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Old 09-18-2005, 04:16 PM   #1
 
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Taurus 24/7 - .45 cal / First Impression

Well, it's Goodnews - Badnews in this reveiw.
Good News 1st - The 24/7 fits my hand like a glove and points dead-on when I bring it up. It's also light-weight, compact for a 12 round .45, easily controlled recoil (for me), good defencive accuracy, nice sights, has rail for lights/laser built in, manual safety and DAO for legal peace of mind.

Bad news - Out of the box today; had two 'fail to feeds' out of 30 rounds (Federal Hydroshok 165 grn) and two 'fail to fire on first trigger pull' twice out of 50 shots with Winchester 230 FMJ (White Box-Wallyworld stuff). Luckily two pulls made the 'fail to fire' go on target.

Now I'm wondering how many rounds it will take to 'smooth-in' these problems or should I take it to a gunsmith right away to make it reliable sooner? Any ideas?
In the meantime I'm carrying my 20 yo S&W 9mm with Corbons; very reliable
 
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:09 PM   #2
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Give it a chance before dismissing it altogether.....I'd put at least 500
rounds through it before considering it as a carry piece anyway. JMHO
of course....
 
Old 09-18-2005, 09:14 PM   #3
 
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M. Hall,
Thanks, that is my feeling also. I suppose I could have spent 3 times as much for a Sig or other top-of-the line rig, but I can't afford those. And still the others don't fit my hand as well as the Taurus, which my dealer sells for only $389, new.
Once the 24/7 becomes more reliable, I'll sell the 9mm to keep the Lil' woman happy :wink:
 
 
Old 09-18-2005, 09:20 PM   #4
 
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Oh BTW,
Does anyone have a reliable hollow-point recommendation, or something like Corbon's Ball-point round in .45.
For now the 24/7 is filled the the Win. 230 hard-ball stuff, in the house as a backup to the Mossberg 12 ga. :P
 
Old 09-19-2005, 06:31 AM   #5
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Take a peek at the newish Doubletap Ammo offerings, but just about any 'big name' 230gr
hollowpoint works pretty darn well, just find the one that combines the best reliability and
accuracy, and you should be well served.
 
Old 09-26-2005, 07:06 PM   #6
 
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2nd Weekend with 24/7

I ran another 100 rounds of Win. FMJ 230 gr. (Whitebox) through the 24/7 this Sunday. Even the wife joined me and really enjoyed the Taurus' great feeling grip.
This time NO jams, but did get two failure to fire on first trigger pulls. Both popped on the second pull, but has anyone else had this using Winchester "whitebox' range ammo. I've never had this before and am beginning to wonder is it the ammo OR a firing pin problem with the Taurus?
Anyway, I'm glad to see the problems are fading with usage
 
Old 09-26-2005, 08:18 PM   #7
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I've had lots of problems with the Winchester white box, though mostly
in .223. I did have one bad case of .45, and of course it had to be on
my first trip to Gunsite! :evil:
I took a trip into Flagstaff that evening, and bucked up for a case of
Federal 230 jhp's-problem solved!
 
Old 09-26-2005, 09:45 PM   #8
 
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.45 Practice rounds

Well, It sounds like I'll get a load of Wolf .45 rounds and use them for practice.
"CheaperThanDirt" sells them pretty cheap and I've used a pot-load of them in 7.65x39mm to know they are reliable. While they're not made in the USA, this is my 'life' I'm putting on the line.
Thanks.
 
Old 10-19-2005, 05:49 PM   #9
 
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While it's not a 24/7, I did get a PT 745C Millenium Pro in 45 ACP last weekend. I had many (like at least one out of every 4-7 rounds) fail to fire. All of them were light primer hits. After three days and 150+ rounds I ended up sending the gun back to Taurus for repair.


I'm hoping it comes back good to go 'cause the gun felt good in my hands and I was really startled by how accurate it was (when it fired).
 
Old 10-19-2005, 10:03 PM   #10
 
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Hack,
What type/brand of ammo was it? Winchester? The White Box stuff was the only brand that gave the 24/7 problems with 'soft hits'.
I wonder if Wolffe makes a spring/pin kit for the Taurus yet?
 
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