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Picked up a Taurus M85 Ultra Lite Titanium, .38 w/2in barrel at a gun show a couple of months ago. Just bought it and didn't know anything about the guns and later figured I may have paid too much. Looked in Fjestad's and almost chocked when I realized what a great deal I got.

Took it out and learned real quick why the price was so low. Gun would fire one round and the cylinder would jam and not turn. Take the other rounds out and dry fire, everything worked as advertised. After a lot of swearing, foot stomping and throwing things I saw that the firing pin was not retracting thus hanging up the next round and keeping the cylinder from advancing. Could point the barrel up and the firing pin would retract. Point it down and the firing pin would fall forward.

Tore the gun down, downloaded the parts list from the Taurus site and found the firing pin spring and retaining pin were both missing. Got on the horn to Taurus and ordered the parts and 10 days later they arrived. I put them in and now have a fully operational (and cheap) gun that my wife absolutely loves.

The cost? you ask. Unlike Ruger's free small parts replacements Tuarus charged for the parts. 2 bucks for the parts and four and a quarter for postage. This is my first Taurus and I was very happy with the customer service of the folks in Florida.
 

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Thanks for the good news...that's been my only beef with Taurus...rude and unresponsive people....glad they're improved that much...gladder that you got a great deal!!!
 

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Is your Taurus new?
Also if it is, go to the Taurus web page and you can join NRA for free one year membership.
Nope. Bought the gun used and just paid this years NRA dues a month ago.
 

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I had heard stories of poor customer service from Taurus and was pleasantly surprised at how efficient they were.
 

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There is another Ice House Show this weekend in PHX and I will be definetly be looking for him. Maybe he will have some more stuff to unload on the unsuspecting. I will be ready and pay even less. Saving 3 hunert bucks and then having to spend $6.25 ain't a bad trade off.

Oh, the reason they call it the Ice House is it is the old ice hockey arena and completely air conditioned. Air conditioning is an issue in PHX in the summer if they expect folks other than the diehards to show up.
 

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...he'll be layin' low, shamed of himself and afraid you'll want a refund....I'd report him to the show officials....embarrass him a bit...that's effective....Yeah, you got a great deal dollar-wise...what if you'd loaded it up and put it by the bed...and needed it to work....there's an upside to the downside but it's still wrong....you were just smart enough to be sure before you relied on it...loooooooots of folks don't.....
 

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When I read it, I was thinking this was a new gun, and was gonna say, "Whoa, Wait just a minute", but, since it was used, there is nothing Taurus can be blamed for.....

The only dealings I've ever had with Taurus, was calling them to order 2 mags for a PT-111....got them quickly.....
 

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I know exactly what you mean but he would be able to say he didn't know and he may not have. Buying guns at a gun show, or on line for that matter, is always chancey and part of it was my fault for getting in a hurry at the end of the day. And I would never trust a gun without shooting it.

Although the guy had a table, it was a private sale, meaning he didn't call it in and there was no tax. We have, probably, the best gun laws in the country here in AZ. A dealer can't do that.
 

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When I read it, I was thinking this was a new gun, and was gonna say, "Whoa, Wait just a minute", but, since it was used, there is nothing Taurus can be blamed for.....
Nope, not a Taurus issue, or as I told Ruger one day "this is not a warranty issue, it's a stupid issue after I had lost a small spring. The guy I talked to made sure we were speaking the same language and read back the part #s to make sure we were using the same illustration.

As I said, very happy with their service. Even looking at another Taurus on Auction Arms right now.
 

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The guy was probably selling his own gun that he bought and knew it wouldn't work right. I'd still report him anyway and see if I could get another $100 off him. What do you care what that AH thinks of you. Find him at the next show and tell him it cost you $150 at a gunsmith to get it fixed in a loud voice when others are around. Turnabout is always fair play.
 

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Went to the gun show yesterday and looked for the guy. SURPRISE, he was no where to be found. For the most part prices were very high and folks seemed to be buying. Was specifically looking for a SP-101, .357, 2 in bbl. Checked with one of the guys from the Ruger dot com forum first and since he didn't have one he sent me to a friend who had two NIB. Wanted 499 friggin dollars each. Saw a used one I figgured I could get for about 350 and continued to look. Went back to buy it and it was gone. Finally bought a NIB for 409 which seemed ridiculous until I thought about it. Used have been going for about 360 on Auction Arms. Add 20 to 35 bucks for shipping and tack on FFL and I figured I did okay (and ONLY okay) on the deal considering todays market.

Also picked up a Dillon 550B w/extras from a friend yesterday. All in all a pretty good day.
 

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Jerry's wholesale which you need an FFL to buy from lists new SP101's for $375.50 and it usually cost an additional $25-27 for delivery so you should be real happy with a new one for $409. Congratulations on an excellent deal within $9 of wholesale.
 

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Guess I have been spoiled by the AZ price structure. At the Dec show was the first time I had chocked it down and spent 300 buck for a hand gun. A very nice blue GP100 w/4 in bbl.

At the last show (2 months ago) I was looking for a .32 H&R mag SP and saw one the guy wanted $485 for. I ended up gettin one off auction arms for $320 and the same guy still had the same gun with the same price tag at the show Saturday.
 

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I liked the blue cuz it was the onliest one I could find at what I considered a decent price.
 
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