From switch-caliber revolvers to 9mm revolvers to a semi-auto .22 LR rifle for $139 — full MSRP — Taurus and Rossi broke out the goods at SHOT Show 2018. TTAG is looking forward to getting our hands on some of these news guns to see how they do, as Taurus has talked a big game about upping their engineering and manufacturing quality of late.
The Taurus 692 comes in two sizes, two colors (matte black or matte stainless), and with two cylinders. One cylinder holds seven rounds of .38 Special or .357 Magnum, and the other takes 9mm. Swapping them is about a five second affair thanks to a quick-release button on the right side of the frame.
Both sizes sport ported barrels, and all size and finish combos MSRP at $659.
The Taurus 856 is a six-shot .38 Special. It’s compact and weighs 22 ounces. MSRP is a very affordable $329. I was pleased with how smooth the gun was, from the trigger in both DA and SA to the cylinder release to the lockup.
Taurus’ Raging Hunter is a monster of a .44 Magnum, available either in two-tone as seen here or in all black. With the ported barrel, 55 ounce weight, and rubber grip with cushioned insert it’s sure to be a soft shooter. You know, as .44 Mag goes.
If you need more recoil absorption and better aim, there’s always the nice, long Picatinny rail on top of the barrel shroud for mounting an optic.
MSRP on this 14.1-inch-long handgun is $919.
Finally, Rossi is releasing the RS22 semi-auto at a single-shot price.
Adjustable fiber optic sights, railed receiver, large charging handle, decent looking stock, and a 10-round box magazine in a 4.1-pound package. For $139. MSRP. I’m intrigued. If its 18-inch barrel were a 1/2×28 threaded 16-inch one, I’d already have an RS22 on order.
We do have a review loaner on order, though, so stay tuned.