Some of us had mentioned this terriffic little 38 that was only made for 1 year. I came across an article that I thought some of you would like to see. It has the particulars about the gun, and info along with specs. enjoy.
Here is the link
From a 1999 article
Taurus 85 Total Titanium and Ultra-Lite Multi Alloy
Caliber: .38 Special, P-rated
Capacity: Five shots
Length Overall: 6"
Weight, Total Titanium: 15.4 oz.
Weight, Multi Alloy: 13.5 oz.
Barrel: 2", factory ported, with stainless
Safety: Firing pin transfer bar, Taurus
Suggested Retail Price
Total Titanium: $529
Multi Alloy: $515
COPYRIGHT 1999 Publishers' Development Corporation
COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group
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February 22, 2010, 07:52 PM
Friends don't let friends buy Taurus.
February 22, 2010, 07:54 PM
Friends don't let friends buy Taurus.
More for me then.:rolleyes:
I tend to stay away from ultra-lite anything. The recoil is just...miserable. I'd rather tote around a stainless steel any day.
February 22, 2010, 07:56 PM
The Multi-Alloy was only made one year?
That surprises me...I thought I saw/read about the aluminum framed, titanium cylinder/barrel shroud .38 revolver on the Taurus site not too long ago.
They aren't called multi-alloys any more though.
As far as the Total Titanium (as Taurus called them), the Stealth Grey lasted longest, but I don't know if they're still available.
I have both, BTW. Had the multi-alloy for 10 years now. Fine little pocket pistol. This one has an exposed hammer...which is why I bought a titanium model (now called the 851) with a shrouded hammer. I carry the 851 quite frequently.
Nice guns and excellent choices for concealled carry!
February 22, 2010, 08:08 PM
There is an aluminum framed titanium cylinder and barrel 85 w/ factory bobbed hammer at my local shop right now. Someone traded it in.
February 22, 2010, 08:45 PM
I had a 92 that had a lot of problems, but then I had a 617 revolver that was OK. I did sell it however to upgrade. So my feelings are mixed. The 92 was still not working correctly even after I got it back from warranty services. There is better……
February 23, 2010, 12:09 AM
I bought this one brand new in 2001. Flawless performance, very light, and quite accurate. Wouldn't sell it for the world.
I paid $330 out the door for it, I've only seen two for sale like it since. One about 2 years ago at a shop for $450, one at a gunshow for $550. Both of those were the "Bright Spectrum Blue" model, mine is the Matte finished one.
I have a .45 Colt Model 450 Total Titanium - 19 ounces. As far as Taurus goes it is a really nice gun. +P rated and ported. Like Logan80 said - not for sale.
February 23, 2010, 01:22 AM
I have a Taurus Titanium M 455 in 44 special.
It is a 2 inch ported barrel, five shot. I would
never sell or trade it. It fits perfectly in K frame
February 23, 2010, 11:10 AM
And around here, shops are full of once-fired trade-ins of titanium and "scandium" small-frame revovers. "Brutal" is the word that comes up in conversation most often.
February 23, 2010, 01:00 PM
I believe that titanium is very difficult to work with. It must raise the (new) cost quite a bit.
February 23, 2010, 03:55 PM
Quote from above:
"Friends don't let friends buy Taurus"
I say AA++ to that, agree completely. They get glowing reports in the low end gun rags by buying advertising.
February 23, 2010, 04:39 PM
My S&W scandium titanium really lifts up with the Gold dot SB +P. I pulled that stuff out and filled her up with non +P Hydrashock 110 grain.
February 23, 2010, 06:41 PM
I have the Model 85 ultralight. It's shoots very comfortably with the 125 grain. It's a natural pointer and shoots straight. I can bet my life with it. I fired 10 shots of the the Hornady SD ammo 125gr +P. I have to admit it was a HANDFUL!! It felt like I was holding a metal rod and somebody was hitting hit it the end with a sledge hammer.
February 23, 2010, 09:07 PM
I have the Taurus Tracker .357 in Total Titanium. I love it.
February 23, 2010, 11:36 PM
I picked up the 5 shot .357 with the shrouded hammer after firing a wide range of ultra-lite revolvers.
The guys at the range/shop are not Taurus friendly and they tried their best to get me into a S&W that didn't have the shrouded hammer I was looking for and ran about $300 more.
Not sure if I just got really lucky with mine, but it shoots extremely well for it's size/weight and I still carry it some days, even after I picked up an EMP.
February 24, 2010, 09:02 AM
MY 450Ti in 45Colt satin blue finish. I would never sell mine.