New Acquisition - Taurus M85 Protector Poly

New Acquisition - Taurus M85 Protector Poly

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    New Acquisition - Taurus M85 Protector Poly

    I've been looking for an inexpensive, modern revolver to demonstrate how a revolver functions and to have students load/unload, etc, and stumbled across the Taurus Model 85 in polymer, called the Protector.

    I have yet to shoot it, but it sure is a neat gun for the price...
    Double action/single action, fiber optic front sight, 5 shot .38 Special, +P capable.

    Trigger pull is really long and hard in double action, but really nice in single action - hoping it smooths out as it gets used more, but you can definitely feel the breaking point.

    Reviews on the web from actual owners (not Taurus haters) are favorable, saying it's a great (and accurate) revolver that surprisingly handles +P ammo very well.

    Anyway, just thought I'd share... I'll follow up with more thoughts after I put some rounds through it and see if I can get my wife to shoot it a little (always a challenge). ???



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    I eagerly await your report as I have been thinking of picking one up myself.
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    Nice I only own one revolver
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit212 View Post
    I eagerly await your report as I have been thinking of picking one up myself.
    I picked up some ammo this morning, going to try and get to the range on my way home from work and see how she does.

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    People who buy the Protector, say the guns shoot well. Price point, they're a pretty good deal. Warrenty, Taurus has a good rep for their products and if they can't fix it, they send you a new replacment. Gtanted, it's not a Smith, Colt, or Ruger, but it's still a good buy.
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    Those were my thoughts as well... for my purposes (classroom demo revolver) it has exceeded my needs/expectations already. So long as it fires and does its job, I think it's a keeper.

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    At 18.5 ounces I am not sure where the polymer is lowering the weight. A lightweight J frame or LCR fit the bill of a lightweight carry revolver much better.

    At least the Taurus will be able to demonstrate how revolvers can and do malfunction for your students.
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    I have had 11 Taurus Revolvers. I still have 3. All have been good. The Three I kept have excelant actions and the guns are easy to shoot accurately. All of them have been dry fired at least 2000 times befor shooting. This smooths the action and sometimes lightens it a little. I have only sent 2 back for repair. One my falt for poor maintenance and one was the gun. Taurus repair was top notch and no questions asked. I'm happy with a Taurus.

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    There's always one.

    First thing I did was put in snap caps and start pulling the trigger... seems to be smoothing out some already.

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    I have had 100% good luck with Taurus wheelies.
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    Not much to report but I was able to get 5 rounds off between work, getting the kids, loading up Girl Scout Cookies and hiding Valentine's flowers hahaha.

    NICE shooter... far less snappy than I remember the S&W 642 being.

    So far so good, I should have more time with it after I give my permit class on Sunday.

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    I have always liked shooting the Taurus revolvers. I think it is the grips. Not as cool looking as my S/W but more comfortable shooting.
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    A plastic revolver? Really, plastic belongs in toys, not guns. And no, I don't just say that because I don't like Taurus. Actually I feel Taurus revolvers are as good as any smith. I think the plastic ruger revolver is junk too. You just can't convince me plastic is a good idea when it comes to guns, especially revolvers. Just my 2 cents.

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    My Airweight 442 is only 16.7 oz loaded and cost a little over four bills.


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    Congrsatulations?

    Why are you so grumpy? You act personally offended.

    I had a 642, well made just never cared for it and didn't like how it shot.

    Oh, and it's not a skirt. It's a kilt.

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