View Full Version : Taurus PT-99 Jamming on FTE

November 7, 2001, 11:07 PM
I need some Help! My Taurus PT-99 AF has started jamming very badly. This happens with various ammo types from hollow points to FMJ. The jam occurs after a few shots (4-5). The spent shell isn't being fully extracted, and the next round in the magazine isn't allowed to enter the breech. The spent shell is only extrated about 50% leaving the front 50% of the shell in the breech. THis pistol has always been picky about the type of ammo it will feed reliably. I have found that Corbon feeds the best, while FMJ can be "iffy" and very long HollowPoints cause major problems. I used to get stovepipe jams every 50rds or so but now I can't even empty a clip with out the extraction type jam occuring.
Any help would be appreciated!

George Stringer
November 8, 2001, 09:37 AM
TO, sounds like your extractor needs adjustment. If it's a new gun I'd send it to Taurus. If not a visit to your local smith is in order. George

November 8, 2001, 08:52 PM
Thanks for your reply! i think i will be sending it off...:(

May 18, 2002, 09:31 PM
Sent it to Taurus, and it came back with a new barrel, and extractor. Shot 200 rounds (FMJ 124gr.) to test it and it jammed 14 times. Same thing, intermittant FTE. Pistol fires, shell extracted partially, slide tries to load te next round, but jams round into the partially extracted shell. Any thoughts? Thanks!

4V50 Gary
May 19, 2002, 06:51 AM
First, make sure the gun is cleaned and lubricated. 90% of all firearms malfunctions are attirbutable to dirt. Second, eliminate the ammo problem by using good factory ammo (which I think you have tried when the gun was returned). Third, ask someone else ("Me! Pick me!") to shoot the pistol and see if they're having the same problem with the same gun and ammo. We want to eliminate user error. Fourth, inspect your magazine for dents, cracks and deformities. Especially inspect the lips to see whether they are parallel (or in some cases, have the same inclination). Change magazines if necessary to see whether the problem can be attributed to a bad magazine.

George Stringer
May 19, 2002, 07:47 AM
Fifth, :-) if all of Gary's suggestions don't help, remove the extractor and "deepen the hook" by relieving the inside of the extractor's body. In other words let it close farther in and get closer to the rounds. George

May 19, 2002, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the quick replies! I stripped the pistol last night and cleaned and scrubbed and cleaned some more. Lubed it up and I am going to test again at the range today. I used Remington UMC 115 grn. FMJ last time. I am going to try to find a variety of ammo this time and do more testing. I am going to shoot from a bench rest to try to rule out user error, as well as letting a freind shoot some ammo throught it.
I have two factory magazines, both about 6 years old. They are in good condition, but what is the normal life for a magazine? should I replace these? or maybey just the springs?

4V50 Gary
May 19, 2002, 05:49 PM
There is no "normal" magazine life. It all depends on the user, the maintenance, storage conditions and this varies from owner to owner.

Anytime you clean your pistol, field strip and clean the magazines too. Stick a roll pin into one of the holes found on the side (if any) of the magazine body. Depress the floorplate button and slide the floorplate out. The roll pin (or punch) will prevent the magazine spring from going into orbit (and taking out your eyeball or your wife's favorite piece of china). Place your hand over the bottom of the magazine body and slip the punch/roll pin out. Gently withdraw the magazine spring and follower. Clean everything.

Inspect the magazine body for dents or cracks. Pay close attention to the lips. Also check the spring by laying it flat on a table. It shouldn't vary too much from side to side. Also check it for dings. Check the floorplate to ensure that it isn't cracked (hate to have the bullets shooting out from the bottom). Replace any part that is defective.

I generally lube and wipe away all oil (keep it dry) on the magazine parts before I reassemble it.

May 20, 2002, 10:04 PM
Success!!! I went to the range on Sunday and the owner looked at my pistol and found several burrs on the slide rails and other areas that he said were slowing down my slide. He took it back in the shop and less than 30 min. later he was back and we proceded to test it. 350 rounds later, (only 3-4 jams - user error grip) i had a great big smile on my face!!! Much better than the 14 jams in 200 rounds i had before!!! I used 115 gr. FMJ.

May 22, 2002, 05:14 PM
You might look out for stress cracks on the slide.my 99 was not acting right and it was a crack on each side of the slide.sent it back for a new one.I been shooting my bull for 12yrs.