The Top Six Best Selling Taurus Handguns

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Firearms

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Taurus handguns are undeniably popular. For years, novice shooters and experts alike snatched up the .45 Long Colt/.410 Bore-shooting Judge revolver for either its novelty factor or Taurus’ promise of what the handgun could do for self-defense. Many desiring to buy a firearm turn toward Taurus because of the affordability. 9mm and .40 caliber pocket guns sell for less than $250 and you can pick up a Taurus 1911 for less than $500. There aren’t many other reputable firearm manufacturers that can compete with Taurus’ pricing.

Some will argue against Taurus as a “reputable” company, but those opinions are largely based on the company’s first imports to the U.S. made over 30 years ago. When the Brazilian gun maker moved to the United States in the 1970s, producing Smith & Wesson revolver clones, the manufacturer’s quality was hit or miss. Unfortunately, even years of improved CNC machinery and quality control, many of those who labeled Taurus as trash never allowed Taurus back out of the bin.

Have people reported problems with Taurus handguns? Sure, but I know people who have had problematic Springfields and terribly expensive Kimbers returned back to the shop time and time again for serious issues.

Despite the haters and perhaps due to the fact that the current team at Taurus is dedicated to building a much better firearm, ask Taurus owners today what they think about their guns and the majority of them don’t complain. In fact, one of my gun-nuttiest friends loves his Taurus 1911.

Of our top five best selling Taurus handguns, all of them are semiautomatics worthy of target shooting, home defense and concealed carry.

Millennium G2

Taurus-Millenium-G2 left black

With its lightweight 22 oz. polymer frame, thin profile, and ramped 3.2 inch barrel, the newly designed Millennium G2 is the ideal concealed carry handgun.

The Taurus Millennium Pro G2 models PT111 and PT140 chambered for 9mm and .40 S&W respectively are lightweight, compact polymer-framed striker-fired semiautos. The two models have been around for quite awhile, but Taurus improved the two guns aesthetically for concealed carry in 2013.

Both models operate in single or double-action mode and feature high-profile sights, a textured grip, melted edges, a loaded chamber indicator, accessory rail, and a manual safety. Sharing the same specifications except capacity, the Millennium G2 Pro pistols have a 3.2-inch barrel, weigh 22 ounces and are 6.24 inches long. The 9mm model holds 12 rounds plus 1 in the chamber, while the .40 S&W model holds 10 plus 1.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Millennium G2 owners say:

  • No ejection or feeding issues
  • Smooth trigger
  • Shoots better than my Glock 17 Gen 1

1911

Taurus PT1911 semi automatic pistol in black

The Taurus is a 1911 single-action, semi-automatic, short-recoil-operated pistol chambered for 45 ACP.

The Taurus 1911 is available in 9mm and .45 ACP with a black, stainless or duotone finish, railed and unrailed. Cheaper Than Dirt!’s top selling Taurus 1911 is the all-black 1911FS model for $459.99. With hammer-forged steel frames, slides and barrels, each 1911 is hand-tuned and hand-fit, built 100 percent from Taurus parts. The Taurus 1911FS is chambered in .45 ACP and comes with an 8-round magazine. The 1911FS has a 5-inch barrel, full-sized frame and an overall length of 8.5 inches. It weighs 38 ounces. Novak sights round off the many upgraded features on this affordable 1911.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Taurus 1911 FS owners say:

  • Shoots as good as my Kimber
  • Superb value for a 1911
  • Shoots comfortably and consistent

Model 845

The .45 ACP-chambered 845 is loosely based on Taurus’ 24/7 OSS—the company’s answer to the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) inquiries for a new service pistol with one major design change—the external hammer. This hammer-fired, polymer-framed double/single-action semiauto can be carried cocked and locked—also called Condition One. The Taurus 845 also lacks a magazine disconnect safety—if the pipe is hot, you can fire the gun without a magazine inserted.

Black polymer framed .45 ACP handgun from Taurus

This hammer-fired, polymer-framed double/single-action semiauto can be carried cocked and locked.

With a 4-inch barrel, 1.14-inch width, 8.25-inch overall length and 28.2-ounce weight it carries quite comfortably—especially with the added bonus of the 12-round magazine. All controls on the 845 are ambidextrous, including the decocking lever, which lets you leave a round in the chamber and put the gun on safe. Three different sized backstraps are included for a better feel and grip, as well as Novak 3-dot sights for quick target acquisition.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Taurus Model 845 owners say:

  • Light on recoil
  • More accurate than my 1911
  • As good, if not better, than guns costing twice the money

709 and 740 Slim

Black Taurus handgun chambered in 9mm

The 9mm-chambered 709 holds seven rounds.

The 709 and 740 models are single-stack, striker-fired subcompact concealed carry guns. The 9mm-chambered 709 holds seven rounds, while the 740 .40 S&W holds six rounds. Both will handle +P ammo. Though the dimensions on the SLIMs are slightly different, both guns weigh 19 ounces unloaded. The 9mm 709 has a 3-inch barrel and is 6 inches long, while the 740 .40 S&W has a 3.20-inch barrel and is 6.24 inches long. The sight system is traditional 3-dot with the rear sight being adjustable. There is a trigger safety and a left side mounted manual safety. Taurus incorporates its Second Strike capability to these two guns. Each shot fires single-action, however with double-strike capability in case of a faulty primer in the ammo. If it doesn’t go bang, just pull the trigger again in attempt to fire the round.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Taurus Model 709 and 740 owners say:

  • Shooter friendly
  • More accurate than my Kel-Tec PF-9
  • Well finished

Taurus produces other popular firearms—for concealed carry there is the affordable Model 85 revolver, a full-sized Beretta 92 clone, the large Raging Bull series of revolvers, the 738 TCP .380 popular with women and even a carbine, the CT9 and CT40—among others. For 2015, Taurus released very few new models. The Curve generated the most interest. Only time will tell if the Curve will be just as popular as the Judge. To check out all of Taurus’ firearms, click here.

For more reviews and news about Taurus firearms, click here.

Do you own a Taurus? If so, what model? In the comment section, tell us what you like and don’t like about it.

SLRule

Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (169)

  • Mike

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    I have a PT709. 9mm So far went through at least 1000 rounds.
    No jams.
    Clean it as soon as you take it out of the box and then about every
    200 rounds.
    Extremely reliable and very accurate.
    Good carry…thin light.

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  • randy

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    Learn to not be a dick head

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  • Dean Gilbert

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    The PT-111 G2 is the best gun I have found to carry every day. Accurate and extremely reliable. Can’t beat it.

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  • R. Whaley

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    I own a Taurus TCP PC738. I have found this little pocket pistol to be very reliable and easy to conceal. I have fired over 200 rounds through it without any misfires or failure to feeds. This is my everyday carry guns and I am very pleased with it. I am considering the purchase of the G2 p111. It is my hope that it is as reliable as my TCP.

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    • A. McLeod

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      I have owned the G2 PT111 for about 2 months and have put about 300 rds through it. Very accurate little gun. You’ll love it!

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  • H.R. Williams

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    After searching different Websites for information on the current iteration of Taurus’s PT92 model 9mm pistol, I decided to post my comments in response to some of the negative posts I read about the stated problems many people have with it.
    The first thing I want to make clear is that I am not posting comments to agree or dispute what people say about Taurus firearms. I respect everyone’s opinions and experiences; I am fully aware that Taurus, like all other gun manufacturers, charge money to own their product. Saying this, we all should expect manufacturers’ products to perform at or beyond their advertised standard. And when they don’t, we have every right to express our displeasure.
    I chose to share my comments because I have a lot of confidence in the reliability of the Taurus firearms I own. I have purchased both Taurus and Rossi handguns over the years dating back to 1992 and have extensive experience with them. I can honestly say with pride that all of them still function perfectly and have been totally reliable. Most of all, none of them cost me a lot of money.
    I purchased my PT92 in 1993 from a San Antonio, Texas Kmart while serving in the military. In 1996, I purchased Taurus’s Stainless-Steel, five inch, Model 667 357 Magnum from a Sports Authority store in Virginia while stationed in the Washington, D.C. I also have a Stainless-Steel Rossi Model 462 .357 Magnum. All of them are real shooters and have been trouble free.
    As a matter of fact, the PT92 is my favorite shooter. I have shot thousands, I mean thousands of various types, brands, and weighs of standard pressure ammunition from it without a single misfire, failure-to-feed, magazine problem, etc. Not one single issue since 1992. Also, after finding the right ammunition match for the .357s, they both are awesome tack drivers, too. And I haven’t had a single problem with either one.
    I have properly maintained them over the years and I shoot them quite often; therefore, I have complete confidence that each will be just fine if I do my part. When (not if) something goes wrong, I’ll just contact Taurus and request warranty service—simple as that. In the meantime, I can say that I’ve gotten my money’s worth and believe that I can rely on Taurus’ warranty promise should something happens.
    As far as I’m concerned, every manufacturer’s products on this earth has the potential to experience problems or break. It does not matter what brand it is, who makes it, or how much or less you pay. There is credence to the saying, “You get what you pay for.” However, it is also true that Mercedes Benz, Maserati, Ferrari, and Bentley are quite expensive; but all of them employ people to work in their repair shops. It is the same reason why Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Chrysler all have fix-it shops, too.
    Finally, my pocket book is very light and I tend to live within my means. This means that I will continue buying Taurus (and Ruger) firearms because they work. In the right hands, Taurus firearms perform just like a Smith and Wesson, Glock, Sig-Sauer, and other guns. And they break too, just like the others– and for a whole lot less money.

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  • Dean C Gilbert

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    I bought this lite weight .38 Mod. 85 for my wife a few years back. It’s had hundreds of rounds thru it without any problem. Sounds like you might have been using reloads that were rated ABOVE +P pressures. We’ve shot sever boxes of +P factory loads with no issues at all.
    As I don’t know what ammo you were using, I cannot be certain of this. Just my 2 cents worth with my own experience thrown in.

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  • roger

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    I bought a light weight 38 Taurus some wale back it was pure junk. I hade to send it back 3 times because it wood lock up about every 6 rounds you shot in it you could not even get cylinder open one it because it was so tight and those fools wood send it back and say that there was nothing wrong with the gun. well I got wise and tuck it apart and threw it in the river best thing I ever did do not buy one of these junks that’s all I can say about them.

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    • Bob

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      Learn to spell

      Reply

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