Taurus® Model 709 Slim Semi Automatic Compact Pistol
Nice Gun, Magazines aren't available
read about all the problems with this jamming, but mine worked fine.
The BIG issue, Taurus isn't selling magazines for this gun.
They never did come through on making their extended mag, which would have held more shells, and given your pinky a place to rest.
That's fine, but they also took the standard magazines off their website as an accessory. If you call them, they state they could put you on a list, in case they ever get them again. The mags now auction up to $100, for a $300 gun. Plan on spending that if you want a second mag, or ever have an issue with your current one.
March 23, 2014
Nice little gun
Some reviews on other websites complained about the accuracy, operation with higher ammo and disassembly. Right out the box, with basic target ammo, first two shots were right on. It's a much lighter gun and my pinkie came off the grip, but leaning in a little more cleaned that up. The manual does not recommend +p or +p+ ammo, so I plan on following that recommendation. Disassembly does take a bit a of a knack, but once you get it no problem (point the gun down and palm it with your fingers over the slide). For the price, I don't see how you could get a better gun. Especially since I have young children, the slide lock is a great seller. I don't plan on putting hundreds of round through at a time, so long term wear won't be a problem. Also, the single action after the first shot allows for some rapid fire...if the range manager isn't watching.
January 28, 2014
Ran 150 rounds through it no issues at all. Very accurate right out of the box, did not need to adjust sites. Would like to have had 2 magazines but great price for a good gun. I did add a magazine extender that give you a place for your pinkey...
July 14, 2014
Lowest price = average gun=good buy
My wife picked this gun because of size, The grip is too short, but with the magazine extension it's just right.
Out of the box we couldn't hit the target at all, so couldn't sight the gun in. Checking the sight we found the rear sights were adjusted as for as possible to the right and as low as possible. That was causing all of the shots to be off the target. Centering the adjustable rear sight and raising it to near the high limit resulted in a grouping (@10 yards about the size of a hardball. slightly to the left of center and about 4 inches low. Setting the rear sights to the max height still left the grouping about 2 inches low. Can't fix that. but added a Crimson trace laser and I can adjust that higher. The other bad thing is my wife really doesn't like the recoil. It feels about the same as my S&W 40.
Many people report multiple jams. We fired 150 rounds of 115 grain target ammo. We had two partial ejections, but both times my wife got her finger caught in the slide. (she knew better and besides hurting and drawing blood she was really mad at herself for causing it). Other than that the gun never jammed, misfired, or failed to eject a case. Given the number of people who have said theirs did, I guess we were lucky, but no problem at all.
The gun is just the right size for my wife's purse compartment, while still giving enough weight and grip to control the gun.
If this gun had actually been sighted in at the factory, and if the sights range of adjustment was high enough to actually put the aim point in the center of the grouping I would have given this gun a 5 star rating.
As it is, the price compensates for any issues we have with the gun. Its for self defense, not target shooting and a couple of inches low wont make a difference, especially since the laser will most likely be the way we aim the gun in any emergency event or night time use.
May 15, 2014