Taurus PT-809 Finally got one! Range Report


July 21, 2009, 04:20 AM
Some months back I bought the PT-845 (.45 ACP) and really liked the way it shot and how it fit my hand and the looks of the gun and...OHhhh...you get the point!:rolleyes:
I had decided I was going to get the PT-809 (9mm Luger) when it finally became available. Well last week I picked one up and shot it over the weekend. The gun performed well. I really enjoyed shooting it. Felt recoil (My opinion) was very low. It shot as well as its big brother PT-845
I know some of you have been interested in the PT-809. I had a hard time getting one. If it weren't for my dealer being my friend and really keeping an eye out for one I don't think I would have gotten one by now. Anyone else has been able to buy one at this time?
So far I have nothing but good opinions on both guns. The only complaint I have about the PT-845 (.45 ACP) is that it tends to rub the living heck out of my trigger finger with the trigger guard everytime I shoot it until it becomes sore! I am going to try changing the grip back strap to see if it helps. Strangely...the 9mm didn't do that! Both guns are dead on at ten yards. I am getting ragged holes at ten yards also. I also find that loading the mags is a whole lot easier if you use the little tool supplied with the guns. Also...H&K USP holsters will fit these guns! I haven't found spare magazines yet. Somewhere here I thought I read somebody said that Para Ord mags will fit them. Well I went to my prefered gun shop where I tested that theory and NO...I don't believe that is accurate. The mags are not compatible. I will need to contact Taurus for extra mags I suppose.

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Corner Pocket
July 21, 2009, 05:00 AM
Thanks for the report. I have held (and fondled) both the 9 and the 45 at a recent gun show. These guns feel really nice. I've always been partial to guns that have exposed hammers like these, and I can definitely see myself having one or both of these further down the road... :D

Corner Pocket

July 21, 2009, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the report. I seriously looked at one last saturday and will probably get one. The 709 felt like a really well made piece and seemed to function well. I really liked the trigger pull.

July 21, 2009, 08:37 PM
I guess you meant you held the PT-809 or was it the 709? I have had no experience with the 709! I guess the diff is that it's a single stack vs. double stack that the 809 is. Personally I recommend the 809 and 845. I have not shot the 840 yet but I imagine it would be the same deal! I am not a professional shooter but I have shot a lot and many different guns and do like the design of these PT-800s and how they perform. (All personal opinion)
Attached is a picture of one of the targets. 17 rds. of 9mm at 10yds. standing. As you can see I completely missed the little shoot-n-see dot. ;)

July 22, 2009, 12:24 AM
This gun has me DROOLING!!! I love "hammer" guns.

July 22, 2009, 01:21 AM
MakeMyDay: Yes, I screwed up. At my age, 809, 709....what's the difference :)....I looked at so many Taureses the other day that I have problems with the numeric designations. I was indeed referring to the 709, but when I read 809 my brain just exchanged models. I actually do it quite a bit.

One thing I can say about Taurus - they FEEL really great. I love the slide action and the overall smooth way all the machinery moves together. I handled most of the main Taurus pistols and they all feel so "buttery". I'm going to have to get one. I think if and when I get one, i'll pretty much just sit around and rack the slide and dry fire it, like I used to smoke cigarettes. It's that satisfying....

July 28, 2009, 09:29 AM
Congratulations on your purchase! I picked up the PT840 this past Saturday but have yet to take it out for any range time. I hope to rectify that in the near future and run a few rounds through it.


July 28, 2009, 11:45 PM
Congrats on the pick. I've got all my 9x19 pistols know, but the 809 would be on the list if needed.

September 14, 2009, 04:11 AM
Since acquiring my PT840 I've finally had the opportunity to run 100 rounds through it. I can say that I'm extremely pleased with this pistol from the ergonomics and feel in my hands to the functionality, accuracy and aesthetics. It's definitely a keeper and now I'm coveting both a PT845 and a PT809.

September 14, 2009, 01:17 PM
Don't know if this fits your taste or budget, but if you are going to shoot .45s I'd take a look at the 1911. I really like mine. Not quite as smooth or well fit as my old Colt, but a fine sturdy shooter. Oh, and it's about one-third the price of a comparable Colt.

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