I’ve been debating, ever since Ruger introduced the LCP, on what it was that I wanted in a pocket carry pistol. I handled all the offerings including the LCP, P3AT, TCP as well as the 380’s from Sig, Walther and Bersa. And I had the opportunity to shoot an LCP and a PPK.
To be honest, the LCP, P3AT and TCP all felt too small to me to hold comfortably. I’m left handed so I had difficulty in activating the slide release on the LCP and TCP (the Kel-Tec doesn’t have a slide release).
I’ve also been going through a ‘caliber reduction’ phase – or at least trying to limit the number of new calibers I add to my collection. Reason being I reload most of my own ammo so adding a .380 ACP to my arsenal would also require new dies, brass, powders and bullets.
I really like the overall fit and finish on the 709 (as an aside I also really liked the TCP, perhaps even better then the LCP).
So I ended up purchasing a Taurus 709 Slim (a .9mm). It’s only slightly bigger than the pocket pistols yet it fits much more comfortably in my hand. And I have a .9mm caliber pistol which I feel more confident with compared to a .380 if needed for self defense.
I’ve read some conflicting reviews on the 709 in the various web forums. Some work well and some apparently have had issues. I’m not clear on the percentages… whether it’s the same people with issues posting on every forum and blog or whether there are that many 709’s with problems. There also seemed to be a trend toward issues with early production runs vs. more recent production, at least in what I was reading.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be shooting and carrying the 709 and will post my impressions.