I've never seen a bad Taurus. They're good quality handguns. They even make a BETTER version of the Beretta than Beretta makes themselves.
I bought a Colt 1991A1 Compact model (same size as the officer'*) for $409 new (about 10 years ago) and invested about 3-400 into it, turning it into a copy of this:
Almost all internal and external parts are from WC. I did all the custom work including hand-fitting the beavertail safety, machining the slide for the reverse plug and full-length guide rod, opening the ejection port, full custom trigger job including sear, hammer, and trigger, and on and on. Extended slide release, extended mag release, ambidextrous safety, high-ride beavertail grip safety, WC checkered mainspring housing, hand-stippled front-strap, bevelled mag well, and on and on and on. I built a $2k pistol that shoots like a dream for under $1k. Even the finish. I found the same armor-tuff finish (under a different name) in the Brownell'* catalog and had my frame and slide bead-blasted, then applied a sprayon bakeon moly-teflon coating that has lasted for 10 years in a leather holster. When this was new, and I got comfortable with it, I found I could still pull the trigger faster than it could cycle. Most are like that. Now that it'* worked over and re-sprung, I can double-tap two shots into a paper plate at 25'. My holster is this one:
And I've since made a couple beautiful hand-formed copies for 2 other handguns of mine.
I prefer the single-stack non-composite for several reasons. I can custom machine any part if it became 'unavailable, it'* thin and easier to conceal. I'm 5-9 or so, 150 lbs, but I can conceal a .45 in a high-ride hip holster and nobody knows I have it.
I'll get to the pics shortly. During my adult life (with children) I have been in situations where I'm glad I had something. I do have a concealed permit. Have for years. I've had to draw a weapon once, (gang-banger pulled a knife on me in a drive-thru because he didn't like my bone-stock Z71 headlights on my non-lifted truck shining in his lowrider'* back window....he tip-toed back to his car when he saw my .44 magnum sitting in my lap in the truck) my wife (now ex) once (at a remote campsite in northern CA when I was helping a 4-year old Kim go potty), and both of us were carrying concealed one other time when we almost had to (stupid gang-banger wannabe'* decidided to turn a mall into a local battlefield and all 4 of us happened to be in the middle of it in the main mall area by pure chance). I've never had to pull the trigger in defense. I keep it locked up at all times in a safe. My kids each own firearms of their own and for that reason have no natural curiosity that gets so many kids in trouble. Guns aren't fascinating to them. They know the danger and have been participating (yes, my girls) in shooting sports we me and their grandfather and uncle for years.
The grips are not stained. That'* the natural color of Ebony. I made them custom for the size/shap of my hand and my natural shooting grip. I actually have 3 or 4 sets I've made over the years:
For those that are curious about the fact that it'* chambered, cocked, and locked, keep in mind that John Browning was a very smart character. In order for a government-model .45 to fire, you have to have a full grip of the beavertail, depressing it fully, release the manual safety, and be actually pulling the trigger. If you neglect any one of those three, it won't fire. The initial movement of the trigger un-blocks the firing pin as the final safety.