Taurus PT 92 recoil spring options?


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Manedwolf
January 19, 2006, 06:07 PM
Well, I'd picked up an older PT 92, and since I've no idea how much it'd been used, I want to replace the recoil spring to be safe. The options I see on several sites are as follows:

* Reduced Power...: 9, 10, 11 and 12 Lb.
* Factory Standard.: 13 Lb.
* Extra Power.........: 14, 15, 16, 18 and 20 Lb.


What's the reasoning or advantage/disadvantage of using a reduced power or extra power spring?

This particular gun is likely going to be using mostly winchester whitebox at the range, along with "make sure it feeds right" of various brands of hollowpoint, and, if needed for self-defense, likely Hornady TAP or Cor-Bon +P (if they feed well).

Also, any other recomendations for anything else that's "well accepted" to do to this model in the manner of improving it? I'd get the full specs on exactly which model it is by serial if the identifier tool on Taurus' website worked, but it's broken at the moment. As for the gun, seems to be no decocker, but a forward-grip pushbutton mag release, not heel.

Thanks in advance for any advice!

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ktd
January 19, 2006, 06:30 PM
assuming it is blued, a good way is to look at the barrel, if there is a lot of wear from where the front sight bridge slides over the barrel, it had probably been shot a lot. If it is nickel and there is wear it has really really been shot a lot.

The various spring strengths is somewhat intuitive, if you are shooting light loads, use a lighter spring, if you are shooting heavy loads, use a heavier spring. Sometimes a gun may be somewhat tempermental or sensitive so you can pick whatever strength works exactly right, which is why they offer a range.

Myself I have always used the stock spring and it works for a surprising range of loads. If I were going exclusively to +P I would put in a heavier spring. For occasional use I would not worry about it.

I would guess you model is a PT-92AF, which has a firing pin safety and an american style mag release.

The heydey of tricking out Taurus's is somewhat past, but you can find a lot of basic mods, I think the most useful is the B-Square scope mount for using a red dot sight. Another cool one was a little compensator that you clamped on and it would press against the barrel and slide, tightening lockup, it actually did help accuracy a little. My Taurus has long since been retired as a carry gun and is just used for plinking. Most mods are gadgety, just buy what looks cool to you and remember how cool it looked after you get bored with it and take it off and stick it on a shelf somewhere! Probably the best mod is a nice set of grips, a decent molded holster, spare mags, and a lot of ammo. I also had a trigger spring kit installed, and in conjunction with a lot of rounds, has resulted in a very nice trigger for a service pistol.

Manedwolf
January 19, 2006, 06:50 PM
assuming it is blued, a good way is to look at the barrel, if there is a lot of wear from where the front sight bridge slides over the barrel, it had probably been shot a lot. If it is nickel and there is wear it has really really been shot a lot.

No wear at all, really. Hm. Could have been a not-much-used one, then? The oil around the hammer was pretty gummed up, so it hadn't been fired in a while, but other than that it's in fine shape. No holster wear, no rust. (First thing I did was take it apart and go at it with Break Free)


The various spring strengths is somewhat intuitive, if you are shooting light loads, use a lighter spring, if you are shooting heavy loads, use a heavier spring. Sometimes a gun may be somewhat tempermental or sensitive so you can pick whatever strength works exactly right, which is why they offer a range.

Myself I have always used the stock spring and it works for a surprising range of loads. If I were going exclusively to +P I would put in a heavier spring. For occasional use I would not worry about it.

I would guess you model is a PT-92AF, which has a firing pin safety and an american style mag release.



Makes sense...thanks! And yes, it is a PT-92AF, and that sounds about right.


The heydey of tricking out Taurus's is somewhat past, but you can find a lot of basic mods, I think the most useful is the B-Square scope mount for using a red dot sight. Another cool one was a little compensator that you clamped on and it would press against the barrel and slide, tightening lockup, it actually did help accuracy a little. My Taurus has long since been retired as a carry gun and is just used for plinking. Most mods are gadgety, just buy what looks cool to you and remember how cool it looked after you get bored with it and take it off and stick it on a shelf somewhere! Probably the best mod is a nice set of grips, a decent molded holster, spare mags, and a lot of ammo. I also had a trigger spring kit installed, and in conjunction with a lot of rounds, has resulted in a very nice trigger for a service pistol.

Not much into gadgety or tacticool, but the compensator and trigger spring kit sounds like a fine idea! If I like it, I was just planning to perhaps get it Trijicon-ized, since that's only about $150. There's always the Lasermax, but that's $$$, and I'd rather be able to get good groupings just with the sights, not depend on a laser. :D I sort of like the Brazilian walnut grips it came with, and already have gotten a couple of the 17rd mags for it...they're legal here.

Thanks for the info!

BevrFevr
January 21, 2006, 05:28 AM
You can use them to help treat some failures. This is assuming all other causes have been eliminated.

If you are getting alot of fte's try a lighter spring. If getting ftf's then try a stronger spring.

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