Pinchas Levin was raised in rural Florida where shooting and hunting were the popular family pasttimes among the locals, and kids typically owned their own rifle or shotgun by age 11.
Pinchas purchased his first shotgun when he was 12 (using a faked permission note!) and ordered his first handgun from a comic book ad when he was 13. He was introduced to formal shooting and safety practices during a stay at Miami Military Academy, and to pistol-smithing and metal working machines by an adult neighbor. He obtained his FFL in 2014 and, leveraging his knowledge of aircraft mechanics, metalworking machines and firearms, began building 1911s from blank castings.
Years after becoming observant, the critical importance of self-defense for Jews became painfully evident in November, 2008 when Gabi and Rivky Holtzberg (of blessed memory) were murdered by Muslim terrorists in Mumbai, India. Rabbis who had attended yeshiva with with Gabi and danced at their wedding were devastated. The murders – and the horrific way in which they were perpetrated – planted in them the first seeds of interest in armed self-defense.
With the Mumbai murders still in their hearts and minds, the rabbis and members of Pinchas’s NJ congregation took a fresh look at firearms ownership. The TARYAG firearms business was “born” in 2014 when they began asking to be taught about guns and firearms safety.
As an avid shooter, gunsmith and director of security for my synagogue, I make a point of being able to pass the same US Marshal’s qualification course of fire that I administer to CHLs on my security team.
A very accomplished security team member from another synagogue showed me his new Austrian-made pistol, a striker-fired 9mm model from that respected European maker, that had absolutely the best trigger I’d ever felt on a factory gun. After looking at all the YouTube and forum reviews for this gun, I purchased one from one of my distributors and was absolutely horrified at how awful the trigger was; heavy, rough, 2mm of creep, etc. Was this something the manufacture would consider a “defect” and be willing to repair or exchange under warranty? Would I be without the gun for a month or more while it was shipped back and forth? Since I had purchased it for my own use, I simply did an action job to bring it up to the expected standard – which undoubtedly voided the warranty, and could possibly create liability problems if the gun were use in a defensive situation.
I had a similar experience a year ago when I purchased a very expensive sub-compact 9mm semi-auto, also with spectacular reviews, from another respected maker. Not only was the trigger astonishingly bad, but the iron and laser sights were both grossly off point of aim – and in opposite directions! Since I build 1911s and this was basically a miniature 1911, I did an action job on that one too, and now it’s a joy to shoot.
These experiences have lead me to suspect that many manufacturers are in the practice of sacrificing quality control to keep up with production as soon as demand for a successful model skyrockets – especially where skilled adjustments are required.
What if I had sold a gun with these problems to a customer? Really! I cannot and will not buy and resell boxes like Amazon sells cameras. Instead, I promise to examine and function test (with or without firing) every firearm I sell before I ship it.
Unfortunately I cannot do action work on new customer weapons because of liability issues, so I’ve made arrangements with my largest distributor to promptly ship me a replacement for any firearm that, in my sole opinion, is defective or deficient, with no questions asked. They also provide a LIFETIME exchange warranty. They charge a few dollars more than some other distributors for this service but, in my experience the insurance is well worth it.
We can’t afford to take chances with our firearms. If you don’t agree, you might find a slightly lower price from some other dealer.