Re: Taurus PT92 barrel alignment
While your gun appears to be too loose in the fit of the barrel to slide, semi-auto pistols are not like rifles that like their barrels free floated.
These pistols are locked breech. That is, something locks the slide to the barrel and holds the barrel fixed to the frame during the initial stages of the bullet traveling down the barrel. In the case of the Beretta it is a wedge under the barrel that is operated by a pin against the frame. But the barrel must not move appreciably on the front end in order to have any accuracy at all. One of the 1911 fixes for better accuracy is to fit the barrel to a new bushing which is fit to the slide ... all with minimal clearances. The Taurus must have the barrel fit to the slide in lockup so that it has minimal movement. Your gun is faulty. Send it back.
Lately Taurus has a spotty reputation for service. I think your gun will never be fixed by them. The gun has no barrel bushing and the hole in the slide is the wear surface. If they can't get the hole right in your slide then they'll never get it right in any slide. You might consider returning it to the dealer in exchange for a different gun that you checkout before you take it home, for the fit of the barrel to the slide in lockup. Taurus 92/99's used to be a good gun but Taurus has issued some poorer guns lately and they may be having systemic problems with all their guns. My Taurus Thunderbolt (Colt Lightning rifle clone) and my Taurus Model 63 (Winchester Model 63 clone) both went through teething problems that I fixed myself. I am convinced the factory has some problems if they let poorly operating guns out to dealers. They are notoriously slow to deliver new products as well (I waited over a year for the Thunderbolt after the announced release date of the gun). Perhaps a gun from a different manufacturer would be a better choice. Approach the dealer you bought it from and maybe he'll help you out. He can send your 92 back for credit (??).
Last edited by LDBennett; 07-22-2009 at 06:04 PM..