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How to Choose The Right Taurus Firearms for You By eHow Contributor



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Taurus Firearms is one of the fastest growing manufacturers of pistols in the world, and with their commitment to technology and reliability they produce a number of excellent guns.

Because Taurus Firearms has so many good options to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. There are a lot of factors to consider like revolver versus semi automatic, steel versus composite frame, and of course the caliber selection.

This article will help you narrow down your options to select the Taurus Firearms that are perfect for you.

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The first question you really need to answer for yourself about Taurus Firearms is what you are going to be using the gun for. For home protection you'll want the largest caliber gun with the biggest capacity magazine that you can shoot accurately and be comfortable with. If you are thinking about concealment then you want the strongest gun in the smallest and lightest weight package. If you are in Law Enforcement or need a duty pistol for something else like security you might be looking at a size and power combination somewhere in between the two. Remember, in a situation where you are forced to defend yourself you will never wish that you had a less powerful gun or less ammunition, so choose carefully.
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When you've really got an idea of what you'll be using your Taurus Firearms for you can start to answer the age old question or revolver versus semi automatic pistol. Revolvers tend to be extremely reliable but you do sacrifice some capacity in terms of rounds and reload time is usually slower for most shooters. With a semi automatic pistol you get increased ammunition capacity but semi autos do jam from time to time. There are old schoolers who wouldn't consider anything else but a revolver, and others who swear by their semi automatics. Most Law Enforcement agencies have gone to semi automatic pistols for their standard issue guns due to the increased round capacity and faster reloading time, so that is an important point in favor of semi automatics. The FBI also did away with revolvers after they were out gunned in the infamous 1980's Miami shootout, and moved to a larger .40 S&W duty round. To make an accurate choice you really need to spend some time shooting both types of pistol and see what you like from there.
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Taurus Firearms has been an innovator in composite frame designs and this is important with respect to your gun choice. The advantage of a composite frame is great durability with a dramatic reduction in weight over a steel gun. Any time that you have a heavier gun it will make for a very different experience both in draw time and fatigue for many shooters, especially if you have to carry it all day. Some people don't like the "plastic" feel of composite or polymer framed guns so you need to get each one in your hand and examine and fire it to determine what will be your choice.
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The final aspect of your Taurus Firearms purchase that you should consider is caliber selection. The most popular calibers are .38, 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP in order from smallest to largest. If you're thinking about self defense on the street you have to consider that the larger caliber you buy will have a greater chance of over penetration, which means that the bullet can go right through your target and hit someone or something behind it. Always being aware of what's beyond your target and using modern hollow point ammunition will reduce this but you still need to think about it. A larger caliber means a larger gun as well so again, which will fatigue you in a carry all day situation. This is much less of a concern in home self defense. The price of the ammunition with respect to caliber selection is one last thing to think about. 9mm ammo is generally cheapest of the mentioned calibers and the higher up in caliber you go the more expensive it will be to practice with too.

Tips & Warnings

Go slow and take your time making your selection from all of the Taurus Firearms that are available. You want something that you can trust your life to, so this is not the time to rush.
 

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You've hit another virtual home run by posting this article, sir!:rating10:

There is a lot of very helpful information in it that can benefit folks who are new to handguns, and to those of us who are very experienced with them.
 

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The article is great. The problem is that there are few of the guns around to be purchased! Not that I'm allowed to :( Something about needing luxuries like food, water, heat, clothes, gas, etc etc
 

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The article is great. The problem is that there are few of the guns around to be purchased! Not that I'm allowed to :( Something about needing luxuries like food, water, heat, clothes, gas, etc etc
True there are few pistolas to go around right now, but lets look at those luxuries, food = peanut butter don't need no bread, water = tap water unless you have a well, clothes=who needs them anyway we should all go around the way we were born, gas=walk or bicycle, heat= heck it's getting to be summer who needs it. :D
 

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"If you're thinking about self defense on the street you have to consider that the larger caliber you buy will have a greater chance of over penetration, which means that the bullet can go right through your target and hit someone or something behind it."

I'll have to disagree with this point in the article. They must be talking about hardball.
 

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I ECHO NYPD here. I would have rolled the penetration concerns up into the hollowpoint vs target/hardball argument. Would have perhaps used this avenue to discuss caliber vs comfort level to shoot.

Gotta agree that now represents a difficult time to take up the shooting sport.

Gotta appreciate that after Tiger's wife beat him up with that 9 iron that golf gear didn't have legislative ban discussions circling like vultures putting golf out of reach as a past time. . . .
 

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The article is great. The problem is that there are few of the guns around to be purchased! Not that I'm allowed to :( Something about needing luxuries like food, water, heat, clothes, gas, etc etc
Guess I should mention that while at Bass Pro this morning, the handgun case was full of Taurus revolvers and pistols, at least 2 dozen of each, all calibers.
 
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