Tanfoglio TA 90: A military-style heavy-caliber pistol

by Ian Hogg

Tanfoglio TA 90 Combat Model pistol

The Tanfoglio TA 90 was the shift change for the Italian company. The Tanfoglio company has manufactured pocket pistols for some years, but in the 1980s decided to market a military-style heavy-caliber pistol; like many others, it chose the Czech CZ 75 as their model, though since then several variants have been developed.


The basic pistol of the Tanfoglio range is TA 90, a conventional 9 mm pistol using the Browning ping barrel system of breech locking, controlled by a fixed cam beneath the breech and locking into the slide by two lugs above the chamber. The frame is cast steel, while the slide and barrel are machined from forged steel. All models are supplied in black finish or hard chromed and are also available with frame and slide in stainless steel.

Tanfoglio TA 90 COMBAT with magazine next to it
Tanfoglio TA 90 COMBAT with the magazine next to it (Photo: XY)

There is a manual safety catch on the slide on the standard models, which locks the firing pin and disconnects the hammer and trigger. The frame-mounted safety catch on the Combat models allows the weapon to be carried cocked and locked. All models are double-action, but there is no provision for de-cocking the hammer on any of them.


The Tanfoglio TA 90is paralleled by the Tanfoglio TA 40, TA 41, TA 10, and TA 45, and the only difference lies in the caliber, which can be deduced from the model numbers. Combat versions of all these models differ only in safety arrangements, as described above.

Tanfoglio TA 90 Standard edition chambered in 9 mm
Tanfoglio TA 90 Standard edition chambered in 9 mm (Photo: XY)

The Baby Standard models are compact versions of the standard, differing only in dimensions; they have a 90 mm barrel and weigh about 30 oz (850 grams) empty.

The Baby Combat models resemble the Baby Standard but have the Combat safety arrangement. All the Baby models are available in the same range of calibers as the full-sized Standard and Combat models.

Technical specifications

Manufacturer: Fratelli Tanfoglio Spa, Gardone Val Trompia, Italy
Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic, double-action pistol
Caliber: 9 mm Parabellum, 9 x 21 mm IMI, .40 S&W, .41 Action Express, 10 mm Auto, .45 ACP
Barrel: 4.7 in (120 mm)
Weight (empty): 35.8 oz (1015 grams)
Magazine capacity: 15 rounds (9 mm)
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5 thoughts on “Tanfoglio TA 90: A military-style heavy-caliber pistol”

  1. I would like to see a 9X23 Winchester caliber. It is not any longer than a 10mm or 45acp. Hits as hard as a 357 magnum and allows for more rounds than the 10mm or 45 acp.

  2. Nice look. I would gladly test fire one. Send 10,000 pews & a weapon of your choice and after testing I will send you a report.

  3. I bought one of these in the late 80’s used. Love the gun. just wish I could find parts for it. Will never sell this gun.

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