When I first heard about the Raging Judge, I thought it mighty peculiar that Taurus announced their 28-gauge pistol on the same day that Smith & Wesson demoed the Governor, the Springfield gunmaker’s answer to the Taurus Judge. Click here to see the video where Taurus product rep Christian Perez tells TTAG that the simultaneous launch was just a coincidence. Perez also said (2:15) that the Raging Judge was not yet cleared for production. Which raised another red flag. So I immediately collared the company’s media maven. Was this gun for real or not? I got the nudge, nudge, wink, wink routine: a clear signal that Taurus intended on producing the RJ ASAP. Yes, well, our hirsute friend at Gunblast has uncovered another piece of the puzzle . . .
Check out the video above. At 7:30, Gunblast’s main man reveals that the ATF has “put the skids on” the Raging Judge. Head slap. Why didn’t I think of that?
As commentator Jim W at sayuncle.com points out, the feds’ National Firearms Act (NFA) puts the kibosh on public sales of any weapon if it’s “a smoothbore pistol
or a pistol with caliber over .50.” The other Judges made the grade because they’re rifled and under .50 caliber. The 28-gauge Raging Judge is over the 50-cal mark. So . . .
. . . if they couldn’t come up with a workaround, like making the land-to-land measurement under half an inch, then they should never have tried to bring it to market. That’s wasting the owner’s money, if the owners care about that. If their lawyers signed off on it, they’re incompetent.
Commentator Diomed is right, but missing the point. The Raging Judge could well be nothing more than a publicity stunt designed to draw attention away from Smith’s six-shot (as opposed to Taurus’ five-shot) Judge-a-like. If so, it worked.