The first semi-automatic handgun I spent any time with was a 9mm Taurus 24/7 Pro. I used it to qualify for my Texas Concealed Handgun License and I carried it for the first year or two of concealed carry. When I began to understand the advantages to bigger bullets, I added a .40 caliber 24/7 Pro and then a .45. If you look way back at some of my early blog articles, you’ll see where I did some comparisons, noting the external dimensions were the same, but the inside diameter of the barrel and the size and capacity of the magazine were where you saw differences.
As I was learning about handguns and trying different ones, I somehow let the original Taurus handguns get away. When Taurus came out with the G2 version, it just didn’t feel right to me. I liked the old ones better. Some years passed before I got another of the original, a .45, but I have one now and I don’t believe I’ll ever let it get away. There’s nothing particularly great about it, but there’s nothing to complain about either. It’s just a good, solid, reliable .45 that looks nice and shoots well.
There are two Taurus pistols I find myself recommending frequently, especially to new shooters looking for a concealed carry or personal defense pistol. Those two are the PT-111 and the PT-809C. These are about the same size. One has a hammer and one is striker-fired. You can get similar models ins .40 S&W, but I usually recommend the 9mm. The capacity for each is 12 + 1. The size of these firearms compares quite favorably to many of the single-stack 9mms that are so popular like the M&P Shield, Glock 43, Springfield XDS, but they carry 13 rounds instead of 6 or 7. To me, it just makes more sense to have more ammo, especially when the guns aren’t that much difference in size. Yes, they’re a little thicker, but with the right holster that won’t make much difference to the majority of people willing to just try it.
I’d me remiss if I didn’t talk about some of the Taurus revolver family. They make so many different models I find them hard to keep up with, but I own a couple that are worthy of the missions I’ve assigned them. My little Taurus .327 Federal Magnum revolver is in the center console of the wife’s Denali. It’s a great back-up gun in a worthy caliber, ready for action if needed. For fun, you can shoot tame .32 Long or .32 Short or if you want a little more, .32 H&R Magnum. Or you can load it up, as I usually do, with the ammo it’s made for, .327 Federal Magnum and you’ll be well-defended.
And in the Jeep, in a bug out bag, is a Model 992 Tracker with .22 Magnum and .22 Long Rifle cylinders. It will do for dispatching varmints, for gathering small game for food, and even protection if needed. The long barrel helps with accuracy, you can sight it like a rifle if you want to, and the sturdy frame can stand a lot of abuse, not that I abuse it any, but it is in the back compartment of the Jeep.
Taurus owns Heritage and we shoot a lot of their little .22s in our training classes. They also own Rossi, and I’m a real fan of Rossi reproduction rifles. When you buy a Taurus, you’re buying a lifetime guarantee, and though I’ve seen references to customer service problems in the past, the few times I’ve dealt with Taurus customer service, they’ve been extremely helpful and very prompt with their service.
One area in which Taurus doesn’t get its just dues is with their 1911 models. Taurus builds their 1911s well and they include something like 17 features that gun guys have been taking their Colt and other 1911 models to gunsmiths for years to have added. Feature for feature, it’s hard to beat a Taurus 1911. They are offered in .45 ACP and 9mm and with a variety of finishes. If you’re not a 1911 person, but think you’d like to try one, the economics and the quality of a Taurus PT-1911 should make it an attractive option to consider.