Awards

TAURUS “FIRSTS”

Over the past few years, Taurus has proven to be the leader of the pack when it comes to product innovation within the handgun community.
2021

Taurus GX4™ Won Two Awards by NASGW/POMA

thrilled to announce the company’s new GX4 micro-compact 9mm pistol has won two Caliber Awards for Excellence at this year’s National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) Expo & Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The Taurus GX4™ earned the Best New Handgun award and the Best New Overall Product for 2021.

The annual Caliber Awards recognize sporting goods manufactures whose newest products meet unbiased criteria as judged by a panel of NASGW members and select representatives of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). The Taurus GX4 is the company’s first-ever micro-compact 9mm semi-auto pistol and has received high marks from consumers and the shooting sports media for its full-featured performance. From its ergonomic polymer frame, deep concealability, impressive 11-round capacity, and category-leading accuracy and reliability, the Taurus GX4 sets new performance and handling benchmarks in the EDC/CCW handgun category.

2020

Taurus TX22 .22 LR – Guns & Ammo 2019 Handgun of the Year

The new Taurus TX22 pistol may be affordable, but don’t call it cheap. It’s a plinker. It’s a trainer. And it’s 2019’s best value. This clever, semiautomatic rimfire pistol could be used to redefine the phrase “best bang for your buck.” The TX22 is an entirely new design for Taurus that launched at SHOT Show 2019 and appeared under gun store counters within two weeks. Its $349 manufacturer suggested retail price was reduced to less than $300 by the time the TX22 was tagged for sale by dealers, making this model very attractive to budget-­conscious plinkers. YouTube personalities were quick to acquire one and fire hundreds and thousands of rounds, including every variety of .22 LR load available. Its performance quickly made the TX22 a viral sensation that won over skeptics.
2019

Hunting Handgun of the Year: Taurus Raging Hunter

American Hunter’s 2019 Golden Bullseye Award Winner

“Taurus makes its dedication to the hunting market more obvious than ever with the release of its Raging Hunter. Although ‘raging’ is in its name, this .44 Mag. will make many hunters happy with its features and performance.”
—Adam Heggenstaller, Executive Editor

2013

Manufacturer of the Year

Finalist Taurus International Mfg., Inc. Presented by SFMA
2012

Field & Stream Best of the Best Award

The only handgun deemed one of the absolute best new hunting products for 2012. The Taurus Tracker 992 easily transforms from .22 LR to .22 Magnum in seconds with its breakthrough removable cylinder.
2011

Golden Bullseye Award, NRA

American Rifleman Handgun of the Year 740 Taurus Slim
2010

THE BEACON AWARDS

The Beacon Council International Commerce Award Taurus International MFG, Inc.
2009

Manufacturer of the Year

Finalist Taurus International Mfg., Inc. Presented by SFMA
2008

Golden Bullseye Award, NRA

American Rifleman Handgun of the Year Taurus Judge
2008

Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year

American Rifleman is proud to name the Taurus Judge as its 2008 Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year
2008

7th Annual Irlene Mandrell

Gold Sponsor
Celebrity Shoot
Taurus International
2007

GOLDEN BULLSEYE AWARD

Shooting Illustrated Handgun of the Year Taurus PT 1911
2007

Golden Bullseye Award, NRA

American Rifleman Handgun of the Year Taurus PT 24/7
2007

Manufacturer of the Year

Finalist
Taurus International Mfg., Inc.
Presented by SFMA
2005

Golden Bullseye Award

Shooting Illustrated Handgun of the Year Taurus PT 1911
2005

Gun of the Year

Shooting Gallery, presented to Taurus International Mfg, Miami, FL, for their Taurus Gaucho
2005

Golden Bullseye

American Rifleman is proud to name Taurus PT 24/7 as its 2005 Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year
2004

Guns & Ammo Editor’s Award

Editor’s Award for Innovation Taurus 24/7
2003

Taurus Copper Bullet .45 ACP

Nominee Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Ammunition of the Year
2003

Golden Bullseye Award, NRA

Shooting Illustrated
Sporting Handgun of the Year
Taurus Raging Bull in 480 Ruger
2003

Charter Broadcast Member/Sponsor

Taurus International
American Hunter
American Rifleman Television
2003

Shooting Industry Award

Robert G. Morrison, for dedicated service to the firearms industry Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee
2003

Guns & Ammo

Presented to Taurus in recognition of the Millennium Pro PT 145, being chosen as a nominee for the 2003 Gun of the Year Awards
2003

Editors Choice Award

Outdoor Life Awarded to Taurus for Raging Bee
2002

Manufacturer of the Year

Taurus, for continued commitment to excellence in manufacturing
2002

Taurus Named “Manufacturer of the Year” by Academy of Excellence; Complete Sweep of 2002 Awards

All three industry organizations have named Taurus International as Manufacturer of the Year, completing the triple crown by winning the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Manufacturer of the Year honors for 2002. On April 27 in Reno, Nevada, Taurus was named Manufacturer of the Year by the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence. This award marks the completion of a clean sweep of Manufacturer of the Year honors for 2002 by Taurus – an industry first. The award was presented by Shooting Industry magazine Editor Russ Thurman and Academy of Excellence Director Randy Molde to Taurus Executive Vice President and COO Bob Morrison. The Taurus triple crown for 2002 consists of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers award given in November, the SHOT Business award presented at the 2002 SHOT Show and the Academy of Excellence crown awarded in Reno. The Academy of Excellence award is decided by the members of the academy in a secret ballot. The Academy membership consists of industry executives and journalists. This is the first time that a single manufacturer has taken all three awards in a row.

“It is a singular honor to have been recognized by our distributors, our dealers and now our peers as the best,” remarked Morrison. “Team Taurus has made great strides, and I am honored to be the messenger home with this mark of their success. I share in their humble thanks for this award.”

“On behalf of Carlos Murgel, myself and the rest of Team Taurus, I want to thank all who have supported us – whether in the marketplace or on the ballots – and recognized the efforts of so many talented and dedicated people. The fact that a broad spectrum of manufacturers – not just gunmakers – are represented here makes this award all the more significant,”

- Robert G. Morrison

The Academy recognized Taurus, “For continued commitment to excellence in manufacturing modern firearms, including Total Titanium handguns, rapid introduction of firearms chambered in the newest calibers, unwavering support of the industry and Constitutional freedoms, and its patriotic offer of free handguns to arm the nation’s airline pilots.”

Morrison also noted, “It is our commitment to excellence and innovation in firearms design and safety that has brought these awards. Not a day goes by that we are not looking for a way to improve what we do and advance safe participation in the shooting sports. I am proud beyond words of our team. I wish all of them could receive this award with me.”

In mid-November 2001, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers presented Taurus with the honors at their annual gathering in Phoenix, AZ. The NASGW award is decided by the wholesalers and distributors who are an essential part of the Taurus family, and it is a great honor to be recognized by our customers for our efforts. The Taurus booth was a busy place at SHOT 2002.

2002

2001/2002 - NSSF/SHOT Manufacturer of the Year

Robert G. Morrison
2001

Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Handgun of the Year

Millennium Guns & Ammo Gun of the Year 454 Raging Bull
2001

Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Manufacturer of the Year

First factory Concealed Hammer on small frame 38 Special and 357 Magnum revolvers
2000

Handgun of the Year

Taurus, Model PT-111 Titanium Millennium 9mm
2000

Manufacturer of the Year

For exceptional design and manufacture of the Total Titanium line. First factory Concealed Hammer on small frame 38 Special and 357 Magnum revolvers
1999

American Firearms Industry

Excellence Award Total Titanium
1998

Handgun of the Year

Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Handgun of the Year 454 Raging Bull
1997

American Firearms Industry

Revolver of the Year 454 Raging Bull.
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