The Taurus Model 709 Slim is a compact pistol primarily designed for use as a civilian concealed carry gun and not marketed as a service pistol to be used by police forces. That is not to say that this low-profile 9mm handgun does not find its way into the collection of law enforcement officers, but that when it does, it is mostly likely going to play a role as an off-duty weapon.
Recent years have seen an ever increasing numbers of people carrying guns for personal protection. Traditionally, many who carry have held the position that if you are going to carry a gun anyway, it makes sense to carry one which has the highest capacity as possible. The resurgance of popularity of 1911 pistols has shown that this is not necessarily true. Many have discovered the advantage in carrying convenience that can only come with the slimmer profile that a single stack compact pistol can provide.
Taurus, always trying to keep its finger on the pulse of the shooting public, took notice of this pent up demand and developed the Slim line of pistols. They feature a full compliment of features that are becoming pretty much standard and the the 9mm version of the Model 709 is no exception.
Every Taurus 709 Slim ships standard from the factory with an integrated split-trigger safety, fixed combat sights, single-action trigger, and a 7 round magazine capacity.
The Model 709 Slim is available in a deep blued finish which matches the frame or in a bi-tone model that features a stainless steel slide. Another edition sports a lighter titanium allow slide but is reviewed separately.
Reviews for both the blued and bi-tone versions of the Taurus Model 709 Slim compact pistol can be found below. Feel free to write a review of your own if you've used this gun in the past so you can share your own first hand insights with others. As mentioned before, please make sure that you place your review in the best place. Standard steel slide models are reviewed here and with a separate place to review the Model 709 Titanium.
I've had mine for about 2 years. The only issue was when firing Brown Bear ammo which jammed due the laquer getting hot enough to melt and stick somewhat, and Perfecter which carboned the weapon up too much. After a field strip and thorough cleaning the problem was solved using Winchester whitebox. It is accurate once you get used to the long but smooth trigger. I have no complaints with it but it is a little large/heavy for my front pocket.
I have owned a 709Slim since they 1st became available and fired nearly 1000 rounds with absolutely no problems with accuracy or functioning, It's light and slim to conceal and easy to carry any number of ways. i've read the "bad" reviews; those guys either don't know how to aim or don't know how to shoot!
I bought this pistol for CC an have fired all types an brands of ammo an have never had an issue with it.I also have the Taurus PT-809 an it also shoots flawless.Cleaning any new gun is something many people fail to do an thats usually where the problems start.
I have fired about 150 rounds thru my 709. It only cycles Remington ammo or at least it did. My past shooting involved firing one or two mags only. Yesterday at the range I fired 2 mags (Rem. 115gr. HP) with no problem. Beginning with the 3rd mag (I was using and reloading 2 mags) I began to experience FTE, FTL and the slide wouldn't close all the way when loading. The fired cases had scratches all the way around. The gun when it fires is accurate. So gonna send it back to Taurus or ditch it. My CCW must go bang.
Just got done shooting mine and I'm beyond disappointed. It cycles fine and feels good but it's the most inaccurate gun I've ever shot. I have zero faith in it for CC. I thought something might have been wrong with me so I went to the rental counter and got a Ruger LC9 and a Glock 27. I was able to do 3" groups with both of those at 7rds but the best I could do all day was 12" at the same distance with the 709. Bye bye, selling it and moving on. Been shooting for 30yrs, never felt this way about a gun. Too bad too because this has spoiled any chance of me trying another Taurus product.
I purchased this pistol several weeks ago and had the opportunity to fire it yesterday...this pistol is awesome...fired ~100 rounds, with no problems what-so-ever....it took me several rounds to get used to the trigger pull, as it had literally no resistance and the first time I thought I had pulled the trigger all the way and then it fired, and the reset was soooo close. After getting used to the trigger pull, I worked on my accuracy and had a 3-5 inch grouping at 15 yards, which I thought was pretty good considering this was the first time I had fired this particular pistol...recoil was not an issue and I was able to quickly get back on target...I have ordered the pearce magazine extenders and will install them on the magazines for a more secure grip although none was experienced when I fired the weapon. This Taurus pistol is well made and a great buy for the money...I will replace this as my concealed carry with a little more practice. I purchased an IWB Uncle Mike's size 12 holster, and it fits like a glove..I am very happy with this product and recommend it...By the way this is my first Taurus and will purchase more in the future.. a well made fun gun to have.
I have purchased and fired this great little concealed carry pistol and have to say it is fantastic...Took a little getting used to the trigger pull(because it was so easy)...recoil was managable and no issues at all. I had purchased two additional magazines for a total of three and put all three mags through the gun with no issues...So far I have put ~100 rounds through it with no issues what-so-ever...I use a Uncle Mike's no.12 IWB holster for concealed carry...I do admit it was a little difficult to rack the slide when new but that got a lot easier the more rounds I put through it...Great little handgun and a pleasure to shoot...
Very pleased with this pistol. For less than $300 new this was a bargain, and is my 3rd Taurus. Have had no problems with any of them. It is VERY accurate, very concealable and will be my new carry gun. The trigger pull took a few rounds to get used to, but works fine. Being very light, thin and having a short handle this pistol does have noticable recoil for a 9mm, compared to a larger framed pistol. I have ordered a couple of magazine extensions that will give my little finger a place to hold on to, as well as some rubber traction grips for the handle. Should help my big hands a little with the grip and recoil. All 5 stars here for this pistol.
I bought 2 of the709`s for my daughters for cc. I wanted to shoot them first before I gave them their guns. Its a good thing I did! Both guns locked open with 1 cartridge still left in the mag. It took 68 min on hold before anybody would talk to me. they decided to send me 2 new mags, so we`ll see. The gun was accurate and the trigger pull wasn`t too bad. I hope the new mags solve my problem
I see there's a lot of love/hate for the gun. I own one, and I've experienced absolutely no issues with it whatsoever; although, I caught hell trying to figure out how to disassemble it the first time. Fires all kinds of rounds without issue, and will be used as a concealed carry gun. Totally in love with mine.
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