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Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:28 PM

That gun, in 9mm, was the first handgun I ever shot. I think I even shot it before a .22 Single Six. Though the one I shot was stainless, it's the same basic gun.

As long as you keep an eye on the locking block (the weakest point in the Beretta-style design), it's a solid handgun. BUT I would personally suggest looking around for a used Beretta. You can find them at that price or better pretty easilly (in my area at least) and I'd trust Beretta's parts and heat treat just a bit more than Taurus.

That said, my old man's model is almost as old as I am, and all it needs right now is a little adjustment on the extractor. He used to shoot 300-500 rounds a weekend through it (back when ammo was cheap, and he hit a gun show every couple of months), so it took quite a beating.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 05:45 PM

I don't hear fabulous things about taurus' keeping their fit and finish after lots of use...but i don't have personal experience...soooooo...take that how you will.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 06:42 PM

I'd take PW's experience as the best advice in this case, given my lack of experience with that specific Taurus pistol.

I'd also prefer the Beretta of the two, but there are plenty of designs I'd take before either of them. Mostly personal preference though - I really like consistent trigger pull from first shot to last, so I like guns you can carry like the 1911 as well as the hammerless semis (Glock and XD being the best immediate examples).
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:37 PM

Yeah, the Taurus 92 clones will shoot loose after a while. It takes abuse, but needs more maintenance than the original M9/92 design. Like the extractor on my old man's example. Over the years he's had to fiddle with the firing pin and locking block as well. Ran fine the vast majority of the time. Just once in a while hiccups would happen. But the 92 and 1911 clones are the two Taurus autos I could tolerate.

Taurus revolvers do not have these issues though. Just thought I'd mention that.
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Posted 15 October 2011 - 08:43 PM

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 10:32 AM

I would so get a Beretta, but for one I'm not a 9mm fan, nor am I liking their price. ....Basically I like the looks and design. I was hoping that this would be a good compromise for the feel of a Beretta but chambered in a .40.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 11:13 AM

Beretta has a .40 S&W model.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 01:13 PM

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Suggestions for a carry piece? I think I want an auto loader...Cost effective is important.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 02:54 PM

If you're looking for cost effective and primarily concealable, look into something like the Ruger LC9, Keltec PF9, or maybe the Taurus 709 series.

If you're going into more of a combination, I'd suggest looking into a solid double stack. You can periodically find police trade in Glocks, and while they may not look pretty from years of holster wear, they haven't been shot much and are solid shooters.

Right now, my local area is seeing the St Paul police department offloading their .40 caliber Glocks in favor of their 9mm counterparts - while they're buying the Glock 17s and 19s they're selling their old 22s and 23s.
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Posted 16 October 2011 - 05:31 PM

Depends on how big you are willing to carry.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:18 PM

Was actually considering full size guns, haven't looked into much, but the CZ's are looking kinda interesting...

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 06:57 PM

Bad ass guns, but heavy as hell. Unless you go with the polymer framed models like the SP01s.

And the 1911 is always a classic choice. A century old this year. ;)
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

Meh...7+1 right? Nah...and besides, aren't 1911 pattern handguns popular because of their accuracy? (read: due to being heavy :) )

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:34 PM

I think I want a 1911 and a CZ 75 eventually.
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Posted 17 October 2011 - 07:53 PM

1911s also have a reputation for being accurate from some other factors: sight radius (a full 5 inch barrel helps with that too), great triggers, and the grip angle feels right and natural for most shooters.

If you're planning on carrying a full size gun anyway, I'd direct you more towards one of the double stack polymer guns. More ammunition is always better, and for any real defensive work any accuracy benefits from the 1911 will be irrelevant: you're either going to hit your target or you're not, depending upon mostly your level of practice and your mindset. Nobody cares who had the smallest group in a gunfight: dead is dead, alive is alive.
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