So I got my PT709 back from Taurus today. I sent it in for 2 issues. Well, 1 issue I was sure on and 1 issue I wasn't so sure on. The issue that I WAS sure on was FTE's. I was getting a ton of them. At least 1 per mag. The second issue was with light strikes. The reason I say that I wasn't a 100 percent sure on this issue is because all of the FTF's occurred with crappy "Brown Bear" ammo which from what I understand is surplus Russian ammo so I wouldn't be surprised if it had some hard primers.
The repair sheet I got back from Taurus stated they did 2 things to the pistol.
Problem Found - Firearm Dirty Resolution - Adjusted
Problem Found - Extractor Resolution - Replaced.
Ok, All well and good. Time for some range time. I walked into my local shop to see what they had in the way of ammo. I bought 2 boxes of Fiochi 115g at 12.95 a box (Not to bad) 2 Boxes of WWB 115g at 11.95 (Again, not to bad) and a 2 boxes of Federal hollow points that I have never seen before that I would describe as FWB 147g (Federal White Box). I picked these up to try out as a carry load. The guy at the shop said that its the Federal LEO round pack so I kind of wonder if they are the HST. I also had a box of speer gold dots 147g that I have had laying around for since before I could remember that had been loaded and un-loaded from every 9mm I have ever owned.
Off to the range! Figured I would burn the SGD's first. Load em up and I KID YOU NOT! first round FTE. I honestly laughed out loud to myself and had already started planning every angry thing I was going to say to Taurus Customer Service when I called. Res of the mag went of fine. 2nd mag. Three rounds in, FTE. Rest of the SGD's went off fine. We are up to 2 FTE's in 2 rounds. However I do admit that the ammo was fairly old and not in the best shape.
On to the fiochi. First 3 mags went through fine. 3rd shot out of the 4 mag was a FTF. I pulled the round out and compared the primer to one of my spent casings. I will attach a picture. I can say that the primer on the round that didn't fire was definitely not struck as hard or deep as my others. I have no idea if that is due to a light strike malfunction from the gun or a hard primer from the factory. I also got one FTF out of the second box of Fiochi in the same exact manner.
On to the WWB. No failures at all. Everything fed, fired and extracted fine. The same went for the Federal 147g hollow points.
So out final total was 270 total rounds fired. 2 FTE's out of 20 slightly abused SGD ammo. 2 either light strikes or hard primers out of 100 rounds of Fiochi. No failures out of 100 rounds of WWB. No failures out of 50 rounds of Federal 147g hollow points.
So, I have NO idea what to think. I look to the community for guidance. Help!!!!