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Op-Ed: Taurus TH9c – Taurus’ new CCW model

Taurus TH9c compact handgun. (Courtesy of Dan Abraham)
December 10, 2018

Taurus recently released their “TH” line of handguns. The TH9 is a full-size pistol with a 4.3-inch barrel, is double-single action hammer-fired, has ambidextrous controls, and hosts magazines that carry 17 rounds. At the time of this review. the TH9 and TH40 (.40 S&W) are available at most local gun stores.

This review showcases the smaller Taurus TH9c (compact). The TH9c packs in many of the same features as the larger TH9, but in a smaller and lighter package, which is ideal for concealed carry. Both models are budget-priced with an MSRP of $359, however, the average street price is right around $300 for either handgun.

The Taurus TH9c sports a 3.54-inch barrel, an ambidextrous magazine release, double/single action hammer, a thumb safety/de-cocker, and Novak three-dot adjustable sights. It comes with a 13 and 17 round magazine and a padded hard case which is an upgrade from the standard Taurus cardboard box. The handgun featured has a flat dark earth frame, but is also available in black and olive drab green frames.

The double/single action trigger shares a similar pull as other models in the same class with one exception. The six-pound single action trigger pull is a little heavier than the average 3.5 – 4.25-pound single action triggers. It’s definitely not a deal breaker. The hammer has three placements, double-action full rest position, double-action quarter cock that offers a slightly shorter trigger travel and full-cocked single action. The thumb safety can be engaged with any of those positions, which allows the user to carry the TH9c “cocked and locked” and is the preference of many shooters.

I took the Taurus TH9c to the range with decently high expectations. Initially, I was disappointed at the lack of accuracy I could achieve with it. From 10 yards, I struggled to hit my targets consistently. It’s possible the adjustable Novak sights were off or maybe I was having a bad day, however, my CZ 2075 Rami and FNS 9c performed excellently with solid accuracy. Worse yet, the TH9c had a couple stovepipes along with erratic case ejections. The more I tried to find the constant sweet spot with this pistol, the more frustrated I became.

The Taurus TH9c offers great ergonomics, style, and features. It is budget priced at a $300 price tag. When it came down to the “meat and potatoes” of the TH9c, I realized this handgun was not for me. Sure, it deserves another chance to prove itself, but as most shooters understand, the initial shooting impressions typically last a while. I’m sure many people will enjoy the Taurus TH9c, but as for me, I’m moving on to new handgun releases for 2019.

Check out my range review video and let us know your thoughts and experiences with the Taurus TH9c or any other of the Taurus handguns.

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