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.
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.