Re: New Taurus Slim-line
I purchased a 709 Slim (blued) in May 2010.
There are a lot of very cool features in this firearm. Everything I was pleased with except for two very important things:
1) Mine shoots low and left by apx 7-8 inches at 10ft.
2) The adjustible sights got it to about 5-6inches low and almost center.
I showed the dealer and he said it was me at which point I pulled out my CZ 75-D Compact and put 4 through the same hole dead center with fixed sights. Handed the range master the Slim and watched him fire everything low left as I did. (of course I told him it was contageous).
Calling support. "Sir, it is probably your shooting ...". To make a long story short it wasn't hard for me to convince them to take the gun back to see if they can fix it. After all I just paid total cost $475 for it at a reputable dealer.
The good ... for as small as it is it feels and looks substancial. If you were a bad guy it would be intimidating seeing the front end of this with that 9mm hole on the small appearing gun. Like an optical illusion it would look like a 40 or better. Very deceiving in appearance ... nice design.
It is easily said that this is the smoothest firing small pistol I'd shot. Here my expectations were far exceeded. It feels more like a full size firearm than a small tomcat or ruger 22/32.
It is small, light and easily concealable with its single stack mag. You could put it in your pocket without a problem (...and just about forget it is there).
The Slim has rounded edges all over the pistol preventing it from hanging up on anything.
It is a nice looking firearm and has meat where it counts in the barrel and parts around it.
There are many more features but these are the ones I liked ... oh yea, it has a thumb safety too -- my wife likes this. Trying to explain any other way she doesn't understand. But when she ask's, "Does it have a safety?" I can now answer yes.
Hope this helps.