comparing sub-compacts, what makes the others vs Taurus Mil Pro $170+ more
Okay guys I have yet to pull the trigger yet
Trying to make sure I get my value on my dollar. Very easy question. Compared to the Taurus Mil Pro say either in 9mm or .40 s&w. What really makes a say Glock 27 or Springfield XD sub and a few others which all run about $500-$535 worth so much more? You guys know a lot more than myself when it comes to semi-auto's so the question is to you.
Customer service, reliability, quality....... If you are looking for a gun that size chances are you are planning on carrying it at some point. I know a couple people that owned the mil. pro in the past in the .40 and the .45, both of them no longer own those weapons due to reliability and customer service issues they had. That being said I know alot of people on the internet in various forums that really enjoy the gun, I just don't think I could trust it enough to be my carry weapon.
As stated above, the reliability and customer service are HUGE in my opinion. I have heard of MANY people having issues with reliability as well as with the customer service through Taurus (this forum included). I also believe the you USUALLY get what you pay for, and I personally would not rely on that specific model Taurus to defend my life (although some people do, I would not). Also, depending on your FFL costs, you can get an XD for quite a bit less than you quoted and typically about $80-$100 cheaper than a Glock. But, having said that, I would recommend either the XD or the Glock based on what felt better and shot better for you (if at all possible to rent). Just my .02
P.S. Also, I want to say if you are worried about 100 or so dollars in the cost of the gun, you might also want to consider getting a 9mm to cut down on the ammo cost.....SERIOUSLY consider it....Once again, just my .02
Appreciate the comments. Just trying to figure out if the Taurus is good enough for my use. I don't shot a lot but do enjoy the occasional outing to the range. The chances of the gun ever being needed are rare, but I always perferred some home protection. I find myself wanting a sub-compact 3 - 3.5" barrel range. I do have a nice turkey shotgun that does also work for home protection. The Taurus at my dealer runs $335 and every where I have looked for the XD Sub or the Glock 27 are $505-525 so that is where the extra $170 came from.
I too would not use a Taurus for self/home defense, but as you already have the best home defense weapon (a shotgun), that is a moot concern. Since you would not have to rely on a Taurus for HD, I think one would make a decent range/fun gun.
Make sure that the mag release button doesn't interfere with the way you hold a pistol. The Taurus Mill. line are the only autos that I've ever used where I would occasionally drop the mag accidentally because my fingers hit the mag release button during recoil. The owners of the ones I have used do not have this problem, as they hold the pistol differently.
The chances of the gun ever being needed are rare, but I always perferred some home protection.
The chances of me needing a fire extinguisher is rare as well, but I have two in my house and they're brand name, not some generic from Wal Mart. Just because you might not need it, if it's an item that can save your life in the rare event that you do need it, don't cheap out on it.
if you want a reliable gun in the under 400 dollar range buy a S&W airweight revolver in 38 special. simple, reliable, cheap to shoot, and great home defense. just my .02 i carry an HK but then you are talking 800 dollars. my girlfriend has the airweight and it shoots flawlessly