Lots of Goodies
The safety features on the 24/7 are enough to make any risk management type smile. But the 24/7's safety features will also impress street cops. After all, gun safety must always be one of our priorities and not just a concern for bureaucrats.
DAO guns like the 24/7 are inherently safe by design. In fact, the DAO system makes an autoloader almost as safe as a revolver. This is why most companies don't even put a thumb safety on their DAO models.
The 24/7 is not only a relatively safe weapon because of its DAO firing system. It also has a thumb safety. It's your choice whether to use it. But when the 24/7's thumb safety, which locks both the trigger and the slide, is combined with its striker block and the double-action trigger pull, the result is one extraordinarily safe pistol. You will really need to go out of your way to have an unintentional discharge if you're carrying a 24/7.
To take things a little further, this gun also includes the Taurus Safety System, a locking device on the right side of the slide that disables the gun. The Taurus Safety System locks the slide and the action. Two keys are provided upon purchase. Obviously this feature is more likely to be used by civilian gun owners than law enforcement officers.
It Feels Great
All of its safety features may lead you to believe that the 24/7 is more about safety than shooting. Forget that idea. This is a really well-designed gun.
The 24/7 has about the most comfortable grip of any polymer gun I've ever shot. It feels narrow due to the finger grooves, which have an integral ribbing on the front that feels soft to the touch and tapers toward the sides of the grip. This grip design is much more comfortable than the checkering on most polymer-frame pistols, but it offers the same positive grasp under recoil and reduces muzzle flip.
Taurus markets the 24/7 with the slogan "Fill Your Hand." The 24/7 does exactly that. Its palm swell makes the gun feel very positive and controlled in your hand. A deep cut at the web of your thumb naturally places your hand high on the back strap and in doing so lessens felt recoil by placing your hand close to the line of the bore. When you combine these design ergonomics just in the grip, it's hard to get an improper hold on this gun.
Another nice touch in the 24/7's ergonomics is the slight dimple in the frame just above the front of the trigger guard. It's designed as a reference point for indexing your finger alongside the gun. This functions as kind of a reminder to keep your finger off the trigger until you want to destroy something. The designers also included a dimple on the left side of the frame for left-handed shooters.
Other features on the 24/7 also show that this was a well-considered design project. One of the tricks used by revolver competition shooters is to smooth out the face of the trigger and round off the sides. It makes for an easier trigger pull and a smoother break. Taurus included this feature on the 24/7. Additionally, the trigger pull is very smooth and consistent throughout the entire stroke with just enough stacking right at the end to let you know you're about to fire.
Another plus is the extended dust cover that serves two purposes. The first is to limit dirt, grime, and holster dust bunnies from entering the inner workings of the pistol. The other is a place to mold in a Weaver-type rail for mounting a light, laser, or combination of the two.
I was able to shoot both the 9mm and .40 S&W models of the 24/7. Accuracy was not a problem. Both easily held 3.5-inch groups at 25 yards. In this case, I'm sure these guns can outshoot the operator.
The rear sight on the 24/7 is small but big enough for even shooters with less than 20/20 vision. Its design is smooth and ramped from front to rear, allowing you to easily rack the slide when performing malfunction drills without taking off a hunk of hide.
My only complaint with the sights is there is no adjustment for windage even though adjustment was not needed in this case. But they are well regulated. And the gun shot well with both calibers. Followup shots were easier with the 9mm, but that has nothing to do with the gun.
So what's the bottom line on the Taurus 24/7? I like it a lot. This is a very well built duty pistol that's really designed for working cops, i.e. it shoots well and it shoots every time. The safety features on the 24/7 are truly a cut above the competition. And dare I say it, the 24/7 also looks good. The stainless slide and black polymer frame is a great combination. The all black version is appealing as well.
All we need now for the 24/7 are duty holsters. Gould & Goodrich and Bianchi have prototypes already and Aker is working with Taurus as this is being written.
Once the holsters are available, I would proudly carry the Taurus 24/7 in the field.
24/7 Duty Pistol
Caliber: 9mm, .40 S&W
Capacity: 10 plus 1
Action: Double-action only
Barrel Length: 4 inches
Overall Length: 71/8 inches
Weight: 27.5 ounces
Height: 5.5 inches
Width: 1.25 inches
Material: Polymer and steel
Grips: Rubber grip overlay
Sights: Front, 1 dot; Rear, 2 dots
Safety: Manual safety, firing pin block, trigger block
Dave Douglas is a contributing editor for Police magazine. He has spent more than 27 years in law enforcement and is currently a sergeant with the San Diego Police Department assigned as the department's rangemaster.