Taurus does not possess a Beretta pistol. Taurus purchased Beretta's facilities in Brazil, lock, stock, and barrel, as you say, for the manufacturing of their own goods. As a result, the Taurus and Beretta models are similar. Both are made out of steel with a black finish.
Beretta was awarded a contract to manufacture small guns for the Brazilian Army in 1974. When the contract expired in 1980, Beretta sold the facility to Forjas Taurus, who acquired all of Beretta's assets, including blueprints, equipment, and machinery. Taurus continued manufacturing under the name "Beretta".
When the contract with the Brazilian government expired, Beretta decided not to renew it and stopped producing these guns. However, they remained popular with private buyers and some police forces around the world. In 2001, Taurus resumed production of the Model 951 under their own name.
No, Taurus does not license produce the Model 951. Instead, it purchases the rights from Beretta.
Taurus announced Monday the acquisition of Diamondback Firearms, a Cocoa, Florida-based firm best known for its concealed carry pistols. While Diamondback will continue to exist as a brand in its own right, Taurus will take over all sales and marketing activities for Diamondback goods. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The move is yet another step by Taurus to expand its line of firearms beyond their traditional sporting rifle market and into the lucrative world of concealed carry handguns. In April 2014, Taurus acquired Canadian gun maker Stenmark for $17 million.
Diamondback was founded in 1996 by Thomas Mowery Jr. and his brother Johnathan who are both former employees of Smith & Wesson. They moved away from being gun makers and focused on manufacturing high quality components that could be used with other companies' guns. For example, they make some of the most popular drop-in replacement grips available today.
Their first product was a grip designed to replace the standard hand guard on many Smith & Wesson models. Since then they have expanded greatly and now offer replacements for almost every part of every model Smith & Wesson made between 1990 and 2004.
This expertise has helped them become one of the largest suppliers of firearm accessories in the United States. In addition to gun parts, they also produce laser sights, holsters, and magazine carriers.
Taurus safety is Up for Safe, Down for Fire, and Full-Down for Decock, which returns to the fire position. The Beretta is set to safe, which decocks the handgun, and up for firing. The Taurus safety also permits single-action on-safe carry, which the normal Beretta does not. The Beretta has a stronger spring that makes it easier to pull the trigger.
The Taurus pistol is made in Brazil, while the Beretta pistol is made in Italy. The Taurus pistol uses some parts made in China, but they are all anodized aluminum instead of steel. The Beretta uses only stainless steel for its components.
The Taurus pistol has a thicker barrel than the Beretta, which allows Taurus to use their controlled round feed system with 9mm Luger. This means that there are holes pre-drilled into the side of the cartridge casing that the ejection port can grab onto so that when you push the slide back after each shot, it will reload the gun for the next one. There is no manual reset on the Taurus pistol like there is on the Beretta. If you want to continue shooting after unloading the first few rounds, you will have to take the bolt off the frame to clear the jam.
The Taurus pistol uses gas operation, while the Beretta uses recoil operation.
Taurus is well-known for taking over companies and making knock-offs of well-known brands. Some of the firearms are excellent and will perform well. They are, however, well recognized for having quality control concerns. They create some excellent revolvers, and some of their clones perform admirably. However, many Taurus products are known for poor craftsmanship.
The company was founded in 1882 by French immigrant Pierre Toussaint in San Francisco, California. It originally made horse harnesses but soon began manufacturing guns under the name "Taurus". In 1992, Taurus was acquired by American Shooting Company, which was later purchased by Chicago Bridge & Iron Company in 2001. CB&I is now one of the largest construction firms in the world.
There are several problems with most Taurus products. First of all, they tend to wear out quickly because of poor quality materials and workmanship. Many parts fail after only a few years because they were not made properly in the first place. The rubber grips often come off the guns when you grab them by the barrel which exposes the hard metal inside. This means that you should never put your hands in your pocket or anywhere else where you can't see them while holding a Taurus gun.
Even if you do everything right and take good care of your weapon, it still has a tendency to jam. This usually happens when you try to load something larger than what the gun was designed for.
Forjas Taurus is a manufacturing corporation situated in Sao Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Founded as a tool and die maker, the corporation today comprises of departments specializing on weapons, metal production, plastics, body armor, helmets, and civil construction. They were considered locally produced guns.
Body armor is often worn by police officers, military personnel, and security guards as protective clothing for various parts of the body. Body armor comes in many forms including hard armor used to protect against high-powered rifle bullets, steel plates used to protect against knife attacks, and foam rubber used to protect against blunt force trauma.
Taurus has been making its own body armor since 1984. The company's first line of body protectors consisted of a combination of steel plates and polyurethane foam encased in leather jackets. These were sold under the name "Security Team" by Taurus' parent company, Cesura.
In 1990, Taurus released its first line of molded body armor. This new type of protector used plastic instead of metal plates and foam, reducing weight without sacrificing protection. Today, this line includes models for the chest, back, and head. They are all named after popular firearms. For example, the Model 880 is designed to protect the chest and abdomen from handgun rounds while the Model 940 covers the back and shoulders.
The largest gun manufacturer in Miami-Dade County has announced the closure of its operation. Taurus, one of the world's top gun manufacturers, said this week that it will close its long-standing Miami Lakes facility, displacing 175 people. Forjas Taurus SA, located in Brazil, owns Taurus. The company reported $48 million in revenue for 2010.
Taurus opened its Miami factory in 1993. The company says the decision to shut down is because of sluggish sales and high costs. Employees were told about the closing last month and have until April 30 to find new jobs.
The company says it plans to reduce its work force by up to 50 percent after selling or shutting down all its underperforming facilities.
A representative for Taurus tells NBC 6 South Florida that no other locations are planned at this time.
In a statement, the representative said, "After several years of declining sales, we have made the difficult decision to close our Miami manufacturing facility. We appreciate everyone who worked at Taurus over the years; this is a painful but necessary step to ensure that we remain an effective partner with our customers and align our resources where they can make the most impact."
Taurus makes popular guns such as the Model 556. It sells for around $1050.