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taurus model 94

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by WildLifeGuy308, Feb 25, 2011.

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  1. WildLifeGuy308

    WildLifeGuy308 Member

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    Hey guys i want to buy a Taurus 94 .22lr what do you guys think is it reliable and accurate if any one owns it have you had any problems . Is it also worth the money or is the a better .22 lr revolver thats better quality thats not too much more .
    thanks
     
  2. Trebor

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    I have a Taurus 94. Mine had to go back to the factory after only a few hundred rounds. Something went wrong internally and the trigger became very hard to pull. It also had problems with light strikes.

    It came back OK, but after I bought a S&W Model 18 (used) I found out how much better the S&W revolvers were compared to the Taurus.

    Based on my experience, and the general poor QC of Taurus, I'd pass on the 94. Save up for a S&W or Ruger .22 revolver instead
     
  3. crankyoldlady

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    I have some experience with the 94 and I can tell you it has the trigger from hell. Took it to my gunsmith to have him lighten the pull only to be told he does not work on any Taurus.

    Save your pennies and look for a nice S&W 18-3 or-4 shooter.
     
  4. couldbeanyone

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    I own no less than 16 of the Taurus 94-941 series of revolvers. Four of them had problems with locking up when new. I was able to fix them myself with minimal effort. They have all been reliable, a couple are near the 40,000 round mark, and accurate. No parts have broken and I have had no other misshaps. The factory double action trigger pull is horribly stiff. This can be helped a lot with a wolff 6 1/2 lb trigger spring.
    Having said all of that, I would not recommend a Taurus 94 to anyone unless they are mechanically inclined and willing to completely disassemble the gun and clean out the copious amounts of grit and gunk that reside in the internals of one of these guns when new. If you don't mind tinkering a little you can make a nice little gun out of one of them. I would buy another one for myself in a heartbeat. The basic gun and its design is sound, they just sometimes need a little finishing.
    If you are a person who can look at something and figure out how it works,and have enough patience to do a little fluff and buff, I would say go for it. If you can't, I would say pass.
     
  5. WildLifeGuy308

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    thanks i changed my mind ill try to look for a used smith & wesson
     
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    I have a 94.
    Trigger is terrible. Beyond terrible actually. If you try to improve it then it becomes unreliable.
    When you can fight the trigger back and make it go pop it is accurate as hell.
    I have the 2 inch and can hit a golf ball at 20 yards.
    But that's only after spending 2 days getting used to that terrible trigger again.
    I will keep mine to throw in the tackle box when I go fishing just in case it falls in the water and gives me an excuse to buy another .22 revolver.
     
  7. Ala Dan

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    Listen to the crankyoldlady; she has it right~! Tauri International
    is not known for the best triggers out of the box; and I don't blame your
    gunsmith; as I would not work on Tauri products, period~! :rolleyes: :cuss:
     
  8. DMZ

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    I have two blued M94's. A 4" and a 5". Both were sent in for warranty work and returned fixed in 6 weeks.

    The DA triggers are very heavy, but not unmanageable. Run a brick of bulk ammo through one and you will figure out how to shoot it DA with accuracy. Hint: you can stage the trigger. Plus the trigger will break-in some.

    The SA triggers are nice a crisp. These are not SD revolvers, but plinkers and campers. 90% of the time you are going to cock the hammer manually.

    Both are very accurate with most ammo and get a good deal of use. The 4" balances very nice and I like the small frame.

    Would I buy another? No. I am looking for a nice K-22. Would I recommend one? Not really.

    Am I interested in the Taurus medium framed Tracker .22LR/.22Mag conversion revolver. You bet.
     
  9. bergmen

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    Ditto on what most have said here. I bought my wife a Taurus Model 94 several years ago (used) since it seemed the perfect fun gun for her. She absolutely loves it but we were been plagued by FTFs from the git-go.

    We sent it back, they put stronger springs in it. Cured the FTFs but made it a bear to DA fire it. Okay, the wife gets used to it then the transfer bar broke jamming up the action. Back it went again to get that fixed.

    I just wish there were other choices in hi-cap .22 wheel guns. The S&W 617 is the only other choice but at over $800.00 it takes the fun right out of getting one.

    Dan
     
  10. gofastman

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    I have a 94. Its a fun gun and with a Wolff 6.5lb trigger spring the trigger went from "terrible" to just "bad" :p
    I say its worth the money.
     
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    I have an old model 94 that is my cheap to practice with 22 for a 85ss i carried for 25 years. After all these years I had to send it in for a tune up. Fireing pin was shot. Taurus did it for free but I had to pay shipping one way. It and the 85 have trigger pulls that suprised many s&w owners over the years. Light and smooth. Like every handgun I have all have wolf spring in them. But these taurus;s are a a pair of great shooters. If your looking at used revolvers . Look for a older well used one and see how it feels. Might be one of those oldes that give up nothing to the over priced smith and wessons.
     
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    Taurus is already known for 'iffy' firearms out of the box. The 94 probably upholds that reputation the best. Find a nice used S&W 63,18,17, etc. and you'll be much happier. My personal favorite is the 63.
     
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    Ah, the lore of the Internet. I have a pair of 94s, both 4", one blue and one stainless. I also have a blued, 4", 941.

    All three were cleaned with the side-plate removed before shooting. They were also lubed properly. The DA trigger is about the equal of my S&W 617. Oh, the Taurus, all three of them, will allow the cylinder to release when the button is pushed. My 617 won't. It's been at S&W for weeks. For the cost, they should have provided me with a loaner.

    This is my SECOND S&W revolver to fail. One out of the box, a 625-3 that failed on the first shot. Then, the 617 failed with less than a box of .22 through it.

    It would appear as though S&W is an "iffier" proposition than Taurus
     
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    No it wouldn't. I too was going to take the leap and get a 94 but the bad press on that particular model is alarmingly high, I mean really really high.

    I wish Ruger would come out with a 22 LCR already. An eight shot polymer snub would be the cat's meow.
     
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    If you're looking for a budget .22 revolver I recommend a Charter Arms product.
     
  16. PapaG

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    One of the most "returned to factory" guns we sell. Horrible triggers that don't respond to much in the way of gunsmithing. Nasty problems with lockup...bolts don't want to come up. Once in a while, cylinder binds against rear of barrel. Don't know how they can copy Smith and do such a crappy job of it.
    Personally, I've had a couple and got rid of them. My Smith 63, however, is the same size and a much nicer gun in all respects.
     
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    I would think twice about S&W revolvers. My new 617 hasn't come back yet.

    As for the Model 63, at $769.00 MSRP, it strikes me as over-priced for an MIM laden gun.

    Locally, the "most returned revolvers are, sadly, Charter Arms.

    Yes, it would. As for bad press, listening to it on other subjects will cause you to get rid of ALL of your guns.

    Why is it that, despite several posters who have had excellent service from Model 94s, it's ignored for the couple of nay-sayers?
     
  18. Racinbob

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    No, not internet lore JR47. 35 years and dozens of Smiths as well as others type experience. I don't buy into the internet mumbo jumbo and
    I'll never comment on just that.
     
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    My 63 was used and I paid about the same as for a T94.
     
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    I have a S-W as well as the 94. The 94 SA trigger is almost as good as the S-W. No problems at all after 4-5 thousand rounds. Finish isn't anywhere as good as Smith and DA trigger pull is terrible. For the wifes gun it is worth every dime we paid for it.
     
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    Newer Taurus revolvers are not a copy of a Smith & Wesson. The internal lockwork is not even remotely the same.
     
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    I have a S&W 63 5"bbl and a Taurus 94 4"bbl. Both new within the past three years. The S&W 63 trigger and hammer is noticeably better in both SA and DA. My wife refuses to shoot the Taurus because she finds it uncomfortably stiff, not because she's reading gun-boards and turning into a anti-Taurus snob. That said, I like the Taurus 94 enough that I haven't sold it, and I've had no troubles with its function, nor do I have any complaints about it's fit and finish. I think it's a pretty good gun... "Stiff", but fully functional, and it "feels" good in my hand. I guess I just have stronger hands than my wife.
     
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    Cause it's NOT just "a couple of nay-sayers", it's a whole boat load of them, and just for this particular model. Even taken into account the internet bias and anti Taurus sediments, the 94 can be considered the poster child for Taurus quality concerns. Any Google search will confirm that, from a myriad of sources. If you got a couple of good 94s, excellent, I'm happy for you, but don't try and paint this as a Taurus bashing episode.

    And for the record, I have no qualms with purchasing Taurus products.
     
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    My google search does not confirm that "the 94 can be considered the poster child for Taurus quality concerns..."

    Not meaning to dog you on this, but could you please post your google search that confirms this?
     
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