Crossed One Off My Bucket List. 9mm Revolver


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weblance
September 21, 2012, 04:04 PM
I have wanted a 9mm Luger revolver ever since I found out they were available. Being a Ruger Fanboy, of course I wanted an SP101 in 9mm Luger, but they are VERY hard to come by, and I didnt want to spend the money they command. So I started doing some research, and the Taurus 905 was currently the only 9mm revolver being manufactured. I did as much reading as I could about the 905, and Taurus in general, held my breath, and ordered one. It came yesterday, so I loaded the range bag, and went blasting. So far, this revolver has been an absolute joy. Its beautiful, with a rich, blue finish. It has a very nice shine, and the fit is very nice. It seems well made and has functioned perfectly thru 200 rounds. Its very accurate, putting all shots in one ragged hole at 7 yards in Single Action. The Single Action trigger is nice, light and crisp. The Double Action trigger is better than a box stock SP101, shorter and lighter. The 905 comes with 5 moon clips, Taurus calls them Stellar Clips. The clips are one area where many people complained about the quality, saying they were flimsy and easily bent. I guess if you are a brute and want to really try and mis-handle them, they could be damaged, but I find them to be strong and solid. I did order a 10 pack of replacement clips from TK Customs, and when they arrive, maybe I will change my mind about the clips Taurus provides, but so far, so good, with the factory clips. I found that the clips arent absolutely needed, the cylinder has a headspace ring inside each chamber where the 9mm Luger cartridge rides, just like an autoloader chamber, and that the clips are only for positive extraction. I had read that if you dont use the clips, you can still fire the gun, but must poke out each empty case with a pencil or wooden dowel. I fired the first 100 rounds with the clips, then decided to try shooting without them. When shooting with no clips, simply tipping the gun skyward would cause the empty cases to just fall out. Every couple cylinders full, one empty cartridge case wouldnt drop, but lightly tapping the grip on the wooden rail at the range, would cause the case to drop free. Shooting 9mm is a handfull from a revolver, with power levels between .38 Special and .357 Magnum, but its not unpleasant, and the stock grip on the 905 makes handling the gun a breeze. After 200 rounds, my hand was tender, but not as sore as 50 rounds of .357 thru my Ruger KLCR. Taurus says the 905 is NOT +P rated, but there are good, non +P rated Self Defense loads available(Hornady Custom and Federal Hydra-Shock), so Im not concerned with that. Standard pressure 9mm is equal to 38+P, so if a person was buying a 9mm revolver to carry, standard pressure ammo will certainly get the job done. Many people report shooting +P ammo in the 905 with no problems, and Taurus actually says its fine on a limited basis, but MAY shorten the endurance life of the gun. I will stick to standard pressure ammo, and if I carry this revolver, will load it with Federal Hydra Shock.

Overall, I am very pleased with this revolver. If it holds up over time, It will become one of my favorites. It allows lots of reasonably priced trigger time, for a shooter who doesnt reload(me)and trigger time with a snub nosed revolver is what I really need. Im shocked that 9mm revolvers arent popular, as 9mm is certainly the cheapest, and one of the most readily available centerfire ammo types. Maybe the Moon Clips turn people away, but I find its very simple to load up the clips and drop them in, and if you dont want to use the clips, you dont have to, but you may have an empty cartridge or two stick from time to time.

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Wishoot
September 21, 2012, 04:07 PM
Hope it works out for you in the long run.

I really want a 9mm revolver. I'm not exactly sure why I want one. I just want one.

I'm waiting to hear a few reviews of Charter Arms offerings.

R.W.Dale
September 21, 2012, 04:12 PM
Congratulations on your purchase.

I really like my 905 and carried it daily for a long time before going back to a g36. Its always functioned and has proven to be quite accurate

rhinoh
September 21, 2012, 07:51 PM
Is the fit of the side plate really as sloppy as it looks in the first pic?

SteelManCM
September 21, 2012, 10:01 PM
So, weblance goes out and finally gets a gun that he's been wanting for a while and the best you can do it try to make him feel bad about it? Good job, rhinoh. Very High Road of you.

weblance, nice piece! Hope it's a fun shooter for you!

Tahitian.Ted
September 21, 2012, 10:26 PM
If you can't say something nice, maybe you should say nothing!

Walkalong
September 22, 2012, 09:56 AM
That's what my mom always told me. :)

The 9MM revolver is a really neat concept. I would love to hear about some velocities from some of the standard defense loadings out there.

R.W.Dale
September 22, 2012, 11:30 AM
That's what my mom always told me. :)

The 9MM revolver is a really neat concept. I would love to hear about some velocities from some of the standard defense loadings out there.

I get 1160 fps from 124g +p gold dots

Standard pressure about 100 fps less

thunder173
September 22, 2012, 12:08 PM
Found one in a LGS some time back. Picked it up for a fair price. Shot the snot out of it. It has become my wife's CC of choice. Snappy recoil, but tolerable. I have yet to have issues with the stellar clips,.... even after running several hundred rounds through it. We don't beat them with hammers and screwdrivers though. Very positive ejection of loads and empty brass, and VERY quick to reload with the clips. Accuracy is good for its intended purpose. It is not a range gun people,...it is a "get off of me right now, bad breath range,...gut shooter",..... with potential.

If you don't compare it to something it isn't intended to be,..you won't be dissappointed. I occasionally carry a pre-lock S&W 36, with a smooth as silk action. The Taurus isn't all that slicked up,..but it is pretty decent.

If you can find one,...buy it. If you don't want to keep it,...sell it. If you contact me,..I might consider a second one.

obteene
September 22, 2012, 12:37 PM
I havent heard great things regarding the quality of Taurus handguns, specifically pistols. Im sure the revolver is pretty quality. congrats

tekarra
September 22, 2012, 01:43 PM
Congrats on your find weblance. I have a few 9mm revolvers but not a Taurus, so I found your comments interesting. Hope you find your SP01 at some point.

weblance
September 22, 2012, 08:34 PM
The side plate fits better after I opened it up, wiped out all the oil and tightened the screws. The plate screws were finger tight. It doesnt disappear like a well fitted Ruger trigger guard, but its better now than the first picture, which was 5 minutes after unboxing. I shot another 100 rounds thru it today and its dead on at 7 yards with 115 gr. FMJ. I am pleased with this revolver, and the fact that its an unusual chambering for a revolver, makes it special to me.

19-3Ben
September 22, 2012, 09:22 PM
You know, Weblance, you're gonna get me in trouble because now I'm gonna have to get one of these as well. Glad you're enjoying it. Seems like a great idea.

weblance
September 22, 2012, 10:27 PM
Ben... the best thing is the Taurus 905 is reasonally priced, in the mid to upper $300s. I got mine for $380, but have seen them on Gunbroker for $340-$350.

19-3Ben
September 22, 2012, 11:27 PM
Ok, so I'll give you my wife's phone number. YOU go ahead and convince her that because I can get a 9mm revolver for $350-400, I now need one.

Get back to me and tell me how that goes for ya'.:D:D

weblance
September 23, 2012, 10:23 AM
Ben, explain to her the cost savings of shooting 9mm factory ammo vs .38sp factory ammo. Tell her with the money you save, the gun will pay for itself in a couple years. Tell her with the money you save, she can buy more shoes, new dishes, new bedding or whatever her heart desires... Well, there you go... that was easy...

rhinoh
September 29, 2012, 09:48 PM
The side plate fits better after I opened it up, wiped out all the oil and tightened the screws. The plate screws were finger tight. It doesnt disappear like a well fitted Ruger trigger guard, but its better now than the first picture, which was 5 minutes after unboxing.
Thanks for the explanation weblance, that is good news! I may be interested in one of those myself.
Now the ones that fussed at me for asking-:neener:

5-SHOTS
September 30, 2012, 03:08 PM
Nice report and congratulation for your purchase. I've always liked the idea of a revolver chambering a popular, effective and fair priced cartridge like the 9mm is. I'm still waiting for someone importing a 9mm revolver in my country chambered in the 9x21 IMI caliber like my Walther P99AS is. Doesn't Charter Arms produce also a 9mm revolver?

DesertFox
September 30, 2012, 06:40 PM
I too felt that a 9mm revolver was in the cards. Since then, a Taurus 856 Hy-Lite magnesium 38 Special has become one of my favorite carry units. 6 rounds of 38 Special. I like the 20% more capacity in that small, 5-shot sized unit. Made me forget about the 9mm revolver.

Old Shooter
September 30, 2012, 07:02 PM
Thanks for a nice report and some good looking pictures.

Now you've got me thinking along those lines of 9mm revolver myself.

raa-7
March 28, 2013, 02:26 PM
Nice revolver indeed.I own one Taurus revolver that I bought in 2009 and it has been very reliable with no problems at all.I would definitely buy another one in the futre.I've always wanted a 9mm and I love revolvers.Oh what a great reason to get one :D Good luck with it and thanks for the pictures.

MagnumDweeb
March 28, 2013, 02:58 PM
I would like to see Ruger produce a seven shot half-lug GP100 in 9mm for under $550 but I don't think that is ever going to happen.

I thought about buying a used Model 15 and sending it over to Pinnacle to do the conversion to 9mm but I'd be afraid of the gun not standing up to 9mm +P rounds on a regular basis. I thought about getting a Model 66 or 65, or Model 19 that had seen better days but the prices plus the twist rate of the barrels made it undoable for me. I've thought about the Taurus 905 numerous times but I just can't bring myself to take the plunge. I keep wanting a SP101 2.25" .357 or Kahr PM45.

Enjoy your neat revolver and may it bring you years of enjoyment. I'll keep praying that Ruger does a run of SP101 9mm 2.25" revolvers.

fxstchewy
March 29, 2013, 10:48 AM
I would like to have one myself. :)

Cocked & Locked
March 29, 2013, 11:41 AM
Add me to the I want one list. What does that gun weigh? Thanks

WC145
March 29, 2013, 11:47 AM
Add me to the I want one list. What does that gun weigh? Thanks
22.2oz per the Taurus website. Too much, IMO, and about the same as the old S&W 940.

stiab
March 30, 2013, 12:16 AM
I've had two, a SP101 and a S&W 940-1, and just could not justify keeping them. I never CCW the Ruger, but did the Smith, but just could not see the advantage. The 940 would not fit all my J frame holsters (frame is same, but barrel is not), and reverted back to the .38/.357 and have never regretted it. Also, the SP101 would not shoot to POA with any load I tried, which was several.

Jaymo
March 30, 2013, 01:02 AM
I'm holding out for a .45 ACP, the size of a Colt DS.
I already have a .45 ACP, the size of a Ruger Blackhawk .45 Convertible. :P

Queen_of_Thunder
March 30, 2013, 08:45 AM
Ok, so I'll give you my wife's phone number. YOU go ahead and convince her that because I can get a 9mm revolver for $350-400, I now need one.

Get back to me and tell me how that goes for ya'.:D:D
Tell the wife you know a grandmother that shoots guns, even competes. Tell her that grandma said its ok for hubby to get a new gun especially one she may enjoy.

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