Buying a Taurus PT92?


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Kiln
November 27, 2012, 08:45 PM
Hey guys, I know opinions are mixed on Taurus products, I already own a PLY22 that I love but don't know alot about the PT92.

The reason I am considering this thing is because I like the 92's design but don't want to pay more for the Beretta with only a 2 year warranty.

My questions are:

1. What do you guys think of the PT92 specifically? Actual experiences are welcome.

2. How does the Taurus stack up against the Beretta in terms of quality, reliability, and durability?

3. Any common issues with newer ones?

Thanks guys.

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bikerdoc
November 27, 2012, 08:48 PM
I have had one since 01, nary a problem.

bergmen
November 27, 2012, 09:05 PM
My brother, my good shooting friend and I all had one at one time. None of us do anymore, we all had problems from minor to major and got tired of sending them back for repair.

My brother has a Beretta, my friend and I have Glock 19s. None of these have needed attention for years and years.

Dan

Blown6L
November 27, 2012, 09:15 PM
I had one back in the 80's. It broke the barrel lug after about 60K rounds. Sent it back to Taurus and they they fixed it free of charge. Put a few more thousand rounds through it and wound up selling it. They were great guns in the day.

jj1962hemi
November 27, 2012, 09:19 PM
I've had a PT-92 for 4 years. There has never been a problem, but I probably have less than 1,000 rounds through it. I recently sold a PT-100 (40 S&W). I had no problems with that gun either, I just didn't like the look (it was a gold accented pimp daddy model I bought on a whim).

I've owned multiple Tauri, and a revolver was the only one I had to return for a quick and courteous warranty repair. I've "heard" that the PT-92 is one of their best. Mine can be carried cocked and locked, which Beretta 92s no longer can be (I "heard" that too). All in all, I'd buy another one. My next one will have adjustable sights though.

CZ57
November 27, 2012, 09:28 PM
I've owned 4 of them now, one was actually the Pt-99 with adjustable sights. Never had a problem with any of them. Not a single malfunction of any kind. The basic design is very sound as it is with the Beretta. The deciding factor for me is the safety system of the Taurus that allows you to carry cocked and locked, or decock for first round DA. ;)

Jaymo
November 27, 2012, 10:49 PM
Love both of my PT99s. Had them since 97 or 98. No problems with either. Accurate and reliable. Trigger pull is at least equal to Beretta 92s I've shot.

bannockburn
November 28, 2012, 12:33 AM
I have had a PT-92 for a number of years now and have been very impressed with the quality of the materials that went into its manufacture, as well as the overall fit and finish of this particular model. Reliability has been great and I would recommend this gun to anyone looking for a full size 9mm.

TimboKhan
November 28, 2012, 12:42 AM
Few people will fault the Taurus PT92/99. Many prefer them over the Beretta on account of the frame mounted safety, including me. Mags are not compatible, surprisingly enough. I think holsters are, but correct me if I am wrong.

I have had two, and genuinely liked them both. One of the was a worn blue model that I would buy back if I had the chance. I needed cash, but that was for me one if the sweetest shooting pistols I ever owned. The other was a SS model that I sold to fund another purchase. My buddy bought it, and I may buy it back at some point. For whatever reason, it didn't have the same mojo that the beater had, but it was still a serviceable, reliable gun. I know lots if military people have strong opinions about the design, but I always liked it.

Kiln
November 28, 2012, 01:22 AM
Few people will fault the Taurus PT92/99. Many prefer them over the Beretta on account of the frame mounted safety, including me. Mags are not compatible, surprisingly enough. I think holsters are, but correct me if I am wrong.

I have had two, and genuinely liked them both. One of the was a worn blue model that I would buy back if I had the chance. I needed cash, but that was for me one if the sweetest shooting pistols I ever owned. The other was a SS model that I sold to fund another purchase. My buddy bought it, and I may buy it back at some point. For whatever reason, it didn't have the same mojo that the beater had, but it was still a serviceable, reliable gun. I know lots if military people have strong opinions about the design, but I always liked it.
Yeah but military guys are usually stuck with old beat up sidearms that aren't maintained very well. Same reason a bunch of old timers hate the 1911 because they had worn out junk issued to them right before the military switched to the Beretta.

TimboKhan
November 28, 2012, 01:31 AM
True enough. I always enjoyed the Beretta though. Truth be told, aside from the NATO round, I think the M9 is a better pistol for most military folks, who are not as familiar with pistols as we would all like to think.

Trent
November 28, 2012, 01:38 AM
Great gun, have one sitting right here next to me on the coffee table as I type this. It's a go-to piece, for me at least. We don't have CCW in Illinois, but this one does a fair amount of travelling in the center console with me, unloaded with a mag ready. :)

rbernie
November 28, 2012, 07:42 AM
http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=681384

Kiln
November 28, 2012, 04:10 PM
I know, I actually posted in that thread and read some of it but that was before I was actually thinking of buying one.

The one experience I had with a PT92 was good but I've heard the horror stories and am wondering how common issues actually are with these.

I guess not too bad given most of the fairly positive comments.

Russ Jackson
November 28, 2012, 04:59 PM
I love mine. Great gun!
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr1/RussJackson/tauruspt.jpg

Trent
November 28, 2012, 06:11 PM
Ahh man, go buy some Hogue grips for that thing.

Worth the money. :)

JRS950
November 28, 2012, 08:16 PM
Several years of great service from mine. no issues at all. my favorite.

Old Dog
November 28, 2012, 08:38 PM
I suspect you won't find many (who have actually owned one) that'll have anything bad to say about the PT-92. Here's one I bought new in 1991. Never, ever a malfunction. Use to introduce new shooters to 9mm semi-autos these days, although my daughter may get it soon ...
http://i1252.photobucket.com/albums/hh577/Beau360/DSCN0224.jpg

gamestalker
November 28, 2012, 10:16 PM
Just about everyone in my family has one and has shot the heck out of them using my Lonshot full tilt loads. As for accuacy they have been great. We also have Beretta's, and I trust them just as much regarding reliability an general fuction / accuracy. I can't recall ever experiencing any cycling failures, but I have had a few jams with the Barreta's.

GS

bogon48
November 28, 2012, 10:43 PM
Can't speak about the newest ones, but I have a '89 PT-92 that never had a problem and ate everything I put through it, including handloads. I've modified it a bit over the years, including a Fire Dragon barrel and a new slide and adjustable sights, new grips. So now it's like a hybrid PT-99. But I shot the original for a long time before I started messing with it. It worked just fine. Still have the old parts.

I originally wanted a Beretta, but could only afford the Taurus back then. I'm not sorry now. The warranty is still in effect.

Google up the Taurus story online. They started building PT-92 on Beretta equipment that was bought after Beretta finished a military contract for pistols. Maybe they have different equipment now, but I've never heard anything bad about the PT-92.

reddog13
November 30, 2012, 11:24 PM
I owned a PT-92 for approximately seven years. I have fired almost all brands and types ammo. I have been able to shoot this easily and accurately without too much practice. It is durable and a trust worthy handgun. Downside, it is big and most people won't be able to easily use this pistol for CCW.

MICHAEL T
December 1, 2012, 12:40 AM
Only Taurus I bought that worked from the box. But I didn't like the feel of it and went back to my 1911's Gave to son he likes. He carried the Beretta in the Army .Where I carried a 1911 Generation thing I guess.

inkinskin
December 1, 2012, 02:56 AM
I have owned a PT945 for years and have never had a problem with it. That and my glock are the only handguns that have stayed in my collection since the day I obtained them. Taurus makes good products IMO, and they have a great warranty.


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JR47
December 1, 2012, 04:23 PM
I also own a PT92, old enough to have been one of the early versions, without the decocker.

The gun has had several TENS of thousands of assorted ammo through it, to include +P, +P+, and +P++ (Israeli sub-gun ammo). I'm still using the original locking block. I replace the recoil spring every 5k.

I also own a PT101, the adjustable sight .40 S&W variant. It, as well, has seen several thousand rounds without any kind of failure.

As we see on this thread, most people have no problem. I have to wonder how many "horror stories" are actually just stories from the Internet, personalized by claims that it was "their gun".

Kiln
December 3, 2012, 02:58 AM
As we see on this thread, most people have no problem. I have to wonder how many "horror stories" are actually just stories from the Internet, personalized by claims that it was "their gun".
Probably quite a few, the same thing seems to happen with countless other cheap guns.

1goodshot
December 3, 2012, 07:14 AM
Its one of their better guns and I like the location of the safety better than the beretta.

JR47
December 3, 2012, 12:46 PM
Probably quite a few, the same thing seems to happen with countless other cheap guns.

Depends on what is meant by "cheap". If one meant reasonably priced, then, perhaps.

I can remember when Datsun, Volkswagon, Toyota, and Honda vehicles had that same appellation. They WERE considerably less expensive than comparable American Models, but that was all. The cars lasted, performed, and gave gas mileage that Detroit only fantasized about.

Today, cheap comes with an almost universal understanding of poor quality. That certainly isn't the case with the PT92.

FYI, the NSSF hired a firm recently, who interviewed 10,000 handgun owners about their reasons for owning a handgun, how many they own, and how many were bought new.

To some, 10,000 isn't a large number. However, political polls are often drawn from 10% that many on numerous subjects.

Funnily, 38% of the respondents owned Ruger, 33% owned S&W, 17% owned Glock, 15% owned Taurus, 14% owned Springfield, 13% owned Colt, 10% Sig Sauer, 9% Browning, and 7% Kimber. Other guns were in lesser percentages.

Funny how so many of our "experts" are so far off base with buyers actual results.

It also mentioned that less than 10% of handgun owners have a single gun. The results show that.

allin
January 19, 2013, 06:07 AM
Great gun. I own one and shoot it a lot. I have quite a few handguns and really like this one for the "old school" look. It shoots very accurately and has great ergonomics (for me). Mine is the PT 92 AFS (stainless).

ExTank
January 19, 2013, 11:16 AM
Have had a PT99 and two PT92s. Traded the 99 just because I got bored with it, but it was a very sweet shooter and never had a problem with it. Now regret letting it go.

I picked up my first PT92 used at Cabella's, and it was obvious why it didn't work: the previous owner didn't know jack about cleaning firearms.

A few hours and some patches and CLP later, it was shooting like a champ. My BIL liked it so much I sold it to him.

My current PT92 I also picked up used at a gun show (from a dealer). It is also as sweet a shooter as the first two PTs I owned.

No problems, no complaints.

03Shadowbob
January 19, 2013, 02:31 PM
I've had mine since 99 and the thing is an awesome shooter. 12k rounds and going. Nothing has broke or worn out yet. Very accurate as well

mattm0691
January 19, 2013, 02:54 PM
I just picked one up the other day. The finish good; I've heard other people compare it negatively with the Beretta, but it looks fine to me. I tried the trigger on the Beretta before buying my Taurus and the Beretta is just the tiniest bit better, but honestly the Taurus still has one of the best triggers of any of my semi autos. The only complaint I have about mine is that it would sometimes fail to feed some 147 grain gold dots that I was testing out in it. Anyone have any ideas why this may be? Other than that function was perfect with other ammo, and accuracy was very very good. Better than I can shoot anyways. Since picking it up the other day I have put about 250 rounds through it and the only problem I had was with the gold dots.

Jaymo
January 19, 2013, 03:41 PM
Wasn't designed to run 147 grain bullets. My buddy had the same problem. It ran everything else, just fine.
I've never run 147 grain 9mm ammo through anything.
115 and 124 work just fine.

Kiln
January 19, 2013, 04:16 PM
I ended up going with the Tristar C100. Awesome gun. Maybe some day I'll get a PT92 but who knows.

MassMan
January 20, 2013, 01:39 AM
I have one I bought in 96 or 97. It went back to Taurus for a barrel problem and since then it has been perfect. A friend wants to but it and I am trying to decide whether to or not to sell it. He made me a generous offer but the damn thing shoots more accurately than my Beretta 92. I'd sell him the Beretta, but I have more mags for that one than the Taurus. What to do, what to do???

jon_in_wv
January 20, 2013, 05:01 PM
Taurus makes some pistols that are garbage, and some that are really good. The PT-92 series of pistols are in the really good catagory. I'd buy one in a second.

JohnGalt88
January 20, 2013, 05:25 PM
Owned a PT-100 and got rid of it because i didn't like the 40 S&W. Sold it for more than i paid for it but i did like the gun while i had it. Would probably buy another if i was looking for another falling block pistol. The safety is acutely one of the better designed safeties on any full size pistol. It gives you cocked and locked carry and a decocker when you want it. Most guns only do one of the other.

Fencer
January 20, 2013, 05:36 PM
I picked one up in the early 90s after returning from overseas and leaving the military. It was my first "civilian" handgun purchase. It was my main gun for years. I do like the Taurus safety system better than the Beretta. I put 1000's of rounds through it without any problems. If I were not a 10mm convert I would not mind owning one again.

mic_poo
January 21, 2013, 09:06 AM
Another satisfied owner here. The only issue i've had was the front sight dot being drilled slightly off-center in the sight post. Caused me aiming issues. I sent it back and they replaced the slide.

Hogue grips make it feel nice in the hand.

09cjones
March 10, 2013, 05:06 PM
First post here. I have two pt99's. One is SS with decocker/rail bought in about 2010. THe other I bought shortly after that USED from a gentleman. It had about 1000 or less rounds through it as far as I could tell (gentleman said it was around 200, but can't verify that either way). It is the blued version without the decocker/rail. Sights are red front dot with two rear yellow dots. Love it. Only complaint is that after 1K factory rounds through it I started reloading and it was being finicky about extracting with reloads I was working up. Saw the rear sight pin fell out. When pusing on the external rear of the extractor, I could push the rear all the way in, lifting the front all the way out to the side of the slide with only moderate pressure. Got a 3-pack of the pins from taurus ordered about a week ago on their way in mail for $3 + $8.75 shipping. After ordering an extractor spring from Brownell's (i believe it was listed as for the Beretta) and installing it, I saw how little tension the old one had. Seems the guy I bought it from had left one in the chamber and had it sit in his safe for about 10+ years (he said that it had been sitting that long, didnt mention leaving one chambered). Anywho I have only shot 20 rounds since then, but considering before that every other round would do that, I'm convinced I fixed the problem. I haven't shot it anymore because I ran out of FMJs for reloading and have been using LRN and Berry's plated (0.356" instead of the smaller dia FMJs) and this old blue model has a significantly tighter bore than the newer one or my 709 that I've got about 500-750 rounds through. I'd have to seat the bullets so deep for them to chamber they'd be closer to flush wit the mouth than not. Because of availabilty of components is why I havent shot it more is what I'm saying. BTW, the blued is so old the serial number only has one letter in from of the numbers and isn't even recognized as a Taurus serial numbe rby either their website or the CS folks I asked when I called to order the pins. Anyone else have one this old? Any ideas on exactly HOW old? feel free to message me, I've been curious sicne I can't even look it up with the manufacturer. Also, the guy I bought it from still had the original box and it was Taurus but had this much older looking deisgn, like a brown backround wit a picture of what appears to be strips of those old brown potato-sack looking stuff.

hAkron
March 10, 2013, 07:14 PM
I like the location of the safety on the PT92. The hammer on the newer ones seems cheap.

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