Taurus 856 Executive Grade Revolver gun review
Jon Wayne Taylor for TTAG
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I got the chance to shoot one of the new Taurus 856 Executive Grade revolvers early this last spring. Since those first few cylinders, I’ve been looking forward to this review and I was not disappointed. The Taurus 856 Executive Grade is my favorite wheel gun of the year.

With the 856 Executive Grade, Taurus has released a revolver that’ isn’t made for the MORE POWER! crowd. They aren’t impressing anybody with a teeny tiny, hard-to-shoot format. There aren’t 7 rounds in an oversized cylinder. Instead, the Executive Grade is a revolver nerd’s wheel gun. Six shots, lightweight, and it’s not a snubby. It’s actually enjoyable to shoot and double action only.

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And it’s pretty.

Take a look at that finish. It’s a brushed satin finish that’s done right. The finish is buttery smooth, without lines or “grains” still showing in the steel.

I love my Ruger wheel guns, but they could take a lesson from Taurus here. The 856 is classic and classy. There isn’t a machine mark to be found. (Colt, did you notice that?)

Note that the finish is continued throughout the surfaces of the gun. Swing open the cylinder and inspect the crane recesses and all the metal surrounding the interior of the frame. You’ll find the same hand polishing as the rest of the gun. I like my S&W revolvers too, but this level of detail eludes them. It looks like Taurus is passing out one lesson after another.

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Beyond just the firearm itself, Taurus absolutely nailed the presentation of this gun. It comes in a simple but high quality Pelican Vault case that’s lockable and suitable for airline travel. The gun doesn’t just sit on top of the foam, the foam is custom-cut for the revolver.  This isn’t something you’d expect on a gun that sells for less than $600.

The 856 is inexpensive because it’s made by Taurus of Brazil.

Taurus doesn’t have a reputation for making bad guns. Taurus has a reputation of making a few bad guns right next to a bunch of good guns, and you never knew which one you’re going to get.

Simply put, their reputation has been tarnished by a perceived lack of quality control. We’ve heard for the last couple of years that Taurus was developing a program to correct their quality control issues. Enter the Executive Grade.

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Part of the marketing hype for these guns is that they’re made in a separate part of the factory, with machines and employees specifically dedicated to these guns.

Sure, that adds to a bit of exclusivity. Taurus originally said they could only make about 20 of these guns a day. But the real value is that this smaller team, focused on consistently producing a higher quality firearm, can then go back out to the main factory at some point and further the culture and capability for quality throughout the company. Taurus is, in effect, developing a large bench of employees with the skills and attitude to lead the entire company forward.

The added benefit is that you get a pretty friggin’ great gun.

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You can see that quality in the critical dimensions of the gun. The cylinder throats measured to .357″ and one measured a very tight .358″, using a minus pin gauge set. The cylinder gap is .003″ and the cylinder end shake measured .003″ as well. The minor bore diameter measured .347″.

Those measurements remained the same after the shooting was done for this review, and they make for a tight, well-made revolver that maximizes the power of the cartridge while maintaining perfect reliability.

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The trigger on the 856 Executive Grade is every bit as good as a new Smith & Wesson. Using a Lyman digital trigger scale, I made five pulls on the double action only trigger. They measured 11 lbs. 12.0 oz., 11 lbs 12.2 oz., 11 lbs. 12.0 oz., 11 lbs. 13.0 oz., and 11 lbs. 12.4 oz. That’s right, a total of 1 oz. for an extreme spread.

Sadly, that consistency didn’t remain by the end of the review. By the time all was said and done, hundreds of trigger pulls later, there was all of 3 oz. difference between five pulls, but those pulls now average at 11 lbs., 8oz.

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Interestingly enough, you can actually see where some of that 4 oz.+ of weight went by the tiny drag mark on the side of the trigger. You’ll need to look closely.

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The trigger shoe itself is wide enough, curved and smooth, and just a bit inside the width of the trigger guard. With bare hands, that trigger guard is perfect.  Don’t expect to get winter gloves in there, though.

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Taurus didn’t set out to make an 856 in .357 Magnum. That’s a good thing. I love a magnum wheel gun as much as the next man, but the 856 Executive Grade is perfect in its dimensions, exactly as it is.

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The Executive Grade in .38Spl +P comes in one barrel length only…3″ with a full underlug. For a daily concealed carry revolver in .38Spl, it’s ideal. There’s barely enough sight radius to actually use the sights, enough mass up front to keep the muzzle down, and the minimum amount of weight to make the gun enjoyable to shoot while carrying like it’s nothing all day long.

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The 856 Executive Grade features a serrated black slant front sight and a fixed gutter rear.  The rear channel has been done very well, wide enough to show just a bit of light on either side of the front sigh and since the entire gun is a satin finish, there’s no glare to diminish the sight picture.

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The fact that there’s no rear sight poking up means there’s no chance of it getting caught on the draw, much less unintentionally maladjusted. Also note in the view above the basic geometry of the sight means that the squared rear is almost always in shadow, further enhancing the view of the front sight.

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Although the rear is just about perfect, that dark ramp front sight leaves something to be desired. It tends to disappear on a dark target.  A brass bead, fiber optic rod, or bright dot would be preferable. Fortunately, it’s easy to replace and the Taurus website has an inexpensive alternative. Or you can use a dab of model paint.

There’s a bit of incongruity to the 856 Executive Grade, and that’s the grip. Usually, when we see a 3″ barrel, gutter sights, and a bobbed hammer or hammerless revolver, we expect to see an abbreviated and rounded grip. Those are the types of grips that hide well in a pocket, tuck easily into a waistband, and don’t bother the ankle when carried inside a boot.

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The 856 Executive Grade, however, sports a square butt full grip that allows for even size large hands to get a full three fingers under the trigger guard. The checkered walnut features a full palm swell on both sides and feels a lot more like a target style grip than those more common to conceal carry revolvers.

I like the grip exactly as it is. Yes, you will give up a bit of concealability, but you gain so much control in single-hand shooting, not to mention how much easier it is to get a good grip on the revolver quickly when drawing from concealment in the first place.

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The geometry and quality of the grip is great, but the wood-to-metal fit is just okay. All around the gun, the grips come together very well without any portions raised above the others. It’s at the top of the back of the grip where there’s a sizable gap between the wood and the grip frame. There’s no functional detriment here, it just doesn’t look as good as the rest of the gun.

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Also note that what holds wood firmly to the grip frame, other than the single screw, are the tops and bottoms of the grip frame and the pins in the wood, not the entire grip frame fitting snugly into the wood itself. If this were a heavier recoiling gun, I’d have a concern here. Chambered as it is, you’re extremely unlikely to ever experience a problem.

For those of you who are wheel gun nerds, you’ve probably got a question. Small frame revolvers with full thickness grips have a consistent challenge…shell casing clearance. This is one of the benefits 9mm revolvers have over .38Spl chambered guns, because the 9x19mm case is shorter, they always clear the grip.

As the 856 Executive Grade is chambered in .38Spl, the one case may get caught up on the grip when you attempt to eject your spent empties, especially if you’re in the habit of just turning up the gun or lightly tapping the ejector.

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In the first place, that’s a bad habit. Watch any of the old school revolver shooters, especially the guys who were cops and competitors both. You’ll note that they turn the gun muzzle up and smack the crap out of the ejector to get rid of those cases with authority.  This proper practice cleared the empties on the 856 Executive grade every single time.

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Although clearing cases may not be a real issue, speed loading is. I just don’t see any speed loader getting behind that grip at an angle that actually works quickly. Single loading with the speed strip in your pocket is the only way to go on this gun. If the grip isn’t to your liking, additional grips can be found on the Taurus website.

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I struggled a bit getting the 856 Executive Grade to produce groups under 3″ at 25 yards. When firing off a bag, the best group from a commercial self defense round was the Hornady Critical Defense .38Spl +P round averaging 3.1″ five-round groups over four shot strings.

The worst commercial self defense round was the Federal Premium HST Micro bullet, printing a full inch larger. The Hornady Critical Defense Light and the Federal Premium 129gr Hydra Shock JHP +P round landed between the two. Of course, all shooting was done in double action.

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I shot the vast majority of the rounds for this review with my own home-rolled 158gr #2 alloy bullet pushed over 2.8 of Clays. I’ve got thousands of these made up. That round printed right there with the Hornady Critical Defense round at 3.1″ on average. It was also a pleasant round to shoot, with minimal recoil, acceptable accuracy and just enough authority.

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Because of the slow reloads, I usually only put 300 rounds through a revolver for a review.  I easily passed the 500 mark on this gun. How many more than that, I don’t really know, but now I’ve got five empty plastic cases of 100, plus all the commercial rounds. It took me a solid month to shoot all that, but I enjoyed every bit of it. The 856 was lubed prior to shooting and never cleaned or lubed again for the entire review until it was time for more photos.

There were no reliability issues with the revolver. It fired with commercial ammo and with reloads that included CCI and Federal primers. No cartridge failed to easily slip into the chamfered chambers, and as long as I gave the plunger a solid push, no cartridge failed to eject.

The Executive Grade shares compatibility with much of the already established 856 revolver line. The paper manual, as well as the online version, includes a detailed parts list and holsters, sights, grips and more can be found on the Taurus website.

Taurus 856 Executive Grade Revolver gun review
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The Taurus 856 Executive Grade is a great-shooting, good-looking, easy-to-carry wheel gun. It’s a DAO revolver in the right size, in the right caliber. Taurus has successfully made an understated statement gun, something that’s often lost in today’s market. The fact that Taurus made the Executive Grade at such a low price point is icing on the cake. This is a great revolver.

Specifications: Taurus 856 Executive Grade

Caliber: 38 Special +P
Capacity: 6 rounds
Action: double action only
Front Sight: serrated, removable
Rear Sight: fixed gutter
Grip: Altamont walnut checkered
Barrel Length: 3 in.
Overall Length: 7.50 in.
Overall Height: 4.80 in.
Overall Width: 1.41 in.
Weight: 25 oz.
Frame, Barrel, Cylinder Material: stainless steel
Finish: satin brushed stainless-steel
MSRP: $689 (Found online for $520-$550)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Style and Appearance * * * * *
If this gun said Smith & Wesson on the side, you’d expect to pay $1,000 or more for this level of finish. Inside and out, Taurus got “everyday elegant” right.

Customization * * * *
Since the Executive Grade is built on a well-established line, there are already lot of parts and accessories available for it from Taurus and the aftermarket as well.

Accuracy * * * ½
Maybe a bit better than average. You’ll have no problem fitting rounds inside a 19″ target at 25 yards standing with this DAO gun, but this isn’t a target revolver.

Reliability * * * * *
Zero issues.

Overall * * * * ½
The Taurus 856 Executive Grade is a wheel gunner’s wheel gun at a price you would have expected to pay 20 years ago. This one’s not going back. I already told Taurus to send me the invoice as the 856 Executive Grade will replace my current S&W backup carry piece. Half a star removed for okay, but not amazing precision…and it hurt to give this revolver anything less than a perfect score.

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    • This gun looks good and all… but can it compete with my Rohm 88 357mag? I’m not sure.

      My Rohm 88 is a pinnacle of Rohm Quality. The best Rohm, is the Rohm 88 357 mag. How can you get better? Not sure you can.

  1. I do not currently own one. But I’ve owned and used Taurus revolvers quite a bit over the years. They’ve always been very functional for me. I don’t recall the model number but I bought, from a pawn shop, a Taurus that was a dead ringer for the model 15 S&W. That gun was as smooth and accurate as any S&W that I’ve owned and better than some. My son has a 3 inch tubed model 85 and that gun is a winner.

    For some reason I’ve never used a Taurus semi auto. Strange, that.

  2. JWT, I just gotta say, I love your gun reviews. As it turns out, I’m not all that interested in this particular gun (S&W has had me well covered in the .38 cal revolver field for many years now) but, you are always thorough and informative and your prose is pleasant to read. I can always tell that you are a gun-guy reviewing guns and not just a writer who was given a task. Thx.

  3. I don’t understand why I would want a dao revolver, I bet some other commentators will enlighten me. I love my judge and my model 66. The circuit judge didn’t shoot that well for me, traded for a new rp45. Ckt judge probably more valuable, but not to me, rp45 is a tack driver.

    • The main reason for me is, for defensive use, that long, heavy DAO trigger pull makes a perfectly acceptable safety.

      Literally, just “point and shoot”. Dead-nuts reliability… 🙂

      • You know this dead nuts reliability thing always makes my eye twitch.
        Its 2022. I have a glock in my waistband I havent cleaned in 3 years. If at any point in time I whipped it out and had even a single failure in the magazine, I would probably sell it.

        There is zero reason to own an unreliable gun in 2022 at any budget.

        • “There is zero reason to own an unreliable gun in 2022 at any budget.”

          And yet, there are people who do.

          Explain that one…

    • The DOA with with a shrouded or spurless hammer revolver is pretty snag free as a defensive sidearm. Easy to pocket carry. I refer to my 442 as the gun to bring to a knife fight.

      My larger, belt revolvers, I prefer with the spur and single action capability.

    • @Redneck.45lc For the same reason people buy Glock DOA’s, consistent trigger pull, and a gun that doesn’t need a safety. I am not necessarily saying either is a good idea or preferred by many.

    • There is also a legal reason for it, at least for self defense in some states. When you pull the hammer back, is that action premeditation for shooting before necessary? If your life is in danger, you’re not taking the time to pull the hammer back. I’ve heard that you should never run it in single action in a self defense situation, and I’m guessing its designed for concealed carry, with just a groove sight.

      • The barrel is a bit long for concealed carry. Not saying it can’t be done, it’s just a bit unwieldy.

        They call it the ‘Executive’, and parked in an exec’s desk drawer or bedside table looks like a good fit…

    • Because options slow you down. At least when it comes to your thought process. A double action only trigger system means that you’re going to perform the same action every single time. As long as you dedicate yourself to that action, you can get really good at it. And it guarantees that this is the action you will perform, since there are no other options.

    • As a L.A. cop back when we carried Smith 14s or 15s as our duty gun
      LAPD policy was that all revolvers carried had to be DAO, even privately owned. you got used to it and I always passed on the combat range and shot high sharpshooter on the target range. After we transitioned to semiautos, I carried a Smith 5904. only one shooting incident with it but afterwards I reverted back to my wheelgun. the single/double action letoff threw me. Ended up retiring from injuries of that shooting, but today, I still carry my Model 15 in a shoulder rig. while modern semis are much better and I use one for home defense, there is still a place for my DAO wheelguns.

    • That hammer spur you want so badly would hang up in your pants pocket if you ever had a need to save your life, and your fingers were flippers.

      It’s a niche gun, and I personally *really* like it. With near-zero training, Grandma can pick it up and save her life… 🙂

      • The revolver really is that simple. If a person is not going to be a ‘gun person’ and just wants something for the moment they hear breaking glass the revolver is hard to beat.

        • And, every grandma’s life saved, can continue to bake yummy cookies for grandpa and the grand-kids… 🙂

        • My 2 yo granddaughter solemnly informed my wife that her cookies were good. They just needed to be bigger.

          I agreed with her.

        • You also don’t have to worry about rotating out magazines. Though sealed primers are recommended if you keep your wheel gun more than minimally lubricated.

      • Same can be said of the EZ’s, of which my deep into grandma age with failing physical health mother handles better. This from a woman who used to pack a model 36 with +p back in the day.

  4. Ain’t bad at all, I’m going to get me one , only it’s going to be one that I can manually c ock if I need to be more accurate.

    • I do that all the time. Most common comment I get is, “I love your hat.” No, I don’t wear it for praise. I wear it because it keeps the sun and the rain off of my head.

    • You don’t need to guess at who wrote it, there’s a “by…” right there at the front of the article. Reading is FUNdamental!
      I don’t own a fedora, but I probably should. If it was good enough for Fred Bear, it’s good enough for me.

  5. Great review, JWT! I saw one of these in my LGS and it’s impressive. Reading this has made it all the more attractive. I may have to get one myself.

  6. Ok, I was on the edge of deciding to get a GP100 for my next firearm purchase. JWT, good info, I may need to bump the Ruger.

  7. Nice for the price.

    Spurless hammers only make sense to me in snubby form. Cover the hammer with your thumb on the draw to avoid snagging and keep the option of a more precise shot with a 3″ barrel.

    Speed strips work well 2 at a time in a DA revolver. 2 off one end, 2 off the other end, then the 2 in the middle.

    I suspect some lighter springs would be in order. I have two GPs with 10# hammer springs (stock = 14#) and 8# trigger return springs (stock = 12#) that come in at 8-1/2# and 9# trigger pull respectively. My dealer (kitchen table FFL) has a GP in .327 Federal that he was complaining about the trigger pull on it, so I showed him the 4.2″ GP he had just transferred for me a month before (no polishing from use at all) and he couldn’t believe how good the trigger was compared to his .327.

    Altamont grips are the best.

  8. Great review as usual. If I wasn’t trying to fill out a safe with various rifles, this would be the next purchase.

    One point though: speed strips can load two at a time. Halves the reload time of you slide two rounds in and twist the strip to the side. Showed my mother in law how to do it with her airweight and it made her want to practice more.

  9. Interference with speedloaders is easily hacked. A Dremel tool will sand down the offending area of the grip. Then simply restain the wood. I did this with the 2 Taurus 85’s my wife I bought 37 years ago. No problems with HKS speedloaders from then on.

    • “A Dremel tool will sand down the offending area of the grip. Then simply restain the wood”

      I did exactly that with upgrade wood grips for my CZ RAMI. The ones I got were a bit defective and felt noticeably ‘sharp’ on the grip edges. I was gonna send them back, but decided I could knock the edge off with steel wool a whole lot faster. A tiny drop of wood stain and it looks like it was made that way.

      Don’t be afraid to modify wood grips, you can easily replace them if you mess them up. Cutting metal is an entirely different matter… 🙁

  10. Thanks for the review! I have never seen a revolver with a spurred hammer that was over the size of a stubby. Wow! That is a great idea. This would be an outstanding concealed carry gun.

    Also New to me is the short 38 sp ammunition. Based on the video’s I’ve seen that might be a good low recoil combination for this gun.

    My judge revolver has a similar issue when trying to eject spent brass. I’m wondering if this is an issue for all Taurus revolvers?

    I’ve actually started to take dummy ammunition with me to gun stores. Just to check to see how well revolvers eject the rounds.

  11. Not an argument but a genuine question: Why should I buy this gun instead of a new King Cobra?

    Aside from that, you can fix the grip issue easily with some superb stocks from VZ, they make a round butt 3 finger grip for the 856. I’ve had my eye on the 856 since release, my last Taurus revolver was utterly flawless.

    • Because $$$.

      I don’t see this competing with a Cobra, because anyone who goes to the counter looking for a Colt is not going to be looking at Taurus; this seems more like a shot across the SP101’s bow.

    • I really like the King Cobra and it reviewed well. I end up carrying one quite often. But beyond the significantly increased cost, it’s also heavier.

  12. Good review. Taurus is about 30 minutes north from where I sit. New factory is in Bainbridge, GA. I’m going to stick with my S&W 3″ round butt 65s, but this is my kind of revolver. One criticism. If your going to bob the hammer, why not shroud it? (See S&W 442) You can shoot from a pocket with less concern for malfunction.

    • “One criticism. If your going to bob the hammer, why not shroud it? (See S&W 442)”

      I’ve wondered that myself, as long as wondering why I haven’t seen a retrofit being offered in thin stainless with a narrower hammer to keep the mass what it was. Sandwich the stainless between the grips and the gun, and you’re good to go…

  13. Regarding the apparently blase accuracy: I personally think 3-inch groups at 25 yards from shooting double-action on a sandbag and having nothing more than a groove (in the top strap) for the rear sight is excellent.

    Let’s be honest about the primary use-case for this revolver: self-defense at close range in a super-simple-to-operate platform. In that role this revolver really shines.

    • Indeed, this just isn’t a “25yd from a bench rest” kind of gun. I’d expect more if the hammer wasn’t bobbed though, just getting good groups from DAO, small framed revolver with a short sight radius is easier said than done.

      • Andrew, shooting a snubbie revolver takes a little dedication, but it ain’t that hard. I carried a 1911 of some discription on duty for 25 years. I always shot 100%. I carried the same S&W 442 the entire time, also. It’s in my pocket now. Also shot 100% every time. Over the same course of fire. It wasn’t that difficult. Longest distance was 25 yards and times were liberal.

        • Gadsden Flag,

          I have watched video of a man shooting a snubbie and reliably hitting 2-liter soda bottles at 100 yards.

          As you said, it is entirely possible to be surprisingly accurate with a snubbie.

  14. Andrew, I replied to you, but I was censored and deleated. Sorry. I was only replying to your comment about the difficulty of accurately shooting a small framed revolver. I guess “it ain’t that hard” is an offensive comment today.

  15. Taurus “Executive Grade”. Executive of what? Big Lots? Harbor Freight? This is too much.
    People of earth, stop buying Taurus. Wait another paycheck, and buy a Ruger. I don’t care how pretty it is. When it locks up, Taurus customer service will disappoint you more than a batch of unsalted McDonalds French fries.

    • The average C Level executive at Harbor Freight has a base salary in excess of $240,000 per year, plus significant bonuses. I don’t think they’re going to have to wait a paycheck.

  16. “Taurus doesn’t have a reputation for making bad guns.” Really? I’ve had 2 that broke. There wont be a third. I had a model 85 that broke at the trigger/hammer interface otherwise known as the sear. Locked the gun up and made it inopperable. Bad hair day if you really needed it to work. PT92 I had, parts started falling off of starting with a pin that held the adjustable rear sight on. I forget ( or at least I’m trying to) what else fell off. I had both guns repaired by Taurus in Flow Rida and then sold them. Friends dont let friends shoot Taurus.

  17. Man, I did NOT need to come across this review, from someone whose opinion I respect, especially as it pertains to revolvers. I have long focused on my Smiths, Colts and Rugers, for different reasons, and felt OK about looking down my nose at the Taurus. This gun looks terrific, the price makes it not a big risk, and I trust JWT’s judgement on performance.
    Sooo, do I wait a bit longer on that ’70s-era S&W Highway Patrolman in waiting, and snag this Taurus?
    Probably not.

    • 70s-era S&W Highway Patrolman, get it. these guns are great values and they’re not going to get any less expensive. Taurus is going to keep making the 856 executive grade, you can buy one of those later.

    • Ridge, buy the S&W N frame first. Every time. Understanding there will probably be a price difference, all other things being equal. Always looking out for a 3 1/2″ or 5″ 27. Everyone keep that in mind.

  18. I’m interested to know if this would fit in a Charter Bulldog .44 holster, if you happen to have access to one. Same barrel length. I don’t think I’ll ever trust my Bulldog as a carry gun again but I’ve got three nice holsters for it.

  19. Taurus’ QC has really gone up for the last several years. Every model I’ve handled has been a fine piece.
    My only question is why didn’t they release this gun in .357 Magnum? It would give the user the choice of two calibers. With the longer barrel, it’s a natural choice as that inch makes a difference, and the gun is sturdy enough to handle a steady diet of Magnum loads.
    I’d be much more interested in a .357 version than a. 38 Special version.

  20. Mr Taylor
    does it have a full cock notch? Can you pull the trigger enough to get your off hand thumb under it and cock it to fire it sa ? Just curious, know it’s not an “approved” method.
    Why not replace the hammer if it’s the same as other Taurus models?
    Always enjoy your articles. Thank you.

    • Tired: I was wondering the same thing, and postulating the same “cure” for the bobbed hammer. Then wondering what, if any, parts would have to be replaced to make it a single/double action…

  21. Taurus is hit or miss, but more hits lately. I have a number of Taurus revolvers. A nickel plated 66 that I would put up against any S&W with trigger work. My latest is the big brother to this. A model 692. I enjoy them all especially not having paid S&W or Colt prices. Good article. Makes be want to get mine out again.

  22. I have 6 Taurus revolvers, 3 don’t work. and when you send them back, they tell you there is nothing wrong with it and they send it right back to you. you got lucky with this review. check out you tube “Gun Sam, Revolver Afencenoto” when his Taurus breaks and all that he had to go through to get it fixed. I hope their quality control and customer service gets better. it needs to.

  23. As someone that admittedly hates revolvers, I really don’t understand the bobbed hammer. Its obviously not going to be pocket carried, and is nice looking enough that someone would want to OC it. Why remove the hammer?

    Then again like I said I’ve decided that revolvers are, with a few exceptions of calibers starting with 4, completely obsolete.

    • When you think about it all handguns are obsolete. The most modern are the semi autos and they’ve been around for over 120 years. None of us were alive when the first semi hit the market.

      • Not obsolete overall, since there is no better replacement tech yet. Let’s call them time-tested. Handguns are fairly recent tech compared to knives, which have been around for 4,000 years in the single-edged metal variety. Those are still EDC items, and definitely not obsolete.

  24. A spurless hammer with a 3-inch barrel are great for snag-free concealment in a holster. You only need a shorter barrel for pocket carry. The only thing incongruent about this package, if concealed carry is the idea, is the full-size grips. I would ditch them for shorter boot grips, like S&W puts on their Model 19 Carry Comp

    • I guess I should have read the whole article before commenting, since Mr. Taylor already said the same thing about the grips.

  25. Are there many people out there who (a) want a revolver (b) go for a Taurus and (c) but still spring for an ‘executive’ (more expensive) model instead of buying the most entry level priced one on the shelf?

    I’m sure there’s someone out there who wants to buy the ‘best’ of a brand that most people turn their noses up at to get a deal but I’m not sure it’s enough for it to make sense…

  26. Taurus firearms are Ok. Maybe a good gun to have camping or a truck gun. If it got lost or stolen, no big deal or loss. My issue with Taurus is their customer service and warranty. Sent in my G2s .40 because my mags kept falling out of the gun. You could literally pull the mag out without pressing the mag release. Sent the gun in for repair. They sent me an email saying the issue was that I had the wrong mags. I emailed them back and told them that’s the mags that came with the gun. And I’ve shot several rounds out of it with those same mags that you sent/boxed with the gun. Two days later I get another email saying my issue was Customer inflicted not covered by warranty. So I called them. I got a guy on the phone who’s first language was not English. Nor was it his second or third. He said they found a slight very small burr on the slide toward the back from obviously being dropped. I never dropped that gun, never. So I told him, ok even if I did drop the gun that’s got Nothing to do with the mags or mag spring release. He said, yea but the gun was dropped and that voids the warranty. BUT…they could put a new Used slide on for $85.00. It won’t be the shimmering/stainless/aluminum finish I have now, but the blued version. I told them to return my firearm and go screw someone else. They said “we will have to return it with an Unsafe Letter”. Meaning it was not safe to fire. I told them just send me my firearm. Once I got the firearm back, I took it to a gunsmith. He found no burr. Replaced the mag release spring. Gun works fine again. Took it and my 4 other Taurus handguns and sold/traded them for a S&W and a Glock .40 cal. And I will tell Anyone considering a Taurus to spend the extra few bucks and get something else.


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