taurus 82. Any info?


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albanian
October 24, 2004, 11:37 AM
My friend just picked up an older Taurus .38spl 6 shot revolver with a 3" bbl in blue and fixed sights. The only markings I could find were an "82" on the crane. I assume that is the model number. It looks like an older gun. Does anyone know anything about it?

He paid $75 OTD from the last gunshow so I checked it out for him. I couldn't find anything wrong with it that would make it cost only $75 from a dealer so I was wondering if it had a bad rep for blowing up or something. Was it just a good deal or is there a dark lining behind this silver cloud? There is some finish loss due to rust/poor blue job on the right side but it doesn't look like it was shot much. It looks like someone laid it down somewhere and it got wet on only one side and allowed to rust a little bit. It is not bad but the other side is fine.

I have shot it and it shoots well and to POA. I am begining to feel like I should have swooped on it. I don't like Taurus and I had no need of a heavy 3" blued .38 but for $75, I don't see how I could have gone wrong.

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armoredman
October 24, 2004, 11:51 AM
If it has ridges on the cylinder flutes, nope, you did the right thing, as that was the model before the rebuild. It it has smooth cylinder flutes, you fool, you should have snagged that! The 82 is a Brazilian Smith Model 10, and shoots very well.:cool:

Ala Dan
October 24, 2004, 11:53 AM
Greeting's!

The only thing I can add, is the fact that the Taurus model 82
is a replica of a Smith N' Wesson bull barrel model 10 and it is
chambered for the .38 Special. The only one I have handled
had a very stiff double-action trigger pull. As a matter of fact,
it was so heavy students could not qualify with it on the APOST
qualification course. Its well worth your $75, even if it does
nothing but serve as a home D' weapon.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

albanian
October 25, 2004, 12:13 AM
It does have the ridges on the cylinder flutes. What were the problems with the early Taurus revolvers with the ridges on the cylinder flutes? I have shot it and it seems like a decent gun for $75 but I had no use for it so I let my friend buy it. If it was a lemon, he had to tkae the risk, if it was a decent gun, I am glad for him. He does't have many handguns because he likes rifles and shotguns better so I am always trying to get him to buy more handguns so when we go shooting, we can shoot the same type of guns.

He will not put a lot of rounds through it so I think it should last him until he decides to get rid of it. Hopefully he decides to upgrade to a nice S&W or Ruger revolver.

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