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    TH9 Owners?

    Just picked mine up this afternoon. Mag release is rough (I imagine it'll wear in) but overall I'm not unhappy. It eats cheap Remington UMC 115g FMJ consistently with only a few feed failures at first (part of breaking in). I'd eventually like to swap out the plastic guide rod and swap in some tritium sights. Now the hunt for spare mags is on!

    I'm curious to hear others opinions and experiences with their TH9s.

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    Congrats on your new pistol!

    As with all new Taurus guns, clean it, clean it, clean it! Including inside the magazine.
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    Congratulations on your new PH. Seems like a simple change in ammunition choice may lead to more dependability and less feed issues. There are a large number of Firearms that doesn't card for the brand of inexpensive ammunition.

    As for extra magazines, give it time for production to catch up with the market demand. Not to mention, Taurus is known for creating a shortage of magazines that fit their own products.

    Given that Taurus now only gives a one year warranty on new models i would focus more on the feed issues than magazines first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkane View Post
    Just picked mine up this afternoon. Mag release is rough (I imagine it'll wear in) but overall I'm not unhappy. It eats cheap Remington UMC 115g FMJ consistently with only a few feed failures at first (part of breaking in). I'd eventually like to swap out the plastic guide rod and swap in some tritium sights. Now the hunt for spare mags is on!

    I'm curious to hear others opinions and experiences with their TH9s.
    I think that you are the first verified TH9 owner ( well, you'll be verified when you post some PICS of that TH9...at any rate ) on the forum. Some of us have been thinking that they were vaporware!

    Where was it made, btw? Brazil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yissnakk View Post
    I think that you are the first verified TH9 owner ( well, you'll be verified when you post some PICS of that TH9...at any rate ) on the forum. Some of us have been thinking that they were vaporware!

    Where was it made, btw? Brazil?
    Yeah, they are not vaporware and are being made in Brazil and marked Taurus SA on the left side with Taurus Miami as the importer mark on the right. I think I snagged the last one grabagun in Texas had. Name:  IMG_0551.jpg
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    OK, here's my experience and impression:

    Pros:
    The grip is comfortable, this is actually the first poly pistol I have liked the grip on. Haven't played around with the thin and fat backstraps but I don't think I'll need to.
    The texturing is aggressive but not abrasive.
    The slide requires no unusual effort to cycle. It's actually really nice and smooth (once I wiped the rails down).
    Its fit & finish are good with one exception, the mag release (see below).
    The trigger is actually good. I'm giddy that a $300 Taurus has a trigger this nice. Probably the closest similarity I could draw to this trigger would be a new Beretta M9 with less slack.
    It's a hammer fired full size SA/DA with a rail, frame mounted safety/decocker for under $300.
    The mags are Mec-Gars. Never had a problem with their mags.

    Cons:
    The thing was dirty as heck out of the box. I mean dirt. Not powder residue, but it looks like after they got through test firing someone took it to the beach. It's obvious Brazilians still don't know how to clean pistols.
    The "ambi" magazine release is horribly sticky out of the box. I've been inserting and releasing mags to help it break in but as of now it works fine from the right side. The left side? Not so much. I may actually disassemble it and see if I can find any dirt hiding in there (I'm willing to bet this pistol went to Carnival and woke up drunk and naked on the beach).
    The guide rod is plastic. Plastic. Not even aluminum, and looking at it and the spring setup I know it ain't going to last. I'm currently researching if another model is compatible otherwise I'll either have to wait for aftermarket ones to come out or find a machine shop willing to take on the task.
    The manual is horrible. As in worse than Chinese AK manuals. It's got 10x more warnings than actual useful information and instructions. Obviously made to cover their corporate backsides.
    It's a Taurus. That means crappy customer service (Here HK, hold my beer) and hard to find spare mags and parts. I went into this fully knowing that.

    I now have 150 rounds of Remington UMC 115g FMJ through it, which is the cheapest brass cased 9mm we can get around here. The sights were dead on from the factory and nailing a coke can @ 15 yards is easy. One concern I have is the plastic/poly/whatever guide rod is already showing more wear than I like. Hopefully we'll get some aftermarket guide rods. If it breaks I ain't sending it off for a year+ (I had a PT-92 that I didn't see for 9 months once).

    Using the realization I was buying a $300 (after shipping) Taurus it's not that bad. This pistol has such great potential, I mean with a few minor upgrades this pistol could be an XD and even a Glock killer. If Taurus will step up to the plate and up their customer service game they have a serious entry level contender here. I ain't holding my breath.

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    Just a note, first thanks for the review.
    I personally wouldn't be to concerned with a poly guide rod myself.
    of course a lot depends on the quality of the poly that its made from.
    but a lot of new weapons have gone to poly guide rods.
    all my CZ I believe have poly guide rods and several are at the plus 7-K , plus 5 -K and so on rounds trouble free.
    I think it has pretty much been proven that the choice of poly, aluminum. steel guide rods are a personal opinion/ thought process , much like guide rods in 1911, GI, Full Length, different metal alloys etc.
    also It would be interesting to know IF taurus actually test fired the weapon?
    to my knowledge this isn't a normal process for them.
    wish you luck with your new bull.
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    Thanks for the excellent review! Well written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olfarhors View Post
    Just a note, first thanks for the review.
    I personally wouldn't be to concerned with a poly guide rod myself.
    of course a lot depends on the quality of the poly that its made from.
    but a lot of new weapons have gone to poly guide rods.
    all my CZ I believe have poly guide rods and several are at the plus 7-K , plus 5 -K and so on rounds trouble free.
    I think it has pretty much been proven that the choice of poly, aluminum. steel guide rods are a personal opinion/ thought process , much like guide rods in 1911, GI, Full Length, different metal alloys etc.
    also It would be interesting to know IF taurus actually test fired the weapon?
    to my knowledge this isn't a normal process for them.
    wish you luck with your new bull.
    Yes it had been test fired, and honestly it looks like they used more than a round or two with the amount of residue left in it. If I recall correctly both of my PT-92s were dirty when I got them as well but that's been over a decade ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkane View Post
    Yes it had been test fired, and honestly it looks like they used more than a round or two with the amount of residue left in it. If I recall correctly both of my PT-92s were dirty when I got them as well but that's been over a decade ago.

    OH YEA!
    Dirty for sure, lots of grease and metal filings in most of mine, no signs of powder residue or wear on the rails and other parts though.
    then of course IF you get one thats really been on a shelf for awhile you get that nice old brown grease that's hard as a brick .
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