Taurus 809B-9mm

The 809B-9mm is one of the “new” handguns developed by Taurus. The word “new” is actually a bit of a misnomer since the gun has already been available since early last year.

Performance

But Taurus dubbed this handgun as one of their latest since they have not released a lot of handguns aside from this 9mm. But new or not, this handgun became my chosen handgun and after a few weeks of trying out this 9mm, I can say that the manufacturer have actually made something worth more than its current listing price ($500). The handgun was derived from their popular Taurus 24/7 OSS. Contrary to hype, this type of handgun can’t really convince a lot of customers because of its polymer grip which is impossible to replace. But it has impressed a lot of gun owners because of its easy grip design and remarkable “single action/double action” technology. Users who felt at easy with the grip has definitely provided a positive review of the OSS while those who can’t seem to fit their hands on the said handgun left with disappointment.

Features

The 809B can be considered as the small brother of the OSS. It only has 4” in barrel size wherein the OSS is 5.25” which makes the 809B the same in barrel length with the Standard 24/7. But aside from the barrel size, the design of the 809B is very close to the OSS. This actually means bad news of 809B: it has the same polymer grip that many reviewers complained about. I guess this polymer configuration is essential for the company to keep the prices down. Besides, the polymer grip will work just fine for those who can easily handle the 809B.

Appeal

As already indicated; the pricing in Taurus is very aggressive but it has some trade-offs. Many complain that Taurus tends to be unreliable. But the single action/double action has already taken care of the problem. What’s left actually is the finish of the handgun which I agree. Compared to other handguns that are way more expensive, the finish in Taurus is definitely lacking. But these are all cosmetic problems and will never affect the performance of the handgun.

Summary

Headline: 

The 809B-9mm is one of the “new” handguns developed by Taurus. The word “new” is actually a bit of a misnomer since the gun has already been available since early last year.

Performance Rating: 
8.5
Performance: 

But Taurus dubbed this handgun as one of their latest since they have not released a lot of handguns aside from this 9mm. But new or not, this handgun became my chosen handgun and after a few weeks of trying out this 9mm, I can say that the manufacturer have actually made something worth more than its current listing price ($500). The handgun was derived from their popular Taurus 24/7 OSS. Contrary to hype, this type of handgun can’t really convince a lot of customers because of its polymer grip which is impossible to replace. But it has impressed a lot of gun owners because of its easy grip design and remarkable “single action/double action” technology. Users who felt at easy with the grip has definitely provided a positive review of the OSS while those who can’t seem to fit their hands on the said handgun left with disappointment.

Features Rating: 
8.2
Features: 

The 809B can be considered as the small brother of the OSS. It only has 4” in barrel size wherein the OSS is 5.25” which makes the 809B the same in barrel length with the Standard 24/7. But aside from the barrel size, the design of the 809B is very close to the OSS. This actually means bad news of 809B: it has the same polymer grip that many reviewers complained about. I guess this polymer configuration is essential for the company to keep the prices down. Besides, the polymer grip will work just fine for those who can easily handle the 809B.

Appeal Rating: 
8
Appeal: 

As already indicated; the pricing in Taurus is very aggressive but it has some trade-offs. Many complain that Taurus tends to be unreliable. But the single action/double action has already taken care of the problem. What’s left actually is the finish of the handgun which I agree. Compared to other handguns that are way more expensive, the finish in Taurus is definitely lacking. But these are all cosmetic problems and will never affect the performance of the handgun.

Overall Rating: 
8.40

Aside from the gun’s design, the technology used in OSS was also ported in 809B. But the manufacturer opted to call the feature “strike two compatibility”. Don’t be fooled – this feature is the same as the single action/double action technology. This feature will prevent misfires as the gun will automatically reset in order for the gun to fire properly. The handgun will detect any problems during the primer and will make the proper adjustments before any misfires will happen. Although I personally haven’t experienced any hard primers (yet), this feature should come in handy when I reload quickly during practices.

Staying true to the small brother character of the handgun, only a 9mm version of 809B has been manufactured by Taurus. While it would be great if they make a .40 caliber version, the company has already achieved that in their OSS series.

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