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    Taurus 617

    Does anybody carry or own one of these?

    Are they reliable?

    Are there any issues with the the lock like on S&W pistols?

    How big are they compared to a Glock 26?

    Would they make a good IWB CCW?

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    Got a 2" 617 and LOVE it. 7 rounds of .357 mag. in a lightweight, 2" ported barrel "K" frame with Ribber grips - what's not to love. I changed my grips out to Trackers which fit my hand and I love the finger grooves. The recoil is very manageable and it's as accurate as a snubby can be. I love the gray titanium finish, too.

    It's a revolver - you pull the trigger and it goes BANG. Mine has been totally reliable.

    Can't say about the Glock.

    Haven't had any problems with the lock (which I don't use).

    The cylinder is a little big for IWB unless you buy bigger pants, IMO.

    I use mine for shop/yard carry in a shoulder holster.

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    I have one - not ported. It's the only Taurus I own. I've polished up some of the lockwork and re-sprung it with Wolff springs and have added the Houge Tracker Grip. as well. It's very smooth. It's a decent gun. I also agree it's a bit wide for IWB...most guns don't work IWB for me anyway. The holster I have for it is a Fist OWB #9 Basic. I did have one issue with trigger reset when new, but everything I've done to it cured that. I am not a fan of lightweight revolvers - all in all, pretty happy with it except I would have preferred the polished stainless model of a few years back.

    You might also want to look at Rossi 461/462 too before making your final decision.

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    Had one as a 'gator' gun for kayaking. When using .38's it was fine, but with .357's it was a handful.OMO
    Sold it to get into Kimbers.....years back!
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    No problems.

    Everyone told me that it's not a good gun for conceal carry..... baloney. I conceal carry it all the time and it's any easy gun to conceal IWB.

    Shoots good. The wheel lock is fine, no issues with the key lock either.

    I have the ribber grips, which I really like and reduces the recoil well.
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    I used to have one and it was my first decent handgun. I sold it for personal reasons, though I enjoyed it for the short time I had it.
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    Yea, I put Wolff springs in mine, too. I also have the Rossi 461. It's much heavier and only carries 6 rounds. The machining on the inside of mine was so rough that the trigger would not reliably reset and it had to go back. I WILL say that Taurus/Rossi honors their warranty and it was returned within a month, completely fixed. Other than that, it shoots great.

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    Taurus 617

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    Does anybody carry or own one of these?
    I've had mine for about 7 years. I don't carry it regularly but see no problem in doing so.

    Are they reliable?
    Mine has been. In spite of some of the Taurus horror stories most of the reviews I have read about the 617 have been +.

    Are there any issues with the the lock like on S&W pistols?
    I've had no issues with the lock but just like on the S&Ws it's not something I find any use for. At least on the 617 it's largely out of sight.

    How big are they compared to a Glock 26?
    Can't speak to that. Not a Glock owner. Probably an apples/oranges comparison IMO.

    Would they make a good IWB CCW?
    Not in my opinion but then I just don't like carrying revolvers IWB. YMMV.

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