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Old 01-08-2013, 20:40   #1
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Talk to me about Taurus Pistols/Revolvers

Lately, I've been wondering why Taurus guns get such a bad rap. Mind you, I've never owned one, and the only Taurus I've ever fired was an old PT92. It worked flawlessly.

Anyone got good or bad experiences here, please post them. I've seen a couple of Taurus revolvers that look nice that I like, but I'd rather hear from everyone here first.
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Old 01-08-2013, 20:47   #2
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The wife got intrigued by them and we now have 5 autos and a revolver and they work just fine, that would be''

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24/7 cds pro .45

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tracker .357

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Old 01-08-2013, 20:47   #3
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Here's my version......I've had great luck with taurus revolvers. They may not be S&W but then again they don't cost S&W money. The autos tend to be hit or miss. I've had them not function at all or function but with terrible triggers. Bottom line is they can be a decent affordable option. This thread may get entertaining.
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Old 01-09-2013, 19:58   #4
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Here's my version......I've had great luck with taurus revolvers. They may not be S&W but then again they don't cost S&W money. The autos tend to be hit or miss. I've had them not function at all or function but with terrible triggers. Bottom line is they can be a decent affordable option. This thread may get entertaining.
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Old 01-09-2013, 20:07   #5
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I have a early 90's .44 mag revolver and it a darn nice gun.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:57   #6
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In June prior to going on vacation to bear country I got a new .44mag Tracker, SS K frame, ported 4" bbl, ribber grips. It was ~$500 and the other brands didn't have anything close at even double the price. I have put 4-500 rounds through it and so far so good.

The trigger is excellent, no creep, crisp clean break, smooth pull in DA. Sights are adjustable with a nice orange insert in the front ramp-easy to get on target fast. Ribber grips look funky but really soak up the heat which is necessary on a light K frame size .44 mag. The cylinder is a bit short so the really massive long .44 mags won't work, however the 300 grn cast core loads I favor for bruin work just fine. Which honestly in this gun is the max I can shoot rapidly with hope of putting the rounds on target quickly- and that is a challenge. The ported barrel and heavy bear rounds make a massive boom and fireball that turns heads on the range. Even if I don't hit smokey he is going to be deaf, blind and lighter from bowel evacuation from the blast.

Pop had the 7 shot .357, it also had no issues other than being heavy for CC. He ended up trading it in on a .38 that has also been a good weapon. Buddy had a 9mm pistol late 90's that we dubbed the jam-o-matic.

-Personally, I won't buy ANY firearm unless I can look it over first regardless of brand. It took me 3 mossy 930's to find one w/o the canted front sight for example.
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Old 01-08-2013, 20:50   #7
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I have Taurus 85 and 94 J-frame size revolvers in .38 and .22 respectively. They have been fine. The .38 was my frequent carry gun until I got a Ruger LCR, also .38.


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Old 01-08-2013, 20:58   #8
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Lately, I've been wondering why Taurus guns get such a bad rap. Mind you, I've never owned one, and the only Taurus I've ever fired was an old PT92. It worked flawlessly.

Anyone got good or bad experiences here, please post them. I've seen a couple of Taurus revolvers that look nice that I like, but I'd rather hear from everyone here first.
The PT92 is by far Taurus' best auto and its the only one I like.

The revolvers aren't bad, from my experience.
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The PT92 is by far Taurus' best auto and its the only one I like.

The revolvers aren't bad, from my experience.
I agree. The one I shot (long destroyed by the State because it was used in a Felony Crime; not by me, obviously) was tank-tough, with a smooth trigger pull. IIRC, the man who owned it told me it used to be a cop's pistol. It had the origional wood grips, along with a matte black finish. I believe it was made in either the mid/late 80's or early '90s.
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:37   #10
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I've had no problems with my Taurus M66 .357 Mag revolver. I'd have no issues buying traditional DA revolver from Taurus. I had a Taurus Judge that worked, but wasn't great. I won't buy a Judge again.

I've never owned a Taurus semi-auto pistol. The only one I've had trigger time on is a Taurus PT92. It shot POA/POI, no malfunctions. I find the frame mounted safety on the PT92 to be preferable to the slide mounted safety on the Beretta 90-series. The PT92 does not have as smooth an action as the Beretta 90-series.
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Old 01-08-2013, 21:58   #11
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The only one I've got is a Ragin bull in 44 mag. It shoots great and has a good trigger. No problems at all.
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Old 01-08-2013, 22:01   #12
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I've had a PT138 and a first run 24/7 45 and they were great. I wish I still had them.

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Old 01-08-2013, 23:49   #13
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Taurus guns I own:
PT-99/92
I've had like 5 of them over the years and they all worked flawlessly. Only reason I went through so many was because the first two I had didn't have the decocker and I then wanted one with a rail, then I need to sell it so I could get something else,then I got a good deal on the one I own now.

Model 94 22rf.
The triggers were a bit better back then. But I did a trigger job on it, slapped in a lighter spring and it is quite smooth now. Not to mention god know how many rounds have been put through it. Current triggers seem overly lawyerfide.

Model 627(?) total titanium 357mag with a 6.5" tube. After another trigger job this thing is a great packin pistol. Seven shots in a frame lighter than my S&W 686+. Got my girlfriend a stainless tracker in 357 mag with a 4" barrel and that thing has been a beast.
Key point in their revolvers is that if one puts a lighter hammer spring in it you'll keep light primer strikes. I took mine part and discovered that the firing pin return spring has one too many coils and if you clip a couple off, problem solved and the lighter hammer spring= joy time.

24/7 in 9mm (with the old ribber grip)
My girlfriend became. Big time Taurus fan so I got her the 24/7 and she digs it. She be a revolver gal and I end up shooting it more than she does but we used to go shooting every weekend for almost a couple of years so it's been tested pretty good. No issues at all. Except find three dot night sights, which was done.
Most problems with their autos I hear of are with 40s&w and 45acp, and 380 (but thats so with almost any 380).
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Old 01-09-2013, 01:37   #14
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I purchased a PT111 pro for my first pistol years ago. I was happy with it until it broke about a year later. I am not a big Taurus basher but I don't hold much faith in their product and don't plan to own any in the future.
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I've owned three Taurus revolvers over the years. The first one was a Model 82 (I think), a mid sized, fixed sight, four inch barrel, 38 revolver. That one I pretty much shot the snot out of using wadcutter ammo. Other than having the UGLIEST grips I've ever seen, I couldn't find anything to fault with that gun. It even had a pretty decent trigger.

I also owned a seven shot, Model 66 in .357 Magnum, that for fit and finish, I would say was almost in the Smith & Wesson class. That was a pretty gun, and it too had a very nice trigger. At the time I was living in the city and didn't get to shoot it a lot, but I did like that gun. It shot just fine when I did get to. It too had ugly grips, but all rubber grips are ugly. They did feel good.

And at the same time I had a Model 85CH, a small frame five shot 38 with a bobbed hammer. Again, I didn't get to shoot it a lot, but when I did it shot just like I expected it to.

I got rid of them for no particular reason. I buy, sell, and trade guns a lot and those all just went down the road to get something else, not because I had any trouble with them. I wouldn't mind having any of them again.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:57   #16
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I have a Taurus 66 .357 that has been great.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:44   #17
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Seems like very few people who have a Taurus revolver do not like it. But it just seems that a few less people that have a S&W revolver don't like it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:07   #18
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I've had two new Taurus revolvers fail and had to be repaired. The horrible customer service is why I'll never have another.
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Old 01-09-2013, 13:36   #19
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I've had two new Taurus revolvers fail and had to be repaired. The horrible customer service is why I'll never have another.
I broke a .44 magnum Tracker that I bought a few months ago. Complete negligence on my part. Sent the gun back, and it was returned fixed, no charge, no questions asked, three weeks later. My only experience ever sending a gun back for repairs. I hope any possible future experiences go as well.

Along with that, I have 2 blue titanium .44 magnum snubs and a .500, all bought just in the last couple months. Might buy another titanium .44 magnum snub in stainless on GB tomorrow.

Have had a titanium 850 .38 snub for almost 11 years that is my go-to carry gun. Sometimes my G26 or the .44 Tracker gets slipped on as well, but that 850 is always in my pants or jacket pocket.

My first .45 was a PT945, which was terribly unreliable, and I didn't keep it very long. I'd give one of the 92's a try for the right price though.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:51   #20
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Over the years I have had a number of taurus firearms, including one of my very first pistols and revolvers;

Taurus mod 66 .357mag; never a problem, took a nice spring/trigger job. Wished I had kept it.

Taurus PT58; a Beretta 84-like pistol, .380 with a 12rnd mag. Worked fine, but big and heavy for a .380 pistol.

Taurus PT92C; Another gun I wished I had kept, never an issue.

Taurus 85CH; First snubbie, not rated for +P back then. Very accurate with Nyclads, but loosened after about 1000rnds downrange- though some was +p ammo.

Taurus 85TT (total titanium) had the ported barrel-which actually works, but it seems like a giant fireball in your hand if shooting heavier .38 loads. Loosened over the long term from shooting. It would have beem a simple matter to correct (ball detent replacement) but required sending back to factory. Overall a good revolver.

Taurus PT22; I hear all kinds of bad on these....mine worked fine and was actually pretty accurate for a tiny .22 pistol. I liked the flip-up barrel loading a snake load first shot (for golf).

Taurus 44-10; Later to be called Judge. Had the 6" bbl and 2.5 chambers. I was sold on the novelty of it, and it worked fine as long as high brass shells were used, otherwise short brass would expand at the base, back out and bind up the gun. .45 Colt shot fine, too, glow worm front sight helped. I realized I had no use for the thing and sold it, but it was a good revolver besides being weird.

Model 94 (2"); Bought this gun to take milege off my S&W pre-34 Kit Gun. Glad I did, it's been a great little revolver. The trigger was pretty stiff when new, but 1200rnds or so later, it's decent and smoother. A keeper.

Model 431 (.44sp); It took sorting through a few different ones over the years before I found a nice tight one and barfed the cash. I only have a hundred or so through it, but it shoots very well and is accurate. Trigger still feels like it needs some breaking in like the 94 did.
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