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    PT709 misfires

    Good Morning,
    I purchased a PT709 slim and when at the range about every 20th to 30th round hangs. It appears that the primer has been hit but perhaps not hard enough. I have since then tried several different factory cartridges and even some I have reloaded all with the same result.
    When it does work I’m very happy with it and I really love the slim form factor, I would just be happier with the reliability if it didn’t hang.

    My question is, is this a known issue with this model? Could anyone recommend any other possibilities of this problem? Would it be possible to purchase a new spring/firing pin? What are the measurements of both so I can check if that is indeed the problem?
    I appreciate any help any can offer.

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    John2459

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    First welcome to our humble forum!
    as its a taurus 709 and i think about to be discontinued if not already then it might have been sitting on a shelf for a while.
    the reason that i mention this is that taurus is known for way over lubricating (or preservative) inside the weapons even in busy model years.
    many, many , many stories like yours among these pages.
    so long story short i suggest that you get some gunscrubber or something similiar that is presurized, field strip that gun spray the hell out of it in all the nooks and crannies.(especially the firing pin channel area)
    let it sit for a while then go anout a normal cleaning process and try it again.
    if the weapon doesn't respond then I suggest that you quickly contact Taurus and set up a return I think the time for them paying return shipping to the factory is down to like 90 days now.
    hope this helps you.
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    My built in 2017 PT709 had two fail-to-fire on first strike in the first 50 rounds. Both fired on re-strike.
    Thorough cleaning after that range trip - including removing the striker and cleaning the sleeve and channel - has taken care of the issue with over 500 rounds through it now without a singe problem. Have never had a FTF or FTE, only the two re-strikes over its life so far.
    Thorough and frequent cleaning with moderate lube make mine a very pleasant firearm experience. Mine is surprisingly accurate and dependable for a short barrel.
    Hope yours proves to be the same.
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    Welcome to the Forum! Good advice from above. I know it's a pain when you have "early on" issues. The reliability question starts to get louder and louder. I'm thinking cleaning and more break-in time.

    As I browse various gun forums it surprises me to find common out of the box problems with various makes/models that are far more expensive!

    I have 2 709's. Sorry to see that it is being replaced by the new G2S. I'm sure that you've got a good one. Keep working on the break-in time. It'll get there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors View Post
    First welcome to our humble forum!
    as its a taurus 709 and i think about to be discontinued if not already then it might have been sitting on a shelf for a while.
    the reason that i mention this is that taurus is known for way over lubricating (or preservative) inside the weapons even in busy model years.
    many, many , many stories like yours among these pages.
    so long story short i suggest that you get some gunscrubber or something similiar that is presurized, field strip that gun spray the hell out of it in all the nooks and crannies.(especially the firing pin channel area)
    let it sit for a while then go anout a normal cleaning process and try it again.
    if the weapon doesn't respond then I suggest that you quickly contact Taurus and set up a return I think the time for them paying return shipping to the factory is down to like 90 days now.
    hope this helps you.
    Great advice!!! Just one minor addition - DO NOT put a liquid lube into the firing pin channel. The lube picks up dust and dirt and can lead to the exact problem you describe. Especially under cold conditions as the oil changes viscosity. If you use a dry lube, use it very sparingly. (I apologize if I jacked your post, Olfarhors).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divebum View Post
    Great advice!!! Just one minor addition - DO NOT put a liquid lube into the firing pin channel. The lube picks up dust and dirt and can lead to the exact problem you describe. Especially under cold conditions as the oil changes viscosity. If you use a dry lube, use it very sparingly. (I apologize if I jacked your post, Olfarhors).
    ahh --YEA!
    normal cleaning/lubing process "as mentioned" does NOT include lubricating the firing pin channel nor striker channel.
    IF one must absouletely lubricate those areas I suggest using a dri type lube like graphite or something.
    but your point is certainly a thing to be pointed out for sure.
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    In August of last year I was able to track down and buy a new 709 from JoeBobOutfitters.
    It was made Nov. 26, 2016. Or at least that is the date on the box.
    I field stripped it and inspected it. I put a dab of Weapon Shield on the Slide Guide Tabs and fired 150 rounds of Winchester Nato through it without a hitch. I cleaned and lubed it and put it away. I didn't get a chance to shoot again for a month but then put another 150 rounds of the Winchester Steel Case through it.
    I don't know what a "proper" break in is, but She is cleaned, oiled and loaded. I don't feel like I have any reason to not trust it to fire each time.
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    Damn now where did i put my bi-focals and magnifying glass??
    I hate it when that happens!!!
    I know they are here somewhere??????--------
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    Between mine, one that my son had and one that my brother had we encountered way too many light strikes to consider it for a carry gun. They got rid of theirs. I kept mine for a range toy. I've been carring the Smith and Wesson M&P.
    Mine went back to Taurus for a very long vavtion and repair but it still suffers light strikes.

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