Thursday, February 07, 2008

Little Bitty Pretty One...in 9mm


Okay, it was a reach for the song title headline, but before I go get on the airplane to Harrisburg for the Eastern Sports Show, I wanted to show you a little product that really caught my eye — the Taurus "Slim." A single-action manual safety (yes, in the normal place) single-stack little bitty 9mm; slide length is 6-inchs, weight comes in at a light 19 ounces. Capacity is 8 + 1.

In my hands, the gun felt slick slick slick. It is, true to it's moniker, skinny, which is what one wants in a carry pistola. I class this one as a "must-try"...no word on delivery date or pricing yet.

Boy, Kel-Tec took a beating this Show as the Big Boys move onto their turf — Ruger with the .380 LCP and Taurus with the Slim...ought to make for an interesting year!


Taurus also had all-steel copies of the Long Tall Judge — my stupid name — on display. The .45 Colt/.410 revolver that has taken the market by storm. I'm told the original Judge, chambered for 2 1/2-inch .410 shotshells (go to DOWN RANGE to see the videos of me shooting the gun) so called because so many jurists carry one in court beneath their robes, is one of Taurus' best-selling guns ever. The Long Tall Judge is chambered for 3-inch .410s, which allows it to shoot the superb Winchester .410 5-pellet buckshot rounds.

They had a proto of the LTJ last SHOT, but the production models shoudl be moving into the pipeline. Watch for a DOWN RANGE review ASAP. Looks like the World's Best Car Gun got even better!

Come see me in PA...bring drugs...

15 comments:

clayflingythingy said...

When is this Taurus slated to be available? Spurless hammer? What was the trigger pull weight?

Anonymous said...

Why the fascination with a low velocity lightweight projectile like buckshot coming out of a 2" tube?
Are they so much easier to shoot than the proven 45 Colt?

It is a neat concept but you still need penetration to vital innards.
'Neat' doesn't impress, CNS shock does.

Nostrildeemis

Overload in Colorado said...

The 'fascination' is that with such a short barrel, you get a great deal of expansion in a short distance, therfore improving your chance to hit at near-contact ranges.

Anonymous said...

Ooo! I don't suppose you have specs on the Taurus PT 709? I can't find any info about width, overall length, etc.

Michael Bane said...

am presently stuck in d.c. airport, but will get as much specs as taurus has when i get home...

mb

Anonymous said...

Michael, did you really mean "single action" as you wrote about the PT 709? Like on those Springfield/Croat HS2000 things?

Erich Martell

CJ said...

Erich -

If this is like the current line of Milleniums (and it does look like the same structure, except for that takedown pin), it would be SA/DA...Single Action after being loaded, but with a double-strike capability if the primer didn't fire the first time.

Still hoping that I like the dimensions when the rest of them are revealed!

Anonymous said...

Thx, CJ!

Erich

Anonymous said...

Thanks Michael. I am considering waiting for the release of the 709. Since you are the only one I've heard of that has actually seen and handled the gun, do you think this one is worth the wait or should I go ahead and purchase the other gun I am looking at...the 9mm Millenium Pro? Is there a significant difference between the two guns that would justify the wait? Thanks for your comments.

jojo said...

Yes single action indeed... the slide action fully cocks the striker and a shot trigger pull releases it and it goes bang....

Andrew B said...

Hey Michael, any idea as to the specs yet? Length, width, height? Thx!

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