I started out looking at the Beretta 96.....was also introduced to the Taurus clone. I have a hard time telling the difference from 5 feet away. Price is certainly better for the Taurus by as much as $200 bucks. I've found a Taurus PT 101 AF NIB for $430 out the door. The Beretta 96 A1 will run me somewhere between $600 and $650. I know Taurus had some issues in the past but, from what I can read now, they are establishing a good track record for quality, reliability and customer service. I would like to hear from those of you that have some first hand experience with the Beretta and the Taurus. My question: Would Taurus be as reliable as the Beretta? I was told that about 90% of the Beretta parts would interchange with Taurus.............could that be true?