The Taurus Judge is a bit of an odd duck: a revolver that shoots a 410 shotshell. When the weapon came out, gun gurus decried the pistol as neither this nor that. Not as accurate as a “proper” handgun and not as lethal (or accurate) as a “proper” shotgun. But man oh man is the bad ass-looking revolver selling. So much so that the clever clogs at Winchester decided that the Judge needed a proper bailiff. More specifically, a self-defense round that eliminates the “decisions decisions” part of the ammo equation (i.e. birdshot, buckshot or slug?). How about three flying discs and 12 BBs?
“The PDX1 410’s three flying discs penetrate eight to ten inches into 10 percent ballistic gel from seven to 15 feet,” Senior Product Manager Brad Criner told TTAG. “The BBs penetrate four to six inches at the same distance . . . You get the shot of the BBs and the deep devastation of the discs. It’s the best of both worlds.” For the shooter, obviously. And they get it. Literally.
“I have to be careful what I say,” Criner says, carefully. “The PDX1 410’s outselling our existing 410 products by double digits. We cannot keep up with demand.” So what about long guns?
As I mentioned this weekend, I’m looking at the Mossberg HS 410 for “the” shotgun in our series How To Defend Your Home with a Shotgun. Criner says long guns increase the PDX1 410 ammo’s velocity from 750 feet per second (Judge) to 1100 feet per second. Which is enough to make a lethal round lethaler. At the same time, the Winchester shotshell maintains the advantages of low(er) penetration than, say, a .45 Colt or .32 caliber bullet (whose impact velocity pretty much matches that of the PDX1 410’s three discs).
Yes, but, Winchester fired the round out of a Browning rifle, not a tactical (18″ barrel) shotgun. ‘Cause there’s only one such weapon and they didn’t know it existed. But now they do and they want to see what’s what. So they’re sending us a bunch. Our mini-Mossie’s due next Saturday. We’ll put gun and ammo together and post our test results and videos next week. Followed by the next chapter in the home defense shotgun book. Beats working for a living.