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So I finally picked up my pistol, my first ever handgun. Read through the manual and have searched this forum and the web for picks of what I think is a factory flaw. Can anyone tell me if this divot/chip is supposed to be here? Looks pretty rough for a machined cut. I'm so new to these things I'm not sure what this particular part of the slide is even called but the pics should help. Thanks in advance.
 

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No that is not normal. It shouldn’t have that divot in it. Looks like it was machined and there may have been a weak spot in the metal there. Probably didn’t come off until the gun was test fired and wasn’t caught. I would contact Taurus and see what they say


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I agree. That divot should not be there. Have you had a chance to fire it yet? Also, keep in mind that Taurus will provide a shipping label to send things back for only a limited time, after that the burden of shipping your firearm in for it's lifetime warranty falls on you.
 

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It looks like the mill that cuts the hole for firing pin safety plunger missed or slipped initially. The gouge is the same curvature as the hole the plunger sits in. It removed about 30% of the bearing surface and probably should be replaced is my quess. Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois.
 
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Casting flaw. Welcome to the world of gun ownership. Taurus really does make a fine product and I hope this doesn't steer you away from them. Unfortunately your 1st experience with them will probably result in your gun being held hostage for several months.
 

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That looks like a hammer blow. Look at the edge there. It appears to be rolled over a bit.
 

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Yiss...no never fired it I noticed it right off first thing when I broke it down to clean all the factory grease off. No metal shavings or chunks in the box, besides with it shipped assembled there is no way that could happen. Pretty frustrated because I don't even know if I should fire it in this condition. Can you tell me what the purpose of this slab is and what job it does when firing?
 

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I agree. That divot should not be there. Have you had a chance to fire it yet? Also, keep in mind that Taurus will provide a shipping label to send things back for only a limited time, after that the burden of shipping your firearm in for it's lifetime warranty falls on you.
I Forgot how the forum works, see my reply above. Haven't fired yet.
 

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Lots of input as to what it might be but it certainly isn't correct. I agree with Czech in that it looks like the mill bit came down a bit before the part was in the correct jig location. I don't know how they mill the holes but I would think that they are in an automated conveyor jig and move into place consecutively. Looks like the bit dropped a bit off center initially. But doesn't Taurus do a test firing before the gun is packaged for sale? If there was a firing issue it might (MIGHT) have been caught. Regardless, it should go back for a replacement slide assembly or a new gun altogether.
 
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Lots of input as to what it might be but it certainly isn't correct. I agree with Czech in that it looks like the mill bit came down a bit before the part was in the correct jig location. I don't know how they mill the holes but I would think that they are in an automated conveyor jig and move into place consecutively. Looks like the bit dropped a bit off center initially. But doesn't Taurus do a test firing before the gun is packaged for sale? If there was a firing issue it might (MIGHT) have been caught. Regardless, it should go back for a replacement slide assembly or a new gun altogether.
THIS! That pistol should have never made it through QC!

Blow up of poor machining:

 

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The issue is: the pistol may function fine now or not? Over time that chip will be subjected to all the stresses of firing and may grow, eventually rendering the pistol inoperable. :(
 

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Thanks everyone. I guess the prudent thing to do would be to contact them now but I haven't even got to put a single round through it, what a bummer. This will only add fuel to the fire for my buddies that said I should have went with a Glock.
 

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Thanks everyone. I guess the prudent thing to do would be to contact them now but I haven't even got to put a single round through it, what a bummer. This will only add fuel to the fire for my buddies that said I should have went with a Glock.
Because Glocks NEVER have issues! (Insert eyesroll emoji here) ;)

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Thanks everyone. I guess the prudent thing to do would be to contact them now but I haven't even got to put a single round through it, what a bummer. This will only add fuel to the fire for my buddies that said I should have went with a Glock.
I've got a 1982 and 1987 taurus. Neither have had a single issue. I've owned 3 glocks and happily sold all 3. I still own 3 taurus guns and will never sell them.
 

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Thanks everyone. I guess the prudent thing to do would be to contact them now but I haven't even got to put a single round through it, what a bummer. This will only add fuel to the fire for my buddies that said I should have went with a Glock.

It is a great pistol, when made correctly, and at a fraction of the Glock price. I hope that they can turn it around fast for you to learn to like it.
 
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Thanks everyone. I guess the prudent thing to do would be to contact them now but I haven't even got to put a single round through it, what a bummer. This will only add fuel to the fire for my buddies that said I should have went with a Glock.

It is a great pistol, when made correctly, and at a fraction of the Glock price. I hope that they can turn it around fast for you to learn to like it.
Yeah that's what I was thinking when I bought it after a lot of research. Talked to my buddy who has every Glock and he says he thinks it's no big deal just cosmetic and at the price I paid he's thinking of buying two, No Brainer is what he said so there is hope for him and the Glk gang I guess. It cycles rounds and dummies fine so I'm gonna shoot it and talk to a local shop guy and see what he thinks before I part with it for 3 months.
 

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Send it back and let them fix it. You'll be more satisfied in the long run. I had a Glock 26 once. It kept sending the brass to my face. Very annoying. Tried everything to fix it to no avail. Hang in there with Taurus, they'll make it right.
 

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Heck, you could keep the one you have and buy a second one and STILL have paid less than what a Glock costs.
 

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Jump over to sigtalk.com and check out all the issues with the high dollar sigs. And yes, the p320 is still on my short list ;)
 

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So I finally picked up my pistol, my first ever handgun. Read through the manual and have searched this forum and the web for picks of what I think is a factory flaw. Can anyone tell me if this divot/chip is supposed to be here? Looks pretty rough for a machined cut. I'm so new to these things I'm not sure what this particular part of the slide is even called but the pics should help. Thanks in advance.

Dear OP,

As others have undoubtedly stated (I didn't read the thread yet, coming immediately to reply) that is a pretty glaring flaw in the machining, and I can't for the life of me, figure out how it made it through QC.

If you recently bought the gun, get it right back to where you purchased it for them to return it to Taurus, on Taurus's dime. You'll be w/o your only gun for a bit, which will give you a perfect chance to do what I'm about to suggest.

I'm going to give you a solid piece of advice - one that will no doubt be controversial around these parts, but nonetheless, as a new gun owner, somebody ought to 'shoot you straight' (pun intended, of course).

Get a quality handgun for your first rig, man. Allocate/save/be ready to spend ~$500-600 for a good, trustworthy firearm. The best bang for your $500-600 is a Glock 9mm (such as Glock 17, Glock 19, et al), a Smith & Wesson Shield or M&P pistol, or a Ruger SR series pistol.

There are lots of good gun brands, but the ones I listed are IMO, the most gun for the money, and reliable.

Look, Taurus isn't a 'bad' gun company. They aren't a 'good' gun company, either. Some Taurus firearms are indeed decent, even quality guns. I've got a Millenium G2 (PT-111) that I've been extremely happy w/, and have become quite fond of. As a matter of fact, it's on my hip in an IWB holster at this moment.

You can come back and fool around w/ semi-reliable guns down the line if you wish, but if you require a gun rather than a project, and don't enjoy gambling w/ safety, by all means, locate and purchase a Glock, S&W, Ruger, et al.

I fully expect to be flamed or called names for stating what many of us know, but I'll be damned if I let some new person get into an unexpected mess. Firearms for home defense/carry NEED to be dead-nuts reliable - period.

Good luck.
 
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