Taurus 856?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by defjon, Feb 2, 2022.

  1. defjon

    defjon Member

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    Well, the snub 856 was sold...


    ...so I ordered the 3 inch defender model.

    Historically I haven't gotten along with the 3 inch model, neither fish nor fowl (despite the internet telling me it's the Goldilocks length).

    3 inch talo 686 plus, 3 inch sp101 (a couple times) ...there are probably more. Oh, an old Rossi 3 inch m36 knock off. Too big for the pocket, on the belt I'd rather a 4 or 5 inch.

    Why did try again?

    I found a good deal for the present economy. It comes with night sights. I'm thinking car /travel general house gun use, maybe hiking (over the 4+ length barrels) ...long story short I can see the use and I talked myself into it!

    Does anyone know of any good holsters for the 3 inch 856 defender?

    If anyone is interested in range reports and follow up let me know and I can report back when it comes in. Thanks for all the feedback and advice.
     
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  2. 12Bravo20

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    It depends on if you want OWB or IWB holsters. I went through this when looking for IWB holsters for my 3" 85. All of the IWB holsters I found were actually made for the 2" version. The bottoms are open to fit the 3" barrel. The problem I have is that barrel hangs completely below the holster and digs into my hip.
     
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  3. lee n. field

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    Kind of the reasoning and route I got mine, and I reached kind of the same conclusion. The vast majority of the weekday I'm carrying a revolver, in a pocket holster. Which this is not going to work well with.

    This thing makes me think of an old cop .38 Model 10, but petite.

    Simply Rugged Silver Dollar, originally bought for 2.5" Charter Bulldog, fits the 856 Defender pretty well.

    Maybe something in leather for a Ruger SP101. (speculating. It's a bit bigger and taller than the usual j-frame).

    Don Hume JIT Slide for a j-frame, works. The longer barrel of the Defender makes this holster less precarious.

    Sure.
     
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  4. nofendertom

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    defjon--- Azula Holsters makes holsters to fit the Taurus 856.
     
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  5. defjon

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    I've got a few options to try, thank you.

    I'll update after it comes in and I check it out. If it arrives before the weekend I'll try to go out and run a few rounds through it
     
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    Like the man says, anything for an SP-101 should fit fine. The Hume size number for it is 52, or at least that's what my JIT slide that works is marked. And my medium-frame Charter holsters work too.
     
  7. Don Van Winkle

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    I have the Taurus 856 defender 3" 38 SPL and it fires great with no hiccups at all. I carry it every day and don't even notice it is on my hip. Great gun all around. I also do not like the finish. I took it down to parade rest, looking under the hood and it looked great. The finish had no machine marks and was smooth just like it should be. The parts all work well just like they should. I got mine from my lovely wife so I do not know the price but it couldn't have been much over $350. I hope this helps you out some. Don Van Winkle
     
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    I am really tempted to get a 3" version as a truck revolver. I am happy to hear the positive reviews.
     
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  9. weregunner

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    I own two 856s. Both trigger pulls are just fine for me. I shoot nothing but standard loads through them.
     
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    856 Hy-Lite here, magnesium frame, no +P. Great little 38 snub. Found Colt speed loaders that work.
     
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    Bought this drill polisher at auto zone and then used mothers and then fritz to polish it out, better than hand polishing
     
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  14. Don Van Winkle

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    Thanks I will try that!!
     
  15. GBExpat

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    <nodding> I only have the one, the trigger-action is fine and I only shoot boring loads. :)

    I got my 856 from Rural King in Oct'21. Price $259.98.

    I must confess that I was a little surprised at how well this revolver is made.

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    It also fits well in a Bianchi pancake holster that I acquired for my .44 Bulldogs.
     
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    Mine has been great
     
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  17. lincen

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    This was my first 856. Bought it used in early 2020 with some ammo and three holsters for $300. The tacky gold parts have grown on me a bit. It is not a carry gun but rests on a high shelf in my living room. Since then I did buy two of the 3” barrel 856’s. Taurus has definitely made an impact with these fine revolvers at very fair prices.

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  18. lee n. field

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    Interesting. I did not know Taurus still did the gold bling "thing" still. It's not on Taurus' web page.

    Have the 3" Defender. Did not turn out to carry it as much as I thought I would. Pocket carry is too much of the way I work.
     
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  19. csirre

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    Love my 856 too. The trigger is heavy and small frame revolvers are not for everyone, I myself have to grip this gun differently to comfortably pull the trigger.

    By the way, the frame sizes of 85 vs 856 are different. Grips for 85 will likely fit both, but the 85's grip with open top and bottom will not cover the entire frame of 856, at least mine does not cover the rear bottom of the frame (pictured below) and there is a 0.5mm gap in the front. This happens because my grip maker did not have a 856 to measure against the grip and I confidently confirmed that the grip is the same as 85's.
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  20. Don Van Winkle

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    After removing the Mobile 1 grease from the frame completely on my 856, I then oiled it good, put Mobile 1 grease on just the parts that needed it; those that continued to rub a bit, and then with moving to NM on our property-it sat for a few days on my hip with no real action. It now cycles through the entire cylinder without a hitch. First time at the range a couple months ago it didn't cycle through too smoothly due to the grease. I now know to grease slides and oil wheels.
     
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