The Taurus 709 Slim is perfect for concealed carry as well as everyday use. Its’ slim and compact frame combined with its slight build makes it appropriate for the task.
However, there are a few Taurus 709 Slim problems that users may have to deal with.
Most problems for the Taurus 709 Slim are due to poor quality control. These issues include failure to eject, broken ejectors, trigger problems, magazine issues, and broken or inaccurate rear sights
But before we move on to getting these Taurus 709 Slim problems fixed, let’s check out some of the features and specifications of the firearm.
Features & Specifications of the Taurus 709 Slim:
|Taurus 709 Slim Specs|
|Barrel Length||3 Inches|
|Safety||Frame-Mounted Manual Safety|
|Sights||3-Dot Sight, Rear Adjustable|
Common Taurus 709 Slim Problems and Solutions
Before moving on to the steps for Taurus 709 Slim troubleshooting, let’s take a quick look at the problems and their solutions.
Quick Overview of the Problems and Solutions
|Taurus 709 Slim Problems||Solutions|
|Failure to Eject||Eliminating limp wrists, lubing the surfaces|
|Broken Ejector||Replacing the ejector action block|
|Trigger Problems||Fixing the bent tab on the trigger bar|
|Magazine Issues||Using Midway USA magazines|
|Broken/Inaccurate Rear Sights||Equipping aftermarket sights|
1. Failure to Eject:
The Taurus 709 Slim has frequent failure to eject issues alongside a failure to feed as well.
It could be due to a dirty gun, or due to improperly handling the gun while shooting.
The solution is to avoid limp wrists as much as possible. As these guns require every bit of recoil to work properly. You should firm up your support arm while shooting as well as get a better firmer grip on the weapon.
The second step is to always keep your gun as much as possible. A dirty mechanism may cause several such malfunctions. Also, add a bit of extra oil on the surfaces with the most friction involved. Such as the slide, the slide rails, and the frame.
2. Broken Ejector:
The Taurus 709 Slim has quite a few quality control issues. The ejector is one victim of the case. The ejector is not sturdy enough. As a result, the brittle extractor may often break.
Without a proper working ejector, the gun will face several failures during use. And might even damage other components of the gun.
The solution is quite simple. In case you are still valid for warranty, you should contact Taurus for a replacement. In case you are not eligible for a warranty or wish to fix the issue yourself, you may opt for a replacement ejector.
Fig 1- Ejector Action Block Assembly for the Taurus 709 Slim
If you search online, you will easily find a replacement ejector action block assembly (Fig 1) for the Taurus 709 Slim.
3. Trigger Problems:
- Sometimes users may find that the trigger has become extremely stiff as well as becoming pretty hard to pull.
The issue can be pinpointed to the trigger bar of the gun. One user found that a bent tab on the trigger bar which is responsible for engaging the striker was bent.
Therefore, when the trigger is pulled, it presses against the frame and causes stiffness.
The first step is to disassemble the gun and inspect the trigger bar. If it is bent, you may apply force in the opposite direction to straighten it out. This should fix the issue.
Fig 2- Replacement Trigger Bar for the Taurus 709 Slim
In case the trigger bar has irreparable damage, you may opt to get it replaced. A replacement trigger bar (Fig 2) can be easily found online. After acquiring a replacement, you may install it yourself.
4. Magazine Issues:
As with most Taurus 709 Slim problems, it is also a quality issue. The factory magazines that come with the Taurus 709 Slim are known to be of inferior quality.
The magazines that came with the firearm would come out when the weapon is fired, leading to a failure to chamber the next round. The factory magazines are also known to not drop free easily.
One user stated that the magazines provided by Midway USA are exceptionally compatible with the Taurus 709 Slim.
Fig 3- Midway USA Magazine Vs Factory Magazine
In the above picture (Fig 3), you can see a side-by-side comparison of the Midway USA magazines (Left) and the factory magazine (Right).
If you notice carefully, you will notice that the grooves on the factory ones are quite shallow and not quite sharp. On the other hand, the Midway USA magazines have a deeper, sharper groove and a better finishing overall.
Therefore, you may opt for a replacement magazine from Midway USA for your Taurus 709 Slim.
5. Broken/Inaccurate Rear Sights:
The sights on the Taurus 709 Slim are also prone to breaking due to the extremely brittle build quality.
Fig 4- Broken Rear Sights on the Taurus 709 Slim
Especially the rear sights are pretty vulnerable to damage as can be seen in the picture above (Fig 4).
The solution in this case is pretty simple if you are willing to spend a bit of money. Investing in an aftermarket sight is the best option in such a case.
Fig 5- TRUGLO TFX Pro Tritium Sight
You may scour the internet for a decent sight that suits you best. Such as this set of TRUGLO TFX Pro Tritium sight (Fig 5) for the Taurus 709 Slim. Or any other sight that fits your needs the most.
User Feedback on Taurus 709 Slim
The Taurus 709 Slim has several issues and most of them are due to the lack of quality control. As is evident from several user reviews and comments.
One user complained on a thread on the Taurus Armed forum as his sights were extremely inaccurate. Even after possible adjustments were made.
Another user on a separate thread on the same website complained about how he had a bent tab on the trigger bar. So when pulling the trigger, it was pressing against the frame and causing issues.
One thread on the Defensive Carry forum showcases the issues with the magazines on the Taurus 709 Slim.
On the Handgun Forum, a user also stated how he faced several issues regarding firing the firearm.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the trigger type of the Taurus 709 Slim?
Are the Taurus 709 Slim sights adjustable?
Yes, the rear sights are.
How many safety mechanisms does the Taurus 709 Slim have?
Two. A loaded chamber indicator and a frame-mounted manual safety.
Can a laser sight be equipped to the Taurus 709 Slim?
How many keys does the Taurus 709 Slim come with?
It ships with two keys for the lock.
The Taurus 709 Slim problems are mostly quality-based issues. And if any issues occur due to the malfunction of a part, it is best to get it replaced. And if you have any issues pinpointing the cause of the problem, this article can act as a guide.
It is also advised to keep your gun properly cleaned and lubed to avoid any small hiccups with the firearm.