I just moved to FL, and haven't purchased a gun here as of yet. Not sure what to expect myself. In Virginia, the waiting period was about 10 minutes (of course, I had a spotless record). I'm sure I will find out soon enough. I made an appointment at the regional office of licensing to get my FL permit, but that isn't until Feb 20th. They said I was covered with my VA since they reciprocate.
Don't worry about what others say regarding your choice. I've got guns from all sorts of manufacturers. My PT709 gets more carry time than my Glock 36...and I have no concerns carrying either of them. Keep it clean and use quality ammo and you're fine. I like the 740 (a buddy of mine has one) and I have shot it quite a bit. It might be a handful for a new shooter, but don't be surprised. It is a small and light .40, it will have a bit of recoil. Just practice and get some good training.
Welcome to DC from GA
I also agree and might have also chosen a revolver as my first handgun. Very simple to operate. Get some training and practice. Alot of great info on this site, so also get used to reading and asking questions.
Taurus? I'll add you to my prayer list.:rofl:
.......but if you're so thin skinned ........... http://s7.tinypic.com/30tjgna_th.jpg
Originally Posted by retsupt99 - Taurus? I'll add you to my prayer list.
Originally Posted by sgb -- Friends don't let friends buy Taurus.
Originally Posted by glockrocker--Was you mad at yourself?
Come on guys, gun bashing is like scratching your nuts, feels good when ya do it, but makes your fingers sticky n stink when your done....so if all you can do is read and bash someone for their choice, keep your fingers in your pants n off the keyboards.... I own a very nice collection of hanguns, and long guns, but I forsee my 740 slim getting a lot of use in the carry rotation , especially when summer gets here. Thats the great thing about being here, or it is at times, is to get a lot of good info from people who conceal n carry ..... if you have negative opinions, about a persons personal choice, before ya start typing it , think about your stinky finger, hit the back button n keep your snide comments to yourself .... my $.02
I concur with those who have recommended training. I don't believe that there will be any problem picking up the gun. I recommend training with the target ammunition that has the same grains as the defense ammunition that you will be using. Good luck.
To repeat what others have said, constructively, learn all about your firearm before you go hot. Go to your local range or firearms store and ask the rangemaster or local gunsmith about your firearm; how to clean it, load it, and any safety features. Then take a CCW class even if you don't intend to get a CCW permit. The training will do you good. After that go practice, practice, practice..
Disregard the gun snobs on this thread. If you like that pistol so be it. You may find later that you prefer a different one and trade your Taurus. Fine. Just be comfortable with the one(s) you plan to use.
I own a Taurus PT745, Kel-Tec P3AT & PF9, Glock 22 & 26, a pair of S&W Mod 66s, and a RIA 1911. I stay proficient in all of those plus some long guns. They are cleaned and inspected regularly and I have confidence in all of them so don't let the naysayers bother you. They will always be here so just ignore them.
FYI, Taurus has vastly improved in both quality and customer service over the past couple of years. You will find that nearly every manufacturer has had problems with some of their products. Buying from a local shop minimizes the hassle should something need attention.
I bought the Taurus PT 709 myself a month or so back because I liked the slim fit, the thumb safety if I wanted to use it, the chance to pull the trigger twice on a dead round and I just liked the look, feel and price.
Here is my breakdown of just the first shooting of the pistol:
I started with some Hornady 9mm Critical Defense that ran through her fine. I then shot some old +P rounds (I see they are not recommending the use of +P but if it fails with those, I don't trust it with regular ammo). Then, shooting some very old regular 9mm ammo thru it (5+ years that I wanted to finally shoot up) I had one fail to fire that a second pull sent down range (I blame the old ammo). I also had the slide fail to lock back on the last round several times with the old ammo, but with new ammo it did fine (wonder if it was underpowered due to age). I did tend to pull down and to the left because I was not familiar with the grip, trigger and fit in the hand. Taking time and better aim centered them up. I do like the slim profile and easy to manipulate action.
Now, I can hear all of the Taurus haters laughing already, but in thirty something years, I have had a Colt Lightweight Commander shear off the tube between the thumb safety and and the slide release during qualifications, a Smith and Wesson 659 that was finiky about what it would reliably feed until I had the ramp polished, a Duty Issued Glock that failed to fire at qualifications because the former officer had cleaned it poorly and the internal striker mechanism was completely gummed up, a Browning Hi-Power that had such a long and exposed magazine release button that in the old flap (Widow-maker) holsters the button would be depressed by the leather if I moved wrong in a patrol car and would release the magazine, meaning if I had to pull and fire, the magazine would have dropped away unexpectedly (not really a defective a gun issue but still a problem) and have seen many many more "High Quality name brand" guns fail. I personally loved my Glock 19 and that pistol was iron clad, because I took care of it, so it scared the whooha outta me when the department issued me a Glock 17 that failed to fire at all when they wanted me to qualify with it .
So, you can get a turkey no matter what you buy, and you can get the goose that laid the golden egg in what many may consider a low quality weapon (I absolutely loved my Llama .380 years ago and I doubt people would have called it a high quality weapon in the 90's).
Good luck with the gun, get as much training as you can and be safe.
The remarks in this thread are uncalled for, idiotic, childish and supremely arrogant. Maybe instead of putting someone on a prayer list for buying a Taurus, one should pray for forgiveness of the sin of arrogance. And friends support the choices of other friends and if those choices turn out to be wrong, they help their friend. And you shouldn't be mad at yourself - you should be happy with yourself that you made an educated choice. If that hits home to anyone, good. Maybe you ought to put your brain in gear before operating your fingers.