Taurus 85?


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Cactus Jack Arizona
October 9, 2011, 07:10 PM
My dad has a Taurus revolver which I believe to be a model 85. This would be the small framed snubby. Taurus states that the 85 is +P rated. However, there is no indication of +P on the actual firearm. Of course, the model number is not on the revolver either.

Question: is the Taurus 85 actually +P rated?

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Onward Allusion
October 9, 2011, 07:34 PM
Early ones were not +P rated. I had one from the late 80's that was not. The new ones manufactured today are +P rated, but I personally wouldn't recommend a steady diet of +P for any J-Frame.

thebaldguy
October 9, 2011, 08:48 PM
The model number should be stamped on the cylinder crane. Open the cylinder and check it out near the front of the cylinder.

I also have an all steel older one and it is not +P rated. You might be able to put a few higher +P rounds through it without too much damage but it is not recommended. I stick with the regular .38 Special rounds.

just for fun
October 9, 2011, 10:01 PM
If memory serves me correctly you can go to taurususa.com put in your serial # and it will (1)tell you when the gun was built and (2) if it is +P rated

Cougar
October 10, 2011, 11:50 AM
If memory serves me correctly you can go to taurususa.com put in your serial # and it will (1)tell you when the gun was built and (2) if it is +P rated

I just went to the Taurususa website to find out if my 85 is +P rated.

1. Under the Customer Care heading at the bottom of the page, you need to click on FAQ.
2. At the bottom of that page, there is 'Can you tell me.... Click on that.
3. Then type in your serial number. It will tell model and year of manufacture.
4. click on 'More information...'
5. click the tab for 'Technical Specs'

It will tell you everything about your gun.

azgunner
October 10, 2011, 03:58 PM
If you shoot a steady diet of plus P in a non plus P weapon, then be ready for a problem. If you have a current gun for plus P. Blast away!!!

just for fun
October 10, 2011, 06:12 PM
Glad I was able to "at least" send you in the right direction. Got a model 85 in PSS! (pimp Stainless Steel). Carried it and trusted it 100%. Enough that I gave it to my son. Got a jam-o-matic glock 32 that I'm ashamed to even attempt to sell! and so life goes on. Left Ashtabula in 64 and never looked back.

Guillermo
October 10, 2011, 06:21 PM
Unlike old Smiths and Colts that were produced back when regular ammo was the same pressure as the "+P" of today, the Taurus in question might have been made for the emasculated "standard" 38 of today.

Call Taurus.

Be Careful.

Cougar
October 10, 2011, 06:39 PM
Glad I was able to "at least" send you in the right direction. Got a model 85 in PSS! (pimp Stainless Steel). Carried it and trusted it 100%. Enough that I gave it to my son. Got a jam-o-matic glock 32 that I'm ashamed to even attempt to sell! and so life goes on. Left Ashtabula in 64 and never looked back.

Mine is a Mod 85SS3, now discontinued. That is the old skinny-barrel stainless 3", unlike the slab-sided full underlug they have today. I like the 3" better than the 2" because that extra inch helps anchor it in the IWB holster and it doesn't flip itself around. This is my primary carry gun, until I scratch up enough for Ruger LC9 or equivalent. I have full-size guns, but am not comfortable with carrying something that big/heavy.

I can't wait to retire in a couple of years so I can move out of here (southern Lorain County - 35mi southwest of Cleveland). I keep changing my mind, so who knows where I'll end up. Texas Hill Country is looking like a winner right now...

Guillermo
October 10, 2011, 06:49 PM
Texas Hill Country is looking like a winner right now...

As a realtor in central Texas I can tell you that prices are down (although not as bad as the rest of the country) as is the water table.

And it gets hot as hell's attic

Cougar
October 10, 2011, 09:39 PM
I have a Windows 7 weather 'gadget' on my computer's desktop for almost two years now that shows me what is going on down there every day as well as some of my other considered choices, so I'm well aware of the temperatures there.

You want hot? One of my prime candidates is the Phoenix area - but only since I have a tentative 'retirement job' offer there - in construction no less!

igousigloo
October 10, 2011, 09:46 PM
I have a Taurus 327 Mag. After 4 cylinders of ammo fired I was wanting to let it cool off a little.

Cactus Jack Arizona
October 10, 2011, 11:03 PM
Hey thanks everyone for your help. The next time I drop by my parent's house I'll cross-reference their numbers to the Taurus site.

In the meantime, Cougar, Phoenix is the right place if you like 100+ degree days, six months out of the year. Sure, going swimming or golfing in January is awesome, but the pool water quickly turns into a sauna by June. If laying out by the pool in July with a sun that is strong enough to burn the hide right off you is your cup of tea, then Phoenix is the place for you.:rolleyes: I should know, I was born and raised there.

Hey, even Satan has a summer home in hell because it's too hot in Phoenix for him. :neener:

brnmuenchow
October 11, 2011, 01:21 PM
I have an M85UL model and it "is" +P rated.

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