Taurus J-Frame .38 Good, Bad or Ugly?
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    Taurus J-Frame .38 Good, Bad or Ugly?

    Ok, so I am in the market for a J-Frame revolver to carry as a BUG.

    My friend has a S/W concealed hammer that I LOVE, but he won't sell Darnit. I can't find one like it anywhere, and have been looking for a while. I don't like hammerless guns, like Glock's or on a wheel gun.

    Another friend has a NICE 50 rounds from brand new Taurus Air weight. It's really light, (duh, the name) and really looks good. the question is, is it worth the $320.00 he is asking? he paid $350 less than a month ago.

    Some say Taurus are Good, some say bad, and some say ugly. It will only be my BUG so I'm not as OCD as I am with my primary carry.

    The bottom line is I sort of am OCD about buying Made in America stuff, and to buy a gun from Brazil is something I am concerned about, stupid to be like that but what the heck. I would really love input from people who have the same model I am looking at.

    Thanks.

    Gimpy

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    Posting the model number may help.......

    I have a couple of Taurus wheel guns, They are very well built and have a good warranty.

    One is a full size (K or L) 357..w/4" barrel I believe it is a model 65 stainless... real nice shooter, and very accurate.

    The other is a small (J) frame 5 shot 357 w/1-1/8" barrel and a shrouded hammer (you can still cock it for single action though, the hammer isnt completely shrouded) I believe it is a model 850 it also is very accurate and well built.

    I, myself, just dont see the reason anyone would buy a 38 instead of a 357.... the size, price and weight differences are very negligible in my opinion, and the benefits of being able to shoot both vs only 38 far outweigh the cons.....

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    Oh yeh, I forgot to mention....... 357 out of an airweight is quite the experience.... lol


    Under life or death conditions though, you wouldnt notice it......

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    I have a taurus model 85 ultralite and after about 300 rounds it started hanging on one chamber. The cylinder would lock up
    ath the same place each time it made a revolution. I sent it back to taurus they repaired and sent it back within 4 weeks with a detailed report as to what they found. My gun dealer at first told me that i would be responsible for shipping but taurus covered this also. it now shoots flawlessly and after 800-1000 rounds it has proved a good purchase. My wife keeps this with her because I was able to make a pair of wood grips that are super slim because of her small hands.( the factory rubber grips were to thick for her)

    I also have a smith model 638 airweight and it has been good out of box to 600-700 rounds.

    I would be comfortable with either as a backup I only bought the smith because of a good deal. I have owned Taurus in the past and would not hesitate in the future to buy again

  6. I've never been too impressed with Taurus... then I found this gem: Taurus - M4Carbine.net Forums If not one, but apparently a batch of snubbies could make it out of the factory like this with their barrels some completely screwed up, it's obvious that Taurus QC leaves A LOT to be desired.

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    I have a Taurus model 66 4". I have not had any issues with it.
    True it is not a Smith and Wesson, but it works.

    Now if you go to budsgunshop.com they have a few Smith and wesson snubbies for under $400. I think they are at $361.

    so you could get a Smith and Wesson with out breaking the bank.

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    Get a Smith

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    The action on my Taurus .357 snubbie w/hammer shroud is close to glass. Can't remember model. I bought it used.

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    Had a Mod 85 Stainless with the bobbed hammer, it worked every time.
    Trusted it so much I gave it to my daughter when she got her CWP.
    Wouldn't have given it to her if I didn't trust it!

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    my wife has an 85, 66, & 686. i have a 605 & 617. all function flawlessly.
    You don't appreciate a lot of stuff in school until you get older. Little things like being spanked every day by a middle aged woman: Stuff you pay good money for in later life.

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