Brazil’s Forjas Taurus, following a particularly difficult year dealing with much publicized market/users complaints about safety/functioning aspects of some of its guns (pistols, mainly), appears to be entering 2017 with a serious commitment towards products quality. Other than simply updating its long-established bull logo, the company is in the process of undergoing wide changes in its organizational and industrial aspects, the later being the full transfer of its main Brazilian production facilities from Porto Alegre to São Leopoldo, both in the Rio Grande do Sul State.
A quick look at the Taurus 2017 product catalog will show that older names, such as of the 800 Series and the troublesome 24/7 pistols, are definitely gone, and that new ones have appeared. If public attendance at the company’s stand in the recent LAAD 2017 Defence & Security show in Rio de Janeiro may be taken as an indication of general interest, it seems that the polymer-frame T Series of hammer- (TH) and striker-fired (TS) pistols is a primary bet for the concern to regain market credibility. Both series are to be available in full-size and compact variants in the 9x19mm, .40 S&W, and .380 ACP calibers. Taurus insists in calling the attention to the implementation of better quality control procedures and enhancing testing protocols for its guns, mainly when it comes to gun drop safety, a major concern.
The new models share a number of features, such as polymer frames, ambidextrous controls, interchangeable backstraps, underbarrel Picatinny rails, loaded chamber indicators, and interchangeable parts. Taurus says the weapons have special, enhanced sealing against dust, sand, and mud.
Here’s a very brief look at Taurus’ new pistols: