Though not technically “new for 2023,” the Taurus TS9 is new for the U.S. civilian market. Introduced in 2018 for the Brazilian and international markets, the pistol met NATO testing protocols and passed a 20,000 round test before it was adopted by the Philippine National Police. According to Taurus, the company has decided to offer the pistol for a limited time in the U.S., due to a production overrun while fulfilling a government contract.
The TS9 is a polymer-frame, striker-fired, semi-automatic handgun chambered in 9 mm Luger that has several features that differentiate it from Taurus’ other models. The TS9 uses Taurus’ “Dual Trigger Safety” system, in addition to having a firing pin block safety, a loaded chamber indicator and a unique, flip-up trigger blocking manual safety built into the trigger guard. The slide is a closed top “dust sealing” design with a side ejection port. The barrel locks into the slide with a “limited tilt” locking system.
The Taurus TS9 has many unique features and was previously only offered on the international market.
The TS9 frame uses interchangeable backstraps with four sizes supplied with each pistol. It has an M1913 Picatinny rail on its dust cover. Both front and rear sights are drift adjustable for windage. The pistol is fed from a 17-round detachable box magazine and two are supplied. The magazine release is bilateral. The TS9 has a 4" barrel and has an overall length of 7.25" and a height of 5.64". It weighs 29.2 ozs.
In addition to black, the TS9 is also offered in gray and OD green frame colors.
The TS9 is offered in three frame colors—black, grey or OD green. Black-frame models have a bilateral slide release lever, while on the gray and OD green models the release is on the left side only. The Taurus TS9 has a MSRP of $500. For more information, visit taurususa.com.