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 TAURUS PT609 PRO, 9MM Compact Handgun @ Acadeny for $290, regularly $500
SMSP  [Member]
11/26/2010 9:12:16 PM
The following is a post from a discussion in my "Hometown" section for the "Gulf States". I decided to continue the discusiion over here since it is handgun specific. Anyway, I initially started this discussion to try to find out information about this specific handgun and there was very little information out there on the internet and what not. The following are my initial observations after I returned home with one on Black Friday. I also must say Academy in Gulfport did a great job in handling gun sales and such. They were very organized. Yeah, at first, there was a wait to do paperwork. I think I waited about 30 minutes or so. So here we go..................................................
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The deed is done.

Re: Taurus 9MM Compact

On the left side of the slide, it has "TAURUS"
Take down lever, slide lockback lever and safety
Magazine release

On the right side of the slide, it has "PT 609 PRO"
NO levers and/or magazine release

Has a mini accesory rail
Came w/ 2 magazines, each has a finger extension on the bottom. The mag followers are bright yellow, and this handgun came in a very generic black plastic case with the TAURUS logo on one side.

It appears this handgun will not fire w/ the magazine removed because the hammer will not fall. BUT, the manual states it will fire without a magazine and a round in the chamber. I'll fine out soon enough. Later that day after the purchase, I went to my local range and got some rounds down range. And, YES, it will fire without the magazine in the handgun, as i did so specifically on purpose.

I did several searches last night and could not find any of the information I have listed above and/or below.

After going back to Taurus' website again, the handgun on sale at Academy is basically the "TAURUS 609 9MM IN SHADOW GRAY WITH TITANIUM SLIDE" without the TITANIUM SLIDE.

On my scale, it weighs 24.6 ounces with one magazine (no ammo)
It's approx. 1" shorter than a Glock 17 in length
It's approx. 1/4" shorter in the hangrip area
They are about the same in width on the slide, which is approx. 1".,

As compared to a S&W M&P .40 Compact,
It's approx. 1/4" shorter in length
It's approx. 1/4" - 1/2" shorter in the handgrip area
They are about the same in width on the slide, again, approx. 1".

The Glock 17 & S&W M&P .40 were what I have on hand for comparison in size.

I got to the range this afternoon. I had small window of time as I had my 3 1/2 year-old with me. I only got to shoot steel Russian with no problems. I shot 5 rounds with both mags, then 10 rounds in both mags, it ran solid. I confirmed that it will indeed fire with a round in the chamber and the magazine removed. I di not get to force a 'limp wrist' with it, but will do next time out. I was in a hurry with the 10 rounds in each magazine and while placing the second 10 round mnag in the hadgun I ended up pinching the palm of my hand between the bottom of the mag and the bottom of the handgrip. Basically, I picnhed a small peice of skin, which broke the skin. A pic below shows the resutls. I attribute this to being in a rush and zero experience in training with this handgun.

This is the first handgun I own with an actual safety. The trigger is a solid one peice unlike a Glock and a S&W M&P. The slide release was difficult to release with one thumb. But then again, the slide relase really isnt meant to release the slide, but for locking the slide back in it's open position. Like a Glock & a S&W M&P and others, this handgun's slide on the rear portion is grooved for gripping and manipulation of the slide. This handgun has a good fell while handling. The sight is different than I am accustomed too. The sight a single white dot on the front blade and a single white dot on the rear sight. Obviously, line up the front sight on top of the rear sight and your own. I di not get to shot any brass and/or reloads at this point. I did take this handgun down like one would for basic cleaning at home before going out to the range, The take down process is different than Glock and S&W M&P, but double. In my expereince, one cant beat the ease and speed of the Glock take down process. Anyway, here are some pics...........












Overall, I am pleased thus far and plan to get it out at the next Combat Pistol match in my area.

So, did anybody else get one. There were many of these walking out the door today.

SMSP
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ZOMBIEKILLER1  [Member]
11/26/2010 10:33:55 PM
Nice towel
RDTCU  [Team Member]
11/26/2010 10:38:38 PM
I bought a PT-145 Pro a while back, and i pinched my hand the same way a time or two... More prone to happen with big/wide hands..
TurboniumOxide  [Team Member]
11/27/2010 12:15:19 AM
I got one. I haven't shot it yet, but it seems to be a very nice pistol. Decent trigger, short reset.

I am very happy with the price to value ratio.
toddlerp  [Team Member]
11/27/2010 1:25:00 PM
I pondered this hard. On the surface it seems to be a great deal.

I am second guessing my decision not to purchase it. My friend bought one so at least I will get some trigger time with it.
SMSP  [Member]
11/29/2010 2:04:30 AM
I did an overnighter this weekend and took my new Taurus with me and couldnt resist this poser pic.
And, no, I am not pointing it anybody, thats what tripods are good for.
I also put 100 rounds of TulAmmo thru it. This is steel non-corrosive from WallyWorld. No problems.
I also forced a 'limp wrist" with one round and this gun will jam with a "limp wrist".




SMSP
TurboniumOxide  [Team Member]
11/29/2010 7:47:51 AM
I have fired ONE round through mine to verify that it works.

I began researching this gun since it is my first taurus. I worry that
wear and repair parts aren't available anywhere but Taurus and the
horror stories on the net are many.

However,

I get a good feeling from inspecting the gun, it's tight and feeds even
hollowpoints effortlessly. The tenifer finish is flawless, the gun is finished
nicely in general. The feed ramp is mirrorlike.

The magazines are well made, the lips are well formed and polished. Mags
are 28-35 dollars.

I just hope that it never breaks.

SMSP  [Member]
12/1/2010 10:14:33 PM
Let's hope this model holds up to Taurus' recent reputation of being a quality firearm.

I watched a video on the manufacturer's website. And I noticed this feature when I first got my hands on this handgun. The trigger will continously function activating the firing pin.
This means if you have a failure to fire because of a bad primer, then one can 'fire' again on the same round without manipulating the slide. The man in the video claims that 80% of failure to fires will indeed fire on a second hit. I cant verify those statisttics, but the fact that the trigger can continue to operate the firing pin without cycling the slide is rather cool. Glocks dont do this. My S&W M&P .40 does not do it.

Is their another brand of handgun that does? I dont know, do you?

Trying to find a holster for this model has been rather challenging. A Blackhawk for a Glock 30 and a Taurus 24/7 will work. I spoke with someone in customer service today about the interchangeing of magazines from other same caliber pistols. I was thinking the 24/7 mags could be used. I was hoping to be able to use 24/7 17-round mags for matches. According to the person I spoke with, the PT609 PRO 9MM has to have it's own model specific magazine. I am curious if the 24/7 magazine would work. If I can get my hands on one to experiment, I will.
What's everybody else's experience thus far?

SMSP
JDMnAR  [Team Member]
12/2/2010 11:43:47 AM
Originally Posted By SMSP:
I spoke with someone in customer service today about the interchangeing of magazines from other same caliber pistols. I was thinking the 24/7 mags could be used. I was hoping to be able to use 24/7 17-round mags for matches. According to the person I spoke with, the PT609 PRO 9MM has to have it's own model specific magazine. I am curious if the 24/7 magazine would work. If I can get my hands on one to experiment, I will.
What's everybody else's experience thus far?

SMSP


FWIW - I bought a 24/7 magazine for my PT145 in hopes of having 12+1 capability instead of 10+1. It fed ball ammo just fine, but didn't like JHPs. YMMV for the 9mm, but that is my experience with the .45ACP flavor.
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