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    Why does Taurus have such a large following?

    I recently bought a new Taurus .357 magnum at a gun show and it just felt cheap. My brother later told me he used to have the same one and he hated it. So I brought it back a month later at a different gun show and within five steps of the door I already had competing offers. I ended up making money. Why would anyone want this gun over similar guns in the price range? Why does anyone want a Taurus in general? Does taurus put some voodoo magic on everyone besides me? please someone explain to me why Taurus can stay in business?

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    My guess, is that the buyer didn't want to be on paper....had nothing much to do with the Taurus brand......

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    I honestly don't know why some buy Taurus guns, and then they get riled up and fuss anytime someone gives a reason why they don't like the brand. Its the cheap price that sucks in so many gun newbies who do not know better

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    I have Smith and Wesson and Ruger handguns. I just bought a Taurus PT709 Slim and I like it better than my Ruger SR9c for concealed carry. Nothing wrong with the Ruger. It is just heavier and thicker. The 709 is a good shooter and very concealable.

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    Price is generally the reason and they have some pretty innovative ideas as well, quality control is spotty.

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    Walmart has a huge following and it's not for the selection, service, and quality of products. Walmart has very cheap prices. I occasionally go to walmart just to get some target ammo, again for their price. Taurus has a great price and often produces decent pistols. If they were better with their quality control they would have a better reputation. However, having a better quality control would likely effect the price of their product. Sometimes "you get what you pay for" and I do hope I'm not being to negative.

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    Price.

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    I have posted on here in another post; why do I own Taurus handguns (I have a .22 and a Raging Bull 454 casull), because I happen to like the 2 I purchased.
    I'm not a "newbie", I don't buy on price (I buy what I like!), I do have numerous handguns (13 to be exact), they include S&W, Colt, Kimber, Ruger, and even Taurus, Bersa and the oft maligned EAA Witness!
    So the short answer to your question for me is; I liked it I bought it, no big deal!!

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    I have owned 5 Taurus hand guns in the past, four pistols and one revolver. I had problems with only one of them, and sent it back to get it fixed. It ran fine after that.

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    How have you all had such luck with Taurus? All I hear is bad reviews, and me and my brother both had bad experiences.

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    Taurus also led in certain niches. For example the PT709 came out before Nanos, Shields, and even LC9. There are few 9mm revolvers other than the 905.

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    I guess that makes sense Scott

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    Why does Taurus have such a large following?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMessmer View Post
    How have you all had such luck with Taurus? All I hear is bad reviews, and me and my brother both had bad experiences.
    Realize that in general our society plays only the negative. By which I mean people seem much more motivated to highlight any negative experience than any positive experience.
    I like my Taurui. They are all revolvers, rock solid and great shooters.
    Same as any other handgun I own/owned. These include Colts, S&Ws, Para Ordances, Kel Tecs, Makarovs, Ai San Marcos, Piettas, and CZs

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    I currently own only one handgun. It is a Taurus Protector Polymer 357 Magnum. Ive only been to the range with it once this year, haven't had a chance to get out since. I put about 20 rounds through it, and have really liked it so far. Ive also fired other Taurus handguns, including a 1911 and another .357 with a 6 inch barrel (not sure what model it was) and the steel counter part to my 605 poly. Ive really liked each one of them and have had no problems. People like to judge quality on price point of what they purchase. While this is in general a wise way to be, price does not always mean everything. For example, a Mercedes costs far more than a Ford. However, it can still have issues and glaring flaws just as much as the Ford can. Negative experience tends to draw our attention far more than positive experience so we tend to base our opinions and choices on that.

    In my opinion, Taurus makes a solid handgun and would be glad to buy more of them. My brother-in-law owns numerous handguns and several of them are Taurus. My father has a friend he works with that has a great many handguns, again many of them are Taurus and he has only good things to say about them. Sure they may not stand up to the repeated use and abuse that a Smith and Wesson may, however for my intents and purposes which are the occasional firing range visits and personal defense, my 605 poly will do just fine.

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    For light use they're fine, but I'd rather spend 100$ more for a cz or beretta. And did you just compare a Mercedes to a ford? Thats like comparing Johnny Cash to Justin Bieber.

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    JMessmer, I have several Taurus revolvers (38 Special & 357 Magnum); and many have in excess of 10,000+ rounds fired through them with no ill effects. You can get good & bad in any handgun; Charter®, Chiappa®, Colt®, Dan Wesson®, EAA®, Rossi®, Ruger®, Smith & Wesson®, or Taurus. In my case I am very happy with the Taurus® revolvers I have.

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    Do you really feel that 20 rds. is enough to prove a firearm's reliability?
    Quote Originally Posted by ArazelEternal View Post
    I currently own only one handgun. It is a Taurus Protector Polymer 357 Magnum. Ive only been to the range with it once this year, haven't had a chance to get out since. I put about 20 rounds through it, and have really liked it so far. Ive also fired other Taurus handguns, including a 1911 and another .357 with a 6 inch barrel (not sure what model it was) and the steel counter part to my 605 poly. Ive really liked each one of them and have had no problems. People like to judge quality on price point of what they purchase. While this is in general a wise way to be, price does not always mean everything. For example, a Mercedes costs far more than a Ford. However, it can still have issues and glaring flaws just as much as the Ford can. Negative experience tends to draw our attention far more than positive experience so we tend to base our opinions and choices on that.

    In my opinion, Taurus makes a solid handgun and would be glad to buy more of them. My brother-in-law owns numerous handguns and several of them are Taurus. My father has a friend he works with that has a great many handguns, again many of them are Taurus and he has only good things to say about them. Sure they may not stand up to the repeated use and abuse that a Smith and Wesson may, however for my intents and purposes which are the occasional firing range visits and personal defense, my 605 poly will do just fine.

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    Price mostly, and if you don't dig too deep, they actually look pretty appealing.
    I own one Taurus, an alloy frame .38 snubbie. It's not terrible. Once I cleaned the bead blast media out of it, it smoothed up really well. The SA trigger is ok. The DA trigger is a bit heavier than I'd prefer, but manageable. It's not they are necessarily terrible, it's just they aren't particularly good. If one must belabor the car analogy, Taurus is like getting an old Chevette for Ford Focus money. Sure, it may work ok, but your dollar didn't really buy as much as you would have hoped. With the US dollar circling the drain, they aren't even a particularly great value these days and they are only adequate in quality.
    Save up a bit more for a Ruger or a S&W.

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    I have Taurus TCP that I haven't had any problems with but having said that I doubt that I would buy another Taurus. Also have S&W 9c and a Beretta Neos (for plinking) and just got a Ruger LC9, this one mostly because it's impossible to find a shield. I do favor S&W but that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAMarine View Post
    Cheaper prices and good print advertising goes a long way...
    That sums it up quite well. Much like asking why McDonald's is so popular; it never has been because the burgers were the best. (Fries can be argued, but not the burger.)

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    I think most of the taurus gun bashers are just price snobs. For the ford merceds comparison. Merceds used starving Jewish slave labor consintration camp workers during ww2. A company I won't deal with.

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    What do Jewish slaves have to do with the poor quality of Taurus firearms?

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    Taurus should like being compared to a ford . Taurus quality is verry good as far as I have seen .My pt 145 will eat whatever I feed it never jams and is small enough to carry. What more could you ask for. Love this gun.

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    No hate mail here! Only own one taurus pistol, an 85SS My total pistol count is right at a dozon or so. Over a lifetime I have come to realize the best you can say about anything you have bought is-I would buy another one, and so it goes with the Taurus revolver. I WOULD buy another one. Wife "claimed" my J frame, Taurus is now my daily carry pistol.

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