By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Taurus TH pistol.
Taurus has had some rough sledding in recent years, due in large part of indifferent quality control. The company is now operating under new ownership and new management in a brand-new, allegedly state-of-the-art facility. It seems that they have, for the last year or so, been seriously intending to turn out a good product.
The TH series pistol is sort of unusual in that it is a hammer fired polymer frame pistol. The weapon is being built in both 9mm and .40 caliber in two frame sizes, a compact version and a full-size version. It is rumored they are also working on a .380 caliber variant.
The full-size pistol features a 4 ¼ inch barrel weighing in at a tad over 28 ounces. The compact version has a barrel just a bit over 3 ½ inches and weighs 25 ounces. The standard capacity pistol uses a 17 round 9mm magazine or 15 rounds in .40 caliber. The compact 9mm uses a 13 round magazine and 11 round .40 caliber, though the compact versions will also accept the standard length magazines.
The weapons have a mil-spec Picatinny rail and come with Novak drift-adjustable sights. The full-size pistol also comes with interchangeable backstraps. Most of the operating controls are ambidexterous.
I confess I am not completely sure these things are even in the stores yet but they are advertising them. That being said strange things happen. I remember years ago that Ruger bought full-page advertising in the major gun magazines for a .308 Mini-14. Trouble is, they never released it for sale. The frame just would not take the pounding of that round. Advertising doesn’t necessarily mean the product is available. Usually, but not always.