Today we’re taking a look at this interview with the Taurus CEO, Bret Voorhees. Bret was with Walther for some time, and recently moved over to take over the reigns at one of the largest brands in the firearms industry.
Taurus and I have a bit of a checkered past. I have owned several Taurus guns, including a PT92, a .45 ACP revolver, a .357 revolver, a 9mm revolver, and a famously bad Model 82 revolver. One of the things we talked about during the interview was Taurus’ past QC issues and how they’re working on getting them fixed, and I was pretty impressed with Bret’s responses.
One of the other interesting discussion points that came up was how they’re currently getting guns into the country. Right now the only domestic production they have is for .22 pistols, so the rest of their lines are made in Brazil. But because of COVID, the flights they were using to get guns air freighted into the country are shut down. So what did Taurus do? Started chartering private jets from Brazil to fly guns to Miami. It’s the most gangster thing I’ve ever heard of, and I love it.
Despite my best attempts, I couldn’t get Bret to divulge any secrets about new products, but they do have “something big” coming. I’m cautiously optimistic to see what it is, because I’ll say that Taurus has never lacked for creativity. I think a lot of people in the firearms industry, myself included, are really rooting for Bret at Taurus to do great things. It would be awesome if we had three quality revolver brands out there, and I’d also like to see Taurus bring more firearms production into the United States.