Taurus 94 .22 opinions


February 28, 2005, 08:21 PM
Anyone have one? I have been offered one as payment for some gunsmithing work. Its a 5" version. Are they decently accurate?..more that a Bearcat or Single-six?

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February 28, 2005, 08:48 PM
Taurus rimfire revolvers aren't bad at all.
A very good condition 94 should run about $200.

I had a Tracker 970 22lr. They are not the same, but build quality is the same so I would assume the accuracy would be similar. The 970 is easier to shoot accurately though because of the longer sight radius of the 6.5" barrel, but inherent accuracy should be similar.
I could do 0.75" at 25 yards off of a rest with open sights.
I would think the 94 was close.

Look up "taurus 94 review" or "taurus 941 review" on google and you should come up with a few reviews. The 941 is the 22mag version of the same revolver.

February 28, 2005, 11:14 PM
YMMV, but my 94 would suffer at least one light strike per cylinder. I didn't hang on to it long enough to see if it could be fixed.

March 1, 2005, 09:44 AM
I almost bought a Taurus 94, 4 inch barrel for my iwfe. I handled one at a shop and it seemed nice. The price was $299 plus the silly sales tax at Gander Mountain. After reading some of the "hit and miss" statements here (I did a search and all kinds of things came up) I've been re-thinking the purchase. I am now leaning towards an S&W 317 kit gun. They are more money, about $100 more, but an S&W is an S&W. I just don't like that silly front site.

March 1, 2005, 10:07 AM
I had a 4" M94 that I bought in the early 1990s. Gun was good save the edges were a bit sharp. After 10 years I sold it to a guy who loves it and uses it a lot.

Master Blaster
March 1, 2005, 11:04 AM
I have the 9 shot 4" adjustible sight bull barrel model in blue, I have put thousands of rounds through it over the last 6 years. Its my favorite .22lr revolver. I use it to teach new folks to shoot a handgun.

It has a great double action trigger and an even better single action. IMHO its the right size for a .22lr revolver, a little bigger than a J frame and a little smaller than a K frame.

The light strike issue is a matter of cleaning the cylinders, the .22lr bullet crimps over the edge of the case not inside it, so after a while the wax lube that builds up in the cylinder and the crud from firing will stop the .22lr rounds from fully seating. The hammer blow then seats the round resulting in a light strike and a fire on the second strike. This is a problem with almost all .22lr revolvers that have a chamber diameter tight enough to ensure good accuracy. The solution is to fire copper plated ammo, federal is good, and to clean the charge holes regularly with a brush.

I paid $230 OTD for mine NIB in 1999.

March 1, 2005, 11:37 AM
It'a good gun for the money. I had a 5" stainless that was accurate but the DA trigger pull was heavy. I sold it and got a semi-auto.

March 1, 2005, 11:54 AM
I had a 4" model 94. It was blued with the stock wood grips on it. It pointed great, was very accurate...but had one of the hardest d/a trigger pulls.
Single action was great, but it would wear me out to shoot 100 rds d/a.

March 1, 2005, 11:58 AM
Taurus DA triggers are horrible out of the box, but its nothing a brick or two of ammo can't clear up...of course pulling a 12 lbs trigger for 1000 rounds is a big test of endurance. :o

Old Dog
March 1, 2005, 02:09 PM
Denfoote asked the same question on Jan. 12 in his thread cleverly titled "Taurus M94" ... (search function).

More rounds through mine (4" brushed stainless) bought at local Sportsman's Warehouse (great deal) during the holidays. Very accurate, DA pull not great, but better than some; good SA pull, 100% reliable. Excellent fit and finish. The Hogue grips are fantastic, this is a great pointing revolver and feels quite good in the hand ... My opinion, a worthy .22 revolver and deserving of being added to one's collection.

March 1, 2005, 04:46 PM
My only complaint with a 5" 941 I have is that the rear sight blade can come loose. Mine vanished while shooting and could not be found. Taurus only sells the entire rear sight assembly, so you're out $40 unless you make your own blade. :mad:

March 2, 2005, 12:45 PM
I've had my SS 4" M94 since about 1990. Many thousands of rounds through it with no mechanical problems. It's held up very well to hard use and benign neglect so far. Goes 'bang' when I pull the trigger and hits what it's pointed at if I do my part.

While the trigger action in both modes was pretty stiff OTB-new, it slicked-up quite a bit with proper lubrication and some use. When I decided to smooth, polish, and contour the trigger, I installed one of the Shooters Spring Packs from Wolf in it. Had some return problems with the lighter trigger spring, but function with the heavier one is 100%. Action is now much lighter and smoother while retaining reliability with virtually all ammo. Cheap and highly recommended.

With the ammo that it prefers, it's as accurate as I can hold for with any small revolver and a good deal better than some I've tried. 'Minute-of-can' is fine by me. YMMV.

It replaced a S&W 63 as my general use/tackle box revolver when someone offered me 'way too much money for it.

March 2, 2005, 01:28 PM
Pilot, you might look for a model 63 or 34. These were the kitguns before they went to the silly sights. A little less $ too.

March 2, 2005, 03:27 PM
Tacoma wrote:

"Pilot, you might look for a model 63 or 34. These were the kitguns before they went to the silly sights. A little less $ too."

Thanks Tacoma. Good suggestion. I have at least five semi-auto .22's, all of excellent quality, accuracy, etc. Wouldn't you know, my wife doesn't want anything to do with them. She likes revolvers and since thats what she'll carry (S&W 642) I think it makes sense to get something similar in .22 anyway. On the other hand, she does like and shoot my HK P7, but its much too heavy for her to carry. Oh well, guess, I'll just have to keep that for myself. :)

March 2, 2005, 04:07 PM
Had the 4" 9-shot version. I was impressed by the look/finish. Better than what I expected. SA trigger was always great. Never any failures to fire and always mechanically reliable. However, DA trigger pull was always horrible, heavy and "stagey". Sent it back to Taurus for them to work on the DA and received it back from them with little (if any) improvement. Ended up getting rid of it, traded with another .22 towards my first K-frame .357. Paid $249 new. Overall it was ok-nothing special. I Hated that DA trigger! I think it's the only gun I ever got rid of that I don't really miss.

March 2, 2005, 05:39 PM
I bought a 4" stainless for my wife. She shoots it single action and hits everything she points at. The double action pull improved quite a bit after about 300 rds. Only complaint is sharp checkering on the hammer spur - my wife wears a band-aid to protect her thumb.

March 2, 2005, 08:27 PM
Same as Jim PHL, I had a 4" 9 shot. I had failure to fire issues constantly from day one, and I bought it new. I also sent it in to Taurus. Upon getting it back, it was better, but still more FTF than I wanted to deal with. I traded for a Rossi 518 with the 4", and was pleasantly surprised with its accuracy.

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