Taurus Reintroduces the 917C Compact, an 18-Round 9mm DA/SA Carry Gun

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Taurus has been making Model 92 pistols since 1980 on Beretta machinery that was purchased after the contract for military Beretta’s 92’s expired in Brazil. The Taurus 92, the PT92 to be precise, was more like the old Beretta 92S in that it had a frame mounted safety rather than the later hammer drop Beretta 92F’s. Taurus later made some of their own improvements to the design including a decocking lever incorporated into the frame mounted safety, rather than moving to a slide mounted one like Beretta did with the 92F, as well as adding an accessory rail for lights or lasers. They even made a compact model with a 4.30 inch barrel, the 917C, although it was discontinued along the way.

Well, Taurus has just brought back the 917C with that same short barrel and full sized grip frame and it holds 18 rounds. It’s similar to the Glock 45 in that it has the compact slide on a full sized frame. It operates in the traditional double/single mode and you can carry it cocked and locked with the hammer back and safety on if that’s how you roll. Even though it’s still a fairly big gun, even with the bobbed slide, the alloy frame helps keep the weight down. If you’re a fan of the Taurus 92 series, or the old frame mounted safety Beretta’s for that matter, then the 917C might be worth checking out.

Taurus USA Reintroduces the 917C
October 2023, Bainbridge GA – What’s better than legendary, long lasting, and extremely popular Taurus 92? What about a compact version that holds 18 rounds? It’s back: the Taurus 917C is making its triumphant return to the US consumer market.
Previously available, the Taurus 917C was extremely popular with customers thanks to its compact size, easy shooting characteristics, and full length accessory rail. Unlike other compact double-action/single-action semi-automatic pistols the Taurus 917C is capable of mounting full size weapon mounted lights and other accessories. Additionally, the 917C is compatible with all Taurus 92 style magazines.
“I actually had one of the original 917C pistols all those years ago, and I regret selling it,” said Caleb Giddings, General Manager of Marketing for Taurus USA. “I’m a huge fan of traditional double-action semi-autos like the Taurus 92, so bringing back the 917C makes a ton of sense to me. I can’t wait to put some serious rounds downrange out of this.”
The new Taurus 917C is shipping now, and MSRP is set at $599.99.For more information on the Taurus line of semi-automatic pistols, visit: https://www.taurususa.com/pistols/all-taurus-pistolsSpecialFeatures

  • Accessory Rail
  • Ambidextrous Safety
  • Flat Face, Serrated Trigger for Better Comfort and Control
  • Magazine and Grip Cuts to Aid in Magazine Stripping if Required
  • Picatinny Rail
  • Reversible Magazine Release
  • Signature Indexing and Recoil Management Pad. (RMP)

Tech Specs

Frame Size: Full
Barrel Length: 4.30 In.
Overall Length: 7.90 In.
Overall Height: 5.50 In.
Overall Width: 1.30 In.
Overall Weight: 33.50 Oz. (Unloaded)
Twist Rate: 1:10-in RH twist
Grooves: 6
Frame Material: Aluminum
Frame Finish: Black Anodized
Slide Material: Alloy Steel
Slide Finish: Matte Black
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Barrel Finish: Matte Black
Safety: Decocker, Firing Pin Block, Manual Safety, Striker Block, Visual Loaded Chamber Indicator

Caliber: 9MM LUGER
Capacity: 18 Rounds
Front Sight: Integrated
Rear Sight: Drift Adjustable
Magazines Included: 2
Action Type: DA/SA

MSRP $: 599.99

 

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    • In the way back. Way way back. A guy I knew was showing me his new 92. It had a frame mounted safety and funny emblems on the grips. I don’t think the .gov had replaced the 1911 with the 92 at this point.

      My first experience with a Taurus. He had that gun for years and it worked. And that safety was smarter than the 92’s.

    • The original 92 (no F, S, or FS) had a frame mounted safety. It was moved to the slide for various government contracts.

  1. Comment Summary So you don’t have to read further:

    Taurus is the worst, terrible QC, bad CS. Would never touch this if it was given to me!

    Also,

    Taurus is the best value for your buck, I bought a g2 and I’ve never needed another pistol.

    • LOL yeah experiences may vary by decade of occurrence. Same in real life discussions for Taurus so at least it’s consistant.

      • “LOL yeah experiences may vary by decade of occurrence.”

        I got lucky with my 2, at the time, so there may be some wisdom in there… 🙁

        • I have heard good and bad in various contortions from the 90’s 00’s 10’s and now they apparently are good if not fancy. Not sure I would call it wisdom as much as passing curiosity with the realization that even with research it could end up being a roll of the dice with a best guess. Probably would still recommend s&w as a general starting point but budget can have other plans. That said glad you got good ones.

  2. Neat, I typically prefer a full sized slide on a compact/subcompact frame (State Capacity Law issues) but assuming it works well with standard M9/92 magazines (I can’t remember if there were issues in using Beretta in Taurus or Taurus in Beretta) not a terrible option for someone looking for hammer fired with an external safety.

    • Taurus and Beretta had/have? slightly different magazine catch slots and I have one old magazine with a mag catch slot that works with both guns. Triple K I think (I know I have it but haven’t looked at it in years). I don’t even recall how well it worked.

      • You are remembering more than I, will have to check out a Taurus forum later to get some ideas on where to start reading.

  3. I wonder if this pistol has the same huge/chunky handle that Baretta Model 92s have?

    I wanted a Baretta Model 92 for a long time until I was finally able to hold one in my hand–the grip was far too huge for my liking (it felt like I was grasping a 2×3 piece of lumber) and I have not considered a Model 92 since.

    • Military’s M9 grips were worse (bulbous feeling in the palm) I would imagine some of the custom side panels could be better/thinner for you but unless you are really into the design it may become a why bother sort of project.

  4. We had a similar (full-sized) model, bought over 20 years ago USED from a LGS.
    Undiagnosed feeding/reliability issue.
    I wish a reliable source of new or used product failure reportage was available.
    These failures put into question the reputation of the poor guy who sold it to you. Not his fault, but he could up-price used items for a fee. Indicating two levels of inspection:
    LGS owners could have a checkbox on the data tag indicating that the weapon and magazines passed a “loads and ejects dummy rounds on the bench” test.
    For an advanced fee, a “range fired, XX rounds, no malfunctions” checkbox too?
    This would have saved me from at least four used lemons, including a Manhurin that went full-auto (I fixed that immediately).
    Unfortunately it would not have prevented a brand new 45 Combat Commander with 9mm ejector in it or the 40 Sig Pro that couldn’t hit an outhouse from the back porch.
    I know inspections cost time, ammo, driving to and from and effort on the part of a professional. This costs money, and that money is spent up front.
    But so does spending all you have, then waiting ten days to find out that it can’t perform the job you hoped to assign to it.

      • @ Rosignol: Manhurin factory had allegedly been taken over by Nazis. Produced PPK’s in 32. Plastic grip breakage directly over trigger linkage (left side if I recall correctly) interfered with function or return of that linkage. Six very rapid shots, one trigger press.
        No, not a revolver. Supposedly, these pistols were the French made items on that same Walther tooling, left in France. (Gents, correct me if I’m wrong here). I can’t speak for the overall quality, as the magazines were not of good manufacture or of modern design. EZ fix, but a good surprise test of your firing grip!

  5. I bought one of these many years ago at Bass Pro Shops (I had points burning a hole in my pocket) and later came across one in Stainless at a gun show. I liked the unique grip frame and had previously had a few full size PT92s that ran very well. I was actually ok that the 917c was discontinued just for making mine collectors pieces down the road (yes almost anything can be collectible). But in the end if they are offering it again and it is a good product then that is more important in the gun world.

  6. “like the old Beretta 92S in that it had a frame mounted safety rather than the later hammer drop Beretta 92F’s”

    Not quite; the 92S also has the hammer-drop safety. It was added extremely early in the 92’s life. The 92F introduced the passive firing pin block safety that’s still used and AFAIK no other major changes.

  7. You can easily tell a beretta and taurus with the huge trigger guard, I hate the thick trigger guard(and all the useless warnings, info stamped on the gun).

  8. At last a something other then Tupperware from Turkey.
    I would get this but I spent my extra $600 on *Biden in 2024* buttons.
    Its like hedging your bets, sorta like praying to Satan just in case the Heaven thing dont pan out.

  9. The Taurus 92 I had back in the day featured some pot metal parts and pins that fell out. The trigger, however, was better than the one on a Beretta 92 I had briefly. Second worst trigger on a pistol I ever pulled, first place going to Desert Eagle. I’ll pass.

  10. Just another unremarkable and totally unnessessary hand gun You got one you got ’em all, If you can’t shoot for Jack shit another handgun won’t help you that’s for sure . I was an Armourer, Smallarms Intructor and Musketry Coach for a good few years in the nROYAL <AIR FORCE and I'mthe first to admit that I not more than average with ahndgun mif that BUT I'd still bet the I'd beat most American Gun Owners in a hand mgun line up on the range I haven'y t shot a great brange of handguns but if you can't shoot reasonable well with what I was issued with a BROWNING 9mm Hi-Power it's bloody unlikely nthat this or any other hand gun will improve matters . Just another waste of money and I do wonder how much Commisionthe writer of the opening COMMENT gets.

    • Another unremarkable and unnecessary post (insert Dacian off brand rant) you don’t need guns. For those who prefer the TLDR

      • Albert wasnt just an armorer, back in 1931 he and I installed screen windows in all the HMS Submarines.
        We had two screwdrivers, a hammer, and some Elmer’s Glue.

  11. Price is listed at $599, so what would be the street price? I have a G2 and G3 and both have been flawless. Taurus have upped their game.

  12. @Wally1 and friends:
    What ever became of the G4? It was supposed to be their new do-all concealable peestola! Is the “This one’s better” claim just hype? And is it magazine compatible with G2 and G3?

  13. I have owned 7 Taurus handguns, 1989-present, and I have had NO problems whatsoever. I have an M99 (like a 92 but with adjustable rear sight) and it is completely reliable and very accurate.

  14. I’ll mos’ def’ take a looky feely at this one.
    At least because I didn’t like the fat grip feel of the ‘ol’ Beretta 92s.

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