Like many of you others, I had mixed emotions about the Taurus reputation, having previously owned Revolvers and been totally satisfied, but also heard mixed reviews of the auto-loaders.
I was searching for a deep CCW weapon as I live in SOuth Carolina and at times the G26 is just too much gun. I am also an avid Curio and Relic collector, and at time my CCW rotation includes the P64 and the CZ-82. Still, I wanted something lighter and smaller for front pocket carry. I took a close look at the Kel Tek series, but found the fit and finish very lacking. It did not feel good in my hand, although it certainly was small. I really wanted to like the Kel Tek, but after an hour of handling one in the local gun store, I could not bring myself to buy one. It was there that I saw a PT709 and it felt wonderful... polished slide, great fit in the hand, smooth, compact, natural pointing ability... so I bought it.
Then I read horror stories about jamming, FTF, FTE, problem guns being sent back to the factory... had I made a mistake? One session at the range today would tell the tale.
I used the 9MM target ammo I had on hand: Winchester 115gr FMJ. Loaded up the clip straight out of the box. No preliminary cleaning, no oiling, just straight from the box to the range. If there was going to be a problem with this gun, I wanted to know, and I have no time or temperance for a high-maintenance prissy gun that has to be cleaned and oiled in order for it to perform... this is my GLock logic. Glocks go bang every time, and I trust it with my life. Every time, any time, all the time. I wanted the Taurus to have the same standard of reliability or I would get rid of it.
First clip at a B-20 target from 50 yards: all seven shots hit within the 7 ring, but the gun seemed to shoot slightly low and left. The trigger take-up took a little getting used to... lots of pull and then a crisp bang! Loaded up 2 more clips: all within the 7-ring, more centered, but still slightly left of dead-center. That's 21 consecutive shots: no FTF, no FTE. Two more clips: same result: 42 consecutive shots, 100% function.
I then tossed in two mags of older rounds I had loaded in my G26: Golden Saber, and other hollow points: 5 clips: loading in 6 at a time as my fingers are getting sore: total of 72 consecutive rounds and 100% function. I had my daughter fire off a few clips, and she had the same result: 100% feed, 0 malfunctions.
Long story short: we fired about 200 rounds today, several rapid fire to empty the clip, several double tap strings, and had 100% function. No cleaning, no oiling, and no problems. The last pistols I had that had the same result were my G19 and G26.
I intend to clean and lube the gun today, and next outing will be fine-tuning the sights. Will probably move the targets to 20-25 yards for any sight adjusting, although for a CCW, it shoots close enough to POA to be left as is. I already have a nice IWB rig for it, and an ankle Rig from DeSantis. I would not hesitate to take it as a CCW tomorrow. It is much lighter than the G26, conceals much easier as it is barely 1 inch thick at any point, and although the capacity is less than the G26, it seems to go bang every time the trigger is pulled, and I ran at least 3 different brands of ammo in several mags and did not have any failures. Nothing gets much better than that!
For those of you on the fence over this weapon, I can tell you only that I am 100% satisfied and could not be happier with this pistol. It beats the KelTec on virutally every point of consideration, is priced competitively (I paid $329 for mine with the plated slide), and does what a CCW is supposed to do: go bang each and every time you pull the trigger.