The Taurus 92/99 series are very reliable, though perhaps not quite as well-assembled as a Beretta. However, the design of the safety/decocking lever leaves much to be desired. If you carry the Taurus cocked-and-locked, as the three-position safety allows, when you thumb down the safety under stress, you may push it all the way to the "decock" position. Bad design, in my opinion.Such as the Taurus beretta copies that have been intriguing me.. Taurus bought up a Beretta facilities in Brazil (where most their guns seem to be made) and share the Beretta technology.. So you could get a Beretta 92FS or Taurus PT92 (look the same except for subtle differences such as safety/decocker on the slide vs frame.. but there's huge price difference and are they the same quality/reliability/accuracy? hmmmm I don't think so just from what I'm reading on the boards)
I used to own a PT99 with the old-style Taurus safety, which was better. It worked as a true selective DA. Either hammer down, or cocked and locked, but no hammer-dropping feature.
I really fail to see the point of the CZ copies anymore. Back during the Cold War when you couldn't get a CZ for less than $1500 (1980s money!), they made some sense. But now the CZ are very reasonably priced, and a superb bargain. Why not get the genuine article?Then you also have the copies of the CZ pistols by folks like Tanfoglio (Italian) who I know nothing about , but imported by EAA (European American Arms).. calling it the EAA Witness (looks intriguing).. Copy of the 75B CZ. Then there's the Baby Desert Eagle (one of my short-picks.. nice) that's basically another CZ copy and I've read it's a darn good one.. produced by IMI (Isreali Military Industries) which is supposed to be a very good quality armory...
Most of the CZs offer selective DA lockwork, meaning you can carry cocked-and-locked or hammer down. The Rugers have non-selective DA, meaning you can only carry hammer-down. I strongly prefer cocked-and-locked carry, and so I like the CZ design much more.CZ 75 style (I think is a modified browning hi-power style.. I think the Ruger P series is also similar),
It's mainly personal preference, of course.