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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. ditmo

    ditmo Member

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    I still own 62, 94, 431, 445, and a 905. Never had a problem with any of my Taurus products. Not as refined as S&W but most of them have slicked up nicely. The 94 (.22lr revolver) is almost unshootable in double action. Single action is fine. Replaced springs and it didn't help much. Got missfires and put the stock hammer spring back in.

    The only semi auto taurus I've owned is a PT111. It shot fine, and got traded off years ago.
     
  2. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

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    The PT945 I had was an absolutely egregious, dreadful lemon. This was back in 1995, and perhaps it is a little unfair of me, but I'm the unforgiving type. :p
     
  3. Backpacker33

    Backpacker33 Member

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    I've posted the dreadful history I've had with Taurus guns before. Dating back to the '80s. Happily, most of them belonged to my employer. His problems started with 12 92s that FTF, FTE, double fed, were inaccurate and keyholed. He wouldn't issue them to us.
    Personally owned 941 .22 Magnums. All bound up and cylinders would not rotate after no more than 18 rounds. Keyholing. Inaccurate. One threw the rear sight.
    431, from employer: Trigger was so bad NO ONE could shoot it accurately. After warranty work, trigger was sweet but failed to fire every 5th round. Reworked by company gunsmith, FTF every 10th round or so.
    I was given a 92C. The previous owner said it was great. He was right. No problems, ever.
    I was given a 100. Previous owner said it failed to feed, failed to extract, double fed, inaccurate. He was right but failed to add "keyholed." Back to factory twice and local gunsmith once. Factory sent me a scolding letter saying it made spec but they replaced the innards and the barrel. Now it's accurate and reliable.
    On advice of a friend I got a Raging Bull .44 Magnum. Front latch would not catch by itself and had to be battered to let loose. Local gunsmith attempted to repair it, found the pin that holds it was bent, the cylinder pin and hinge pin looked as though they had been worked over with a coarse file to make them fit. He noted the front latch was poorly machined, probably by hand - at the factory, leaving a big step on its face. He started to dress it with a file and stopped immediately because the soft metal just melted away. It's pretty and, when it bothers to lock up, accurate.
     
  4. gibson_es

    gibson_es Member

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    I have only shot one and it was a 1911 .45 that a family member got new and the safety kept falling out. Other then that it was not bad. No colt though.

    I looked at some of there .22 double action revolvers and the trigger was horruble. Even in single action.

    However, I would still get a Taurus if it was a steal of a price and I had the cash.
     
  5. skidder

    skidder Member

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    That's funny I never get tired telling my story :D.

    They are sloppy crackle cakes made of some kind of peanut brittle alloy. Remove the side plate to reveal the marshmallow filling. Mine had a crunchy chocolate filling inside. I will never buy another one unless they throw in a glass of milk.
    Taurus denies these allegations that their guns are made of peanut brittle, but rather plastic and pot metal. My experience definitely coincides with the former.

    When I sent my Tracker to their hidden factory in Florida run by Umpa Lumpas. They said they would replace the defective grips (filled with holes), fix the hammer that was sticking on the way down, and replace the broken yoke screw assembly.
    My gun came back with none of these items fixed (well..:rolleyes: the groove they filed into the frame did make the hammer drop smoother), and.... it was covered in black grease (or frosting :rolleyes:). I was furious by this point, the gun looked like hell: same grips, the cylinder was hard to open, and it had the appearance of a grizzly mauling. I gave them a call and explained what had happened. They said to remove the yoke screw, apply a little nail polish, and then reinsert the screw. They told me not to tighten the screw all the way or it would bind the cylinder and that the nail polish would keep the screw from backing out.:confused:

    Now I ain't no registered gunsmith, but I know advice like that could not come from a homo sapian, it had to be an Umpa-Lumpa. ;)
     
  6. blaisenguns

    blaisenguns Member

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    Two revolvers. No issues.
     
  7. Ironman615

    Ironman615 Member

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    Own two, no complaints

    Both my Taurus's are revolvers. My M65--.357 Mag--was acquired in a trade, and it looks and feels like a S&W. Excellent trigger on that one. My later one is a .22 Mag Tracker. It has a heavy double action trigger pull, but it really doesn't bother me. I often shoot it double action with good results. Both of these are reliable and accurate. They are not masterpieces of engineering or manufacturing, but I knew that when I bought them.
     
  8. Ky Larry

    Ky Larry Member

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    This horse has been beaten more times than Jimmy Carter has peanuts.
     
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