General Consensus on a Taurus Revolver


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tinroad37e
July 8, 2008, 06:13 PM
I am thinking about purchasing a Taurus Model 66 revolver. I like the looks of them and they're priced cheap. Is this one of those "You get what you pay for" type things? I have read both good and bad reviews about Taurus revolvers.

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alemonkey
July 8, 2008, 06:52 PM
I'd be interested in hearing this also. I'm thinking of trading in my SW40VE that I've never really liked. My wife told me no more guns this year, but that doesn't apply if I get rid of one, right? :D

I used to own a Blackhawk in .357 and loved it, so I want another .357 but in DA. The Taurus 66 has caught my eye, too.

Walkalong
July 8, 2008, 07:27 PM
I have two Taurus revolvers. No complaints. Are they Smiths or Colts? Well, no, but they do their job, and mine both shoot pretty well. :)

MMCSRET
July 8, 2008, 08:21 PM
We have 2 Tauri in the house. The 441 in 44 Special is the most accurate handgun I own outside my Contenders. Never had a problem with it and I have 2 barrels a 4" and a 6". I switch them out from time to time, works well.

Ifishsum
July 8, 2008, 08:22 PM
I think that most QC issues can be spotted by checking over the piece carefully before finalizing the purchase (see the revolver checkout thread). I've purchased 3 Taurus revolvers recently (and a couple not so recently) and the only one to give me trouble I noticed when I bought it (a poorly fitted transfer bar), but decided to take the chance because I had to have it. They did fix it for me. I think they are a good value, but look it over good before you commit.

Old School
July 8, 2008, 08:38 PM
I handled two Taurus revolvers last week. A model 65 and and .22lr that I did not make note of the model. They were both new. The model 65 felt great. Nice and tight but very smooth with a good trigger. the .22lr revolver had a terrible trigger. It did not have anywhere near the quality feel of the model 65.

JackCrow
July 8, 2008, 08:54 PM
My 605 has been a solid performer.

rob_noel
July 8, 2008, 09:01 PM
Hi! I'll add my voice to the chorus. I have had 2 Taurus 85UL revolvers, and I currently have one. I sold the first and wonder why. I kicked myself until I got another. It's an exceedingly accurate little snubby, attractive, light, and reliable. I think it's great, and of very high quality. And, the lock isn't in an unattractive place, unlike Smiths.

So, the two I have had were flawless performers, accurate, and good enough that when I sold one I regretted it.

esq_stu
July 8, 2008, 09:09 PM
Is this one of those "You get what you pay for" type things?There are more expensive guns that are also not known for great reliability. It's more a matter of a lot (but not all) of Taurus owners have posted negative comments on Taurus revolvers, myself included. Some love them. IMO, they are lucky. No make/model gun is perfect, so I go with a consensus of favorable reviews and weigh several very bad reviews pretty heavily.

alemonkey
July 8, 2008, 09:16 PM
FWIW, my father in law has a 9mm Taurus semi auto (can't remember the model) that's been dead reliable and is pretty accurate.

I know it's not the same as the revolver, but it goes to show that every gun maker can turn out both good and bad ones.

machinisttx
July 8, 2008, 10:07 PM
Dad used to have a 4" stainless Taurus 66. I can't recall him every having problems with it, and it was an excellent shooter. He sold it to buy a 6" blued Taurus 66, which has also been problem free. As far as accuracy goes...I hit a 3" diameter target @ 100 yards with it on shot #6--it took the other five to get kentucky windage and elevation correct.

IF you do buy a Taurus, inspect it very carefully before plunking down your cash. Make sure the timing and lockup are correct, as well as checking barrel to cylinder gap and function.

MedWheeler
July 8, 2008, 10:12 PM
I bought one new in 1987 for $200. My first handgun (4" bbl), purchased the day after I turned 21. I learned real quickly that a .357 Magnum does not make an ideal learning piece, and went back a week or so later for a Ruger MK-II. But the Taurus has been great, and I even carried it "front-line" for a bit when I became a LEO later that year. I only stopped because I liked the idea of letting the city's gun rot in the evidence lockup instead of mine, should any bad guys catch one of my bullets.
My 66 got stolen from my truck in 1990, and recovered 18 months later. A little more wear on the finish, but still smooth action, and places well. For the price (back then, at least!), it is/was a great firearm for general sport shooting and home/personal defense.
BTW, I also acquired a Taurus 94 (nine-shot revolver) in 1990, to teach my then-wife to shoot. That was a well-functioning workhorse, too. I let it go with her when we split up.

weregunner
July 9, 2008, 12:46 AM
Taurus revolvers you say? Model 66? Yes,indeed.
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mnrivrat
July 9, 2008, 01:11 AM
You will find a bunch of threads here in the archives regarding Taurus and comments regarding the quality - perhaps a greater percentage of Taurus guns have given out of box problems than S&W , and that's what I take from all that reading.

I have three of their revolvers and have no problems. The trigger thing on the .22 cal model 94 has been a common complaint - one must recognize that the mechanics of this size gun in a 9 shot cylinder, is not conducive to light DA trigger pull.

I wouldn't hesitate to say you should be just fine if buying a Taurus gun. They are not built to the standards of the old pinned and recessed S&W revolvers, but frankly neither are the new S&W revolvers. Odds are you will get a good servicable revolver from Taurus - you can as mentioned increase those odds by doing a good check out of the gun prior to purchase.

(IMO) Always ask permission however if your going to run through the checkout on a new revolver as it means working the action - some sellers may not like that handling of a new in the box gun.

zxcvbob
July 9, 2008, 01:31 AM
It's probably fine if you don't plan to shoot it much. And there's nothing wrong with that, as long as you know what you're getting into.

Mine needed to be worked over by a gunsmith right out of the box just to make it safe to shoot. Long story, I won't bore you with the details again. It still has issues due mostly to a soft steel base pin, but someone here told me about an aftermarket hardened base pin that will fit -- that should take care of the rest of the problems if I'm lucky. (I do shoot mine a lot, and I don't really want it falling apart on me in just a couple of years like it was headed.)

Good luck.

Shade00
July 9, 2008, 01:45 AM
The general consensus is that there is no consensus. Some like em, some don't.

woodsltc
July 9, 2008, 01:48 AM
Taurus revolvers make great "paperweights" , but if you want something to shoot and not have to continually send it back to customer service ---- I would suggest you get a S&W or a Ruger.

Taurus=:barf:

Don

Dave/hoff
July 9, 2008, 01:57 AM
I'll add my voice to the chorus...I have a 2-inch bbl, Model 85UL.

I bought this little revolver "slightly used" in 1997, while I was in grad school at NMSU. I was a geology student and wanted a little something to pack around in the desert while doing field work for my Master's. Being in the desert and close to the border, I thought I needed some protection in case I ran into buzz-tails or drug runners while working in my rather isolated field area.

Since buying this little 5-shooter I've run over 10,000 rounds through it, no joke. I can prove this number because I'm not a reloader but have saved (nearly) all the brass against the day when I decide to learn that skill.
Mostly I've fired standard .38 special loads from walmart (winchester "white box" or umc).

It just so happens that today I took this gun down to my local gunshop to have the proprieter give it a once-over. I've been reading a lot of these forums lately and had begun to wonder about the lock-up of this gun as I had noticed that it wasn't as tight as it once had been.

To make the long story just a bit longer, our county sheriff had stopped by (a well known gun-guy) and he, the shop owner and the part-time help each looked it over - the owner had been told the tale of this firearm before and had been waiting for me to bring it in...well, all three said that the gun was in fantastic shape after all those rounds. I think that makes it a keeper.
Based on this particular gun, I'd certainly have no heartburn over buying another...

jackdanson
July 9, 2008, 02:08 AM
I had a taurus snubbie as my first revolver, I only put about 300 rounds through it before "trading up", but I didn't have any problems in that short span.

TimboKhan
July 9, 2008, 02:14 AM
Taurus revolvers make great "paperweights" , but if you want something to shoot and not have to continually send it back to customer service ---- I would suggest you get a S&W or a Ruger.

Taurus=

Why do you say that? Is there a specific issue that has led you to this opinion, or are you just spouting off? There are a lot of bad Taurus reviews, but I find that if you look close, a good number of those opinions are people that are just repeating what a friend of a friend told them. Have there been bad Taurus guns? Without a doubt. Has Taurus come a long way as far as quality is concerned? Absolutely.

For my two cents, I will cheerfully admit to being a Taurus fan. I have a 605, and until I let my CCW lapse, it was (and I guess still is) my main carry pistol. I have had zero problems with it, and I had zero problems with the other one that I had (bought it from a buddy, sold it back to the same buddy later on). I would recommend a 605 without a second thought to anyone looking for a revolver along those lines.

machinisttx
July 9, 2008, 02:40 AM
To make the long story just a bit longer, our county sheriff had stopped by (a well known gun-guy) and he, the shop owner and the part-time help each looked it over - the owner had been told the tale of this firearm before and had been waiting for me to bring it in...well, all three said that the gun was in fantastic shape after all those rounds. I think that makes it a keeper.
Based on this particular gun, I'd certainly have no heartburn over buying another...


I had a mid to late 80's production model 85(it was a pre lock Taurus!!!!!). It had one of the sweetest actions I've ever felt, and since it was my carry gun it got shot a fair amount. I don't think it had seen a full 50 rounds since the day the original owner bought it(from my father in law, who had an FFL at the time, and ended up buying it from me). I fired less than 2,000 rounds through the gun and it began to loosen up(nearly all were very light reloads). I'd buy another one if I had need of a cheap .38 special only snubbie, but I wouldn't bet on it lasting as long as yours has.

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