Taurus TH9c Pistol
Once again we find ourselves in the midst of the wonderful land of Brazilian made firearms. Recently I was gifted a free rifle when I bought a Brazilian made pistol. The pistol in question is the Taurus TH9c, the compact version of their TH9 Series of pistols. I knew what I was getting into when I bought this firearm (Taurus has a bad reputation in the gun industry) but I got it anyway. With nothing more to say about this intro, let’s get into the mediocrity that is TH9c.
Specifications? We don’t need no stinking Specifications!
The Taurus TH9c is a hammer fired, single action, double action polymer framed semi-automatic compact pistol. It was introduced to the American market in late twenty eighteen, and features drift adjustable Novak front and rear sights. The more specific stats gathered from their website is as follows. Height of 5.16”, a width of 1.30”, it comes with a 3.54” barrel and an overall weight of 25.00 oz. unloaded.
The box or carrying case includes one 13 round mag, as well as an extended 17 round magazine. Along with the pistol itself of course, (coated in packing grease, I cleaned the pistol before taking this photo) is the owners manual, child safety lock, and mag loader. My first odd ball observation about the gun is that the extended magazine makes the grip much longer, almost negating the whole conceal-ability factor.
Now it does comes with an external safety that also acts as a decocker for the pistol. For the uninformed, what this does is allow you to safely “de-cock” the pistol without firing off the round chambered. The safety also allows you to carry the weapon in condition 1, round in chamber, hammer back, and safety on. Fudd’s go insane on this, because they don’t train properly and have ignorant opinions. Now, lets get to the fun part, shooting. (Or at least I thought it was going to be fun.)
It’s A Shooting Kind Of Thing
Pulling the trigger is the only way to get a feel for the bloody thing, so I set aside 300 rounds of Monarch 115gr FMJ 9mm, along with 200 rounds of Monarch 124gr JHP for my testing. I again broke up the shooting portion of my review into two different range trips, giving light lubrication to the firearm after each trip.
I started off by shooting the pistol in double action mode only as shown in the video down below. The problem I kept coming across while shooting it was that the double action break seems to be slightly inconsistent. Then again, I am willing to chock that up to my double action inexperience. The eight pound-ish trigger did not help, but I found the double action mode to be somewhat undesirable.
Oddly enough, the single action mode was the best feeling when shooting the gun, in terms of consistency. It was a smooth take up and break every time I pulled the trigger, even in rapid fire it kept up the same break.
However, during my second range trip I did start to notice that extended range sessions is not this pistols forte. At about the 100 round mark, the pistol started to become a bit painful to shoot, as most of the recoil coming right back into your hand will result in some blistering, as seen below.
I also began to run into problems around the 200 round mark, as I had one failure to feed. Then, the magazine itself was stuck in the gun, and I had to physically rip the mag from the firearm. While these might be one-off incidents for a new firearm, they are worth noting in my review.
However, after this second range trip I decided to do a full take down of the pistol to see how it was doing on the inside, this was when I discovered the most glaring issues with the firearm itself. The damage it was causing to itself.
Inspecting The Damage
I was extremely surprised to find that the firearm itself was starting to wear away at parts, with only 300 rounds through the gun total. I first noticed that the barrel had extensive wear on the top from the tilt barrel locking system, when doing my initial breakdown. I then decided to fully clean the firearm to reveal the extent of the damage. I have included close-up photos for you to be the judge.
There was excessive wear on the barrel, along with the slide itself on the inside. Bare metal was starting to show where the locking system meets. Now this is normal wear and tear on any handgun, that you usually see after a couple thousand rounds, but not mere hundreds. There was also damage to the back of the frame where the metal inserts contact the slide, as you can see below it. The polymer has been sheered away from just light use. It’s a major concern for me, that the durability of this firearm is as sub par as it is. I did finish my 500 round testing with some trepidation, and it did fire all the rounds put through it. I did not see any more excessive wear that was already present. Again a word of caution. Results may vary.
I’ll be up front. Granted that the gun can now be had at some stores for as low as $250, I just can’t recommend the Taurus Th9c. The damage alone just from 500 rounds down the pipe has me concerned about how long the pistol can last. Yes, Taurus has a lifetime repair warranty, but if they made a quality gun up front there would not be a need for it. I did end up keeping this gun, but firmly in that it gets left in the “truck gun” category. For now it will remain in the safe as a “Sell if hard up for money” category, so buyer beware.