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Buying a Taurus PT92?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Kiln, Nov 27, 2012.

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  1. Kiln

    Kiln Member

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    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.
     
  2. bikerdoc

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    I have had one since 01, nary a problem.
     
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    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
     
  4. Blown6L

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    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.
     
  5. jj1962hemi

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    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.
     
  6. CZ57

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    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. ;)
     
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    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.
     
  8. bannockburn

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    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.
     
  9. TimboKhan

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    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.
     
  10. Kiln

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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. :)
     
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    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.
     
  15. Russ Jackson

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    I love mine. Great gun!
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  16. Trent

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    Ahh man, go buy some Hogue grips for that thing.

    Worth the money. :)
     
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    Several years of great service from mine. no issues at all. my favorite.
     
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    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 ...
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    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.

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    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".
     
  25. Kiln

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    Probably quite a few, the same thing seems to happen with countless other cheap guns.
     
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