Hello all, here is my review of the Taurus PT709 Slim with a blued steel slide. I bought mine brand new from Bass Pro; it came with a bulldog case and 2 magazines. I paid around $400.
I wouldnít recommend this gun; itís been awful for me. I donít spend the time to type out a gun review unless itís been exceptionally good or exceptionally awful and the Taurus PT709 is an exceptionally awful gun. I did not have any manufacturing bias until I bought this gun; Iíve heard a lot of bad about Taurus quality. However I also heard they were shaping up and making better guns. I gave Taurus a fair shot and it was a BIG mistake.
I carried this gun for about three months. I kept it very clean and a light coating of oil to protect the finish. After roughly two weeks of carrying it in a belly band, rust started to form on the slide from sweat, unacceptable in my opinion.
The grip isnít too my liking, my pinky hangs off and grip texturing doesnít come close to SIG, Glock and the S&W MP. The sights are too low profile and the loaded chamber indicator seems to get in the way. Disassembly and cleaning is OK, itís not the best, but Iím sure there is something out there that is more difficult to clean. The slide release is also very sharp and needs to be deburred, it has taken skin off my thumb.
Itís a very concealable gun, 1Ē width, 3Ē barrel, short grip and 6Ē overall length. I could carry it comfortable anywhere, including my back pocket in some pants.
The trigger pull is very long and stacks too much. It also has a very long reset. Unsmooth trigger pull.
First day at the range I put the following through it: 300rds Federal 115gr FMJ, 50rds Remington 115gr FMJ, 14rds Remington 115gr JHP, 25rds Hornady Z-Max 115gr JHP.
Itís accurate enough for self-defense purposes; I would trust it between 0-10yds. Itís just not on the same level as the top American and European guns.
About 3/4ths of the time, with every type of ammunition, the gun would fail to feed the last round and lock the slide back. I had 1 FTE.
I would give this gun a solid F, poor quality, poor ergonomics, and poor reliability. I cannot trust this gun with my life. By the time you read this Iíve already taken it to the pawnshop to get half of what I paid for it, good riddance.
Iíve already bought my replacement for this gun. A Sig Sauer P250, if this review has been helpful then I will go ahead and review the P250.