BEHIND THE SCENES AT TAURUS

Launched in 1984 to address the needs of American shooters,…

Launched in 1984 to address the needs of American shooters, Taurus USA employs decades of experience in gunmaking that traces back to the start of World War II. The current Taurus product line includes steel- and polymer-framed semi-autos and steel-framed revolvers for most pistol (and some shotgun) chamberings. A recent tour of Taurus’ Miami manufacturing, production and distribution facility gave Harris Publications editors and writers an opportunity to witness the changes that new President and CEO Mark Kresser, a lifetime shooter from Indiana, has achieved.

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What changes? Mark states he is dedicated to ensuring that every Taurus bought by a shooter is an affordable firearm of the highest quality, backed by a lifetime warranty and responsive customer service, the latter of which he has reorganized by adding new leadership, more phone lines and more customer-service representatives—and their mission is to address each caller’s issue in a timely manner.

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Getting Focused

To refocus their firearms, Taurus hired Amaro DaSilva as its production manager. Amaro was originally hired by Beretta in 1978, when he was a sergeant in the Brazilian Army. At Beretta, he was tasked with assembling and overseeing the manufacture of early Berretta 92 pistols in São Paulo, Brazil. When that contract expired in 1980, Amaro and the entire production line (machines, parts and expertise) were picked up by Taurus to produce the renowned PT92 pistol. Taurus improved the design by, as Amaro said, “reshaping the existing frame to include a squared-off triggerguard and [moving] the magazine release from off the bottom of the grip to a location similar to the Browning 1911 pistol design.” The changes were subsequently used by Beretta, who also moved the 1911-style safety to the rear of the slide for the Beretta 92FS series, a feature some shooters find awkward when racking the slide. Taurus continues to offer the 1911-style, ambidextrous, frame-mounted safety on its PT92.

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  • dale gervich

    I have owned many taurus pistoles and revolvers over the years. Some were junk but most were absolute gems. My model 99 taurus was far more accurate than any Beretta I have owned and more relable. My favorite is a model 66 .357 magnum 4″ barrel, the one i had the problems with was a model 992 22lr./22mag. had to return it to factory twice before it was made perfect. Thier customer service was outstanding, I believe Taurus’s are great value today.

  • NotVeryEmpathetic

    Which models are made in America? The 800 series?

  • ‘Merica Hell Yea! IDK what some people say about Taurus. I like em! Also they are Made In America unlike GLOCK! HA!