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Taurus Model PT-940

Variant 4 of 8

Type:Pistol
Produced:2000 - 2010
Caliber:.40 S&W
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:frame mounted decock lever
Magazine:10-round
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grips:mother of pearl
Sights:3-dot fixed
Notes:gold highlights
Barrel Length:3.625 in.
Overall Length:7 in.
Height:5.2 in.
Width:1.626 in.
Weight:28.2 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Forjas Taurus SA+55 51 347 4000
Avenida do Forte 511Website:
Porto Alegre Brazil www.taurus.com.br
Importer:Phone Number:
Taurus USA305-624-1115
16175 NW 49th Ave.Website:
Miami FL 33014www.taurususa.com
MSRP:$702
Used Est.:$490
Last Update: 9/7/2014

Caliber:.40 S&W
Alias:.40 Smith & Wesson Auto
Muzzle Velocities - from985to1325ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from355to500ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from135to180gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:173082- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:7.47 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:11 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:Fair
Defense Factor:87%

About the Handgun:
The PT-940 is a medium frame pistol that relies on the modified SIG-type Colt-Browning tipping-barrel locking system. Although part of the Taurus 92 series, this more compact model features an enclosed slide, straight backstrap and frame mounted decocking lever.
About the Manufacturer:
This company was founded in 1939 to make Smith & Wesson-type revolvers and is now part of a group that makes products ranging from hand tools to sports equipment. In 1980, after Italian arms manufacturer Beretta had completed its contracts to produce firearms for Brazil's military, Taurus purchased Beretta's Sao Paulo manufacturing plant along with the tooling, technical drawings, and work force necessary to produce several different pistol designs. By the early 1990s the company was employing more than 3000 people in four factories in Brazil. In order to more effectively tap the U.S. market, the company created a subsidiary in 1984 stationed in Miami, Taurus International Manufacturing Incorporated, also known as Taurus USA.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.
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