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I've been a member here for a long while, but I have also been away for a long while. After a nightmare experience with Taurus CS, I just could no longer say anything positive about Taurus nor recommend them to anyone. I didn't want to be a troll, so I moved over to the S&W Forum. My wife kept her 85 and my son still has an 82, so there are still a couple in the family. I myself no longer have one.

I miss the good folks here, and what used to be a value in a great revolver. I am hoping that Taurus quality has improved over the last year. I will be buying a Ruger Mark IV soon, but might consider a Taurus 66 afterward, if the company has started to value it's customers a bit better. I hope to see some good reports on here.

I hope everyone has been doing well, and hope to hear from everyone in the New Year.
 

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Welcome back Six. I think many of us have experienced the Taurus CS disappointment. Currently I only have Taurus revolvers ( 605,627& Judge ). So I can;t help with current quality of the 66's. However I did recently pick up a Mark 4 22/45 and have both a lite upper and a long barrel heavy upper for it, it is amazing!
 
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Hey there SixFalls, it's been a while.

Can't really add anything of value when it comes to the model 66. Right now Taurus is going through so many changes in model numbers, discontinued models and reintroducing new models that mimic the old now discontinued that it can be plan ridiculous trying to keep up with any sanity in the Taurus train of thought.

Add into the mix that the new models only come with a 1 year limited warranty, and the old model that was almost identical to the new line up entry is now on a 5 year count down to ending it's lifetime warranty and Taurus can be even less appealing.

You can throw into the mix a guess that maybe part of the root cause of all of this ridiculous going on could have to do with past law suite settlements, warranty cost from past sales, or even the fact that maybe Taurus is attempting to stream line the inventory for the manufacturing move from Brazil to the USA.

One additional kink is that the revolver line of Taurus seems to have shrunk as has available inventory of certain models, meaning that, that $330 model 66 of the past may now be a $450+ shelf price tagged revolver.

Not be come across as a Debbie Downer, but I simply state it as I see it.

Either way on your decision of purchasing a 66 we don't really care....what we do care about is you coming back to the family here at T/A. We are not now or ever have been only focused on Taurus, we are a very cultural wise group of individuals....yea, that just doesn't sound right. We are just us, and you know that your welcome.
 

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Should you choose to get a Taurus revolver of recent manufacture, all I can recommend is go stainless. The new black finish is terrible.
 

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Welcome back Six. I think many of us have experienced the Taurus CS disappointment. Currently I only have Taurus revolvers ( 605,627& Judge ). So I can;t help with current quality of the 66's. However I did recently pick up a Mark 4 22/45 and have both a lite upper and a long barrel heavy upper for it, it is amazing!
For the foreseeable future, I will only consider Taurus revolvers. I am done with the semi-auto's for now even though I am happy with my PT111 (which I purchases myself), my PT92, and of course my beloved Tracker. My experience when they "recalled" my PT24/7 was just too painful and frustrating.
 

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Should you choose to get a Taurus revolver of recent manufacture, all I can recommend is go stainless. The new black finish is terrible.
I will most definitely second this motion! I like to use the word "abomination" when referring to the new black finish. It needs to go away!

Back to the Model 66, mine was "born" early in the Summer of 2017 in Brazil. I have no issues what so ever with mine and have had no need to contact Customer Service RE: any issues. (I did call and ask why I couldn't find mine listed in their "FIND MY MODEL" lookup on their website). The fit and finish are excellent as is function. I would like to think that the 66 remains an anchor in the Taurus revolver lineup. I see that it is still listed on the TaurusUSA website and I see no mention of availability being limited to stock on hand. It would be sad to see such a solid performer kicked to the curb.

I agree with those that take exception with the practice of discontinuing a model only to make a small modification then after giving it a new name, re-introducing it as a "New Model" that now falls under a different warranty. I don't have specifics and I'm sure that many manufacturers do it but it's kinda cheesy.
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I myself no longer have one.
You don't necessarily have to be a Taurus owner to be a member here. I myself, bought a Glock yesterday. :shocked:

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You don't necessarily have to be a Taurus owner to be a member here. I myself, bought a Glock yesterday. :shocked:

Welcome back!
You bought a block? Are you babysitting? :D
 

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I guess curiosity and weakness got the best of me. I've shot them before, so I thought I would own one. At least for a while.
 
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....... I myself, bought a Glock yesterday.....
I don't nor have I ever owned a Glock, but we all have friends that do. Glocks, love'em or hate'em, you can't deny the quality. They have changed the handgun world forever, and if you have looked at a Benelli Supernova, the shotgun world as well. My prodigal son just bought a Springfield XD. After shooting this plastic wonder and chewing the X ring out of the target, I had to admit, that I liked it.... A LOT! One may be in my future yet.
 

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Glad to have you back! You don't have to even own a Taurus to hang out here. The Lounge, the Firing Line, and the Other handguns/rifles forums are enough to keep one entertained.



Glocks.... ugh.
 

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I tried a Taurus revolver. It didn't work out too well for me but that's one example. I still have it though. Mine is definitely lacking in the accuracy department, at least compared to my S&W's which I continue to prefer. It's not horrible, but it's not good either. It could be fixed it but I don't think it's worth spending any money on.

But I can't really pass judgment on them all based on my one example but let's just say I won't buy one I can't inspect first.

The "stainless" does look better than the horrid black finish, but it's a "stainless finish"...what it's actually made out of remains a mystery.
 

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I tried a Taurus revolver. It didn't work out too well for me but that's one example. I still have it though. Mine is definitely lacking in the accuracy department, at least compared to my S&W's which I continue to prefer. It's not horrible, but it's not good either. It could be fixed it but I don't think it's worth spending any money on.

But I can't really pass judgment on them all based on my one example but let's just say I won't buy one I can't inspect first.

The "stainless" does look better than the horrid black finish, but it's a "stainless finish"...what it's actually made out of remains a mystery.
I've got 4 DA Taurus revolvers and every one of 'em has amazing accuracy. I'd say you got a lemon. I've cleaned a lot of clocks in competitions with my 4" 66, most of those were Smith and Wesson clocks. I have an old Smith and Wesson M10 that shoots 1.5" at 25 yards off sandbags. It doesn't have as good a trigger as my 4" 66, either. My 4" 66 will shoot 1" with its fave loads, .38 wadcutter and 140 speer (no longer available) in .357 brass over 17 grains of 2400. I bought some 140 XTPs, but haven't tested 'em. XTPs tend to be accurate in other calibers I load for, though.

Actually, my old 80s model 3" 66 is as accurate as that 4" heavy barrel M10. Both of my snubbies, a 85UL and a 605 Poly, will shoot 3" off the bench at 25 yards. That's decent snubby accuracy, about all I can do with the shorter sight radius on those guns.

I don't care for modern Smith and Wessons at all. They take too many short cuts for the price now days. I like my Taurus revolvers and Rugers have always pleased me. :D
 

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You don't necessarily have to be a Taurus owner to be a member here. I myself, bought a Glock yesterday. :shocked:

Welcome back!

Well, I'll never stoop THAT low. :rofl:
 

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As I said my very next handgun I hope to be a .22R Ruger Mark IV. But, My second will be a wheel gun. Probably a S&W 67 or 64, because I really like them But, I might cast a lingering glance at a good 66 or 65 for the right money. The problem is that everyone I find is within $50 the price of a used Taurus 64 or 67. If I can buy a new one for less than $400, then I'm not paying $300 for a used one, when I can buy the S&W, 15/67 or 10/64 for that same money.
 

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Well, I gave $180 for my 3" 66 and $197 for my 4" used.....15-20 years ago. That was a great price even THEN, though. You don't even WANNA know what a 3" M19 ran back then...if you could find one. I had a 19, like my Taurus 66 just as well. Smith and Wesson, IMHO, ain't got nothing on a good Taurus revolver, especially if you're talking a pinned barrel older Taurus and a new production Smith. I do prefer the older guns, Smith or Taurus.
 
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I guess I'm just fortunate I know I' not lucky but I've owned several Taurus revolvers and never had a problem with any except those pesky moon clips on a 905.

I now have Two model 85's one 605 and. I carry a model 617.
All have been very reliable well made firearms.

Well maybe I'm lucky after all.
 

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My 4" model 66 Taurus is a great shooting gun. The best part is if I had to use it for self defense and missed the bark from the 4" barrel would scare him away. I dont claim to be a marksman but at 15 yds the results were good. More practice would help.
 

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Welcome back, SixFalls!
Taurus CS is still hit or miss.
I have always had good response with CS.
But reading some of the posts on this forum, others have not.
I have two PT-111 G2's, a PT-738, and a Model 85 snubbie.
I love my 111's, and my wife likes the 85.
The 738 is my problem child (too many FTE's).
I sent it back for repairs two months ago. Still waiting for its return.
 

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Welcome back, I to have been away for a while and it sure feels good to be home :)
 
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