In its press release for the new TS9 handgun, Taurus says the newest 9mm offering is set to “revolutionize the industry”. Let's look and see if the firearm's features live up to Taurus' bold claim.
I haven't shot a TS9, so this isn't a review. I'm just passing on the information about the gun from the Taurus press release. If you're interested in purchasing one, Taurus says they are available now, and lists the MSRP at $500.
The TS9 is a full size handgun. It's a striker-fired polymer gun, chambered for the 9mm cartridge. Being full-size, it has a 17-round capacity. Just like most handguns in this category, the TS9 comes with two magazines.
Key Features of the Taurus TS9 9mm Handgun-
- Adjustable Rear Sight: The TS9 boasts an adjustable rear sight that allows shooters to fine-tune their accuracy for unparalleled marksmanship. Whether you're a novice or an expert, this feature ensures every shot counts.
- Adjustable Front Sight: With an adjustable front sight, the TS9 offers superior versatility. Customize your sight picture to suit your preferences and shooting style, ensuring optimal target acquisition in any scenario.
- Accessory Rail (Picatinny/MIL-STD 1913): The integrated accessory rail provides compatibility with a wide range of accessories, including lights, lasers, and more. Customize your TS9 to meet your specific needs and mission requirements.
- Ambidextrous Magazine Release: Taurus understands the importance of accessibility and convenience for all shooters. The ambidextrous magazine release ensures that both left and right-handed users can operate the TS9 with ease.
- Interchangeable Backstraps (4 Sizes): The TS9 offers unmatched comfort and ergonomics, thanks to its four interchangeable backstraps. Tailor the grip to fit your hand perfectly, enhancing control and reducing recoil for a more enjoyable shooting experience.
Historically, Taurus doesn't have a great record of reliability. However, a couple of years ago they made lots of changes to their manufacturing. Some people claim that those changes resulted in improved Taurus reliability. I don't own Tarus handguns, so I can't comment, but you should vet the specific handgun you plan to trust for self-defense.
As far as “revolutionary” features, I just don't see any. Ambidextrous magazine releases, adjustable sights, interchangeable backstraps are nothing new. Perhaps Taurus will release an optic-ready version, but at least for now, that isn't available. And sorta' disappointing because it seems to be the industry norm at this point.
Stores will probably sell it for slightly below the $500 MSRP, which provides a handgun option at a slightly lower price than similar handguns from Sig Sauer, Glock, Walther, etc. Is it low enough to sway someone from purchasing a more tested handgun from one of the more well-known manufacturers? That's for the individual to decide.