Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Taurus PT-111 9MM Pistol - Extra Gear






Been busy finishing up little things to end the year and get ready to start a new one. I needed an extra magazine for my 9mm pistol and finally decided to order one from the manufacturer. It should be here in a few days. I had a little extra Christmas money leftover and decided to put it to good use.





The holster I use for my 9mm pistol has an extra mag pocket and this will give me sufficient rounds available that will cover most situations.

It's taking quite a bit of time to finish up all those little projects that were waiting for me but I'm about to get them done. Sorry I haven't been posting as regularly as I normally do but I really hate to leave things undone. Still got a couple of days to catch up on everything.

Hopefully, I can squeeze out some time to smoke a brisket for New Year's Day! I'll try to put up a post with a good mop recipe for everyone to try out on their smoker barrel.

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Extra magazines are a must nowadays, if only just in case they are completely disallowed by 'our' legislators. Two, maybe three minimum, they will increase the saleability of the gun later on if you choose to sell it.

For your 'keepers', I think half a dozen minimum. I have a high miler ('83) Star PD that I would be truly lost without if I had no more magazines for it, I have 4 spares.

I know some folks who spent more money on their magazines then the pistol itself. They remember those 'hi-cap' magazine prices that were done during the 1994-2004 hi cap ban. For example, 13 round Glock 21 magazine for $150, while the 10 round was sold for $25 - 3 extra rounds for $125!

Chief Instructor said...

I'd love to hear your opinion on the gun. I've fired different Taurus semi-autos with great satisfaction, but I hear many people that say they're garbage.

Any problems with maintenance, accuracy, firing failures or the like?

YeOldFurt said...

I second Chief Instructor. How's the functioning on the gun?
YeOldFurt

Machinist said...

I have two Taurus autos, a PT-100 copy of a Beretta 96 in .40 S&W and a PT-908 copy of a Sig 225 in 9mm. The PT-100 came with a broken firing pin. I sent it back after 10 years and they fixed it free. The PT-908 had the front sight loosen in it's dovetail but I just staked it in place. Both autos have had hundreds of rounds through them, FMJ and JHPs. Both have been absolutely reliable from round one. I could not ask better of a $1,000.00 Kimber or a new Sig. They do not show the quality of the better brands but they are soundly build, well engineered, and their customer support is good. You must prove them thoroughly and inspect them carefully but if you get a good one it is fine and a good value. The revolvers are a different story. I had three of them and while they looked good on the outside I found the internal parts flimsy, poorly finished, and soft. I took two unfired new revolvers and a slightly used one back to the dealer and sold them for a loss as used guns. I did not feel I could trust them for anything.

I have no experience with the polymer frame Taurus guns. Hopefully Riverwalker can inform us.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:21

I actually prefer my S&W .357 Magnum revolver. Just a personal preference with no slight towards automatics.

I know that additional magazines are an absolute must and have put it off getting an extra mag for my PT-111. I will probably get a couple of additional mags at a later date as well, as money becomes available.

This pistol was originally intended for use by my wife and so far seems to be an excellent choice.

Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Chief Instructor

I've fired less than a hundred rounds through it but have had no major problems. I did have one misfire and the double action worked as designed.The problem was more likely due to the cheap target rounds I was using (Blazers)and I have since gone exclusively with the Remington target rounds and have had no further issues in this regard.

I am very satisfied with it's performance and after some further instruction for my wife, feel it will be a very good choice for her.

RW, Jr. has fired quite a few rounds through it also but found the grip was slightly small for his hands. He's got fairly large hands and as this is a compact model probably wouldn't be a good choice for him or someone with large hands.

As far as some considering them garbage, I would gladly take them off their hands if I could get one that works as well as this one.

The fact that Taurus also stands behind their product extremely well doesn't hurt either.

Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: YeOldFurt

It has functioned well to this point and so far I'm quite satisfied with it.

Thanks.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Machinist

I got the gun from a friend who is a former LEO who went with a larger frame because of the smaller hand grip on the compact model. His experience was similar to RW. Jr.'s as far as the grip feeling small in his hand.

My son-in-law has more extensive experience with the Taurus automatics and was the one who recommended the Taurus automatic as a really good pistol,although his main duty carry is a Glock.

I will try to do a better update with some photos, a breakdown as far as cleaning etc. once the weather clears a bit and I can squeeze out some time to do additional practice.

Thanks.

RW

Mayberry said...

"Gun porn", heh heh heh. Sure wish I could afford that stuff. I'd like a .357 revolver myself. "Keep it simple stupid". Plus you can shoot relatively cheap .38s for practice.

Anonymous said...

I love my PT111's. Never had a problem with either one, and my wife likes to shoot them as well. And no, we don't have a pink one. ;-)

I'm headed to a gun show today to check out the Taurus single stack 9mm - super thin and around $300. What more could you ask for?!

Reliable, inexpensive and well built. While I've not had a problem with mine, I hear that Taurus's customer support is second to none in terms of fixing any issues with their firearms.

The only complaint is that PT111 mags are $$!

riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

Keep your eye open at the pawn shops and gun shows. There is a good chance you can find a decent .357 Magnum revolver.

RW

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 9:50

The mags aren't cheap but it's still a good investment if you have the funds available. I plan to get extra mags in the future.

One more vote for Taurus autos...the response from their customer service has always been very good.

Thanks anon.

RW

P.S. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Anonymous said...

Extra mags are a must. That's why I was complaining about 'em. ;-)

And as long as we're talking about guns we enjoy, I have to report that my lovely wife bought me a Marlin 336W 30-30 for Christmas!

I've been looking at it for the longest time and have been trying to rationalize its place in my world other than deer hunting locally. I had been quiet about it, but when my wife inquired with our 7 year old as to what I might like for Christmas, he immediately replied, "A Marlin 30-30!"

I'm looking forward to getting it sighted in as soon as the air temps get above 20. LOL

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 9:53

Congratulations! I've got a Marlin .30/.30 as well as one for the wife. My wife likes shooting hers and might I suggest you return the favor and get one for your wife. A reliable mechanical action and good accuracy to 150 yards makes it a great rifle...accounting for its overall popularity. the ammo for it is also very easy to find and during the recent ammo shortages was easy for me to find in my area.

Your 7 year old seems to be pretty smart when it comes to knowing what DAD likes! Sounds like you've got a great kid there!

You might want to check out some of my posts on the Marlin .30/.30.

Thanks anon!

RW

Anonymous said...

Actually, I found your blog a while back while researching the Marlin. Though I didn't find it as a part of my research, I found it linked from another blog and when I landed here, I saw the photo of "the twins" and knew I had landed somewhere of like mind and bookmarked your blog right there and then. (!) Then I hit your Marlin posts, etc. and now check your blog daily.

The wife like's her PT111 (we have two - I guess those are our "twins") and for a carbine she has a Barretta CX4 in .40 cal. Its easy for her to handle, maneuver and she's a south paw, so its set up for the left side ejection port. With the Aimpoint T1 on it, she can easily hit anything at 100 yards and she doesn't shoot that much at all. Its super easy and friendly for her to operate with very little kick. If I was thinking, I should have gotten it in 9mm to make her ammo carry easier - perhaps that's in the cards for this spring.

But bang for the buck, you can't beat the Marlin. Its going to serve me well, and I look forward to handing it on to my son when he's ready. ;-)

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 2:12

That old saying that great minds think alike must be true...

I got the PT-111 mainly for the wife since my .357 S&W is a little more than she cares for in a pistol but it suits me fine.

Thanks for taking time to read some of my posts. It's appreciated!

RW

theotherryan said...

Got to get mags. At least a 'go set' of 3 and 3 more stashed somewhere just in case. Personally I like 10. 3 to use (if things were pretty ugly, usually I carry 1 and a spare), 3 more to replace those three, two to loose (haven't lost a mag yet but it is possible) and two to barter/ give away.

Machinist said...

Ref theotherryan,
For a service type pistol I also favor lots of extra magazines but for a small defensive carry piece like the Taurus I think it's overkill. I alway like at least three magazines, one in the gun and two spares, to get full utility out of any auto, and I prefer one more yet, but I think it is wasteful spend limited resources on more than two extras for that type of gun. Better to put it towards ammo or another gun.

For my 1911s that can share magazines I have many, and for my main service type auto I like at least five total, possibly more. The price for magazines for some guns is over $50.00 and it does not make sense to go overboard for a pocket pistol when there are other needs unmet.

riverwalker said...

To: theotherryan

Might get one or two additional mags for it later but like Machinist says it may not be the best use of your resources. But if you've got the bucks, it's not a bad idea though to have several extra for backup.

Thanks Ryan!

RW

riverwalker said...

To: Machinist

You make an excellent point. It is way too easy to go overboard on the mags and wind up having more money tied up in spare mags than the value of the pistol. Most mags are definitely expensive...

Thanks Machinist.

RW

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