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Your Taurus experience
#1
My first modern handgun was a 9mm PT111 3rd gen with stainless slide. Compact and ergonomic, at first I found it well worth the $329 I paid for it from the now defunct Dell's Firearms in Montgomeryville, PA. Accuracy was never consistent for me, and perhaps I expected more from it then what it was designed for.
Second Taurus was a PT145, a 45acp compact of the same design as the PT111. Again, accuracy never lived up to my expectations, and I started noticing the guide rod pushing through the frame, so off it went.
I had heard of Taurus revolvers being better quality than the semi's, so I ventured into buying a model 94, 22lr. Nice finish, very similar to a S&W. Problem was light primer strikes. Accuracy was pretty good, but the light primer strikes on all types of manufacture ammo signaled the end to my Taurus experience.
How bout you? Knowing now what you do about Taurus, would you recommend it to a good friend for self-defence?
Quakertownrich, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#2
Never a problem with any Taurus I've owned. Had to use customer service once and although it took a while there was no problem in the end.
The millennium series is decent and really up to 30 feet pretty accurate. That's even probably far for self defense.
Take this trouble for me: Make sure my shepherd dog remains a working dog, for I have struggled all my life long for that aim ~ Max von Stephanitz

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#3
I've nothing but good from the two Taurii that I own. PT1911 and Raging Bull .44 Magnum. Both have never missed a beat. If I had to have a complaint, the finish on the PT1911 is a little thin in places but hardly worth mentioning.
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RocketFoot;13614 Wrote:I've nothing but good from the two Taurii that I own. PT1911 and Raging Bull .44 Magnum. Both have never missed a beat. If I had to have a complaint, the finish on the PT1911 is a little thin in places but hardly worth mentioning.

I'm loving my PT1911. Loving it!

All steel, quite heavy at >50oz loaded... but for me heavy improves my accuracy at the range. The slide lock takes a bit of effort for me but it's not too bad. I needed something that can go through box after box after box so I can work on my accuracy before I would ever pick up a Glock or the lightweight snubs. It can take the el-cheapo range ammo with no problem.

Accuracy on the PT1911 is very good. I was really happy when I took it out... got better shots than I thought I would have when I failed to keep focused with trigger press and then got impressive ones when I did focus. It's worth the money comparable to higher priced 1911s. Got better target sheets out of it first day on a PT1911 than I ever got on the first day on any full size revolver which I'm more comfortable shooting.
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#5
My PT1911 is replacing my shotgun for primary HD and I've already made the switch. Felt confident enough to go ahead and unload the shotgun and pull it out from under the bed. But.. the full size plus it's quite heavy means it stays in the house or under the car seat. Not something you'd ever really want to use for CC. Excellent for defending the house.

No light primer strikes on that particular semi.
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#6
The only Taurus I've owned was the 689 revolver. Can't say anything bad about it at all. Not a damned thing. I even opened the cylinder with a hammer when a bad reload locked it up and it still functioned flawlessly and accurately. Taurus has got to be one of my favourite handgun manufacturers.
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ArcticSplash;13641 Wrote:My PT1911 is replacing my shotgun for primary HD and I've already made the switch. Felt confident enough to go ahead and unload the shotgun and pull it out from under the bed. But.. the full size plus it's quite heavy means it stays in the house or under the car seat. Not something you'd ever really want to use for CC. Excellent for defending the house.

No light primer strikes on that particular semi.

As stated, my light primer strikes were with the model 94, a revolver.
Good replies, but unfortunately, none replied answering the question posed in the last sentence of the OP. Would you recommend a Taurus to a good friend for self-defence?
Quakertownrich, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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Quakertownrich;13651 Wrote:
ArcticSplash;13641 Wrote:My PT1911 is replacing my shotgun for primary HD and I've already made the switch. Felt confident enough to go ahead and unload the shotgun and pull it out from under the bed. But.. the full size plus it's quite heavy means it stays in the house or under the car seat. Not something you'd ever really want to use for CC. Excellent for defending the house.

No light primer strikes on that particular semi.

As stated, my light primer strikes were with the model 94, a revolver.
Good replies, but unfortunately, none replied answering the question posed in the last sentence of the OP. Would you recommend a Taurus to a good friend for self-defence?

YES!

I'm taking guests to the range this weekend to have them try it out including first-time shooters. PT1911 is my first owned-semi, and yes I think it's perfect for HOME-defense-only, but not self (not where you have to carry it--I wouldn't carry it on my person, but for a carjacking? I would rather have this than a .38 snub).
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#9
I've owned several Model 65 and 605 revolvers over the past 16 years with no issues. 20 years ago, I bought one of the first PT-100's (duo-tone stainless - wish I had it back for the collector value alone!), and it never hiccupped, even though some of them had slide-cracking issues.

I may just be lucky, but I've also tried to pick my Tauri wisely. Angel
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#10
I have a 617 I keep as a bedside gun, worth every penny I spent on it. It eats pretty much anything I feed it, and although I'm a terrible shot with a revolver my wife can put 7 holes in the X ring at 25 yards without breaking a sweat. Only gun she can do that with, really.

It binds occasionally, but it was pretty much in the middle of a fire a few years back and I'm still getting crystallized lubricant out of the mechanism occasionally. A good, rugged little gun.
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