I had one of those small .380 Taurus autoloaders and sold it because it was completely unreliable. I would have been better off throwing it at the target.
I do have two Taurus revolvers, one in .44 mag and a .38 snubbie ultra-lite. No issues with either one of them. Not as "tight" as some of my other revolvers, but never had any issues with them.
Like canebrake mentioned, the quality is hit and miss. My two cents worth would be to spend a little more and get something else. If you're looking at a revolver, you can pick up a used GP-100 for about the same price, and that gun will outlive you and your kids.