I have shot and own a 709 Slim (9mm). I am pleasantly surprised at the ease of operation and reasonable recoil. Apparantly the dual recoil spring setup has a good effect on recoil. Functioning is 100% thru approx 500 rounds of mixed ball and JHP in 3 weights. It does shoot a little low (4 in at 15 yards). I do not see this as a great problem for self defense. I have fairly large hands and my pinky finger curls under the butt. I added a slip-on rubber grip with finger grooves to get a little more depth on the grip to better fit my hand. My biggest complaint is that they do not offer a similar sized 45.
Originally Posted by TranterUK
I have not shot one, though wouldn't expect any surprises. Taurus these days are well made and reliable. I would expect them to be uncomfortable to use a lot, being small, but then thats not what they are designed for.
It raises a question, when does small become too small? I guess it depends on what you want it for. If its concealed carry, a medium frame will do most of the time. Short of hot weather/less clothes or undercover deep carry (or just for fun), few will need such a compact.
Its always interested me, ask yourself what reasoning you used to select the gun you have? You compromise with handguns, in this case for small size. Was it worth it? Not if it's a night stand gun....
Re the Taurus, bit disappointing to see the borrowed Glock take down pins.