Watch What Happens When These Taurus Pistols Are Dropped, Then Learn About The Lawsuit


The above video is slow motion footage that shows three Taurus pistols (PT 24-7 .40, PT 24-7 .45, PT111 9mm) during a simulated drop. The results are less than desirable and have sparked a lawsuit that is making it’s way through the courts.

Here are the alleged happenings in the above video:

This lawsuit is about alleged safety defects in the following Taurus-branded firearms: PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640; and/or PT-24/7. The “PRO” series of each model are also included. The lawsuit asserts that these alleged safety defects may cause some Class Pistols to unintentionally fire with the safety in the “on” or “safe” position when the trigger is pulled and some Class Pistols may unintentionally fire when dropped or bumped. The Taurus Companies stand by the Class Pistols and vigorously deny all allegations of wrongdoing and liability. The lawsuit does not involve Taurus G2 model pistols.

To learn more about the lawsuit, click here.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

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  • ricardo_maxwell

    What about the 380 PT-738?

    • clay

      What is the question?

  • Ethan

    The weight of the trigger bar mechanism has enough inertia to fire the weapon when dropped at the right angle – that’s why Glock came up with the trigger safety tab. It has nothing to do with stopping your finger or your car keys from accidentally setting it off, its about blocking the trigger assembly from moving under its own weight when dropped.

    Its a problem that most striker fired guns would have if not for the safety blade in the middle of the trigger. I’m not surprised that Taurus thought they could forgo that safety measure – with predictable results.

  • Vernon Cunningham

    Thats why I don’t keep a round in the chamber. Or the same in a revolver. Ir takes little time to chamber a round when needed.

    • michael visco

      I agree with Johnny. I can assure you that you will not Have enough time if someone came and mugged you. Maybe if you were in a dinner or something and saw someone come in…ok!! But if you ask anyone that knows…it will be to late for you. Might want to reconsider that having one chambered. You are the safty for your gun don’t forget that!! Don’t put your finger on trigger till your ready to fire and you will not have any accidental discharge.

    • oldhess

      Yeah but it does take 2 hands and time. Two things you’re likely to not have when you need to draw.

    • clay

      You REALLY need to rethink that position. Look up the data. When SHTF you’re way screwed.

    • Raptor Keeper

      Condition zero.

      ALWAYS condition zero.

      • Sandydog

        You aren’t, ah, being sarcastic, are you? :-)

    • joe

      I would like to be with you and say Vernon let me see your pistol. You bastard you got on in the chamber. This lying bastard.

    • Sandydog

      If that’s your choice, fine–although it just might kill you, or someone you care about. However, you should know that all DA revolvers sold today are perfectly safe to carry with all chambers loaded; There hasn’t been an unsafe one sold since probably 1898. For auto pistols, nearly every long-trigger-stroke DA model is perfectly safe to carry with a chambered round. Only those autos with a trigger-mounted safety and no other external striker-locking and/or hammer-blocking safety device are a little ‘iffy,’ but if you are CAREFUL about keeping things out of the trigger guard (fingers, mostly) they are perfectly safe with a live cartridge in the chamber.
      Well, maybe not Tauruses, I suppose.

  • george
  • Sandydog

    After looking at an exploded view of these pistols, it appears that the striker safety lever (internally linked to the trigger mechanism) isn’t doing what it was designed to do; It’s allowing the firing pin to move forward under retained tension in the striker spring with enough force to set off a soft primer, obviously with no trigger pull.
    I would guess that the surface contact area between the striker extension (tang) and the trigger-bar extension is also too shallow, letting the striker tang jump free of it when shaken sharply or dropped with enough force to dislodge the trigger-bar downward a few thousandths; As these guns, and all other Glocks and Glock clones, are always ‘half-cocked’ (the striker springs are partially compressed all of the time, until the trigger bar compresses them fully for intended firing), if there is no affirmative striker block (as in real Glocks, Springfields, or S&Ws), then the gun can fire without a full trigger stroke. With a harder primer, of course, this might not happen.
    This is impossible on those latter pistols, because of the tight contact-surface control of their trigger/striker interfaces AND because of their placement of a positive striker-blocking plunger that is not cammed up to release the striker until the trigger is pulled almost fully to the rear: No full trigger stroke, no fire.
    If you’re going to copy a Glock, you had best do so correctly, and pay the patent-owner to use his designs right up front; It’s better than trying to get around patents by producing something like THIS monster.