After doing a lot of searching for a gun that would be reliable, easy to carry and perform well on my budget, I picked the Taurus 709 Slim in 9 mm as my main carry gun. I have to say, I was a bit nervous given the reputation Taurus has among some, but after putting a bunch of rounds through my gun Friday, I think I made a good call in picking this weapon.
The gun is just over 6 inches in length, has a 3 inch barrel and weighs in at about 18 ounces. The gun is easy to hide because it is narrow and performs well without any flaws. The safety is on the left side and easy to manipulate while holding the gun. It has a three dot sight that is easy to use, even for my old eyes.
The recoil was mild and the gun ate up all the different rounds I put through it. After several attempts to get it sited in, I was able to put all my rounds in a 6" circle at 25 feet. It did shoot real low to start, and it took several attempts to get the rounds raised up into the target. The trigger pull felt extremely light and smooth. I do have to say, I had one misfire in about 150 rounds. I am not sure if it was the round itself or the gun. I was a bit surprised when I pulled the trigger and nothing
happened. I lifted the gun up to see why the slide had not locked back thinking I was empty and decided the round had not fired. This gun has a trigger with a second pull capability and when I was back on target, I squeezed the trigger again and it shot just fine. I shot over 150 rounds so far and plan on shooting more in the near future to make sure it will continue to perform without any flaws. I know a lot of people like to put a lot bullets down range before they consider their gun reliable. The gun comes with a case, barrel brush, 2 keys to lock the weapon, two magazines with a capacity of 7 + 1 in the gun and an instruction manual.
I have to say I am say so far I am extremely pleased. This gun was reasonably priced $349, shoots well so far and is easy to take down and clean. The biggest problems I have seen is getting a bigger magazine and a holster that will fit well for concealed carry. I have heard that anything a Glock 26 fits will also work well with this gun. I am hoping to get out soon again and run another 250-500 rounds through the gun and see how it holds up. When I have heard of problems with the gun, it has been because it had not been cleaned in several hundred rounds. Any gun will have that problem!
The only problem I have with the gun is when I first cleaned it before going to the range, I noticed the recoil spring assembly seemed to be corroded a bit toward the front of the gun and on the spring itself is discolored in places. I tried to clean it with no luck. Not sure if or how big a problem it might be for me in the future. I have heard horror stories about the customer service and hope they get better before I need them or that they have improved. In the end, I am hoping for a gun that handles well, shoots well, and requires little factory work. It does come with a lifetime warranty for the gun, not the owner so I guess sometime down the line I will eventually get a chance to use them. If you’re looking for a inexpensive, reliable, easy to use gun that hides well and shoots well, this is it. I would recommend it to everyone.