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10 December 2007
MIAMI -- Derived from the company's popular Taurus OSS model designed for U.S. Armed Forces, this series boasts many new customer requested features including an added external hammer. The 800 Series has everything one would expect to find on one of the most advanced semi-auto pistols in the world.
The 800 Series, available in .45 ACP, .40 cal and 9mm, features Taurus industry changing Strike Two capability. Firing normally from single action mode, if the primer ever fails to ignite, the gun reverts to double action mode to provide a potentially life-saving second or third try at a faulty cartridge. Research indicates an 88 percent or better chance the round will fire on re-strike. The pistol will automatically revert back to single action mode.
When field stripping the 800 Series, which is achieved quickly with unique take-down levers, users will be impressed with the firearms rugged construction including a forged slide and captured recoil spring with stainless steel guide rod. These components help create incredibly balanced spring pressure that allow for record-setting cycle times capable of firing ten rounds in under a second.
The series also features true ambidextrous magazine release buttons and extended magazine bumpers that double as a finger rest and save damage to the magazine when ejected in rapid-fire situations. Included with each firearm are three of Taurus exclusive magazines, which fit into super guided wells for record-setting reloading. Each magazine is double stacked for hi-capacity and features witness holes for easy round count.
As always, Taurus is committed to providing its customers with the most advanced safety features. The 800 Series offers ultimate exclusive protection with three internal safeties, unnoticed by the shooter when firing. True ambidextrous safety and decock lever allows the user to leave a live round in the chamber and safely decock or leave a round in the chamber and apply the safety with the left or right hand. The series also comes standard with a visual loaded chamber indicator and the unique Taurus Security System® that allows users to securely lock the gun using an inconspicuous onboard key-lock. Each caliber is available in either blue or stainless steel. MSRP $623.00 - $686.00.
Beginning as a small tool manufacturer in Porto Alegre, Brazil over sixty years ago, Taurus has become a diversified, international company celebrating resounding success as one of the worlds leading small arms manufacturers. In 1941 the company produced its first revolver, and in 1984 changed the industry forever by offering customers an unqualified LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY!", posting record growth every year since.
For more information about Taurus and its complete line of products contact: Taurus International MFG, Inc., 1-800-327-3776, or visit