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Less than an inch thick, the Taurus 709 Slim Compact Pistol gives you a trustworthy concealed carry option with no revealing lumps or lines. Pairing a lightweight, injection molded polymer frame with Taurus' proven hammer forged stainless steel slide, the 709 Slim gives you 9mm performance from a gun that weighs just 19 oz. Checkered polymer grip for sure handling. Also features a loaded chamber indicator and locking Taurus Security System for extra peace of mind. Low profile, three dot fixed sights. Double action/single action.
I bought one of the earliest models of this gun, when it first came out, which is normally not a good idea with any new model gun. That said, mine has performed absolutely flawlessly. I would trust this gun with my family's life. I have put about 400 rounds through it, and have not had one single failure or malfunction of any kind. It is a KEEPER! When it was very new I had some problems getting the slide to come off to clean it (it would catch), so I called Taurus, and they sent FedEx to my house the next day, fixed it and had it back to me in under 2 weeks. Customer Service was phenomenal. Great Gun, Great Warranty, Great service. I would highly recommend!
September 4, 2012
PT 709 Slim
I've had this pistol for more than a year and put 500+ rounds through it. After an initial sight adjustment, it shoots great. Added the Pearce grip extensions on the magazines and it fits my hands just fine. Highly recommend it.
August 20, 2012
Great as Glock
Wow, for the best priced gun available the pt709 slim is great to carry and dead accurate when sights are set. I have large hands but this small gun has a very secure feel. Great safety features (right hand friendly).
Fired smoothly round after round. I love it!
July 14, 2012
As with MANY internet reviews this gun fired low right out of the box. Taurus was nice enough to mail out a new smaller front sight.Have not yet had the chane to sight it in though due to issue #2.
Issue 2 was the inability to put more than 4 or 5 rounds in the clip without it jamming. Taurus is again working the issue at no cost (issue with bad barrels).
I have not got the gun back yet but expect to renew my review once I get it back and can use it normally.
Stay tuned for a follow up review....
I REALLY want this gun to work out and become my concealled carry gun of choice.
July 7, 2012
I would say yes. My 12 year old twin daughters shoot my 709 just fine. It was the first pistol either of them ever shot and they managed it without any problem at all. If you are looking at a compact 9mm this is probably your best option, as a lot of the other offerings out there are a bit lighter, and thus their recoils will be stronger than this gun.
Yes; you could go with a smaller caliber which would have less kick but also less power. This thing really doesn't kick much at all. It's absorbed in the cycle. I would suggest to practice with regular ammo but purchase some home defense stuff for when you carry. No need to buy any larger caliber. You won't need to use the whole magazine if confronted.
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