Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by SDE30, Jun 24, 2022.
Thanks. I get what you’re saying. Appreciate you taking the time to clarify.
YES! My only complaint with my Taurus Tracker is the dull grey finish. I bought it online and from the picture I expected it to be shiny like a S&W. Nope, drab grey. I love the gun but I do with it had a shine.
Yes! My 640 is my forever gun, but the 856 sure is nice, and holds the correct number of cartridges. It’s a sweet spot for me, in size, barrel length, and capacity.
I have a new 856 I never fired on the way back to Taurus right now cylinder timing off on one chamber. Bolt wouldn't engage the notch in cylinder if you cycled the gun slow or moderate speed had to cycle it briskly to get momentum to get that chamber to lock in.
Contacted Taurus about it and they tried to tell me it wasn't meant to be cycled slowly. Told them I've owned over 75 revolvers in my life and that was BS. They finally gave in and sent me a shipping label. So now I get to see how long they sit on it until they "fix"it and I wouldn't bet a dollar against a donut it'll be right when I get it back.
I consider them to be a haphazardly assembled kit gun with zero quality control.
I prefer the polished blue finish on the older Model 85 over the matte finish on the 856. Though the matte finish is not a deal breaker for me. And yes the 856 has definitely replaced the 85.
Taurus also uses the same frame for the 942 in 22lr or 22WMR and for the new 327. Grips interchange with the older 85 grips just fine. I am actually running factory 85 wood grips on my 942 and 856.
From pics it’s a 3”. No record of Taurus making a 4” yet.[/QUOTE]
Yup fat fingered the number!
Night sites, Hogue grip $339.
Thought that seemed like a great price.
Had heard mentioned Taurus was getting better, my past experiences (bad) with Taurus has been 15yrs ago, so I thought I'd check it out.
Cocked the hammer back in SA and it felt heavy and gritty.
Cycling it back in DA, staging it after the cylinder stop engaged, with a little more pressure the hammer dropped partially, was able to replicate this everytime in DA.
Told the kid behind the counter the action was defective, demonstrated it.
He put it back in the case.
Still no Taurus for me.
Too bad, seems like a nice design, but yet again, poorly executed.
I owned a 3" steel 856 briefly. I disliked the trigger and balance so much that I sold it unfired. As far as I could tell, though, it seemed to be functional.
Replaced it with a 20-year-old 3" Model 85. The balance is better and the trigger is much better. Took it to the range a few days ago and it went bang every time.
Taurus Model 85 3" barrel by Tallball posted Jun 30, 2022 at 1:02 PM
Not just me.
CS and quality have always been an issue with Taurus.
My (Recent!) experience and this guy's are a small sample size, but still good enough for me to stay with other manufacturers.
Some companies may also occasionally have QC problems, but warranty work is at least competent.
I worked at a large gun shop/range part time for several years, with the exception of the Sig Mosquito, Taurus was the company with the most complaints in regards to functionally and poor CS.
Across the board in terms of models/reliability.
Seems like a quality lottery, with most of them being OK. When you don't hit that lottery though, it'll be time to fight with Taurus to make it right.
There are several reasons Tauri are cheaper, then:
Lower quality fit & finish
Less/no quality control
Cheaper labor in Brazil than in the USA
Now, we have American options in Colt (Cobra), S&W (60), and Ruger. (SP-101, LCR and LCRx) Those things add up to several hundred dollars to support an American company/manufacturer. Whether that's worth it or not is the question.
That said, I really like the look of that Taurus Executive 856. Maybe with this Executive model, they will have spent some money on better QC and tuning; that is what their web page on it suggests.
SDE30 - I wonder if you considered a Ruger SP-101 or LCRx? They are both made with 3" barrels, though you'd have to bob the hammer to make them equivalent to the Executive 856. The Colt Cobra is only available as a snubby. Their King Cobra Carry and the S&W 60 are bigger guns.
They paid shipping both ways with a turnaround time of less than 2 weeks and it's fine now.
All the same for me that makes 2 out of 2 that I purchased new online that weren't quite right when they came out of the box. From now on if I buy another Taurus I'll have to have it in my hands and inspect it before I buy it. No more online purchases of any Taurus firearms for this old man.
I have a 3 inch M85 and a 3 inch M431 That I bought used and was able to check out in person before buying that have been good guns. Though I did replace the hammer spring in the 431 because of a few light primer strikes.
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