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I had the opportunity to speak with a Taurus factory representative today at the Great American Outdoors Show in Harrisburg PA. I noted that the Spectrum was not on display (as it has been the past few years). The rep stated that while Taurus supposedly has enough parts pre-made and in-stock to make more Spectrums, the company does not anticipate continuing production at this time. Apparently, this is largely in response to the bargain-basement Spectrum prices lately (his opinion or fact, I'm not sure). The fellow did go on to express some regret with the direction of Taurus as he likes Spectrum on a personal-use level.


Our mileage may vary, but I thought it interesting [though not unexpected] news from the Taurus factory rep and wished to share.
 

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As an early adopter of the Spectrum, I had expressed hope that Taurus would release a Spectrum II (a new model where the light strike issue had been resolved, and possibly with a few other minor improvements). I still say that it is the best ergonomically designed mini-pistol ever made (for my hand, anyway). It's too bad the reliability wasn't there. Now, it is likely too late. The gun's reputation precedes it.
 

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This explains why it's not on their web site any more.
 

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It's a t'was ever thus' of the human race...:dunno:...when they've finally got somethin' good and that really works, they have to do away with it. This is why all of the ancient, so-called advanced civilizations became extinct. I've had two small glitches with mine, a few light strikes and several FTL, at first. For the light strikes, I switched ammo and haven't had one since. The FTL was my own doing, finally realized the top round in the mag wasn't fully seated. In both mags, the last round goes in kinda' hard and occasionally I failed to push it all the way back. It was barely noticeable, maybe .020" but it was just enough to cause it to snag on the ramp. Since I began paying attention to that, it hasn't happened again.
 

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Maybe I ought to buy 1/2 dozen more of them... Betting that prices will rise someday
I got mine at RK, on sale for $119 but $140 out the door. I checked today and it varies by color but they were much higher priced and all colors were sold out.
 

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OK, why am I seeing it in the bottom left of the link you posted?
With my resolution it's on the right. Regardless, it's right between the Taurus 1911 Officer and the TH40. The spectrum is most definitely on their list of autos.
 

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If you should happen to see that Taurus rep again, would you ask him if/when they might introduce/reintroduce a striker-fired .45 ACP?
 

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Don't bet that the Spectrum prices will rise. You ain't gonna live that long.
agreed!
one might be better advised to invest in Pork Futures than Taurus increase in price.
ever see the price of a used Taurus?
But hey I do have a couple of barely used New York Bridges that I would let go for a reasonable price.
 
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Meh, no love for .380s here. I have one I never carry anymore.
 

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I knew the Spectrum was going to be discontinued when the LGS was selling them for $119 the last couple of months until the ran out. Now if they made the Spectrum with Lexan inserts in non stress areas of the slide and frame and then bend the pistol a little they might be on to something :eek:
 

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Nice on the heads up Had a Spectrum in my hands 2-7-20 my PT132 spoke to me, Support is no longer there, I passed wanting the .357/9mm revolver (not glad) I have a collection of Taurus Semis of course no support there either. UUUGGGHHHH
 

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As an early adopter of the Spectrum, I had expressed hope that Taurus would release a Spectrum II (a new model where the light strike issue had been resolved, and possibly with a few other minor improvements). I still say that it is the best ergonomically designed mini-pistol ever made (for my hand, anyway). It's too bad the reliability wasn't there. Now, it is likely too late. The gun's reputation precedes it.
I have one of the later Spectrums ($119.99) and it has had not issues of any kind. For me, the reliability is there and I like it very much.

Good guns are being made at lower and lower prices. In addition to the $119.99 Spectrum I bought last summer, I bought a SCCY CPX-2 (10 shot 9mm) for $134.99 after rebate plus $12.99 shipping. Both have been flawless and the total cost of both added together is less than other brands I have that are no better.
 
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