I voted. PT709 in 9mm. But I wouln't poopoo the 740 either. Generally speaking the .40 cal. is going to buck a little harder than a 9mm. But to me the difference in negligable. I own two PT709's, one for me when I don't feel like carrying my G19, and one for Mrs. Hodawg. She can shoot it like a pro, but I doubt that she could handle the added recoil of the .40 cal. I've put close to 2K rounds through both of our 709's without a burp from either one. I'm sure that Jimbo can attribute to their reliability. I have no doubt that the 740 does just as well, but the 709 has been out longer, has more owners, more rounds down range than the 740.Would have thought there'd be more votes on the poll, with the amount of views the thread has gotten.:smack
I know, I know, the whole .40 vs. .45 vs. 9mm thing. I don't want to go there. But if I had my choice of 8 rounds of 9mm over 7 rounds of .40, I'd take the 8 9mm's. Just like I'd take 8 rounds of .40 over 7 rounds of .45. That one extra round can really be a life saver. But that's just me.
I go to TaurusArmed forum quite regularly, and I don't see a lot of complaints about the PT740. I don't think that you'll have any serious quality issues with either one. Dimensionally speeking, the 740 is only slightly thicker than the 709, not even enough to notice. I fondled a 740 at my favorite LGS a few months ago, and quite frankly if I shut my eyes, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference in them.
I wouldn't throw either one of them out of bed for eating crackers.