What's the deal with Taurus handguns?

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    my personal experience is w/ one of their snub nose revolvers in .22LR and it has been sent back for the cylinder failing to cycle, had to open it and close it again to get it to move, multiple times a trip to the range. i sent it back and still has times when it doesn’t cycle properly. i only keep it b/c i paid around 200 for it and it makes a good little snake gun w/ some rat shot when I’m out fishing, wouldn’t kill me if it fell in.

    on the other side i have a buddy who has a few of the and loves them and carries them every day and has never had a problem when he takes it out shooting.

    just my 2 cents for what its worth.

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    I have a PT 709 Slim with over 700 rounds through it. Had 2 failure to eject the first day shooting but it has been flawless since. I like the thinner grip vs the double stack grip width of my G19 as I have somewhat small hands. Mostly, I carry the Glock for it's greater capacity but will carry the Taurus without hesitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pontificator View Post
    Oh there are some Taurus handguns that are problem-free. Unfortunately they are few and far between.
    All I can do is run on my own experience. There are TOO many that down/support a weapon they've never had any experience with and think that's giving "advice".
    I'm just adding my own experience. I'm not claiming you'll never have any problems with Taurus just as no one can claim "you'll never have problems with "X" manufacturer".
    If that was true then "X" manufacturer would have no warantees, guarentees or claims of good customer service to include speedy repair and return of your firearm.
    I try to localize my attention to those who have hands on experience not the ones who've paid $1100 for pistol and now have become "brand protectors" and have no experience with any other pistol, but they'll bark about how everything else sucks but what's in their holster.

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    I have a SS Tracker in 44. I have never had an issue and have put close to 600 rounds thru it. My brother has 24/7 Pro Millinium in 45 and has had no issues. I had it at the range over the last month feeding it everything I could find. Never had an issue and I am looking to buy one for my wife. She loved it and shoots it well.

    Like other have said, you will see people say they have never owned one but then bash the product. I carry a G19/P226 and would not hesitate to carry a Taurus. I do carry my Tracker OWB in the winter. Its too big for summer carry.

    Like any other firearm, it would get range time prior to belt time. Rent one and if it fits, buy one.

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    My wife and I have three Taurus revolvers, a 605, a 650, and a 66. Only the 66 has ever had any issues, and a thorough disassembly and cleaning solved that (it was purchased used). I have a friend who has two Taurus sem-autos; he has never had any problems with either one.

    I have never had to send a Taurus back for service, but I have heard some people say their service is very slow (don't know if that is true or not).
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    Hi imjustron;

    I'm one of the ones who said I've never owned one but I have had hands-on experience with the problems that others have had with Taurus guns. They were most unsatisfactory.

    A local friend's Taurus Model 66 .357 had an issue with the single action sear on the hammer. One day he found the hammer wouldn't hold when he cocked it for single action shooting. I opened it up to find the entire area of the single action sear had broken off from the hammer in a fairly large chunk. He'd been leaving this revolver as a house gun for his wife when he was away on trips.

    A brother-in-law's Taurus stainless steel Model 617 .357 Magnum snub was rougher than a cob when cycled and had a heavy gritty trigger pull. It would almost catch and bind mid-cycle when used in double-action mode. He got it to smooth up a little with the simple expedient of cycling it endless times on a weekend while watching TV. It smoothed up to some extent but never became entirely satisfactory, especially when cycling the revolver double-action.

    Same brother-in-law's Taurus PT1911 does work but is rough and noticeably less accurate than other 1911s that both he and I have. Trigger pull is ragged.

    Same brother-in-law had a Taurus Model 94 .22 snub revolver that had a really crummy trigger pull when used in single-mode and had cylinder indexing problems when fired double-action. The revolver spit particles to the point that it was unpleasant to shoot. Accuracy was dismal.

    Same brother-in-law had become disenchanted with Taurus and swore off of them but then got excited about a Taurus Model 431 .44 Special. I was along when he shot it the first time. When fired double-action the cylinder would bind to the point of tying up the revolver at least once per cylinder-full of ammunition shot. Since we were out in the middle of nowhere in a remote part of Texas and wanted to fix it to shoot, we tore it down. Turned out the hand was bent. This was a new gun by the way. We carefully straightened the hand and gained reliable function while at the kitchen table in the cabin. It failed again however when we sashayed outside to give it a test-shoot. In short order it began hanging up again. Seems the hand was bent again. The hand was too soft and would have never been serviceable until it was properly heat-treated. After dallying with it for too long, Taurus fixed it after a fashion and he swapped it away.

    All the handguns mentioned above were new purchases.

    These are only the more recent instances of my observations of Taurus "quality." I have more examples. In my own opinion Taurus guns have not performed well enough to avoid being trashed by folks.

    A used 20 year old to 80 year old Smith & Wesson revolver of a type that most closely corresponds to the model of Taurus desired would be a better acquisition in my view.
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    I have 2 revolvers and 3 semi-autos and have not had any problems with them. Have not shot a gazilyon rounds thru them, but so far they work fine. To make a case for Taurus, their not a real high priced firearm, and as a general rule they are a good product. If you want a top of the line firearm, be prepared to spend more money, and even then you could still have problems. As long as the maker or dealer stand behind their product there should be no big problem.
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    I have several Taurus pistols, 2 of them are rotated around and carried almost daily. They have been nothing but reliable through thousands and thousands of rounds. They are a PT111 and a 24/7 DS in 9mm.

    Has Taurus has some problems with some of their products, apparently so. But I can't say anything bad about the ones I have.

    I do think that some of the problems associated with Taurus or other pistols for that matter are not necessarily the pistol but the shooters. New shooters might tend to look at the lower priced products when they are getting started. This lack of knowledge or lack of experience with guns might result in those products having more "issues". But some of the "issues" might have been the operator and not the equipment.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    I have owned there Taurus revolvers, and have only kept one due to poor quality of fit and finish, as well as functionality. Taurus makes all of their guns and parts in house with their own built C&C machines... you would think their quality control would be a little better. I wanted to love the model 94 in 22lr, but would not fire after 50 rounds or so... the cylinder would bind up so bad you could pull the trigger any longer.

    I have attached a pic of the Taurus that i did keep... it has been flawless for about 500 rounds now... shot mostly with 38 special loads, but did put some light 357 magnums downrange. It handles well, feel good in the hand, and has a very smooth trigger. Good luck. I am sick of drinking lemonade from Taurus from all the new lemons i have purchased. Bunker
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    Taurus could be a decent contender in the serious pistol market if they would just pick say 5 to 10 models and really hone in on those. They have chosen quantity over quality.

    They do have some interesting and even neat designs and ideas, but it always seems as if they are a juggler with far to many balls in the air.
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    I have seen many with problems, including a PT22 with an off center barrel that keyholed like mad and was visibly wrong. I have seen a lot of problems with the small autos. I once had a snub as a rental with the word "magnum" on the barrel misspelled. I would have kept it but the forcing cone cracked. I have seen several revolvers with screws or ejector rods that constantly back out.

    But.. One if their .22mag revolvers we rent is super accurate, and one of their stainless .22lr revolvers is the longest lasting .22 rental we have had so far. The old 92s work great in every example I've ever shot, and a former employee had a 1911 that we customized with some aftermarket parts and it turned out to be a good base gun.

    Bottom line, too inconsistant to trust if you can afford better, but serviceable in some versions.
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    I only buy guns made in countries that allow their citizens the right to carry the same guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Taurus could be a decent contender in the serious pistol market if they would just pick say 5 to 10 models and really hone in on those. They have chosen quantity over quality.

    They do have some interesting and even neat designs and ideas, but it always seems as if they are a juggler with far to many balls in the air.
    I do think that the fact they try to do so much "new" causes some of their issues.

    Not bashing them, but when Glock stepped up and put out Gen 4 it had issues. Think what itwould be if Glock put out 4 or 5 different models every year or two.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    I will never own a Taurus again. Every one I have owned has had problems.
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    I have never been a Taurus owner but I have friends that have owned them and I also worked at a gun store.

    Many more of the Taurus guns had problems than should have for Taurus to be as large a company as they are. We had several PT140 and PT145's come back to us with issues such as sights coming loose, no accuracy and jamming. Those that were sent off for repair took more than a month, some over two months, to be returned.

    Several of the Taurus revolvers we sold had issues with cylinders locking up. Two of the Taurus Judge revolvers we had in stock had issues with the cylinder dragging the frame and not opening and difficult to lock in place.

    One of the Taurus PT140 Millenium's I sold a friend is horribly inaccurate.

    Another friend purchased a PT145 and had nothing but issues with it. It was inaccurate, sights coming off etc.; and finally traded it back to us for another gun.

    Taurus pistols have a great fit to the hand, are comfortable to use and carry but their quality control just sux as does their support.

    Some of their earlier revolvers and the PT1911 are probably their best firearms.
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