Originally Posted by Franciscomv
I wouldn't completely rule out Taurus revolvers. While they aren't up to S&W or Ruger standards, they are quite good for the price. Their customer service does seem to be a bit spotty, though.
I bought two Taurus revolvers many years ago. One had to go back to the factory for repairs before I ever shot the gun. It was out 5 weeks and it cost me 50 to ship and insure the gun.
The second gun dropped a frame screw while I was shooting it at the range. The screw would not go back in so I had to send it back. Another five weeks and another 50 to ship and insure. I was without either Taurus for two weeks. I was out 100 for the shipping and I lost money when I took them back to the FFL to get rid of them.
I will never buy another Taurus for all the trouble I had with those two guns and all the money I lost in the few months I had them.
Buy a HiPoint instead of a Taurus. They cost less and I have never had to send either of my HP guns in for repairs. They go boom every time I pull the trigger and they put the bullet where I point the gun.
If I were looking for a good low dollar pistol I would first look at Bersa.
The Bersa Thunder HiCapacity 9mm
The pistol in this picture was not wiped down all the way.
I just bought mine for 340.00ish and it is a fine pistol.
If you want something more mainstream I would suggest Springfields XD or XDm lines, and for a smaller package, the Walther P99 is great. It is small, lightweight and accurate.