Forjas Taurus (Taurus Forge), a small tool manufacturer in Porto Alegre, Brazil, produced the first Model 38101SO revolver in 1941, combining technology elements from Colt, Smith & Wesson, and select Spanish-manufactured handguns. Taurus pistols were introduced to US consumers in 1968.
From humble beginnings and a commitment to achieving a vision often comes great success. Such was the case with Taurus Armas, S.A.—the parent company of Taurus firearms in the U.S. What started as a small pre-WWII machining operation founded as Forjas Taurus Ltda. (Taurus Forge) in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul has now become one of the top five handgun manufacturers in the U.S. and one of the three largest small arms manufacturers in the world.