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What's the deal with Taurus handguns?

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    I had a Taurus PT92 for a while, bought it cheap at a pawn shop. It had been well used, and I shot the living crap out of it. I never had any issues with it, ate anything I fed it, and I could put rounds on target with it. I liked having the frame-mounted safety and really my only complaint was sometimes magazines would stick when I reloaded. Turned out to be a burr inside the well and a few passes with a file fixed that in a hurry. A friend of mine just got a PT92 of his own and it's working great for him, too. My uncle had a couple older Taurus Millenniums that were hit and miss for him, one shot great and another made a couple visits to the gunsmith. I shot a borrowed PT809 at the range one day, liked how it felt in my hands, seemed to shoot well. The owner said he had issues when he first got it but that it was his own error as he didn't clean it well enough and some of the packing grease was gumming up the trigger.

    I have read a lot of the things people have said about Taurus but I look at it like this. Some people love them, some hate them. Same thing goes for every gun maker, just go on Youtube and search for reviews on any gun, and you'll find any answer you want to hear. Take the Kel-Tec PF9 as an example. That's a company and a gun that catches as much flack as Taurus, maybe even more. Several well-known reviewers on Youtube sing its praises and recommend it as a great carry piece. But others absolutely hate it and have no qualms about telling everyone who will listen what a piece of crap the gun is. Who do you believe? The same concept applies to any product. My experience with Taurus is only limited to what I just wrote. For all I know they really are a junk product and I saw the rare gems. But I will say, I would be willing to give them a shot, especially for the money. If I can put a gun through the paces and it functions like it's intended, then I'd have no problems trusting my life with it, no matter what the gun costs.

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    I have a PT140 Millenium pro that has been good to me. I put 200 rd through it, and 200 through my Glock 19 saturday without a problem. I keep reading its going to mess up, but have yet to see it happen.

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    Whilst shopping for a .357, I shot a Taurus Model 66 and a S&W Model 686 back to back at the range. The difference between the two was amazing. The S&W shot like butter. The Taurus, even though it is a direct ripoff of the 686, had a trigger that felt like it was full of rocks. Needless to say, I bought a 686.

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    Mixed bag... so far

    Until this week, I considered myself a huge Taurus fan. Now, I'll need to wait and see.

    I've owned a PT92 since the late 80's, and it is STILL my very favorite gun. Tight, tight, tight groups, it eats every piece of substandard, cheap or ancient ammo I ever put through it, and works well with aftermarket mags that are over 20 years old. It fits my hand like a glove. I truly love that gun.

    This week, after my wife took her CHL class, we bought a PT709. I loved the high visibility sites, the slimness of the grip, and the light weight. After the mandatory clean it a few times to get started ritual, she took it to the range and came back pretty disappointed. The accuracy wasn't great, and we thought it might need to be zero'd. No big deal... But she said she also had some problems with it. I took it out this morning, and the groups were pretty good at 7 yds, but it continually fails to feed or eject, both with some cheap ammo I had left and with the range standard ammo they use for rentals. In some cases, we would get this on every round, and sometimes once per mag. I tried a few techniques to minimize this, including making sure my finger completely released the trigger on every shot, to no avail.

    Some of the other posts here make me hope that it's fixable, and I'll contact Taurus. I'm glad they seem to have great service - I've never had to use them before, and I've shot 1000's of rounds through my PT92. I still have hopes that this will be redeemed.

    We also test fired a Ruger LC9 today, and it was very reliable and comfortable, but the long pull made my groups horrible compared to the 709, although my wife seemed to improve rapidly with it. We'll see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhcmlc View Post
    Ditto, except my money goes to Sig and Beretta.
    This is a sweeping statement made with absolute disregard for facts. I've owned a number of Taurus revolvers over the years and shot a number of Taurus pistols....so I KNOW FIRST-HAND that none have ever had a reliability or durability issue. Unfortunately the internet is overflowing with "armchair experts" who pontificate beyond what is their actual experience or knowledge an they do so from the seat of "expert" which causes those with lesser knowledge to spend far more money to buy what they presume the "expert" carries.
    I've own a Taurus PT-111 for nearly 20 years....100% reliable and has clearly stood up to several thousand rounds. Before that I owned and shot a M65 .357 Mag that handled whatever it was fed and was mechanically as good or better than any S&W. I've also shot the PT92 and found it to be the EQUAL of the Beretta M92....Taurus does indeed build GOOD STUFF! BE VERY careful when you read negative reviews....they are more often than not the spew of some "expert" who is in reality a "know-nothing" internet troll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbell1968 View Post
    From what I have seen on this site and on other sites on the internet, it seems like most people handgun owners do not have alot of positive things to say about Taurus handguns. I know they are a Brazilian company, is it the quality, comfort, reliability that is substandard? I know they copied Beretta and the 92F. Seems like they copied Smith and Wesson in some designs as well. They sure have a huge selection of guns at reasonable prices, both revolvers and pistols. How do they stay in business in the US? Maybe they sell alot of guns in other countries? So thoughts on Taurus handguns????? Would you buy a Taurus with all the other quality manufacturers out there????
    I work with a company that teaches concealed carry classes. we average between 45 to 60 people per class. By far 85% of the guns that have problems on the range are either Taurus or Hi-Points. The rest are usually old firearms that grandaddy brought back from " the war"
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGSAM View Post
    I only have 1. The Taurus PT1911, which I carry. I have had zero problems with it that weren't my fault (faulty assembly).
    It has been as reliable as my USP and I make it a point to invite those who speak ill of MY Taurus to hit the range.
    I've converted 2 who have purchased their own and another one, a Kimber salesman never showed up.

    Good Luck. Sam
    I also have a taurus PT1911, I've owned it for over 6 years and like BIGSAM my PT1911 has been flawless. It's reliable, accurate and not finicky about ammo. Based on the performance of the PT1911 I purchased a 145 Millenium Pro. This was to be my EDC. A compact, 10 shot, 45acp. What more could you want? Well, it would have been nice if it ran properly. The whole time I owned the 145 I was never able to get though a complete magazine with out a failure of some kind. 4 times it went back to Taurus and 4 times it came back with the same problems. All the paper work that came back with the gun listed the reason I sent it to them and their statement merely said "fixed". Of course it wasn't fixed and I traded it in on a Glock 30 and never looked back. That being said I would never purchase another Taurus firearm, the QC is too spotty, and their CS is simply miserable. However, the one exception might be if I could find a PT1911 in .38 super. They have discontinued this caliber so I don't have much hope, and it's probably best if I don't come across one.
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    I worked in three Gun Shops in the last Fifteen years. I have seen all makes sent in for repair or warenty work. I don't think Taurus was sent in more than Kahr or Charter but, those are the three I remember most. I personally have had Elevn Taurus Revolvers and had to send One in for a defect. I have also had to send in one of my S&Ws. I would buy Taurus again.
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