Remember the old bit about gift horses? Why were you given the gun? Out of love and/or frendship or because the previous owner wanted to get rid of it?
In spite of many reported problems, most Taurus guns are OK and will serve well; the price is usually quite good, though not many folks are lucky enough to have one given to them. But some do have problems, so check the gun over well and shoot it enough to gain confidence in it. If you reach that point, then it certainly should be adequate for your intended purpose.