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Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm Pocket Pistol Review

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Taurus PT709 Slim Compact 9mm Pocket Pistol Review Profile - Intro, Left Side
Photo of Taurus PT709 Slim 9mm semi-auto pistol (left side).

Taurus PT709 Slim 9mm semi-auto pistol, left side.

Photo © Russ Chastain
The Taurus PT709 Slim is an interesting little semi-automatic pistol chambered for 9mm Luger. Introduced in 2008 and clearly meant to compete with the Kel-Tec PF-9, this gun offers some features that are lacking on the PF-9, but it also falls short of it in some ways, in a direct comparison of the PT709 vs PF-9.

The PT709 Slim is a nice-looking gun. While its design was certainly given some thought, its designers could have used some advice from real-world gun-toting folks. The slide is blonky and has too many corners - many of them sharp - and could have been rounded off here and there to save weight and make it more carry-friendly. The slide serrations are good-looking, but they are a bit shallow and don't offer the best grip.

The PT709 holds seven rounds in the magazine, and it comes with two mags. It offers a safety (thumb-operated for right-handed shooters) that blocks the trigger and locks the slide. Its polymer (plastic) grip frame is attractive and comfortable. The slide is of blued steel, and a stainless steel version is available. One of my first impressions of this gun was that the slide seemed too big for the frame, but the more I handle it, the more I get used to it.

The PT709 is a convenient size for concealed carry, and it's a lot lighter than many other 9mm pistols, though not as light as its role model (the PF-9) or the Kahr CM9.

I can easily carry the PT709 in my waistband, and it rides there fairly well. One might want to install a clip, though, as the weight of its slide tends to cause it to pivot out of place at times, and sink deeper towards your drawers.

The PT709 has a bit of a "Glocky" appearance, with a lever in the middle of the trigger and a very Glock-like takedown lever/latch. It is also striker-fired, as is the Glock, but unlike the Glock the PT709 offers a double-action mode which allows you to attempt to fire a round that didn't go bang the first time.

The photo above shows the left side of the Taurus PT709. The slide is stamped with Taurus's round bull logo, and also says TAURUS above MADE IN BRAZIL, followed by a stylized "Slim."

The magazine release (located just aft of the bottom of the trigger guard) is very low-profile, but still very easy to use. I like it a lot. Above and forward of the trigger is the takedown latch. Moving rearward from there, we have the slide lock/release and the safety.

The safety and slide release are so different, it's hard to believe they were made for the same gun. The safety is serrated on top, with just the right amount of texture to provide a good grip, and its edges are rounded so it won't hang up on anything. The slide release is serrated very sharply, and if my thumb was less calloused, it seems like it could easily cut me. It also stands away from the gun's frame, and would be perpetually hanging up on clothing if the snag-resistant safety wasn't there to run interference.

The serrations on the slide release do provide good purchase on it, though.

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