Guns & Patriots

Gun Review: Taurus 740

Need an affordable, subcompact pistol chambered in a major caliber? Taurus claims to have your gun in the 740 SLIM. Introduced several years ago, the Taurus SLIM series of pistols are compact, polymer guns with a number of attractive features and a sub-$500 price tag.
 
The guns are chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W and are clearly designed for concealed carry and back-up duties. The Taurus 740 is chambered in .40 S&W.

But, all the features in the world won’t do you any good if the gun fails to function reliably.  My 740 functioned reliably, with a caveat. More on that farther along in the article.

Guts of the Gun

The Taurus 740 is a striker-fired, polymer-framed pistol. It is lightweight at only 19 ounces (unloaded) and has a barrel that is 3.2” long.

Unlike many modern pistols using a double-action/single-action trigger, the 740 uses a single action/double action (SA/DA) trigger.

The first, and every shot thereafter, is single action.  Should the gun fail to go “bang,” the pistol changes to a double-action trigger pull, allowing a “second strike” on the chambered round.

For a compact pistol, the sights on the 740 are very good. They use a typical three-dot arrangement, and the rear sight is fully adjustable for windage and elevation.

Field stripping the pistol is similar to that of a Glock pistol. Partially retract the slide and pull down on both sides of the bar located in the frame above the trigger. Once the bar is down, the slide can be pushed forward and off of the gun.

While the exterior of the pistol lacks sharp corners or burrs, the internal pieces of the gun are less finely finished. I noticed that internal edges were sharp to the touch.  Assuming the gun runs reliably, this isn’t a problem for most people, but it does suggest a lack of detail in a gun’s manufacturing.

The 740 has a manual thumb safety that is useable, but small. Engaging the safety isn’t as intuitive as it is on a 1911-style pistol due to the diminutive size. However, it does function smoothly and does prevent the pistol from firing.

The Taurus 740 has a loaded chamber indicator and an internal lock.

My 740 came with two, six round magazines, keys that adjusted the rear sights and set the internal lock and a plastic carrying case.

Specifications:

•    caliber – .40 S&W
•    capacity – 6+1
•    sights – adjustable, three-dot
•    overall length – 6.24 inches
•    weight – 19 onces (empty)
•    barrel length – 3.2 inches
•    MSRP – $483 (blue finish), $498 (stainless finish)

Like many subcompact pistols, the gun is too small for my entire hand to fit on the grip. My pinky falls off the bottom of the gun. I really dislike this, but that is one of the prices you pay for a pistol that can conceal in a pocket or on an ankle.

The polymer frame is aggressively textured, allowing you a more positive grip on the pistol when shooting. After about 100 rounds, the grip begins to hurt. At about 200 rounds, the grip pattern is semi-permanently tattooed into your hand.  I really don’t suggest putting more than 150 rounds through the pistol during any given range session.

Range Time

I was pleasantly surprised to find the 740 was a very accurate little handgun. Two-inch groups at about 10 yards were the norm, and hitting man-sized targets at 15-25 yards was doable. 

The single-action trigger pull, combined with decent sights, made it easy to put rounds on target.

The .40 S&W is a high-pressure cartridge, and shooting a few hundred rounds from such a small, lightweight gun was not the sheer bliss a bucket of .22 might be. Shooting small guns tends to require more effort from the shooter to maintain a solid grip on the gun to ensure reliability. The Taurus 740 was no different.

The recoil from the .40 S&W, while not seeming too bad at first, would wear the shooter down so that by 100 rounds malfunctions were starting to show from “limp wristing” the handgun. 

As long as the shooter held the gun with a very firm grip, the gun ran fine. Start to loosen up on the gun, and malfunctions would follow.

Final Thoughts

The Taurus 740 is a good pistol for certain tasks.  If you need a subcompact pistol chambered in .40 S&W with good sights and an affordable price tag, it may fit the bill. At a size similar to my “hammerless” .38 revolver, I can get two more rounds plus a more powerful round in the 740.

However, if you were not limited to the subcompact size, I recommend a larger pistol. Larger handguns tend to be easier to shoot, are more reliable and are, with a longer sight radius, more accurate.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mikebutlermedia Mike Butler

    I agree that it is unrealistic to compare subcompact pocket pistols to full-size autos; they serve different purposes. Of course the latter are going to be much more enjoyable on the range, gentler on the hand, less likely to induce fatigue after extensive firing, and easier to get a higher score with. But that is not what a super-small EDC pistol is all about. Out in the field I am carrying a maximum of 18 rounds with my EDC, and I am not looking for extended shooting sessions (gosh forbid!) but preparing for very brief encounters. And I am preparing for scenarios at a 21-foot distance, and not looking for accuracy 100 yards out. (I have other guns for that.) Horses for courses, people. The right tool for the job is what it’s all about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652204511 John Kirkpatrick

     Actually, if you call Taurus Customer Service in Florida, they will put in a call to FedEx to pick up your pistol and it will be returned to you via FedEx at your home; that is, IF you are the original registered owner of the firearm. If you are not, you have to pay the shipping.  I had a problem with my PT140 Millennium Pro, sent it in via FedEx and had it back in 10 days.  Great service and very, very good firearms!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652204511 John Kirkpatrick

     Basic Training in defensive firearm usage is to develop “Muscle Memory”, and emphasizing a correct grip on the firearm for essential control is a MUST, not a nice-to-have idea.  If you cannot replicate proper grip on your firearm time after time, then you might rethink depending on it to function like it should when you call upon it…
    Richard, your review was a good one, as far as it went (that is a problem with brevity), but the Taurus 709 and 740 pistols are very good for what they were designed to be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1652204511 John Kirkpatrick

     Pearce Grip Extension allows you to replace the magazine floorplate and get that added support for the ‘pinkie finger’.  I just put them on a 709 for a friend and it made a world of difference in controlling the little beastie. (not a slam, they are a great sub-compact).
    The grip extension runs for about $7 and can be had for less on eBay and Amazon.

  • mahye

    i have 5 taurus and carry 1 every where i go . really like them

  • StackoLee

    Looks like an inferior copy of the WALTHER PPS (Police Pistol Slim) which I own in .40 S&W.  Excellent concealed carry (and can get extended magazines if you want more rounds and pinky rest).

    It is extremely slim and concealable – so much so that any decent holster ruins that effect, so I’ve been using that ‘Clip’ system and can carry 7+1 rounds of the pretty powerful .40 S&W (using Cor Bon high velocity rounds, which achieve excellent ft/lbs. of muzzle energy as well) and it’s not noticeable even with a T-Shirt and Jeans.  No bulge, which can’t be said for a snub .357 or the like…

  • http://mjm.luckygunner.com MJ Mollenhour

    Well, I’ve broken my wrist, slashed my hand, mashed my hand, had it swell up from bee stings, and I started to put it through a table saw.  I’m healed up for now, but none of us can ever be assured of the range-session perfect grip position, or 100% strength particularly in a fight.  I appreciate the correct admonition to work on obtaining a good grip, but I do not want the gun to malfunction if my hand is wounded, and my grip changes.

  • apache6

     I have a TAURUS 24/7 PRO in .45acp that has been extremely reliable !!!

  • Taurus740carry

    What do you mean by ‘Clip’ system. I have a 740 slim and am always looking for new and better ways to carry. Currently I carry it in a IWB soft Blackhawk holster size 0. It works okay with my crimson trace laser + pinky extension but it rides a cm or 2 too high. Any suggestions would be great! thanks.

  • Christian Hansen

    not everyone is an accident prone nincompoop MJ, Being so clumbsy of hand ur prolly screwed with handguns anyways.