guy.

Yet, I do know people who carry a full-sized 1911 and the FS Tactical and its 10MM AUTO power would certainly do the job.

To me, the FS Tactical would be a better fit for home defense, range time and, yes, hunting. If this was my go-to hunting handgun, the only thing I would change is the sights, which are a bit small for distances past 20 yards or so, at least for my eyes. I’d want a rear sight with a deeper notch. I’d also consider the addition of a red dot.

All in all, especially when considering the 1911 market for pistols in this caliber, the FS Tactical represents a great way to get into the 10MM game without deciding between next month’s groceries or dropping that $1K+ at your local FFL.

Specs: Taylor’s & Company Full-Sized Tactical 1911 10MM Pistol

Caliber: 10MM AUTO

Action: Single, semi-automatic

Barrel: 5” steel, Parkerized finish, 1:16 Twist

Frame: Steel, Black Parkerized Finish

Sights: Rear Adj. Notch, Two White Dots; Front Post, Red Fiber Optic  

Grips: Black, G10 Style

Safeties: Grip and Ambi Thumb

Overall Length: 8.54”

Weight: 37 oz.

Magazines: 2 Steel, 8 rounds each

Misc: Combat Hammer, Skeletonized Trigger, Extended Beavertail

MSRP: $694.27

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About the author: Brian McCombie writes about hunting and firearms, people and places, for a variety of publications including American Hunter, Shooting Illustrated, and SHOT Business. He loves hog hunting, 1911’s chambered in 10MM and .45 ACP, and the Chicago Bears.

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  • Khalil Ford May 12, 2023, 12:39 pm

    I appreciate your thorough review of the Taylor’s & Company FS Tactical 1911 10MM pistol. The affordable price and impressive features make it an appealing option for those looking for a quality 10MM pistol.

    KBF Firearms

  • Todd May 12, 2023, 11:54 am

    looks like some serious shill-writing in the comments here.

    I certainly hope that that does not become commonplace – as it is with T.V. and movie ‘reviews’.

  • Bob May 12, 2023, 9:04 am

    I picked one up from PSA in January for $425. It’s not a $1000 piece by any means but it’s solid, has a great trigger for the money and may be the most accurate semi auto (I also got a Taylor’s 9mm 1911 and it’s in the running too) I own. My only problem with it is sometimes it fails to feed the last round in the mag. I’ve tried three different brands of mags and four different loads and sometimes it still hangs up on the last round. But, I’m very satisfied with it and it is under warranty so I’ll try Taylor’s and see what happens.

  • Robert White May 12, 2023, 7:53 am

    Having read this account, I’m impressed by the author’s positive experience with the PARA Elite LS Hunter and their recommendation of Taylor’s affordable Full Size Tactical 1911. It’s great to hear about a quality pistol that won’t break the bank.

  • Robert Johnston May 12, 2023, 7:18 am

    This informative piece opened my eyes to the world of 1911 pistols, particularly Taylor’s affordable and impressive Full Size Tactical 1911.

  • James Paker May 11, 2023, 10:41 am

    Taylor’s & Company’s budget-friendly FS Tactical 10MM 1911 pistol seems like a hidden gem in the market. With a steel frame, generous features, and positive reviews, it offers excellent value for those seeking a reliable and affordable 10MM option without compromising on quality.

  • Dang Vorbei May 8, 2023, 9:45 pm

    The article would’ve been a lot shorter without the buildup, but you could’ve just said it’s an Armscor up front. They make some fantastic guns.

  • Edward Allen May 8, 2023, 7:59 pm

    You just described my Rock Island 10mm Ultra FS. Same sights, same grips. But it was only $649. It is absolutely solid and always has tight groups. 0 failures and I don’t get brass markings by the ejection port.

    Why don’t you do a comparison?

  • Brian May 8, 2023, 4:44 pm

    Doesn’t Armscor make the Rock Island Armory 1911’s? I’ve had some range time with a Rock 1911 in 10mm and it looks identical (Bull barrel? No bushing?) and it also shot extremely well.

    • Edward Allen May 8, 2023, 8:02 pm

      They absolutely do. The Ultra FS in 10mm, 40 S&W, 9mm and .45 ACP.

  • Aaron May 8, 2023, 1:21 pm

    Looks like a rebranded armscor or rock island.

    • Edward Allen May 8, 2023, 8:01 pm

      I was thinking the same thing.

    • Boots May 8, 2023, 11:31 pm

      Yep. The Taylor’s & Company 1911 FS Tactical 10mm are made in the Philippines by Armscor.

  • Joel May 8, 2023, 11:36 am

    Where is this 10MM made and does it accept standard 1911 grip panels ?

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