Reviewed By: Donald E on 09/30/2011
Rating: [1 of 5 Stars!]
I have a Taurus revolver in .22 and bought this one expecting a similar level of quality and reliability. Either I got lucky on the .22 or got a lemon on this 9mm, but either way, the only reason I'm giving it 1 star is because there isn't anything lower.
The Taurus hype is all their guns are tested before leaving the factory. This gun is so obviously defective I find that impossible to believe, as it would have been caught by the first person who inspected and fired it. Ammo that has never failed to fire in my two other 9mm's, failed in this gun right out of the box. I'm getting light strikes that are WAY off the center of the primer. Not only is this a HUGE reliability problem for a gun intended for concealed carry, it creates the potential for hang fires, which is the most inherently dangerous threat known, to even the safest of gun owners. I put 20 rounds through it and the failures to fire were happening so often I was afraid to do anything more with it. The first five went off okay, but accuracy was horrible, with bullets key holing the target at 20 feet. I had one failure to fire on the second five, and two each on the third and fourth.
I've been eying this gun for over a year, hoping Taurus would come out with their promised 4 inch barrel in this model. I guess I should have kept on waiting. 2 inches is too short for accuracy, at least in this model, and I can't see what good a smaller gun is if it isn't possible to hit anything with it. Their .22 with a 5 inch barrel is an absolute tack driver with high velocity ammo. It's actually the gun I usually carry concealed on the assumption a reliable .22 in the right place is better than something bigger all over the place.
The grips on Taurus small frame revolvers are horrible for anyone with hands bigger than a 10 year old girl. I have a custom set for the .22 that fit my big hands, and it makes all the difference in the world. I don't care how little and cute a gun is, I want to be able to control the damned thing so I can hit what I'm aiming at!
About the only thing I liked was the moon clips, which seems to be the one thing a lot of other folks complain about. It's like having a bunch of little speed loaders, without a speed loader to fool around with. Reloading was quick and easy, but you do have to make sure all the cases are pushed down all the way before closing the cylinder. Not a big deal and the spent cartridges ejected smoothly.
Hopefully Taurus will be able to repair or replace this expensive chunk of scrap metal, but they get low marks for making this necessary on a brand new gun, that NEVER should have left the factory in the first place. A gun is supposed to be dangerous, but NOT to the person using it!!! Taurus should be ashamed and embarrassed that even one of their guns ever left the factory in as dangerously, defective a condition as this one!
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