Has anybody seen the 2.5" 44 mg taurus tracker?


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ssteven1
July 27, 2006, 04:28 PM
My local gun shop had a new gun that I have never seen before. It is built on the taurus tracker frame but is a 44 mag with a 2.5 inch barrell and fixed sights. I cannot find this gun on the taurus website. I looks like it would hurt to shoot 44 mags in but a nice 44 special gun. If it is still there one my next pay check I will probally but it on layaway.

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rtl
July 27, 2006, 10:59 PM
Oh really....?

No, haven't seen that. I'm still kicking myself for not picking up a 445 before they became extinct and was just about to make a 200 mile drive this weekend to pick up a 2" 455 before that supply dries up as well. I'll have to ask my local shop owner about that tomorrow.

Would love to see a pic once you pick it up.

Thanks!

ssteven1
July 27, 2006, 11:50 PM
The gun looked just like the 445 but said 44 magnum on the barrell. I did not remember to check and see what model it said it was.

rtl
July 28, 2006, 09:45 AM
Do you remember if it has a ported barrel?

ssteven1
July 28, 2006, 09:59 AM
Yes it did have a ported barrell.

rtl
July 28, 2006, 10:52 PM
So basically this but in .44 mag:

http://www.taurususa.com/imagesMain/H_415SS2C.jpg

Gotta tell you, I am very intrigued. Didn't get back in the house tonight early enough to check with the local shop, will have to stop by tomorrow to inquire.

MCgunner
July 28, 2006, 11:02 PM
A hot .44 mag loaded with a JHP bullet designed for the special would HAVE to put the hurt on the BG. :what: Probably wouldn't have to worry a lot about over-penetration, either, with such a load.

rtl
July 29, 2006, 04:43 PM
Stopped by two gun shops and called three others this morning, of course their wholesalers are closed today, but none of them could find anything on this on paper or on line. Two of them suggested it may be a limited production run that never makes the catalog or internet, maybe to test the waters for demand. One said FN has done that a couple times recently.

Next time you're in that shop, would you mind inquiring what they know about it, where they got it, if they think they'll get more.....?

Hope it's still there for you.

Thanks,
rt

bigmike45
August 2, 2006, 10:31 AM
I have the gun rtl showed the Taurus link for. The 415 in .41mag and it is not bad at all to shoot. The barrel is ported, which I am sure helps in muzzle rise and the grips that come from Taurus, though they look funky, work great and really absorb the kick kinda turning it into a push!!!! Here it is along with a couple of my Rugers.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/mike_seale/MyRevolvers1.jpg

phydaux
August 2, 2006, 12:54 PM
Here's one...........http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=53502103

bpisler
August 2, 2006, 08:38 PM
I think taurus makes a 6 shot 44mag snubbby
based on the ultralite 44mag,it should have a
2.25" barrel and fixed sights.I can't remember
if it's ported or not.

ssteven1
August 2, 2006, 09:22 PM
here is a picture.

http://usera.imagecave.com/ssteven1/guns/2.5mag44.jpg

ezypikns
August 3, 2006, 01:33 PM
in the new 'Combat Handguns' magazine. The one in the magazine had a soft red rubber insert in the rear of the grip to absorb recoil.

bpisler
August 3, 2006, 09:34 PM
The one in the magazine is the ultralite which
is a 6 shot compared to 5 shots for the tracker.

Arcticfox
August 4, 2006, 02:24 AM
I bought one a few weeks ago. I've put 50 (special) rounds thru it so far. The grip is great! The sights are perfect for quick targeting. I am having trouble with my grouping, but intend to hit the range again this weekend to test the accuracy. The quality is not up to snuff with a Smith, but the price was right, and I wanted a cheap, big bore, carry gun. Let me tell you, this is it! The 629 (with crimson trace) stays at the ready at home, and the Taurus travels with me.

rtl
August 4, 2006, 11:28 AM
Thanks for the pics, links and info, I printed them off and will be taking it to my local shop to ask him to please try a little harder to find one for me.

Arcticfox
October 3, 2006, 11:44 PM
I finally loaded up with some magnum rounds yesterday. Shot outside at a local gravel pit. The recoil is brutal! :( My hand started to weld after 5 rounds. I wasn't afraid (magnum flinch), it was just a little more harsh than I care to shoot with any regularity.

I still love the sights on this gun! Especially in day light. Quick target acquisition is the strong point here! Of course, if I were Bill Jordon, I wouldn't care about sights! :cool:

Onmilo
October 4, 2006, 10:17 AM
It is late in the thread but after seeing the title I was going to ask, "Why, did you lose one??":D

ElectraGlideInBlue
August 5, 2007, 11:07 PM
I bought one of the Taurus 2" .44 Mag Trackers at a gun show several weeks ago in Orlando, FL. The dealer had them marked at $379 show special! (His exclamation). He had a stack of about six or eight. I asked if he'd take $350 cash, got a permit, won't have to talk to me again. Yup, and home she went.

It has a orange fibre optic front sight, flat as opposed to the ramp style I remember seeing elswhere. The rear is just a notch. This gun is genrerally well made, and locks up tighter than a drum. Upon close inspection, there are some noticeable tool marks around the muzzle area. It shouldn't hurt accuracy as the actual crown is recessed about 1/2" inside the ported expansion area. The liitle spring latch on the crane sticks in the "in" position occasionally, but that doesn't seem to matter much.

At the risk of giving away my age, my first Taurus was in 1977. It was my last until the purchase of this gun. Way back when, the Taurus looked good and worked great...for a while. That first Taurus had such soft metal that after only moderate use the latching mechanism and pawl were just metal particles wearing away with each shot. At last, the gun came apart in my hands after it's final trigger pull. It was a .38 special, blued with a 6" barrel. I may have hand loaded it up a bit, but the metal was just soft and crappy.

Fast forward 30 years...the 2" Tracker in .44 mag is a whole different ball game. I'm not recoil sensitive as I shoot a .50 AE Desert Eagle that my wife bought me. (No, no sisters available). This 2" tracker is a heavier recoiler than the DE. With Gold Dot 230 grain "Deer Hunter" loads from Georgia Arms this little revolver will rock your world. You have to be a recoil freak (I am) to fire this baby. Maybe that's why the lower price move'em out atitude of the dealer was evident.

All in all, with the right load, I find myself carrying this often. Speer has a new load for short barrel guns, and the 230 grain version in .44 magnum is not that bad and is accurate enough for close quarters. The sound is very loud. The people shooting next to me at the range yesterday, waited until I took a break to shoot.

Only one negative except the minor tool marks: the rubber (ribber) grips snag on clothing when carrying concealed. I wouldn't want to try wood grips, so you just have to remeber to pull your shirt down and watch the snagging.

I can't seem to find the right speedloader yet. Anybody know which 5 round make/model is right?

WildWally
October 22, 2007, 11:54 AM
I bought the blued version in August, 2007. Love the gun--even though the recoil is fairly daunting! I have had a very tough time trying to find a holster to carry the gun in, however. I would like to get a leather, pancake-style (or similar con-carry type holster) with a thumb break. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? My local gun dealer tells me that Ross Leather has one for the 2" 44 Tracker but the dealer has yet to be able to get it. Thanks.....

Aquaman
October 22, 2007, 10:35 PM
They're tough to find but they come up on gun broker from time to time.

george29
October 23, 2007, 01:00 AM
Wild Wally, I carry mine in a Bianchi Accumold Belt Slide for Revolvers, it is perfect for CCW. Model 7506 – AccuMoldŽ Belt Slide
http://www.bianchi-intl.com/product/Prod.php?TxtModelID=7506

Arctic Fox, my sentiments exactly, this gun needs a lot of practice, FWIW, full house 240gr Magnum is very controllable with the rubber ribber grips, but definitely not pleasurable, I like the ability to load both specials and magnums in the same platform. I can load hot specials or mild magnums, that's whats great about this CCW sized .44

Mine came from Gunbroker for $340 about 8 months ago.

I don't know why Taurus doesn't post a picture of it on their site, maybe it's one of those products that they know they can only sell a minute few each year.

Legionnaire
October 24, 2007, 12:27 AM
Just wish Taurus offered the Tracker in a non-ported version. I'd like either a two- or four-inch .44, but really don't like the porting.

WildWally
November 24, 2007, 01:09 AM
I finally was able to order a holster that fit. Galco "Fletch" FL112 fits the gun very well and carries very comfortably. Turns out the Tracker is very close in dimensions to the S&W Mod. 19 and also the Ruger Service/Speed/Security Six revolvers.

jeff-10
November 24, 2007, 01:54 AM
Nice looking gun. I think if I was going to use it for self-defense though I would mainly load it with 44 Specials. Even with the porting its got to be a mule. Just wish 44 Specials didn't cost more than the magnums.

mnrivrat
November 24, 2007, 03:09 AM
I can't seem to find the right speedloader yet. Anybody know which 5 round make/model is right?

The correct HKS loader is the number CA44 for the 5 shot .44

If one doesn't like the porting you might consider the .44 C tracker 4 inch barrel and have it cut to 3 inch barrel length. That would give you adjustable sights and eliminate the porting.

These are medium frame guns ,about comparible to the L-frame S&W . I use mine with the idea of having it be a good .44 Spl gun that I can shoot an occasionl run of .44 magnums through. If you like .44 mag. and want to shoot a lot of heavy slug, or higher pressure ammo, I would go with the larger frame guns. Nothing wrong with the .44Spl cartridge for SD , and you don't have to beat up your gun ,or withstand brutal recoil, to shoot them through this model.

Hikingman
November 24, 2007, 02:29 PM
Five shots = Brutal. Imagine if a BG was hit by all five?

Ratshooter
November 24, 2007, 04:25 PM
MNrivrat i have thought the same thing about cutting down the four inch barrel. If you did you would cut right through the writing on the barrel. I wish Taurus offered the option of a choice of ported or not ported.

The gun appears to have a barrel with a sleeve over it in the fashion of the new light weight snubbies. It would not be hard to make the barrels longer to come to the end of the shroud.

When i bought my gun i wanted a light weight revolver for shooting shot loads at rattlesnakes. The ported area of the barrel has a step on the end of the shroud and shot would crash into it if fired. I am thinking about removing the step so i can shoot shot loads.

The crane area is not larger than a K frame Smith. I would limit the amount of full power loads used in one of these guns. I have midrange loads in 44 mag brass that i shoot. My 200 grain loads are going around 1000 fps and aren't too bad to fire. My favorite load is 6 gr Red Dot with a 240 gr Laser Cast for around 800 fps in mag brass.

Manymanyguns
May 30, 2008, 07:52 PM
Yes! i just picked one up from my local gun store for $429.00. it has a fixed rear sight with a hi-viz front site. Shoots great, and the recoil is surprisingly forgiving. Acceptable accuracy but is definately sighted in for close range. I shot about 75 240 grain power loads and 20 specials with no sore hand afterwards. This gun is very loud and has a very impressive fireball. hope you can find one, i hear they are pretty rare, and i definately recommend the 2.5 inch (2.25" of rifling) 44 magnum Tracker, again if you can find one.:neener:

MCgunner
May 31, 2008, 10:57 AM
I like the tracker concept for outdoor carry. I don't particularly like ported barrels in guns I'm going to shoot a lot, ear protection or not, but a light, powerful gun has merit in some areas where you might meet a Griz. However, I think .357 is enough for me so I really haven't gone agog over the big 30 ounce or less magnums. They just sound like a 12 ounce scandium .357, something neat to carry, but God help you if you have to fire it. I had the hots for a titanium .41 mag tracker for a while, but they quit making it. I could never justify the expense anyway and .357 is enough for where I live and hike, really.

If I get a .41 someday, and I've had the desire for that caliber for a while, it'll likely be in a Blackhawk. I'm sorta nuts over my Blackhawks and need more. :D And, I want more'n 2.5" of barrel in an outdoor carry. I guess that shorty .44 would be kinda neat CCW, but GAWD, I woundn't wanna fire that loud BEEOCH indoors without muffs. Might not ever be able to hear classic Led Zepplin again. LOL! That's sorta what I got against .357 for home protection, but with a muzzle break? OUCH!

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