in a discussion over a stoeger cougar or a 24/7 pro, i spoke up for taurus but remained neutral on endorsement of either gun and this happen:
FIATABARTH said:The gun industry "gun of the year" has even less meaning than the "motor trend car of the year" does. Taurus makes good guns? Yes, four of them. PT92/99 & PT100/101. The rest of the taurus autos are related to lorcins and hi-points. The dealer I worked for for over a decade would have a taurus promotion over a weekend and then over the next week or so, the customers would be back in with the autos that did not feed or fire and revolvers with locked up cylinders or fractured parts. All had to go back to taurus for their "lifetime warranty" and it then took weeks and even months for them to be repaired. A good taurus belongs in a shadow box hanging on the wall as it is a collector's item!
The Cougar was and is a good gun. It never sold as well as Beretta would have liked and the price had a lot to do with that. If Stoeger keeps the quaility up, they should sell like hotcakes. Even Beretta is not perfect, they make the Tomcat, and it has had issues in the past, but the rest of the Beretta line more than makes up for that one product, taurus on the other hand, is in the other corner, it makes a single model line of pistols that are really good (PT92/99/100/101) and all of their plastic framed models are suspect at best & revolvers are somewhat better but have had issues in the past with poor quaility small parts used internally. Cheap guns are like cheap motorcycle helmets. Cheap helmets are good for cheap heads & cheap guns are to protect lives that have little value.
Taurus is the product of good marketing by ad agency. I doubt there are many taurus gun collections out there. They have no value for the long term.
I'm sorry, but saying taurus and Beretta in the same breath and implying they may somehow on some level be equal got me on my soapbox.