Low prices on the Taurus PT709 "Slim" start at Champion Firearms. The new Taurus PT709 Slim 9mm semiauto pistol represents a significant departure from Taurus' existing pistol platform designs, embodying a unique combination of tried-and-true traditional compact-auto operating features with several 21st century innovations. It is an ultra-compact, recoil-operated, polymer-frame, striker-fired single-action with a manual safety, slide lock and excellent handling characteristics. At only 19 ounces, it is the slimmest pistol Taurus has ever produced and it is designed specifically as a concealed-carry gun.
The slide/frame interface mechanism is distinctive. A solid steel cam block (or frame block) is held solidly in the polymer frame by the steel trigger pivot pin, reducing the number of moving parts in the system and minimizing the number of frame-weakening holes. The result is a strong steel-to-steel bearing surface between slide and frame, and slide-to-frame alignment and repeatability of lockup are enhanced by two sets of molded-in guide rails in the frame itself: one set immediately forward of the cam block that also houses the spring-loaded crosspin takedown lever; and one at the far rear of the frame.