I think I found it: lightweight, compact summer carry


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USAF_Vet
April 15, 2013, 01:51 PM
So I was at the LGS today with the intention of picking up a .38 special revolver, the Taurus 85 poly protector. Well, they were sold out after having a sale last week, and the gun was on back order. The only other wheel guns that were even remotely compact were .327 Federal Magnum, which is an expensive cartridge even in good times. And though lightweight, compact it was not.
Feeling kinda bummed, I checked out what else they had in the lightweight compact realm for concealed carry.

Not much, rather slim pickings. I passed over the purple LCP, and the KelTec .32, and a the micro .22lr offerings and saw a Beretta 9000s in the used case.
After handling it, it is about the same size and weight as my S&W 469, but a little smaller and lighter, but not by much. Another double stack wonder 9 was not really what I was looking for.

As I was handling the Beretta, a used Taurus 709s was being put into the case.

So I grabbed it. They are selling it new, unfired. The previous owner did not have the strength to work the slide. So it's brand new, with a used price tag.

I asked myself, have I struck pay dirt? Brand new, slim, compact, lightweight and in a caliber I already stock?

As I was just killing time waiting for someone to sell some old collector items (to fund a new CCW, as it turns out) I did not have any cash on me to put the Taurus on layaway.

Keeping my fingers crossed that it will still be there in half an hour.

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Orion8472
April 15, 2013, 02:05 PM
How wide are those?

mesinge2
April 15, 2013, 02:09 PM
Very very nice. I want one of those myself!

FitGunner
April 15, 2013, 02:41 PM
I had one. Not a bad pistol at all. The trigger is actually decent after the spongy first DA pull. They are about 1" wide aside from the safety. I sold mine because I didn't care for the safety and how it sticks out. Otherwise it fed and fired everything I loaded and I never had any problems.

Orion8472
April 15, 2013, 03:02 PM
From the images I have seen, it looks much wider than 1". Could have been an optical illusion, though, but it seemed pretty thick to me.

USAF_Vet
April 15, 2013, 03:07 PM
Yep, they are right about an inch wide, give or take a fraction.
7+1 capacity, which isn't bad at all given its size.

I don't mind the DA trigger pull. Compared to the DA pull on my S&W, it is much lighter.

I'm not super excited about the external safety, but its got the 'Glock style' trigger integrated safety, so the external safety will probably never see any use outside of storage.

Being on a budget, I'll walk away with this under $300 after taxes, which was right in line with what I was wanting to spend.

Once I get it in hand and out of layaway jail, I'll do a more in depth report.

FitGunner
April 15, 2013, 03:10 PM
0.95" slide width, 1.04" overall.

USAF_Vet
April 15, 2013, 03:13 PM
From the images I have seen, it looks much wider than 1". Could have been an optical illusion, though, but it seemed pretty thick to me.
I looked at it side by side with a Glock 26, and the Taurus was much thinner.

It is slim. It all but disappears in my hands, but I can still get a comfortable grip, but it'll be we'll suited for concealed carry this summer, and it slips into a jacket pocket and disappears, so for spring and fall it'll be a good option as well.

Orion8472
April 15, 2013, 05:24 PM
Wow. Embarrassed. I misread the OP. . . . .thought he got the Beretta 9000.

USAF_Vet
April 15, 2013, 05:53 PM
It's okay Orion, I almost did. The Beretta is a beast for a 'compact' gun. It's everything I already have in my Smith.

Soldiernurse
April 16, 2013, 09:33 PM
It's been my experience Taurus S/A's are one hell of a bargain. My PT745 Pro makes for an excellent .45ACP summer carry. My PT140 Pro is also an excellent .40S&W summer carry. For BUG duty, very pleased with my TCP738.

Coop45
April 16, 2013, 10:43 PM
Without pictures, it never happened!

Soldiernurse
April 16, 2013, 10:46 PM
Without pictures, it never happened!
http://imageshack.us/a/img502/7634/photofeb06135607.jpg

USAF_Vet
April 16, 2013, 10:50 PM
I can take a picture of the LGS where it sits on Layaway for you if that'll help.

Otherwise, I'll post pics when I get it in my hands.

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