TAURUS Yes or No

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Boris, May 24, 2008.

  1. Boris

    Boris New Member

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    I would like some advice please because I know a lot of you guys have you have experience with Taurus revolvers, along obviously with a great number of others. I will be training in the South West and I have no longer any firearms over there, and was thinking it might be an idea to buy a revolver when I am over. Now all I want it for is when laying tracks out in the bush from time to time you come acrss snakes (hate them). I used to carry a Ruger SP101 with a cocktail including snake rounds in it, and it served me for many years. But I don't want the hassel of bringing it back and forth to Europe. I have it licenced here, good gun a little heavy....

    I fancy something minimum five shot, relatively inexpensive (can't keep it as I will have to leave it at the US office in the safe) short barrelled revolver, compact and fairly light don't want to hump a cannon about..............

    I thought about the Taurus and I always thought they where well manfactured revolvers and I had decided to look for one, but there have been a few threads here about them not being too good these days. I know Pioneer has a couple and I would be greatful for a definate opinion, or and alternative.....thanks:eek:
     
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  2. chorst294

    chorst294 New Member

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    In my opinion, I believe quality with Taurus is hit or miss. I had a great model 85, but have had problems with other models. If price is important, I'd purchase a good used S&W or Ruger.
     

  3. ScottG

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    Boris, when I went looking for my first handgun I looked in a few gunshops for a Taurus in .357. I was in one particular shop and asked about one and the owner said he didn't have one, but he had a police trade in S&W. It was just what I was looking for. I don't know if you want a four inch barrel, but the Model 19 is a very nice gun. Because it was a police trade in, it didn't have much wear and it dates from the '70s. I paid just under $300 for it in 2006. I've had no trouble with it. Changed the grips to rubber ones, but the mechanics are very good. Might not be that easy to conceal, but I don't think you said you wanted to do that.
     
  4. BigO01

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    Well I look at it like this Taurus is a major supplier for police and perhaps military in South America and a "recreational" supplier for America as such they make tens if not hundreds of thousands of guns every year

    With that kind of production bad ones are bound to slip by QC .

    My first pistol was a S&W 586 and it had to be sent in for repair , my second a Colt 1911 and it was sent to a gunsmith for over $200 worth of work before it became a 100% reliable weapon .

    These kinds of things can either drive you nuts or you can take them in stride and understand it is all part of the wonderful world of Mass Production , especially computer controlled mass production .

    I have 2 Tauri 1 a revolver and the other a 40cal auto pistol both run just fine .
     
  5. Boris

    Boris New Member

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    ScottG,

    You might be right, 19/13/10 or something like that might well suit me, I have no intention to carry it other that out tracking or something like that...thanks
     
  6. Catfish

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    I own a Rageing Bull in .454 and have never had a problem with it. BUT ! I do know a couple that have had touble with their guns and their customer service is crap. I know 2 guys personally that hasseled with them for over 6mo. to get a problem solved, 1 with a gun that was never fired and the other had about 2 boxes of ammo through it when it died. I won`t buy another untill I`ve heard good things about their customer service for a while.
     
  7. hillbilly68

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    +1 not sure if their quality is going up, but IMO I wouldn't touch a Taurus for a while to come. Just my opinion. Better off getting a good used Ruger GP or S&W for about the same $ if you shop around. I have read (not experienced) that there are QC issues in the company, and there are just too many other options to risk buying a potentially sub-par weapon. Again, just an opinion. Good luck to you.
     
  8. RONSERESURPLUS

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    Taurus, Yes or No? I'd say NOOOOOO

    Boris


    Ron L here = SERESURPLUS


    I have to run with Hillbilly on this one! While I have owned a few Taurus 38's both were snub 38's and I was very happy with them, I belive Model 85? I have seen an alarming tend in a lot of taurus 357, and a few 44 mag Revolvers to have a lot of Problems! While it never happened to me, it did happen tom folks I sold thier guns for them and we had to back peddle when we had problems? I know of your in and out of the country issues, and if you have a taurus problem and have to have it chasing you all over, thats not good man! I'd say look for a used S & W or Colt Police Turn in, as many of them can still be had for a good Dollar! I'd aviod Ruger Revolvers as I just don't like the Companies politics and frankly they just don't make a consealable revolver to my tastes? Good luck and tell us if we can help in your search? Good Hunting!
     
  9. seedy

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    I have a mdl94 22lr and a mdl85UL in .38 spc. Both of these are good revolvers. I had a friend that had a RB in 454 that had to go back to the factory several times. I think it was him jumping back and forth between cowboy 45colt and factory 454 loads without cleaning it properly was the problem. Still thats just a guess. I would recommend a non magnum Taurus any time.
     
  10. Boris

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    I think your right on the money Ron, I am convinced, I had a friend of mine have a few Model 85's and they appeared to be good revolvers, but reports from the forum indicate that they have some disturbing problems with their product and services. I will not be in position to complain to a customer services department, I will take your advice and that of ScottG and Hillbilly....thanks guys!..........................:)
     
  11. Jables

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    I'm actually looking for a Taurus in a pawn show where the shop owner doesn't know what he has and it's broke, send it in and cachow, I just got a rebuilt gun for nothing. Point being I'm interested in Taurus for the true lifetime warranty.
     
  12. Ruger Redhawk

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    I've only owned one Taurus and I would never own another one.Maybe I was just lucky getting a bad one.First time out after a couple rounds fired I noticed the cylinder on three chambers wouldn't lock up.It was a 38 snubbie ultra light which I can't remember what model it was without looking it up.This was a brand spanking new gun.It was send back to Taurus,when it was returned I let the dealer keep it and bought the wife a Smith M-637 instead.There wasn't much difference in price between the two of them.Smith happened to be running a sale on these 637's. I've read on several different forums about Taurus problems and their terrible customer service.I'd much rather find even a USED Smith or Ruger before buying a new Taurus.Of course this is just my opinion.
     
  13. DKA

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    Have a S&W 65-2 and a Taurus Model 66, both in 357, have had no problems with either. and to this point would not turn around for the difference between the two. I just bought the Taurus couple of months ago, because of the lifetime warranty.
     
  14. moviezombie

    moviezombie New Member

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    i've read about too many problems with taurus to even consider one. i do know a taurus owner who inherited his and he seems to like it. but then he doesn't have many guns....

    movie zombie
     
  15. glockdude57

    glockdude57 New Member

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    well go to the taurus armed forum and just read you can make a decision from that i have a pt 140 millenium pro it looks good but i had peoblems from day one also the mag kept falling out the 24/7 is another that has gotten bad reviews so do some research be for you buy a taurus semi now the revlovers are great i have had no problem with them
     
  16. stetson

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    I made a personal decision not to purchase Taurus products as I have not had positive experiences with them.
     
  17. G21.45

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    On occasion I've worked in a gun shop and sold guns, 'just for the fun of it'. Most of the guys I worked with could spot a Taurus customer coming through the front door by either how he was dressed, his age, his opening remarks, or any combination thereof. (Really!) :p

    On our side of the counter we quietly despised the things; but, 'business as usual' always came first. Contrary to popular internet stories, in a well run gunshop you won't hear anything about a salesman dissuading a customer from one gun to another. Customers are far more likely to walk out of the store with whatever they came in looking for in the first place. (Selling guns ain't like selling annuity life insurance!) :D

    I've got a Ruger SP-101, too. It's not a good little gun; it's a great one, and nearly indestructible! I thought to mention to you that I frequently see SP-101's advertised for sale on the internet; and, the asking prices are usually around half of new retail. (There was one on Glock Talk last week.) If you're used to the Ruger you might want to checkout sites like:

    GunBroker,

    GunsAmerica, or

    AuctionArms.

    Used, older, blued ordinance steel, S&W revolvers with the original casehardened parts are another option that I see other board members have already put you onto. That's good, too! Another thing you can do when you travel is to contact an FFL in the destination area and have your carry piece shipped and held for final delivery to you upon arrival. This way you avoid the risk and hassle at the airports. Just some thoughts for you to consider. ;)
     
  18. Olympicarmsfan

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    I bought a little pocket gun by Taurus in .25acp shot it 9 times worked good in those shots. I took it to a pawn shop and I lost 25 bucks on it but I got the funds needed for my AR project.

    I had a chance to buy a snub nose Taurus in .38/357 or a S&W .38spcl. The guns were both used and one was the gun shops owners gun and that was a Taurus. I chose the S&W and only paid 275 for it and a Mackarov for 109 that same day. The Taurus was 325. I like the S&W and dont regret it and I think it was a cop gun.
     
  19. rickrem700

    rickrem700 New Member

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    Taurus

    Wow so many down on Taurus! I have two Ragging Bulls one in 44 magnum and one in .357 magnum both have 8 inch barrels, I have fired the both extensivly and never had a problem one, they are both scoped and tack drivers, there is no slop what so ever they both lock up like fort knocks, that being said I would not hesitate to buy there products as there warrenty is unbeatable, so what do you have to lose???
     
  20. G21.45

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    Internet Quote of the Day -

    'Fort Knocks' :D