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Old 12-09-2016, 11:24 AM   #1
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Taurus PT-809 Experience

Friend is looking for a pistol to teach his 14 year old son, as a step up from assorted .22LR handguns. He is looking for something like this model Taurus.

I looked at one, and the replaceable backstraps, I thought were a plus, to fit the shooters hand for better control. The hammer will allow hid father to be able to tell if the gun is cocked from a distance.

I was hoping someone here has some experience with this model, and find if it is worth the $252 price tag?
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Old 12-09-2016, 11:49 AM   #2
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I have owned one for many years and its an outstanding value(especially at the price you mentioned); I paid around $350 for mine. I shoot mine often and have never had any malfunctions of any sort. Its loaded with features and is a great shooter!
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pabiker, thanks for the input!
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He may also want to look at something like the Ruger P89dc. It was my first auto loader and is in the same ballpark price wise.

I have found my P89 to be extremely reliable.
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A friend had one and I loved it, it's probably the best feeling grip I've ever felt, so I bought one. It wasn't so good, and Taurus looked at it and made it better, but it was never 100% reliable. I ended up selling it to my friend who has it close, but not quite reliable enough to trust your life with. I will eventually get another 809, and I hope it's a good one. In the meantime, my PT 111 G2 is a great "cheap" gun. nearly 1000 rounds with one single feed issue, on the third shot out of the box.
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Old 01-03-2017, 01:41 AM   #6
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Hemiram, thanks for the input. My Buddy got it for his son to learn on. You are right about the grip, but then that's why I was pushing for it, because with the 3 backstraps, his son could "grow" and the gun also.
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If he gets a good one, he will love it. To this day, I have no idea what the problem was. If we swapped slides between my gun and his, his had the same problems mine did, but I had problems with his slide on my frame too. Not as bad as with my slide, but still annoying enough and enough to not carry it for sure. My PT111 G2 is doing very well though.

Good luck to him.
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Hemiram, I once owned a Taurus PT-92, because I couldn't afford a Beretta 92FS. It was used, and had been owned by a friend, who traded it in on another purchase. Even though I had to replace the barrel, after I noticed a slight bulge in the barrel, I was pleased with its performance. Even with the bulge, it wasn't inaccurate... I only found the bulge, after I had fired some surplus Egyptian 9mm, that was corrosive, so I had double patched a jag, to insure a tight bore fit... about half way down the barrel the rod "skipped" about 3/8". Upon closer examination, with a couple of straight edges, I found the "bulge". IIRC the replacement barrel cost me about $75. Kept it for about 10 years, before getting a Beretta, and selling it to a friend.


I appreciate your sharing your experience, my buddy and his son, will not doubt call me if anything goes awry! I just this morning had to settle a dispute between them about whether or not it had a safety. I had to show them it was a safety, if you wanted to carry it "cocked and locked", or it was a "decocker" if you wanted to carry it hammer down.
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For whatever it's worth, my nephew has that Taurus and he has never mentioned any complaints. Brings it to our private range every time and runs some ammo through it. I have fired it once or twice and it feels good in the hand.
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dmspec, Thanks for the note. I hope to be invited, to one of their outings, and give it a try myself. I was contemplating getting one myself, at the price he got it at... $252.
They are back at their normal price of $276, and "Out of Stock" right now! I'll wait, and see where the price might go.
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My PT111 G2 is doing very well though.
Good to know. I plan on picking one up locally this afternoon for $229. Another member PM'd me about a shop in KY that had them on sale for $209 with free shipping. Heck of a deal but with the $20 transfer fee and additional 3% credit card fee, buying this Taurus locally would only save me about $8 in sales tax. For that little difference I may as well support the small guy. Besides, he's a super nice guy and very helpful.
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I grabbed a second PT11 G2 from (I think) Whittaker Guns for $184 a while back. I haven't done a thing to it so far, except to look it over and I saw no obvious flaws. The gun is so cheap, I have no fear of really hurting it's value by swapping sights or doing anything else to it.
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