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Actual experience with Taurus

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by TennJed, Feb 3, 2013.

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taurus experience

Poll closed Mar 5, 2013.
  1. Never owned one, but would if the right deal came along

    46 vote(s)
    11.7%
  2. never owned one and never will

    35 vote(s)
    8.9%
  3. owed/still own taurus handguns with no issues

    227 vote(s)
    57.8%
  4. owned/still own taurus hanguns with problems

    85 vote(s)
    21.6%
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  1. TennJed

    TennJed Member

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    I am not a Taurus fanboy by any means, but I have owned 2 taurus over the years with zero problems. The taurus bashing by people who have not first hand expeirence kind of gets old. I am curious to see what actual owners have had. So please vote accordingly
     
  2. joecil

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    I own 3 Taurus pistols and 2 Rossi Rifles. I had a minor problem with one of the rifles out of the box, called got it picked up that after noon and back in my hands 5 business days later. Had a broken recoil spring in one sent again they sent a mailing label sent back and returned in about 6 business day with an extra recoil spring assembly. Every gun but one has had at least 2000 rounds through them at this point and the one that hasn't I bought 5 months ago with few places to shoot it.
     
  3. gamestalker

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    I love them. I honestly can't tell you how many we have in our family, both AL's and revolvers and all function 100% reliably and handle everything I load for them, and accurately. They aren't priceless pieces, just great reliable handguns.
    GS
     
  4. Skribs

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    Taurus has great customer service and does great repairs. It's because they have too much practice.
     
  5. ApacheCoTodd

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    Only revolvers (x5) in .38/.357 flavors currently and a PT-92 for years when they first came out.

    Never a problem, in fact, I didn't know how much danger I was in relying upon them till I started reading about them here.:neener:
     
  6. el Godfather

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    owned/do not own anymore- full of problems.

    I rather choose the option in subject line. Unfortunately it is not one of the options listed so i could not vote.

    I have given try to 4 taurus products. All of them turned out to be substandard. The two 24/7 9mms had weak firing pin that would take few strikes to fire and had occasional FTE issues. One 24/7 45 had FTF issues. The 1911 was better but after some rough use it deteriorated.
     
  7. Jim K

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    Hi, joecil,

    I am not a Taurus basher, but you say you have five Taurus products (I presume the Rossis were made after Taurus took over), and two have had problems serious enough to require return to the factory. I honestly can't say that a 40% failure rate should be acceptable.

    Just MHO, but great customer service is nice for washing machines and toasters, but if a handgun doesn't work when you need it, you might be too dead to return the defective product.

    Jim
     
  8. Swichblade

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    My experience with Taurus handguns is mixed. I have shot a .40 24/7 for years with no damaged parts and no failures to eject or feed that I can remember. Occasionally the slide doesn't close all the way, pulling the trigger pushes the slide forward all the way, and it goes to double action. Overall good pistol. Then there is the pt 22. This thing has had failures to do just about everything. It has gotten better with use, but it had problems with failing to eject/feed on almost every shot. We sent it back in twice, and it works well now, but nowhere near perfectly. I am worried it will break sometime because the part of the frame that the slide hits when going back forwards is getting disfigured.
     
  9. Bassleg

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    My son and me have 3 Taurus handguns and have had no problems with them they shoot great and we shoot a lot at least 1 or 2 times a week PT740,44 special UL 2" barrel and a Judge 2"barrel.
     
  10. ljnowell

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    I've posted my experience too many times to do it again. No matter what there will be fanboys that will out right call people a liar for telling about thier bad experience, so I wont play this game anymore. Do a search, its been covered as many times as "what gun for bear?"
     
  11. TennJed

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    Why so touchy. Being the OP let me interject that I am neither a fanboy or a basher. I am just curious as to how it plays out in the polls. Just some numbers to compare
     
  12. cyclopsshooter

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    Needs to be a poll option for have owned, never will again.
     
  13. ljnowell

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    Did I say you were? No. Wait and see how this turns out, then get back to me. There are four kinds of people in this discussion.

    1. Own taurus, love taurus, no problems ever.
    2. Owned taurus, had problems, taurus fixed it. happy.
    3. Owned taurus, had huge headache, taurus never fixed it, got rid of it in disgust, never own one again.
    4. Taurus fanboys that will call anyone that dares speak out against taurus a liar, gun snob, or whatever.

    #4 is why I wont even bother telling my reasons anymore. They will be here soon too, you can count on that.
     
  14. BP44

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    Ljnowell, Put me down for the #3 but I'm sure in no time flat we will hear from the #4's
     
  15. hemiram

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    A Taurus was my first gun, and it was my worst. It had major problems that Taurus couldn't seem to fix, even though they were beyond obvious, it being a Model 83 revolver. I bought it brand new, the day after I turned 21.

    Timing, crunchy action, bad lock up, all that was fixed in it's two trips to Taurus. The totally messed up rifling was unfixible, and Taurus twice wrote back that nothing was wrong with it. One look with a bore light would have showed them something was seriously messed up with it. It leaded so bad that after six shots you had to take a brass screwdriver and pound the lead out of it.

    I was so happy when I sold it for a slight loss. One positive, it did have one of the best nickel plating jobs I have ever seen. Since then, I've been tempted, but I've resisted the urge to try another one.
     
  16. jimbeaux82

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    I have owned 3 Taurus handguns, a AT 99, M85, and PT111 and have had zero issues with them, and I have shot them extensively
     
  17. oldandslow

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    TJ, 2/4/13

    I've got a couple that I bought years ago. First the 94 revolver, a 9 shot .22. Worked adequately to teach new shooters.

    Next- the PT-99, the adjustable sight version of the PT-92. The rear sight kept falling off while shooting and the locking block broke into two pieces effectively locking the slide just out of battery. I filed a dovetail into the rear sight slot and put in a fixed HK-USP rear sight and had no more sight issues. After trying for three days to call Taurus they finally answered their phone. They said they would ship out a new locking block. Three months later no locking block. I called again and the helpful gent at Taurus checked his computer and said it was sent to the wrong state. He said he'd get another one out to me and it arrived in three weeks. Now it shoots fine again. If I was to do it over again I'd just have gotten a used Beretta 92. Good luck.

    best wishes- oldandslow
     
  18. BigN

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    Owned a Tracker for one year. Went back to the factory 4 times, still wasn't fixed. Dumped it.
     
  19. docsleepy

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    I've had great luck with My Taurus's , but I chose them carefully. I bought the PT 99, and since everyone knew about the locking block problem in first-generation berettas I change the locking block to a fourth-generation locking block. No problems ever. Have had 2 .380 TCPs. Love them.

    Can't say much about the other Taurus models, haven't ever had them.
     
  20. postalnut25

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    I had a Taurus 1911. It worked just fine. Nothing special, but nothing horrible either. Just another gun.
     
  21. ole farmerbuck

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    Owned a Tracker for a few days. Back to the factory for a joy ride I guess because they didn't help it. Took it back to the lgs and traded it off.
     
  22. MedWheeler

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    I own two. First is a M66 revolver, purchased new in 1987. About ten years later (two of them on the streets changing hands from one thug to another after being stolen) it developed a minor issue with the ejector sleeve working loose every now and then, which locks the cylinder shut. Easy fix with Loc-Tite, and did not need contact with Taurus.
    The second is a PT-22, purchased used in 2012. The Taurus web site dates it by serial number as having been made in 1998. It works flawlessly with high-quality ammunition, as most small blowback rimfire pistols demand.

    I also owned a M94 rimfire revolver from 1989 until 1996. It was purchased as a trainer and bedside gun for my then-wife, whom I let take it when we divorced. It was a fun little shooter that would have served well as a trail gun or plinker (actually did serve in the latter capacity.)

    I'm satisfied as a Taurus owner. Maybe not necessarily impressed, but pleased.
     
  23. Pilot

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    I bought a second generation Taurus PT145 Milpro .45 on a whim. It turned out to be reliable, accurate for its size, and very easy to carry. A friend of mine saw it at the range, and really wanted it so I sold it to him, but I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
     
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    My experiences with their early products (e.g. PT92, five-screw S&W clones) were satisfying and trouble free. My experiences with later products (e.g. PT1911, 24/7, Ti Tracker) was less satisfying.

    I would buy a PT92 or an older revo. I would not buy a newer product.
     
  25. pockets

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    Owned a few over the years without any issues.
    Still own 2 Taurus pistols.....no issues.
     
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