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Which PT700 Slim should I go with?

  • PT740, .40S&W, 6+1

    Votes: 7 31.8%
  • PT709, 9x19mm, 7+1

    Votes: 13 59.1%
  • Both are about equal in compromise. You're on your own, kid!

    Votes: 2 9.1%

Getting a Taurus PT7XX Slim. Which caliber should I go with?

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If the cost difference in ammo was nonexistent, which chambering of Tauru's PT700 Slim seriesl would you recommend I go with? Right now, I'm only considering the 9x19mm and the .40S&W.

The 709 holds one more round per magazine, and it would be slightly easier to go for follow up shots.

The 740.....well, it's a .40! :laughing :smack

For what it's worth, my currently EDC's (when I'm not in school:() are 1911's chambered in .45 ACP.

(My defensive carry ammo will be Hornady Critical Defense.)

I've got until the end of the month to make up my mind, and I believe you guys could help me choose the compromise that fits me best. Feel free to ellaborate on your choice, and thanks in advance! :thumsup
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Would have thought there'd be more votes on the poll, with the amount of views the thread has gotten.:smack
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.

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.

Beers y'all,
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Well, now the pot gets even sweeter. In the new 2011 Taurus catalog just released, the 740 and 709 are now available in a "Gen 2", with both finally having extended magazines. With the extended mags, the 709 will carry 9+1, the 740 will carry 8+1!!!

Take a look.

Beers y'all,
Just ordered the 740 from Gun Tech, Get it Tuesday.
Good deal, Jimbo. I'm looking forward to your impressions of the 740. You're the only guy I know of with the same amount of saddle time with the 709 as me. Let us know how it goes with that snappy little .40 cal.

Beers Hoss,
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