Taurus T4SA: Designed and Built in the USA

Taurus T4SA

As you may have heard, Taurus USA introduced a new AR platform rifle recently. The new gun, called the T4SA, appears to be a quality rifle based on the specs and information released by the company. When it starts shipping later this year, and the gun gets into the hands of shooters, we will find out if the T4SA is as good as it seems.

One of the details I find to be most interesting is that Taurus USA states that the new rifle was designed in the USA and will be “manufactured entirely in the United States.” Presumably, this means no imported parts of any kind will be used in the guns.

It’s not that big of a deal for a company to build an AR rifle in the USA with parts sourced from the USA. A guy with a couple of hours to kill can do it in his garage. However, it is the second gun announced this year that Taurus USA is making a point of highlighting its origin. (The first was the Spectrum that will hopefully ship soon.)

I think this is significant, as it would seem that Taurus USA is making a conscious effort to move new gun construction to the United States. I don’t know what the cost breakdown of manufacturing vs importing into the United States is, but I’m not sure the move is a mere accounting decision.

Will we see additional guns designed and built in the United States by Taurus USA? I suspect yes, but only time will tell.

T4SA Specs and Features

  • 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem
  • 14.5″ and 16″ barrels available: carbine length gas system, low profile gas block, 1:7″ twist, Melonite finish, M4 feed ramps, 10k round barrel life
  • forged upper and lower
  • BCG Melonite treated with MPI bolt, M16 profile carrier
  • aluminum hand guard with either KeyMod or M-LOK attachment points and QD sockets
  • Magpul CTR stock (milspec buffer tube)
  • Magpul pistol grip and trigger guard
  • Magpul 30-round PMAG
  • unloaded weight (16″): 6.5 pounds
  • shipping in Q3 2017




Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Big Daddy

    All of my AR15s are assembled by myself and my friend who is a certified gunsmith and FFL dealer. The only AR I have that I did not assemble is a Mutant and CMMG .308, they are not AR15s. And they both are heavily modified. I think it’s good to have quality ARs on the market for people who just want to buy a rifle. The only AR I did not assemble was a DDM4V5 I sold.

    So far I have ARs in 9mm, 45 ACP, 5,56mm, 6.8mm and 7.62×39 KS47s by PSA. I will keep upgrading them as more and more parts come out. They all work without any issues and rival anything coming out of an assembler. I call it assembled rather than built because that’s exactly what you do. You have a bunch of parts you put together, very little fitting is necessary and that’s what makes them so popular, the modularity of them. The same goes for Glocks now.

    What bothers me about Taurus is their policy of having to be sent back to the factory for even the smallest issue. Plus their reluctance to ship to a gunsmith the smallest of parts to fix them.

    • MrBrassporkchop

      Yeah I have a Taurus with an issue I’d would like to have them look at. I’m not certain if it’s me or the gun. But it really doesn’t feel worth it to deal with the trouble. It’s easier to just buy a new gun and let this one sit.

      • Noah Tahl

        Surely, this time Taurus will get it right. After all, the design work has been done for years. They need only maintain the high level of manufacturing and quality control for which they have become famous.

    • Anonymoose

      Those CMMGs are technically “AR15s.” All modern “AR10s” trace their lineage through the SR25, which is more of a scaled-up AR15A2 than a true AR10- the only thing the SR25-derived “AR10” platforms share with the original AR10 is maybe magazines (originally SR25 uppers could be swapped with the current Armalite’s prototype AR10A lowers, but that may have changed since the early 1990s). The Mutant is basically just a modern “AR10” that’s been shortened and takes AK mags. Even weird things like the Olympic Arms, ZM, and SIG folding-stock piston guns are technically AR15s. These are not such radical changes in functional design that separate say a 1911 and a Hi-Power, or an SKS and an AK, or the AR15 and the SCAR. When a lot of major parts still interchange (receivers, buffer tubes, bolt carriers, gas blocks, trigger groups), then it could be said to still be the same type of platform.

      • Tom Currie

        Nowadays, anything with a pistol grip, a stock that moves (any direction) or a pipe sticking out the back, a push-button magazine release on the right, and a rotating safety on the left is an “AR15-style” gun, regardless of caliber (or gauge), and regardless of whether it is a rifle, carbine, pistol, shotgun, or firearm.

        Anything that isn’t an “AR” must be an “AK” because those are the only two guns that the media knows how to spell.

        • Anonymoose

          This is a matter of major operating components and design philosophy, and upper-lower compatibility in the case of the folding-stock piston-driven conversions. I said nothing about putting AR15 furniture on other guns, because that would make just about everything, even bolt-actions, AKs, and 1911s “AR15s.” The Shrubmaster ACR could *almost* be an AR15 because it uses the same trigger group, barrel, and bolt as the AR15, but I wouldn’t go that far.

    • mazkact

      Biggest problem in my book with Taurus is not selling parts. So far I have not needed any for my pistols or my Rossi(Taurus) 1892 lever action. Should not be a problem for the AR if the are truly mil spec compatible. I’m with you I build my AR’s from component parts, won’t be buying a Taurus.

  • aka the kaboom-15

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Is it a Taurus? Yes.
    Is it full auto? No.
    Then no one cares.

    • Vhyrus

      Did you try shaking it?

      • Haulin’ Oats

        Rather not. It might explode.

  • Y

    “Keymod sucks” _Patrick

  • MrBrassporkchop

    How can you design something already designed? Are they making changes? If so I don’t think I want it.

  • Tim

    If I buy one, can I be an honorary member of the TSA? Because that would be awesome.

  • Madison J Coleman

    I am holding out for when Kel-Tec introduces their AR-15. Should be any day now. Of course they will never be available.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I still can’t believe just how badly they dropped the ball with the KSG.

      By the time they were available, most people had figured out they don’t want one. Classic Keltec!

      • Haulin’ Oats

        KSG’s are now available in mass and cheaper than ever. I recently saw one new in the box for $600.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Link? I’ve been wanting one for years.

      • Rogertc1

        I have my burnt bronze KSG. I waited for the price to come down and have the bugs worked out of them. Average $800 or less NIB Gen 3.5

      • The Brigadier

        I got to shoot a KSG two weeks ago. It feels a little different than my 870 HD, but the double tube magazine is better than the Russian shotgun with the heavy shell magazine. The owner of the Kel-tec put a Mag-Pul part that extended the slide a couple of inches away from your face. I can see why the shotgun without this part might be a bit scary to operate. I hope Kel-tec includes this part on all new KSG’s. They are only building about one hundred a month and the wait is a long one. If you are going to buy one, get the Mag-Pul fix first and install it before shooting it. It eliminates short stroking the slide that has caused all the negatives with this gun. This will be my next shotgun.

    • jonp

      Or work

    • JSmath

      Keltec just announced the introduction of a new AR product called the Su16. Check out the gallery for how the new lightweight polymer, piston-action carbine differentiates itself from the flooded market of generic copies.

      • Tom Currie

        “Just announced”?? Are we experiencing a time warp? I don’t remember how many years the SU-16 has been on the market, but it ain’t new.

  • The Dude

    I bet it works as well as their pistols.

    • Vet for Trump

      My 5 year old 9mm. 24/7 Pro LS DS has over 3000 rounds through it and the only thing wrong is a chip on the extractor.

  • Phillip Shen

    The problem with Taurus is that they’re a load of bull.

    • Raginzerker

      a load of raging bull 😉 sorry, couldn’t pass up the pun

  • Harry’s Holsters

    It’ll be interesting to see what price they come in at. If they can come in under $499.00 then it might actually succeed.

    • Hardwood83

      Agreed, price will be THE determining factor on these. They can use all the quality components they want, it will still be a Taurus and have that baggage.
      Talk about a tough time to enter the AR market!

    • Peeholestinger

      MSRP is $1200…

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Then I’d definitely buy this over a PSA, DD or BCM!

  • Raginzerker

    I’m seriously only here for the comments on this one

    • Christopher Wallace

      yep decided to just read them and not make a comment of my own so i dont get banned for the 10th time. oh wait…

      • Raginzerker

        I kinda figured an article about a Taurus made ar would make some interesting comments

  • ArkhamInmate

    I’m all in for testing one out….with a ransom rest….and a 20′ string.

    Carry on.

  • nova3930

    Mag dumps when you shake it are a feature not a bug

  • Noooooooooooooope

  • john huscio

    “Shake to fire”

  • Hoplopfheil

    I think this will turn out like their 1911s. Decent quality, nice features, but not really cheap enough to make a splash (or offset the risks of shopping Taurus).

  • I’d say this is good news for this rifle’s future victims owners because being MADE IN USA means it’s more likely to actually include features like “manufacturing standards” and “quality control”, but then again, Remington still exists.
    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Nergyl

      You say that like you don’t appreciate the thrill of not knowing if the next round will be the one that blows up your gun and your face.

      • Devil_Doc

        Or, goes cyclic.

  • Anonymoose
    • Hoplopfheil

      They got the gist of it, anyway.

  • tazman66gt

    Taurus, when you absolutely, positively need to have the worst of a design.

  • plumber576

    Don’t shake your computer while on the Taurus website, your hard drive may kaboom.

    • Haulin’ Oats

      I think your wallet and sanity goes kaboom when you learn that Taurus has placed a $1200 MSRP on these guns.

      • plumber576

        :O

  • jerry young

    The new T4 looks quite a bit like every other AR on the market and the specs seem to be about the same, anyone can assemble parts from other companies and call it something new.

  • Devil_Doc

    Taurus? Nope.

  • Ooben

    “….appears to be a quality rifle based on the specs and information released by the company.”

    Well….according to my specs, I am 6’2″, 185lbs, and ravishingly handsome.

  • Rogertc1

    Taurus was already making AR’s in the USA under their Diamondback brand.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    Playing the Made in USA to demand a high price . . .

  • Kurt Hargarten

    I hope they continue towards more US made guns to escape the Brazilian “quality” issues.

  • RPK

    Taurus still has not produced the 32 or 33 round magazines for their 9mm Carbine rifle…they provided two 10 round magazines with each firearm. What a joke. Unless they start production of the PT-732 again, not interested in what Taurus is selling.
    Like Kel-Tec…otherwise, innovative second rate firearms!

  • The Brigadier

    No mention of the price for this new Taurus. Springfield’s Saint are being sold for around $800 now and its a damn fine rifle. Well this makes yet another company to produce the M4. What is that now around 356 companies?

  • Perfect market timing to offer a new AR…. Is Andrew Touhy going to take credit for taurus releasing an AR at a dumb time?

  • Rogertc1

    Cheapest KSG on your link is over $700 shipped. You lie Oats.,

    • Haulin’ Oats

      Its not a lie.

      • Rogertc1

        Look at your link

        • Haulin’ Oats

          Far from a lie. I saw it for about $620 at my local gun shop. And Online in the links above, its $678; not too far off from what iv’e seen in my hometown area. Prices vary and are subject to change. Keep waiting and im sure one will go on sale for 600, maybe less if we’re lucky!