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I have had some problems with FTE, Stovepipe. I noticed that my barrel moves away from the chamber slightly, the barrel does not stay in one position. Is this normal? On my other pistols, there may be a slight bit of movement, but not much at all. Most move about the width of a piece of paper. The Taurus barrel moves so I can see a gap between the chamber and barrel. It looks big enough to cause problems. Should I send this back to Taurus? I have just about given up on this gun. Thanks all!
 

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Sorry but you are going to have to give a better description, possibly even photos.

On a semi-auto like your PT709 the chamber and the barrel are one piece - it is all made from a single piece of steel.
If you really had a gap between the chamber and barrel it would mean your chamber and barrel assembly was broken beyond repair.

Please post a photo of the gap you are referring to.

I'm guessing what you are actually referring to is the gap between the rear of the chamber and the breech face, or possibly the muzzle of the barrel and the slide, but have no way to know for certain.
 

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Are you talking about a gap between the chamber (which is attached to the barrel) and the breech face (the back part where the firing pin comes out of and strike's the bullet's primer)?
 

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It sounds to like you are describing a gap between the chamber and the breech face when the slide is forward and in firing position. The breech face should engage the face of the chamber because when the slide closes the breech face is the part making contact with the cartridge to drive it into the chamber and hold is firmly in place ready to be fired. If the breech face did not do that the casing could/would dislodge and move rearward when fired. That is something you never want o have happen especially in a polymer gun.

I do not own a 709 so I looked at a variety of photos on the internet and saw none that showed a space at the point where chamber and breech face meet. I just snapped the photo below to illustrate what my G2C looks like when the slide is fully closed.

Unless the 709 has some unique design, which I cannot imagine, I believe that you will have to send the gun back for repair.

When rounds stovepipe on clambering or there are FTEs the problem is likely to be the ejector or the magazine. Either one of those could cause the slide to not fully close.
 

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Well OP, on a locked-breach action (as you probably already know), the barrel block has to have a certain amount of "tightness" in the slide cutout. I checked all of my semi-autos, and none of them move back and forth. I would at least have a gunsmith give it a look.
 

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Before you blame the gun examine the way you grip it. I found out that my PT-22 didn't cycle and I experienced the same problem until a friend told me the to check my grip. I found out that i wasn't gripping it firmly enough and when I did grip it right, the problem went away. Another friend also had the same problem with his Baby Eagle polymer and when I fired it, it worked perfectly being a CZ clone. He changed his grip and it now works fine for him.
One of my friends has a PT709 which is a pleasure to shoot and it works flawlessly.
 
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