Taurus is manufacturing company established in Brazil in 1939. In the beginning Taurus was a tool and die manufacturer. In 1941 Taurus produced its first firearm, a revolver. Soon after, Taurus became a major producer of handguns in South America, and in 1968 began selling to the U.S. market. Since then Taurus has expanded its line of firearms including steel and polymer frame semiautomatic pistols, large caliber revolvers, and rifles.