The 24/7 series of polymer-framed pistols was developed by Taurus…

The 24/7 series of polymer-framed pistols was developed by Taurus for a USSOCOM request for proposal, and led to a line of popular civilian semi-automatic pistols. Steve Woods Photo

Taurus International (Forjas Taurus S.A.), a long-established armsmaker headquartered in Porto Alegre, Brazil, has made a tradition of shaking up the firearms world by doing unprecedented things. These shake-ups have included developing firearms that employ titanium (and in so doing taking the firearms community by storm in 1999 when first introduced), advanced polymer-framed pistols with proprietary designs, and ultra-compact pocket pistols—in tandem with offering revolvers that had many appealing similarities to Smith & Wesson revolvers and a line of semi-autos related to the renowned Beretta 92 series.

I recently had the chance to talk to Taurus President and CEO Bob Morrison about this storied company, as well as his decision to retire from this position this year. I was also given the chance to talk to his successor, Mark Kresser.

Question: Since your time coming on board with Taurus in the late 1990s, and from your background working at Colt’s (1980-1990) and with S&W, what was the primary goal of your work

Morrison: “I insisted that we have something new each year. If you don’t have anything new you don’t do as well. An example is the line of Taurus Judge .410/.45 Colt revolvers. But, I also knew the value of established designs, such as the 1911. I felt that if Taurus was going to build a 1911-style semi-auto, it would need to have at least 20 custom features built into the standard gun. That was how we entered the market, and it has carried us along extremely well and we continue to offer that gun at a reasonable price.”

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  • jason in ohio

    i have owned several taurus’s ..starting with an AF99, PT 100, PT 145 and OSS tactical.
    these have been some of the best shooting weapons i’ve owned…the trigger on my oss is far superior to my M&P. and the accuracy of my pt 101 is why it’s my duty weapon…so don’t listen to the haters who limp wrist the weapon and wonder why it jams…geesh ..rookies. get your self one of the most underrated weapons of all times…you’ll be glad you did


    I’ve owned a PT92 for twenty five years ,Ive never had any trouble!

  • Susan Martin

    I bought a 12ga single shot Rossi, MINE was the biggest piece of junk on the planet!!! Plus, I had to shipped it back to FL. to be fixed because it wouldn’t break open to eject the shell. got it back and it STILL WASN’T FIXED!!! So, no turkey hunting for my grandson and me, no special memories only disappointment. I will never own anything associated with Taurus/Rossi or who ever Taurus buys out. They are junk, and unreliable. Do not trust your life or memories to a Taurus

  • N. Louisiana Deputy

    Just purchased a PT140 for off-duty carry-biggest piece of junk I have ever owned, what a mistake. I’ll never own another taurus gun again, that’s for sure!