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Actual experience with Taurus

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


taurus experience

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

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

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

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

    85 vote(s)
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  1. clem

    clem Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Arizona Territory
    The last one, a brand new 941 was and still is a piece of junk.
    The former CEO would not respond to my registered letter either.

    "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me."
  2. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Member

    May 22, 2003
    I had a PT-92 years ago. On its first range trip the slide locked up about half way back and the rear siights fell off. Took it back to Buds and traded it for a used S&W Model-19 which I still have. No more Tauri since but if you like 'em, that's fine with me.
  3. Inebriated

    Inebriated Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Never owned one, never will.

    Taurus guns just aren't pleasant to look at, IMO. I'm sure they're reliable, and I know for a fact a couple of their revolvers are good shooters (friend's guns that I've shot quite a bit), but like I said.... not pleasant to look at, and not a lot less money than a comparable firearm from other manufacturers.
  4. brnmw

    brnmw Member

    Oct 26, 2012
    My Taurus M85 "UL" did have an issue right out of the box... got it fixed, now it has no issues. Personally I am not really a "Taurus" fan but they are good guns for their price.
  5. bds
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    bds Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Northwest Coast
    I was not fond of Taurus pistol models with DAO triggers but on a suggestion from the range staff, I tried Mil Pro PT145 with SA/DA trigger (but always shoots in SA mode) ... and wow, what a difference and I bought a stainless slide model.

    It has shot 7000+ rounds of various factory and reloads without issues. It particularly feeds SWC loads reliably (which my G30 did not) and has the smallest grip for double-stack 45ACP with good ergonomics (if you have small hands, you can still reach all the controls - my wife loves the grip size). Slide length is shorter than G26/G27 and grip length is comparable to G19/G23 and uses the same Fobus holster as XD pistol.

    It is now part of my CCW rotation along with G23/G27.

    Here's my review of MilPro PT145 SA/DA after 5000 rounds - http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=7834849#post7834849

    MilPro PT145 next to G27/+1 Pearce grip extension
  6. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I have a PT1911 that I have owned for about 5 years and have been very happy with it. The blueing is coming off the areas of holster contact. It actaully looks quite old and used though not only a feew years old. Otherwise, it has been utterly reliable and accurate.

    I had a Taurus M85 .38 snubbie which was also very reliable but I sold it for a "better" gun. I was never really that accurate with a revolver anyway.

    I had a Taurus 92 in .40 cal. I liked it and was flawless but got tired of it so I traded it.

    I had a Taurus 24/7 OSS in 9mm. It was one of the easiest handguns to shoot - it had a 5 inch barrel, a great trigger and had a very light recoil. It was very reliable adn accurate but...shot low and left so I sold that also.

    I had a Taurus Millenium Pro in 45. The magazine had feeding problems but otherwise the gun itself was reliable. I got tired of it and sold it.

    My first handgun was a Taurus 24/7 which I bought second hand but returned it because of a broken extractor.

    Wow, I never knew I had so many Tauruses.
  7. Steve51

    Steve51 Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    West Union, IL
    I own two Taurus revolvers (M66ss4 and Tracker 992ss6). No issues with either one. I have a Rossi R92 lever action (.357 mag). I modified it from the beginning using Steve Young's video and a new Lee's gunsmithing mainspring from Brownell's. I also put a Marbles ghost ring rear sight on it. It will never be a Henry but so far I am happy with it.
  8. JR47

    JR47 Member

    Aug 16, 2008
    N. Georgia
    I own 14 Taurus handguns. I own more S&W and Colt guns than that. I've also had far more trouble with the Colt and S&W than with the Taurus guns. The oldest is a Model PT92. With over 30K of rounds through it, it's still on the original locking block. I change recoil springs every 5K.

    The ONLY "problem" that I have encountered with a Taurus was when I deliberately shot a Model 85 CH (non +P rated) loose with a steady diet of +P and +P+ ammunition. It took 5300 rounds to do that. I returned it to Taurus, along with a note explaining what I'd done, and asked for an estimate of repair. Six weeks later, it was returned, free, completely rebuilt.

    Simply put, the more guns sold, the more problems there will be. Many Taurus buyers admit that this is their first gun. I cannot tell you how many we sold in a shop I worked in. Some came back for legitimate problems, but many came back due to dirt, and operator malfunction.

    Personally, in semi-autos, I prefer Sig. However, my P229 cracked it's slide in under 75 rounds. I also bought a new HK USP. The gun would pattern, rather than group. Turns out that the barrel was out of spec.

    I long ago stopped worrying about others opinions by brand. I worry about my particular gun. I've found that this leaves me with more time for shooting.
  9. The_Armed_Therapist

    The_Armed_Therapist Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Obsession, Guntopia, USA
    I have owned two Taurus firearms. The first was a Model 445 .44 Special revolver. Owned for years, never a single problem. I traded this with a friend of mine simply because I wanted to fund a pistol, and I'm not much of a revolver guy.

    The second is (still own it) a Taurus 24/7 Pro with the 5" barrel in 9mm. In the first hundred rounds or so, I had a couple of problems, but it has been perfect in many hundreds since then. I bought this one to be mostly a range toy, as I'm one of those loonies who prefers something larger for carry and defense. It is comfortable in the hand, recoil is practically nonexistent (Again, I'm used to bigger calibers), and it's wonderfully accurate. The few issues at the beginning were originally a concern for me, but I've even had Glocks and Kahrs that had issues at the beginning, but have since been worked out, and are now perfect.

    In addition, this 24/7 only cost me $325 NIB. Compared to the other new pistols you can buy in that price range (Sigma, Ruger P95, etc...), I consider this to be a fantastic value.

    My Father-in-Law has a Judge that has given him constant headaches, so he tells everyone to stay away from Taurus. I understand his frustrations, but that's an absurd sample size to paint them as junk.
  10. Thor88

    Thor88 Member

    Dec 3, 2009
    I currently own a a Taurus PT-92.
    It has not been anything but completely reliable and accurate.

    I dont know how much of this is because of the Beretta tooling, but I would not hesitate to buy another.
  11. easyg

    easyg Member

    May 19, 2007
    off-line mostly.
    I had this 905 for a while and was fantastic.

    The only reason I parted with it was because I have learned that 5-shot snubbies are not for me.
  12. MRH

    MRH Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Many years ago bought a 3" M94. Great shooting gun and totally reliable. It is a companion on many hunting and hiking trips.

    A few years ago I got a new PT1911. Constant jams with multiple loads and both mags. One mag literally fell apart. Switched to Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags and gun ran (runs) perfectly. My most accurate 45.
  13. WYOMan

    WYOMan Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    New Braunfels, TX
    I had a Taurus Tracker in .357 that was a very good gun. I wish I still had it. I keep hoping that they'll make the Tracker in .45 Colt with a 6in. or 7in. barrel someday. I would buy one in a heart beat.
  14. Slamfire

    Slamfire Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Happy with my Taurus 38 Snubbie and my 44 Special.


  15. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Member

    Dec 22, 2011
    Tagging this for reference as I am looking into a 24/7 or possibly millennium G2 in the near future.
  16. ThusEver2Tyrants

    ThusEver2Tyrants Member

    Jan 29, 2013
    I own a pt1911 and a judge. Both have functioned very well. In my opinion a person would be hard pressed to find a better 1911 with the upgrades found on nicer 1911s for under 7 bills. (I paid 630 for my railed stainless model)

    I have honestly never had even a hiccup with the 1911. Ever. And even my glocks have a small hiccup once in a blue moon...

    As for the judge, it came with the front sight slightly more left than it should be. Fixed it in about 20 seconds. Other than that it is a great revolver.

    I cant say enough about their 1911s tho...a buddy bought a sr1911 while they were nowhere to be found, paid way too much for it and it is not as nice as the taurus...imho
  17. Gladius

    Gladius Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Portland, OR
    I don't consider myself a Taurus fan at all. But I took a chance on a PT1911 -- a chance I'm glad I took. I've only run around 400 or so rounds through it, but it's eaten everything it's been fed, from JHP's of various weights to some rather dubious handloads, some of which jammed a more expensive tuned 1911 that day. Every mag I used fed well, including the factory mags. Accuracy is very good, it even makes me look like a good shot. The slide moves like it's on ball bearings, real smooth. Trigger pull is light, but slightly mushy.
    I don't have much interest in Taurus' other products (personal preference, I guess), but the PT1911 is a winner in my book.
  18. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Southern Virginia
    92, 605, 1911, all work great from the beginning. But so do my CZ's Rugers and Smiths.
  19. EBK

    EBK Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Owned 3 kept 1

    Can not vote in your poll as there is no option for me.

    I have owned 3 taurus handguns

    1) 2nd gen PT111 DAO heavy trigger no functional issues. SOld because the trigger did not agree with my index finger injury

    1)3rd gen PT111 pro SA/DA no functional issues in thousands of rounds. Still carry to this day.

    1) PT845 Failures to feed from day one, mag would drop during firing cycle but not when you the mag release on an empty mag. slide would lock back with ammo still in the magazine. Eventually the slide lock broke. 4 trips back for service all but the failure to feed issue was resolved. sold it for a loss back to the store i bought it from.

    2 out of 3 were great. I would reccomend the MILL PRO line up with out hesitation. I DO NOT/ WILL NOT however reccomend the 800 series guns.
  20. EBK

    EBK Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    5) Owned taurus had a massive headache. Taurus never fixed it. Got rid of it. Still own a taurus that is 100% reliable. I will never buy a taurus 800 series again. I would not hesitate to purchase a Mil Pro if I was in the market again.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2013
  21. ljnowell

    ljnowell Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    The Peoples Republic of IL
    Lol, yeah, no matter how much you try to cover your bases, there will be that "other" wont there? I had my bad experiences with both revolver and semi-auto, never to be corrected by taurus. No more details than that other than to say that I wont own them again. Anyone could search my history and find it.
  22. MattShlock

    MattShlock Member

    Jan 25, 2013
    I was a fanboy when they were spun off of S&W. Now I tell you plainly: their revolvers will get you killed.

    NOLAEMT Member

    Feb 19, 2010
    when i worked for a gunshop, more than half of all guns brought in for warranty were taurus.

    most of them broken right out of the box, or shortly after.

    Taurus... no thank you!
  24. DMK

    DMK Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Over the hills and far, far away
    I have two Taurus "J frame" sized revolvers and a family member has a third. One is a 9mm model 905, one a .38 model 85 and the other a 22LR. No problems with any of them at all. The workmanship is even pretty nice. My blued 22 has a very nice finish actually.
  25. Kiln

    Kiln Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    My only experience has been with the Taurus PLY22. So far so good with over 600 rounds of Minimags through it. I'd have fired it much more if all of the ammunition hadn't dried up.
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