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Mark Kresser Named President and CEO of Taurus International

August 12, 2011

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(GunReports.com) — Taurus International Manufacturing has announced the appointment of Mark Kresser as President and CEO. He will succeed long-time President and CEO Bob Morrison. The move will become effective September 1, 2011.

“With Kresser’s vast experience in the firearms industry, he possesses all the qualities and strengths you look for in a leader,” said Bob Morrison. “Mark has demonstrated time and again that he understands this industry and what it takes to succeed. I am confident that customers can look forward to continued quality firearms from Taurus in the future.”

Kresser has worked in executive management positions for the past 15 years and has gained valuable experience with Traditions Performance Firearms, O.F Mossberg & Sons, Inc., Sigarms, Inc. and Beretta USA Corporation.

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Taurus emerged from relative obscurity just about three decades ago. Originally Taurus produced some cheap knock-offs looking like Smith and Wesson revolvers, but when they gained some inroads to the US market, their products changed considerably for the better. In fact, the Taurus PT92AF was a dead ringer for the Beretta M92F, and it even had a more user friendly thumb safety. The products we are seeing from the Taurus of today are very well made, safe, and reliable pieces. AND, Taurus has certainly produced some innovative pieces that really grab the attention in the marketplace. Perhaps the best known Taurus product is the Judge revolver, but Taurus also has produced some neat snub revolvers in .44 Mag, .357 Mag, and .45 ACP. Also the polymer revolution was voraciously embraced by Taurus in the development and production of pistols and revolvers, all of which are competitively priced.

I've never had much luck with Taurus in my admittedly limited personal and vicarious experience. A friend's PT92 was a jam-o-matic, my .22 revolver was minute-of-barn-door accurate with gross lead-shaving issues, and my father's .38 Spl had a recoil shield as smooth as a mill bastard file and wouldn't let the cylinder rotate past the third round. All of these were 1970s-1980s issues, so maybe they've resolved them by now, but I've never wanted to spend the money to find out. Still, I wish them well. The more good handguns at reasonable prices, the better.

Well, Gav, it does sound like your experiences with Taurus firearms were problematic due to the early pieces that you might have been exposed to. Granted, there may still be some problems in some of their products, but I have quite a few that seem to do pretty well.

Interestingly, I recently purchased a Smith & Wesson Governor.....S&W's answer to the Judge by Taurus. Since I have owned a Judge for quite a while, I was curious as to which one I would like better. While I have no problem continuing to carry the Judge as one of my car guns that stays in the car, I am really quite smitten by the Governor. It is a much more nicely finished piece than the Judge, and it is a six shooter that can fire .45 Colt, .45 ACP, and .410x2.5. As you may know, the Judge is a five shooter that handles only .45 Colt and .410x2.5 (.410x3 in some models). Still, it was Taurus that got the ball rolling on that type of handgun, and I'd imagine that it won't be long before Taurus figures out how to make a six shooter that will also handle .45 ACP.

By-the-way, in the current issue of Gun Tests Magazine, there is a shoot-off between the Judge and the Governor. The Governor got the A, and the Judge got the B+, although there is a typographical error in the article so the Governor may have gotten an A-.....

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