The Hobby Gunsmith

Auto Shooting-

Rebuilding the Taurus PT-92

9mm Auto Part Two

Last month we reviewed the Taurus PT92 that was purchased to become an IDPA sport shooting gun.  The gun was noted to be quite loose and the grips were not very good for any kind of competitive shooting.  The barrel bushing was loose and the barrel could rattle around in the frame.  This month we fit new grips and take it to the range to determine how well it shoots before making any changes.

   The gun came with thin polished wood grip panels on each side that would have been acceptable for a display case or carrying under clothing, but they would have made it difficult to control the gun during a rapid-fire situation as we might experience in competition.

   I looked around for an appropriate grip and settled on the Pachmayr PT-D/G grips for the Taurus PT Series guns with the decocker. 

These grips fitted well and provide finger grooves to allow positive control while handling the gun.

   After fitting the grips to the gun and loading some ammunition, it was time for a trip to the range to determine how well the gun shoots.  I used an NRA B-8 target at ten meters to evaluate the gun and I was not impressed.  The spread of the group was about twelve inches, which is not acceptable.  Removing the outliers and measuring the bulk of the group left me with a six-inch pattern.

   The six-inch pattern at ten meters may be more acceptable when we consider it was the first time I had fired the unfamiliar gun, the front sights were terrible, and the lighting made it difficult to hold the target.  The problem was compounded by the flinch I had picked up as I tried to become accustomed to shooting a semi-auto pistol again.

     The trigger pull was quite bad in both the single and double action modes.  The pull seemed much heavier than would be expected and the gun naturally moves to the left during the single action pull.  This may be more of a problem than the loose barrel or the sights.

   It would appear that I should order some tools to do an action job on this gun to smooth the trigger pull.  I should also invest in some range time with a couple of semi-auto pistols to build my proficiency and precision with these guns after doing two years of Cowboy Action Shooting onto steel targets with big and heavy Blackpowder firearms.