3" Taurus 856

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by mongoslow, Feb 26, 2021.

  1. mongoslow

    mongoslow Member

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    I have been wanting to look at one of these since they were released last year, well me and my son went to the shop to look at a pistol he was interested in awhile ago and while there I saw this and was looking at it while he was looking at the one he was interested in, after a couple of minutes he walked over beside me and I handed him this little 856 he looks at it for just a second and snatches out his debit card and ask for paperwork upload_2021-2-26_13-11-51.gif little turd bought it out from in under me while I was thinking about it ,,,,I'm stealing it ever chance I get, love the way it feels in hand. I'm going to have to get my own eventually but I will take his every chance I can until then lol upload_2021-2-26_13-11-51.gif
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    the VZ grip is very hand filling and will be fine in an OWB holster it also comes with the 2 finger boot grip in the box

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    not bad for $430 after taxes , he had to go to work and I promised not to shoot it until he gets a chance so y'all will have to wait until tomorrow for a range report
     
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  2. mongoslow

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    with night sights and special grips from VZ Grips.
    Basic Specs
    • Item Number:
      2-85635NSVZ
    • UPC:
      7-25327-93389-2
    • Capacity:
      6 Rounds
    • Action Type:
      Double Action / Single Action
    • Firing System:
      Hammer
    • Front Sight:
      Night Sight with Orange Outline
    • Rear Sight:
      Fixed
    • Grip:
      VZ Black/Gray
    • Cylinders Included:
      1
    Caliber
    38 Spl +P
    Measurements
    • Frame Size:
      Small
    • Barrel Length:
      3.00 in.
    • Overall Length:
      7.50 in.
    • Overall Height:
      4.80 in.
    • Overall Width:
      1.41 in.
    • Weight:
      25.52 oz
    Features
    • Extended Ejector Rod

    • Night Sights
    Safety
    Transfer Bar
    Materials
    • Frame Material:
      Stainless Steel
    • Barrel Material:
      Stainless Steel
    • Cylinder Material:
      Stainless Steel
    Finishes
    • Frame Finish:
      Matte Stainless
    • Barrel Finish:
      Matte Stainless
    • Cylinder Finish:
      Matte Black

    If it needs to be done, do it.
     
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  3. WestKentucky

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    That’s one I would consider if I were in the 38 market. Heck I would sell a couple if I knew I would get a nice one. I don’t really care for the VZ grip though, it looks too busy with the lines cut into it. I’m sure it’s nice and grippy though.
     
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  4. nofendertom

    nofendertom Member

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    There is a thread a couple of pages back---Taurus 856, My Experience.
     
  5. Pat Riot
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    Pat Riot Contributing Member

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    I went to a gun store yesterday in search of one of these Defenders. I was too late. :confused:
    Anyway, that one is in my list. They did have a 2” 856, but I was really hoping for the 3” model.

    Let us know how your son’s ;) 856 shoots. :thumbup:
     
  6. Buckeye63

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    I do like my 856UL ..
     
  7. Mr. Mosin

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    Will these new 856's take any Taurus "small" frame grip ?
     
  8. mongoslow

    mongoslow Member

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    it also came with the small 2 finger boot grip so I would say yes
     
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  9. greenmtnguy

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    Now if he was a Good Son, he would give it to you as a present! Seriously, I like everything about how it looks except for that grip. That is easy enough to fix, tho!
     
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  10. Buckeye63

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    Same grip size as a 85 & 605 and the other small frame Taurus small frames
     
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  11. applevalleyjoe

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    I’m looking for the hammerless edition...looks similar to the SW 642. If anyone sees one please let me know ASAP! Thanks.
     
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  12. Buckeye63

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    They do make a hammerless 2 inch model, steel frame & aluminum frame
    My suggestion is check KYGUNCO.. I have saw a few in stock here and there ... but it seems they get more in than most dealers
     
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  13. Mr. Mosin

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    Does Taurus actually make a *true* Centennial type snub, with a genuinely enclosed hammer, or do they just bob the hammer and call it concealed ?
     
  14. Tallball

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    "Does Taurus actually make a *true* Centennial type snub, with a genuinely enclosed hammer, or do they just bob the hammer and call it concealed?"

    I owned a Model 85 like that. The frame was designed to be hammerless, like a comparable S&W.

    I sold it because the trigger was horribly stiff, but it went bang every time.
     
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  15. Buckeye63

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    Taurus knocked it out of the ballpark with the 856...
    Its basically the size of a Charter Bulldog size &
    Colt D frame ..
     
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  16. Dave T

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    If Ruger got off their posteriors and made a 6-shot SP101 they could have captured a chunk of the market Taurus now has. Heck, S&W should have done the same thing. I do wonder who's running these companies. It sure isn't shooters or gun carriers.

    Dave
     
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  17. Buckeye63

    Buckeye63 Member

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    Charter has had a 6 shot 38spl on the same frame size for years .... and they now are making one with a aluminum frame
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    Charter Police Undercover 6 shot 38spl
    steel frame 17.5 oz

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  18. knot4reel

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    I purchased the same Defender model a while back and haven't even fired it yet. :(
     
  19. Triggernosis

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    I'm going to purchase the first Ultra Lite 3" Defender I come across.
     
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