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Greetings all. I've found the posts here to be enlightening and entertaining and I'm ready to participate myself. I haven't purchased one yet but it isn't any fault of Taurus, I just can't decide which model I want. When I was in the Air Force I carried an M9 so the obvious choice is a 92 because I'm familiar with the model. But then I also buy into the bigger is better concept of handgun ammunition which has me considering the 100 in .40. It's the same design but packs more punch (?) at the cost of lower magazine capacity. And last, but certainly not least, is the grand daddy of them all in looks and proven performance, the venerable 1911. I know it'll be one of those three, in stainless, but I haven't been able to pull the trigger on one ;). I've got some time to think about it, I've been away from shooting for a while and I'm still waiting on my FOID card from the state. It boils down to the 92 because I'm familiar with it and its capacity versus the 1911 with its classic good looks and performance with the 100 being a compromise between the 2. This is getting long so I'll wrap it up and look forward to any input you have to offer.
 

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Thanks Robby. Paul, that 1911 looks good with the Pachmayrs on it. I guess I should add that my new Taurus is going to be used for HD and recreational shooting. Depending on whether or not I still have "it" I may participate in my local range's "Fight Night" competitions. I'll probably go at least once just for the heck of it.
 

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If it is for HD and range shooting any of the 3 would be a good choice. If it was for carry I would recommend something smaller. Let us know as to your decision.
 

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Since I'm not "on the job" anymore and IL does not have CC size isn't really an issue. I intend to get the wife a smaller sized pistol in the future but I prefer a large frame myself as I have big hands and like the heft. I know caliber isn't as much an issue as the type of round you're firing and shot placement in a HD scenario. And statistically HD shootings don't empty an 8 round magazine. My dilemma, if I can call it that, is that I can only get one right now. Basically it boils down to which I'm going to buy first. From a practical stand point the 92SS is the bestter choice. I'm familiar with the model, the initial investment is lower, the ammunition is cheaper and a well placed JHP will get the job done. On the other hand the 1911 is just so dang COOL. I may have to wait until I get my FOID card, go down to the range, rent the 3 of them and leave the decision until after the test drive.
 

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Thanks Paul, appreciate you letting me use you as a sounding board. In the past my personal weapons have been revolvers and this is will be my first semi-auto. I notice from your posts you have the .45, a .40 and a 9mm. Could I impose on you to ask which is your favorite and why?
 

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InfidelIllini said:
I notice from your posts you have the .45, a .40 and a 9mm. Could I impose on you to ask which is your favorite and why?
I couldn't pick a favorite. I had my .40 first and carried a little with it but it is a little bigger than I like for carry. Then I got my 9mm and almost alway carry that now. I got my 1911 after finding this site and reading all the good reviews on them.

They all shoot well and I trust my life with all of them.

Sorry for not answering your question.
 

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Thanks for your reply and it was an answer. It tells me whichever I choose won't be a bad choice. I'll just keep reading the forums and see what I see. Worst case scenario heads 9mm, tails .45, if it lands on the edge, .40. ;D
 

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Welcome aboard, glad you could join us. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
 

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Welcome from TN I have the PT1911 and a friend has the 92 and love it and I would not give mine up for anything. I also have a XD-9 that i like alot it shoots great. Any of your choices are sound guns so pick what you like and tell us all about it , Don't forget pics :)
 

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Welcome to the forums.

Since you are already aquainted with the M9 Beretta the PT92/99 or the PT100/101 seems the way to go. The PT92 has some minor improvements over the Beretta model.

That includes the frame mounted safety which is easier to manipulate.

Other Taurus kin are the 911 in 9mm., 15 shot pistol. Smaller than the PT92, but still has full size pistol performance. Same for the PT940 in .40S&W. These both have 4 inch barrels and are easier to carry.

The PT1911 in .45ACP is great for those who dedicate themselves to shooting a single action pistol. Going to take time and experience and a different mind set over the traditional DA/SA pistols, but what the heck, it can be done.

While the polymer pistols are great getting used to a DAO concept trigger means a slightly tougher road to follow. It's more like a light revolver double action pull for each shot, but with a striker fired pistol. One has to start afresh and forget a lot of what they learned about shooting other types of pistols. Have to get used to the DAO beasts, but it is challanging and fun.

Taurus 24/7s are the one of the best of the breed in that catagory. There are the full size service pistol line and the compact line for more discreet CCW carry. There are also the OSS slightly over 5 inch barreled pistols.

Millennium Pro pistols of the PT132,138,111,140, and the PT145 are also good picks. Just realize that these are specialist guns and probably should be considered after mastering the larger brethren. Not to say that you are not there already or just about there.

I can bring up the links on the various models, but be prepared for some lengthy reading and absorbing the data time.

Since I am notr sure what you have read and have not I am not going to bring "everything" in the way of links unless it's officialy asked for. :)
 

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Welcome from West Texas! :wave:

Decisions, decisions!!!
 

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Thanks all, happy to be here. Yeah Smokewagon, I feel like a kid in a toy store and mom said I can only get one ;). Qwiks Draw's post has helped me break it down though. Since the object of the exercise is to get on the range and get back up to speed with a semi auto I think I'm going to go with the PT92SS or PT100SS. If I had one in front of me right now I know I'd be able to field strip it, inspect it for wear and defects and then reassemble it and perform a function check. I was comfortable with the fixed sights and even managed to qualify expert with them back in the day.

Since its going to be for HD and range use size isn't an issue. I have big hands and liked the way the M9 felt. Besides I still have holsters and magazine pouches for an M9 sized pistol.

While I'll probably get a 1911 in the future I'm not as familiar with that model as I am with the 92/100. I'll pick that one up after I'm reacquainted with the M9 type.

While I've read good things about the polymer pistols and realize they're the latest and greatest I'm not ready to go that route. I'll stick with DA/SA and having a hammer and save the DAO and strikers for a later date when I need a new challenge.

So the decision now is 9mm or .40. Since they are the same model the real question is, does the performance of the .40 round outweigh the greater capacity of the 9mm? Fortunately for me my local gun store has a range and rental weapons. While they don't have the PT92 or PT100 for rent they do have their Italian cousins. I plan on renting them and getting some range time to compare the feel before I pull the trigger on one.

So Qwiks Draw here's an official request for links on the 92 and 100 and whatever you have re 9mm vs .40.
 

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InfidelIllini, welcome to Taurus Armed from VEGAS!
 

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Welcome from Northern Indiana. I myself own my prized PT1911 SS, as well as a Mil Pro PT-145 I use for personal carry. My wife owns a Mil Pro PT-111 Stainless for fun shooting and personal carry. I, like paulrabe78 cannot really pick a favorite. I have shot the Taurus PT-92, and like it as well. Good luck on whatever you choose. :D
 
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