I called the Taurus Customer Service department just this morning to see what their answer would be to some chatter here on the forum RE: warranties and discontinued models. I started out with asking about the date of manufacture of my 66 that I bought last year. The "Find My Model" search by serial # wasn't providing that info. The question was a bit of a ruse as the label on the box that the 66 came in was marked 06.07.2017. (Not sure if that's June 7th or July 6th).
So, after going through the voice mailbox/automated routing drill and a very short wait, I was actually speaking with a warm body! After providing my serial # to the guy (prior to which he told me to be sure it was unloaded!!) he quickly provided me with the date (23rd Aug 2017). He later in our conversation said that date was the date that TaurusUSA received the firearm as an import from Brazil.
Next, question was about warranty coverage. The website's Repair Policy states that "The Taurus Unlimited Lifetime Repair Policy extends to all Taurus USA firearm models in production prior to January 1, 2017." Since my 66 was manufactured after that date, I asked specifically if my firearm was covered and he said yes. I think that the key to the warranty questions that many have is in the "models in production" portion of the warranty statement. If you go to the Taurus USA website and drill down to the individual models, you will find that some will have the badge for the "Lifetime Repair Policy" at the bottom of the description page while some will not. The ones that do not are the "new" models that went into production after the first of January 2017. Actually, I think it's pretty clear. While it's not clearly stated on the website (at least to me) the Customer Service guy did say that ALL Taurus firearms have a one year warranty covering manufacturing defects.
My final question was whether or not the 66 was a discontinued model. He assured me that it was not, as far as he could tell. I didn't ask about any other models. Nor did I ask about the "5 year limitation" once a model is discontinued that others have mentioned. I see no mention of that on the website. I know others are concerned about their individual models, but they'll have to call on their own. Sorry.
I do have a PT740 & a TCP that appear to be "out of production" (as many have said) based on their absence from the website. I do plan to call Customer Service to inquire as to their fate. Hopefully, I'll get a different rep next time. I might have stressed my guy today a little bit.