I owned one Taurus, a new in box M85. It froze up solid between 200 to 250 rounds. After dealing with Taurus Customer Service, after getting the gun back I sold because I didn't trust it. That was my first and last Taurus.
In my book, and it's a small sample size, they have 100% fail rate. I own 3 Rugers, 3 S&W, 1 Walther, 1 Glock and 1 Springfield. I've never had a problem with any of those guns by comparison.
To me, it just makes sense to spend a little more money up front because you'll get a much better gun in the long run. If you buy a Taurus and have problems with it, it will likely cost much more than buying a better made gun would have in the first place.
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