A Backup for your Backup

So what happens when your concealed carry is damaged, shot, or is out of reach? You pull out your other concealed carry of course. Taurus designed their small-framed line as a sort of back up to your back up. While I prefer to carry a .45, a small-caliber pistol in your pocket is better than a wad of lint. These small framed pistols make excellent belly guns. They tend to be a little picky on ammunition, but once you find the match, you should be good to go. One interesting point about these guns is that you don’t have to pull the slide back to chamber the weapon. If you are elderly or disabled, or suffer from an ailment that prevents you from pulling a slide back on a handgun, this gives you an option that may work.

To load the gun, insert a loaded magazine into the chamber, then push forward on the barrel catch, and the back of the barrel will tip up, exposing an empty chamber. Place a round directly into the breach and snap the barrel down, the gun is now loaded. You can also load the gun the traditional way. Simply feed a round from the magazine by pulling back the slide and letting go. When the shooter pulls the trigger, the slide will recoil from the gas pressure and will eject the empty cartridge case, another round with feed itself into the chamber, and the gun is ready to fire again. It is important to note that the weapon has a magazine disconnector. This means the gun will not fire if the magazine is not in the gun. Taurus warns that the magazine disconnector is not a safety and that you should always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

Taurus made the PT series available in .22 LR as well as .25 ACP. They warn shooters in the owner’s manual, that firing +P and +P+ ammunition is not recommended, as this could seriously injure or kill the shooter. As far as choosing between the two calibers, there is endless debate online about .22 LR versus .25 ACP. The bottom line is, .22 LR is cheaper, but since it is rimfire ammunition, it is inherently less reliable than centerfire. There is, however, match-grade .22 LR ammunition that is extremely reliable in a variety of conditions.

As far as concealed carry goes, in my opinion, these guns work well as backups to your backup. They are more effective than throwing a rock, and they certainly would get someone’s attention. In close up combat, sticking the barrel of one of these into a ribcage and pulling the trigger would cause massive and possibly irreparable damage. A good choice for a boot gun, or for the elderly, the Taurus PT line of small frame pistols won’t leave you out of luck when your main carry gun is out of commission.

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Comments (3)

  1. can anyone say Berretta 21a. since tuarus acquird beretta this is not a surprise. it even strips down exactly the same. overall a good gun though

  2. I recently came to the same conclusion regarding concealed carry guns for shooters with weak gripping strength. I picked up a Beretta Bobcat in .22 Long Rifle for use in the CCW classes that I teach for just that reason. The Taurus PT22 is basically the same gun with very minor modifications.

  3. I have a PT-25 and it is rock-solid for a BUG. I am one of those odd-guys that actually likes to shoot mouse guns at the range as well and this along with my Beretta 21A in .22lr are a hoot (must admit with ammo costs the way they are now, I wish I would have gone the .22lr route with my PT). There is just something unique, however, with John Moses Browning’s .25ACP that draws me.


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