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
Frame Size: Full
Caliber: 9MM LUGER
MSRP $: 599.99