Gun Review: Taurus PT709

The last decade has witnessed an industry trend for small, slimline pistols that are easy to conceal, ergonomic, streamlined, but large enough to shoot relatively well. The Firearm Blog was recently provided the Taurus PT709 chambered in 9 millimeter for testing.

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Made for concealed carry. Taurus PT709. Streamlight ProTac1L. CRKT Hissatsu folder.

Key Specification of the Taurus PT709 Slim:

  • The Taurus PT709 is chambered in 9mm and 40 S&W
  • The 9mm has a magazine capacity of 7 rounds. The 40 S&W has a magazine capacity of 6 rounds.
  • Slide is available with a blued or stainless finish.
  • The Taurus PT709 weighs 19 ounces, has a 3” barrel and an overall length of 6 inches.
  • Checkered polymer grips
  • The PT709 includes a tool that adjusts both the rear sight and disables the pistol for security
  • The Taurus PT709 has the PT24/7 Pro SA/DA trigger system. When a round is chambered, the trigger sets into single action mode and requires less energy to break. If the round does not go off due to the primer not igniting the powder, the end user simply has to squeeze the trigger again to (hopefully) ignite the primer. The conventional solution to this type of malfunction would be to tap the bottom of the magazine and cycle the slide again.
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Taurus PT709 size comparison to Glock 19.

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The Taurus PT709 is a “slim line” pistol.

Field testing took place at some BLM land near my home.  Unboxing the Taurus PT709, I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable it felt in my large hands. After cleaning off the large amounts of oil it was packaged in, I checked to make sure the pistol was not loaded and preceded to dry fire the weapon. The lines of the weapon were smooth and lack potential snag points. The weapon did not pinch when handled and the controls did not impede manipulation of the weapon. The safety was easily accessible and the magazine release was not accidentally engaged at all during my courses of fire.

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The Taurus PT709 includes a tool that can deactivate the pistol for safety reasons as well as adjust the rear sight.

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During testing, I found the weapon to be 100% reliable. I fired PMC bronze, Winchester “white box”, and Hornady Critical Defense in addition to the 50 rounds of Aguila that was provided for testing. I fired several strings with a very loose grip to simulate “limp wristing” and the pistol cycled 100%. I attribute the reliability of this pistol to its design, which borrows heavily from other modern striker fire pistols, notably Glock. In regards to being drop-safe, the designers in Brazil appear to have copied Glock’s Safe Action System (For the record, most modern striker fired pistols currently on the market copied Glock’s Safe Action System). The Taurus PT709 also has a loaded chamber indicator on top of the slide that indicates if a round is chambered.

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The Taurus PT709 is structurally similar to other modern striker fired pistols.

During my first range trip, I set up an 8×10 inch steel plate. Using my Leica range finder, I placed large rocks in 5 yard increments from the target. After placing rocks out to 25 yards, I first loaded up my Glock 19 to establish a baseline of accuracy. Starting 5 yards from the target, I achieved first round hits from the 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yard lines.  I then repeated the same drill with the PT709. Hitting the 8 x 10 inch plate at 5, 10, and 15 yards was easy. Accuracy started to fall apart at the 20 yard line. Past 20 yards, it took several rounds to get on target. I generally find that it is easier to shoot further with large pistols. After testing accuracy and shootability, I ran through several malfunction drills. I found the pistol to be ergonomic and the design did not impede manipulation of the weapon.

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The 8 x 10 inch steel target I used for accuracy testing.

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My target from the 25 yard line. I placed rocks in 5 yard increments from the target.

After boxing up the Taurus PT709, I grabbed my Glock 19 and ran a full magazine through the weapon. I always do this after firing test pistols, or a friend or colleague’s pistol. After an hour of shooting the Taurus PT 709, the Glock 19 felt damn near like a Desert Eagle.  After cleaning up my brass, I went home.

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Aguila provided ammunition for this test. The Taurus PT709 functioned flawlessly.

In this video I fire 6 rounds relatively fast from about 7 yards. Notice the last two rounds went down my shirt.

Final thoughts.

After 150 rounds and several hours with the Taurus PT 709, I came away with a positive opinion of the pistol. With the Taurus I could handle any threat from 0 to 15 yards with a high degree of accuracy. My main weapon is a Glock 19, which meets all of my personal needs. That said, if I needed a backup gun or lightweight backpacking pistol, I would not hesitate to carry the Taurus PT 709. While at a Calibers shooting range in Albuquerque, New Mexico, several petite female shooters handled and shot the Taurus PT709. They had no problems achieving a high degree of accuracy at 15 yards and thought the recoil, though snappy, was not bad. The pistol is available in 40 S&W, but I would stick to 9mm. When you purchase the Taurus PT 709 you get a 1 year NRA membership. The Taurus PT 709 has an MSRP of $301.52.

A big thank you to Aguila for providing the ammunition for testing. As always tips, jokes and questions are welcome in the comments below.





Thomas Gomez

Thomas Gomez currently resides in the mountains of central New Mexico. He has an M.B.A, an Ar-15/M16/M4 armorer certification from Specialized Armament Warehouse as well as a Glock armorer certification. Aside from writing for The Firearm Blog he works as a Clinical Analyst for a large Hospital. He spends his free time farming, ranching, hiking, fly-fishing and hunting in the beautiful forests and prairies of New Mexico. He can be reached at LOADTHATBIPOD@gmail.com


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  • Mrninjatoes

    Is it drop safe?

    • Thomas Gomez

      Taurus copied Glocks Safe Action System (Like everyone else). I would say it is.

      Hope this finds you well!

    • Reazione Catena

      Is it shake- proof?

    • YZAS

      Get the joke. of course you probably know the 709 isn’t included in the class action law suit… BUT, I have caught an inkling that they may be making the new ones now with heavy triggers. At this point, I only have one instance to reference, so it’s just a hunch.

  • Dustin Heaton

    Summary: Poor accuracy and not enough rounds to say anything about reliability,

    • Thomas Gomez

      Well send me 1000 rounds and lets rock and roll. Or come out to New Mexico and lets burn it down! Small pistols are hard to shoot at distance. Accuracy is relative. I was shooting at an 8 x 10 inch plate. Had I been shooting at an 18 x 30 inch target, 25 to 30 yards would have been easy.

      Hope this finds you well!

    • YZAS

      accuracy is fine dude. Maybe it was the bullet weight Thomas was using causing the issues past 15 yds. They recommend 124 grain. But really, beyond 15 yards for CCW is probably unusual. This would not take the place of a G19 by any stretch. If the SHTF and I only had this on me, I’d be pissed i wasn’t carrying a G19. But for every day actual concealed carry, it works. It’s light, and gives you 8 rounds of 9mm on tap. It’s beating out other guns in my collection right now as far as what I actually carry on me. Please find a reason why I can get rid of this thing. I haven’t.

      • Thomas Gomez

        Mechanical accuracy was fine. I just have a hard time shooting small pistols due to my huge hands. At 25 yards I could get on target within 3 to 4 rounds. With my glock 19, I can sprint to the 25 yard line, pivot and shoot an 8 x 10 inch plate with ease. I can hit targets at 100 yards with my glock 19. The 709 excels as a small back up gun. I had a tiny female friend shoot with me and she got “full size” results from the 709 due to her tiny little hands.

        Hope this finds you well.

    • We buy our own ammo!

  • YZAS

    Thanks for the review. Always good to hear others experiences with the 709. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with mine. I think I’m angry about the sticky US-made magazine issue, but the reality is for CCW, that would be my backup mag anyway, and i would never have to eject it in haste really. The OEM Made in Brazil mag it came with ejects just fine (albeit from a very small mag release). Besides that, the gun is great honestly. I want to hate it for some reason, but I just can’t. It’s 3 OZ lighter than my PPS M2, which is huge for CCW. It shoots great, I hate to say it. It never hiccuped once. It certainly isn’t an heirloom quality piece I’ll be handing down to my grandchildren by any measure, but man, for $250 it’s one hell of a CCW option. I do hear of some QC issues from some people though, maybe we just got lucky with ours? I just dropped $75 on a Galco Classic Lite for it to give me another carry option for it. The fact that it has a thumb safety makes it unique in my collection and gives me some other carry options that I wouldn’t employ without a safety, including a shoulder rig. Heck, even the trigger is good. Sure, it’s a little unusual with the long take up, but once you hit the wall, it’s a crisp/’lightish’ break (mine is about 4.5 lbs) and the reset is very short and audible. As long as you ride the reset, you only have to deal with the long pre-travel for the first shot. Ahh, damn thing. I hate the fact that right now this thing is winning out in my CCW line up… but it is.

  • Reazione Catena

    The pistol should have been compared to the G43… not the G19 jmho…I am an owner of a Taurus 24/7 Tactical Pro in .45acp that is involved in the classaction lawsuit… and still nothing… no more Taurus for me

    • Thomas Gomez

      It was compared to a Glock 19 for size comparison and shootability. The pistol was mechanically accurate but hard for me to shoot due to the size.

      Hope this finds you well!

  • MrBrassporkchop

    There’s 2 types of people.

    People that read something about Taurus guns online and thinks they’re garbage.

    And people that owns a Taurus and are fine with them.

    • Juggernaut

      Yes- I paid $200 for a PT111 G2 a few years ago and it has been a wonderful gun.

      • glenn cheney

        Bought two, a 9mm and a 40.
        Never a FTF, FTE, eats anything.
        Gave it to the kids to play with, I’m not a striker type.

      • Button Gwinnett

        Bought one at the gun show last week, put 275 rounds through it in just under an hour, no FTF, no FTE, no FTL, happy with the accuracy. Feels nice in my hands, and I can deal with the trigger.

        But the screw fell out of the rear sight as I was stripping it to clean and I lost it. Waiting for Taurus CS to mail me a new one.

    • YZAS

      …and I actually want to hate mine, and can’t. It is kind of a cheapie gun. Comparing to PPS M2, it’s like a entry level Chevy compared to a Beemer. But damn if it isn’t 3 Oz lighter and does everything the Beemer does. Strictly for CCW, it works. If anyone can give me a valid reason why I should stop using/sell this thing, please try. I know I’ve been trying for awhile now and can’t

      • MrBrassporkchop

        They’re made to a price point. There’s a lot of people that hate a inexpensive gun because it’s inexpensive.

        This is an industry that cheap guns are called garbage if they jam and expensive guns are called “finicky” and “only likes high quality ammo” or something.

        Taurus could sell their guns under a different name and tack on an extra $50 bucks and do fine.

        • YZAS

          Hard to argue that and good observation on the garbage vs finicky thing. My particular 709 has had zero issues. I would rather shoot my M2, but rather carry the 709. Three oz is a lot when u actually carry the thing on you all day.

    • Zachary marrs

      I own several taurus handguns.

      They blow goats

      • Bookoodinkydow

        They’re Muslim?

      • somebodystolemynamefatboy

        But you keep buying them?

        • Zachary marrs

          Nope, i personally bought 1. The rest were either gifts, or inherited.

          You may not know this, but going to an LGS with a wad of cash is not the only way to acquire a firearm. Shocking, i know.

    • SPQR9

      And there is the third type of person who has been personally burned by Taurus.

      • YZAS

        senatus populusque romanus has a point. I’ve seen lots of reports of QC issues and of course they have the lawsuit going. Once a gun MFG burns me, they never get me back. I kinda felt a little burned by the Judge I somehow ended up buying when they were ‘cool’ (and I was young and stupid), but it’s my fault I thought it was anything but a birdshot gun, and now honestly I have a blast with it doing just that. But none of that makes my particular instance of 709 suck enough not to end up on me.

    • int19h

      The reality is that there are some Taurus guns that have a disproportionate number of lemons, and there are others that are fine. Googling around generally quickly shows which is which.

    • Ebby123

      I’ve owned two Taurus’s, and neither of them have run.

      I have a 709 about 10 years ago that wouldn’t make it through a mag without jamming.

      More recently I had a Taurus Judge that the cylinder locked up with every single shot.

      No one argues that Taurus is not capable of producing a good gun – only that they are unwilling to institute the controls necessary to CONSISTENTLY produce good guns.

    • Jeremy Star

      And people that have given them a chance and gotten screwed. PT92 that had massive accuracy issues. 617 that locked up constantly and wouldn’t eject spent casings because the chamber specs were off. Thanks but no thanks.

    • Barry Cole

      I agree. All my Taurus pistols and revolvers are good guns, and a great value. I love my Rugers,, S&Ws, and SIGs, Berrettas, and Colts, too. I bought an extend mag for my PT709 for my fat fist, and gained a court rounds too. I carry a pt709 and after a year of wearing it, dropping it, switching holsters, sweating g on it, getting it wet, I , blasted away several boxes without cleaning it from the first time I blasted away 5 or 6 boxes when it was new and sighted it. I purposely mistreated it, because I don’t want a little like to, hair, grime, or powder to keep me from stopping what is threatening g me. It has functioned every time.

  • PersonCommenting

    So can the Millennium 45 still be sent in for work? My friend has one and he isnt a gun guy, just keeps it at the house in his bedside safe but also wondering but wont look into it either so just curious. I worry about it and I think if I told him its a go than hed do it.

  • Sianmink

    A Taurus is either solid and reliable, or a nightmare that has to be sent to Florida 4 times before you sell it to someone else, and you never know which you have until you’ve put it through a lot of trials.

    • VF 1777

      Yeah, i think that about sums it up. And probably explains why the mere mention generates such polarized responses.

    • Gary Kirk

      I have two Taurus revolvers, great.. Never had much luck with their pistols myself.. Couple buddies have had Taurus pistols, crap.. One of said buddies bought same model as one of my revolvers, crap first, great second time (problem was actually the adjustable rear sight).. Don’t know if this is the trend that others have experienced, just my personal..

    • John

      From what I know, their flagship guns: PT92, PT1911, and Model 85 have fewer issues than the rest of their offerings

      • Model 66 is another of the known good models.

    • Ebby123

      Yup. My second ever handgun was a 709 about 10 years ago – I couldn’t get it to run with any ammo and I sold it shortly therafter.

      My buddy swears by his Taurus… shoots it quite a bit, etc.

      • BeenThereDoneThat

        Most folks swear AT them!!!

    • Colonel K

      Maddening, but true. I recently picked up a brand new PT111 and the trigger worked 50% of the time. I just got i back from Taurus repair yesterday and it appears to be working correctly now. The tester wrote a cryptic remark “adjusted trigger”. I wonder what adjustment was need.

  • thedonn007

    Will it fit in your pocket? How does the size compare to the Taurus TCP?

  • Jeff

    My journey with Taurus started with a PT145 Millennium Pro which developed a mag drop issue after a couple hundred rounds. They sent me a new mag catch and magazines which solved that issue. I just sold it and put the proceeds towards a pre-B CZ 75.

    I also have the 709 Slim which ran well until the external safety broke off. I had to send it back for that fix but they were unable to identify a reason for the tendancy to shoot low and left-a common complaint with these. I replaced the sights and seemed to do a bit better.

    Then there’s the TCP. It’s been extremely accurate and was reliable through a couple hundred rounds when it completely locked up. It’ll be about three months since I sent it in but they’ll be replacing that one since it was irreparable.

    I’ll likely keep these as spares or travel guns but I won’t buy another Taurus.

  • John

    See, I want to believe Taurus has changed their ways and become respectable, but deep down like an ex that cheated on me I don’t know if I can trust them.

  • Ark

    I had one for a while. Ran perfectly fine. I sold it to buy a Shield, but not because of any particular shortcomings with the gun.

    I did not care for the trigger. It wasn’t heavy, but it was somewhat spongy, and had the “clicky” feeling of guns with trigger safeties.

  • Pandaz3

    I have had years of good, but sparing service from my Taurus 605 357 snubbie revolver, so I recently bought a PT-111 G2, the double stack cousin of the 709, I have not shot it yet due to injuring my wrist, hand, thumb. Back to 85% or so and will shoot it soon, I have done lots of dry fire though and at first disliked the trigger, it had a pretty long, light pull and then a shorter, heavier pull with a clean break and I did not like it. After 500 or so dry fires the trigger did not really get better, but my attitude toward the trigger improved. I was able to keep the sights aligned on target 100% of the time. I really want to heal now so I can shoot this gun.

  • Geoff Timm

    If you don’t shoot paper and show the groups, don’t call it an accuracy test!
    Geoff
    Who notes printable targets are available on line and a cardboard box makes an acceptable target holder.

    • Thomas Gomez

      I don’t have a ransom rest or a mechanical device that removes shaky hands out of the equation. These pistols are mechanically accurate, but due to their size, I have a hard time shooting them. This is not a weapon that you plink on the range with. It is a pistol that you shoot some a-hole active shooter with. Active shooters are increasingly wearing body armor. My accuracy standard was an 8 x10 inch plate not an 18 x 30 inch target used for police quals. I hold myself to a higher accuracy standard.

      Hope this finds you well.

  • Brett

    I bought one of these when they first came out and I couldn’t get through a magazine without a failure of some sort. I sold it as fast as I could and bought a Kahr CW9 which has been perfect (knock on wood) so far.

  • clampdown

    I had a nice .22lr Taurus revolver in case-hardened steel with wood grips. It was my constant companion when doing yard work or walking in the woods. In lieu of having any better option at the time, it sat on my nightstand loaded with Velocitors. Dispatched of a large rattler and many opossums with that gun. Kinda wish I hadn’t sold it, but I’d like a .22lr/.22wmr convertable model now.

  • wordup

    I Have alot of handguns and about 6 are taurus no problems with mine ever.
    One of my 709s has had 3000 rounds through it no hick ups mixed brands.

  • OldGringo

    After 45 years of carrying handguns for a living, Army Air Force and 4 different law enforcement agencies, I have a comment. Nobody sells a perfect gun. The worst gun I ever owned was a satin nickel Colt Combat Commander. We polished it, changed magazines, messed with the extractor, and changed the springs, but it was only reliable with ball ammo. Fast forward 45 years, and after maybe 100 handguns…. I can build or fix any 1911 to run 100%. And most “pistols” only need a little tweaking to run fine. When I bought the Commander, Colt said never to trust a pistol until you run 2,000 rounds thru it. Really, today any gun you buy, if it will run 50 rounds of ball and 50 rounds of carry ammo without a flaw, then you probably will never have a mechanical flaw with it. I own nearly all of the single stack mini 9mms on the market. The 709 Slim is by the way the only one that lasted a full 1,000 rounds when tested against Kimber, Glock, and the other single stacks. Personally I like the smaller KelTec Pf9 at 13 ounces loaded, or the bigger Glock 43. The only reason I chose the Glock 43 is because I can shoot small groups at 25 yards with it equal to my shooting the Glock 19. The double strike capability of this gun is what make lots of cops carry it. While it should never be needed with quality, ammo, I have seen it happen. I own several Taurus guns and if you can/t make yours run OK< then maybe you need to have friend for a gunsmith. Sure, everything should run great, but drive by the Lexus or Mercedes dealer and look how many expensive cars are ine, so like cars, brand really is not a sure measure of anything. I might also mention that when the Glock 42 came out this blog was full of experts who said it was not reliable…as an instructor and one frequent to the range, I have never seen on fail, not one time. And then I happened to be at an event with the Vice President of Glock and I asked him about that complaint. He advised that all the guns that had been sent back had ran 100% of the time. The problem they found was limp wristing, I have seen it a 100 times, big strong guys who do not know how to hold a tiny plastic gun. Same with this one. And I keep seeing comments on here about how these little plastic 9mms have so much recoil, really? If they hurt your hand you are either holding them wrong or you need not be carrying any gun because your wimp meter is dangerously over the limit. Sorry for the rant, but most people who complain simply have no mechanical ability and don't take time to learn how their little weapon functions and how to tweak it..

  • OldGringo

    Guns and AMmo, July 27, 2015. Tested the Top 10 brands of single stack 9mm and rated the Taurus as the best buy. Only the Taurus 709, Glock 43 and Walther made it to 1,000 rounds without a failure. All the better known brands failed down the line.

  • Jeff

    The PT709 is not made in 40S&W, the 709 is 9mm only. The pt 740 slim is the 40 cal version.

  • misterrabbit

    Cylinder lock up on .22 Taurus Tracker after 35 rounds. Too many other reliable options.

  • Michael Fallon

    If you go to ANY gun store that sells Taurus pistols, they will tell you that Taurus pistols are sent back to the factory more than any pistol they sell. The problem with Taurus, is inconsistency. One out of three will be trouble free. Taurus spends more time with selling a pretty gun on the outside, but not building a good gun on the inside. Honestly they are a POS. Reviews like the one above are misleading because Taurus only sends a pistol they actually did right knowing it would be reviewed.

  • Jerry Rowlett

    The 709 has features I do like very well. Having purchased a 709 Slim after watching a Guns and Ammo review I found it had some feed issues. After trying several brands of ammo I found that it likes and fires Fiocchi flawlessly. It seems strange that Blazer Brass, Winchester, Remington, American Eagle fire no problem in other firearms I have, however the 709 did not like them. The Fiocchi is the only ammo that works every time in my 709 whether ball or hollow point ammo. LOL! Just my experience? I said bad words at the range before the Fiocchi ammo resolved the issue. I apologized to other people at the range for my verbal abuse.

  • Barry Cole

    I agree. All my Taurus pistols and revolvers are good guns, and a great value. I love my Rugers,, S&Ws, and SIGs, Berrettas, and Colts, too.so.e more than others for different reasons. My PT111 in 40 is maybe my favorite gun. The only guns I’ve found truly bad are KelTec. I have one in a box under my desk, I’m too disinterested to even send it in. I bought an extend mag for my PT709 for my fat fist, and gained a couple rounds too. I carry a pt709 and after a year of wearing it, dropping it, switching holsters, sweating on it, getting it wet, I blasted away several boxes without cleaning it from the first time I blasted away 5 or 6 boxes when it was new and sighted it. I purposely mistreated it, because I don’t want a little lint, hair, grime, or powder to keep me from stopping what is threatening me. It has functioned every time. Conceals better than any like sized 9, or 380 I have found.

  • disqus_f62emCdwDh

    I had previously tested the 709 and wrote a report on another website. The example I shot was utterly reliable and shot accurately to the 25 yard maximum I tried it to. I’ll grant you that I too have heard the grumblings about Taurus QC, which is odd considering they are supposed to be an ISO 9001 manufacturing company, which requires, inter alia, digital measuring of parts made and collected into a database to ensure consistency.

    Granted, my experience was with a sampling of “one,” but this one worked fine, even with hotter JHP bullets. The problem with reporting malfunctions on semiauto pistols means either, generally, magazine feed lip release angle or spring tension, or extractor hook contour or spring pressure. Without a thorough vetting of both, it is difficult to discern why something might be “unreliable,” though I suspect other manufacturers do a better job about not making their purchasers beta-testers.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Thank you for your insight.

      Hope this finds you well!

  • kingghidorah

    Taurus, a gun company for the guy who thinks black jeans are dress pants.

  • Mark Wynn

    You provided a succinct, factual review. Thanks.
    Wonder if Crimson Trace will come out with a laser.
    Would appreciate your comparison of this Taurus with a Ruger lc9s.

    • Thomas Gomez

      Thank you Mark.

      I hope this finds you well.

  • Giordi

    Great review.
    I purchased the PT709 October 2016 So far I have 250+ rounds through it with no malfunctions. The only inconvenience I had was a very gritty trigger. A light puff of powdered graphite and dry firing cured the problem. Carries easy, appears dependable and has a smooth 5 lb. trigger pull. It does take a bit to get used to. I had put traction grips on mine. So far I like mine. In my opinion: for the price and easy to carry you can’t beat it, especially on a fixed income. I read so much bad things about them. I had to buy one to see if all that bad stuff was true. My son has the 709 and 740 and he hasn’t any problems with his either.