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New ALL polymer framed revolvers

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Full Metal Jacket, Feb 23, 2010.

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  1. Full Metal Jacket

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    this new one from taurus is an all polymer frame revolver, rather than a polymer lower with an alloy upper, like Ruger's LCR. the cylinder, bore insert, and crane are metal parts. :what:

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    also in judge flavor:

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  2. 2RCO

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    Interesting but I'm not sure what my opinion is other than that.
     
  3. tank mechanic

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    It is painful to even think of shooting 45 colt ammo out of that judge.
     
  4. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    hopefully gunmetal doesn't become a thing of the past in these future generations.
     
  5. LawofThirds

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    Polymer enclosure sure, but look at the metal imbedded in the frame above the trigger. Methinks that is continued into the hammer area. Wonder what they do to limit flame cutting of the topstrap.

    Also, I would be hard pressed to find an uglier pair of grips than those plastic taffy wads on the bottom of the top one. Frankly, the gun looks like it was given an extra helping of ugly every morning.
     
  6. Wingnut13

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    Wow, that's neat! The only thing I'm really not sold on is the "wood colored" polymer grips. If you don't like them don't buy them, then after awhile they won't make them. I might go sign up for one of the .38's..... maybe.
     
  7. pikid89

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    that defender snubbie is the worst design for a ccw firearm i have everseen, like has been said here by me and other, it aint good at all the stuff it does (better put by a fellow THRer, cant remember who...but, jack of all trades, master of none)

    http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot41.htm

    and those faux wood grips make me:barf:

    maybe ruger should take a hint though and put at least a bodyguard type hammer on the LCR...i would buy one tomorrow
     
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  8. ilikepancakes

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    +1. The judge has pretty wicked recoil as it is!
     
  9. Zoogster

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    The new junk handgun!

    There goes half of the benefits of a revolver.

    They better do something or the round count on that thing is going to be very low.
    I can see on the defender what appears to be a thin strip of metal underneath. A strip that will certainly wear down much more quickly and get hot (so oxidizing faster) faster than a solid piece of metal.


    I imagine the timing on them will go out much faster too. Since the frame will be able to flex and stretch.
    Polymer for a frame is not a big deal on an auto as the slide is entirely metal and the slide and barrel lock together.
    But for the bulk of a revolver...

    .38sp might get away with it a little longer because it is relatively tame, but those defenders look like a nightmare in reliability and round count.


    Plastic is cheaper to turn into products though. So I imagine they will start using it wherever the market will allow them. The profit margin on a polymer gun sold for similar to what they sell an all steel gun is significantly greater.
     
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  10. Kind of Blued

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    My S&W 642 is lighter, so... what's the point?
     
  11. kd7nqb

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    Call me nuts but I really like it. I have been considering adding a .38spl snubbie to my line up and that Taurus may just fit the bill. Also I like the grips because even though they don't look like wood they look very bright and it almost as an illusion effect.
     
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    So they're not ENTIRELY polymer, guys. Look at the weight. There's a steel frame inside, guaranteed. :)
     
  13. youngda9

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    18 oz for a polymer 38...the SW airweights are lighter, better looking, and there are holsters galore already for them. Why bother if you're going to make a heavier gun than the industry standard for 38 carry.

    Don't like the looks of the gun either. Reali sights though. Anyone know the cost?
     
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    I would like to handle one. Unique looking package, but you will only pry my steel revolvers from my cold, dead fingers!
     
  15. griz

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    The top strap/barrel shroud looks like you could land a small airplane on it, but I still might buy one if it's as inexpensive as the steel framed one.
     
  16. dom1104

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    so now we are selling polymer coated steel firearms.

    Why? for the love of all thats holy... why?
     
  17. natman

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    Because it is a lot cheaper to cast polymer around a rough steel frame than it is to machine, polish and finish steel. The resulting gun is lighter than all steel and won't rust.

    Now I'll grant you the resulting gun doesn't have the aesthetic appeal of a Colt Python, but have you priced a Python lately?
     
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    I'm sure that top strap has metal molded into it. It doesn't look awful.
     
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    They should have put in a laser like The new Smith, Bodygaurd series. Then I could see the reason to encase it in plastic. This is merly an attempt to cash in on the revival of the revolver market.
     
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    Honestly, after giving this some overnight thought, I'd be happy to own one of those polymer-shelled Judges.
     
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    My NAA mini revolver in .22 WMR weighs 7 oz, and my 638 weighs 14 oz. If they don't suffice, there's nothing this 18 oz five-shot .38 Special will do any better.
     
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    Any word on MSRP?
     
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    And the problem with that is?
     
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    I also think it'd be painful to shoot. Especially with +P loads. I'll carry a couple of extra ounces to keep my wrist in tact thank you very much.
     
  25. gordy

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    If I owned a lcr I would say that it looks better then my ruger.
    But I own a S&W 642. So I wont say anything.
     
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