Taurus 85 vs SW 642

This is a discussion on Taurus 85 vs SW 642 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Tell me why I should not buy the Taurus .. I have never owned one...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 21

Thread: Taurus 85 vs SW 642

  1. #1
    Member Array blue1023's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    East Coast USA
    Posts
    44

    Taurus 85 vs SW 642

    Tell me why I should not buy the Taurus .. I have never owned one

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Senior Moderator
    Array pgrass101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    13,452
    I have a Taurus 605 and it is a great gun, but......

    The S&W is a better one as far as fit and finish goes. Most S&W will have a better trigger (although the newer Taurus come close)

    The S&W will retain its value much, much, better than the Taurus

    If you want a cheap reliable shooter go with the Taurus

    If you want a little better gun and a much better investment get the S&W
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein,

  4. #3
    Senior Member Array Jackle1886's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Kendall, MI
    Posts
    941
    For my EDC piece, it was roughly $50 difference. And with SW quality and lifetime guarantee, I think I'll pay that little extra. Besides, they designed it!

  5. #4
    Member Array blue1023's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    East Coast USA
    Posts
    44
    Ok but what about the stupid lock on the smith.....I heard the finish is better on the Taurus...I plan on using this as EDC for a long time and do not care about value as I never sell guns I buy...I just want a good reliable defensive weapon for everyday carry...besides the Glock 23 and SW 3906 I already carry

  6. #5
    Senior Moderator
    Array pgrass101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    13,452
    Quote Originally Posted by blue1023 View Post
    Ok but what about the stupid lock on the smith.....I heard the finish is better on the Taurus...I plan on using this as EDC for a long time and do not care about value as I never sell guns I buy...I just want a good reliable defensive weapon for everyday carry...besides the Glock 23 and SW 3906 I already carry
    Taurus has a security lock too, it has never caused me any trouble because I have never used it.

    If you want a reliable EDC and not worried about it retaining its value then I believe you answered your own question.

    I have heard about locks on the S&W causing problems, everything was second hand infromation so I wouldn't worry to much about it.
    “You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein,

  7. #6
    Member Array Jack142's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Bennett Co
    Posts
    14
    Hi Gang
    I wouldn't buy neither !
    See if you can borrow or rent a airweight before you buy one.
    Shoot loads you would use for self defense.
    I tried one, it was awful to shoot.
    And for the record I grew up shooting 38's.
    Its just too light a gun.
    IMHO
    take care
    Jack

  8. #7
    Member Array Bline's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Maine
    Posts
    232
    I've owned A taurus 850 and handled and used S&Ws. Personally I liked the S&Ws better. They are a little smaller and a little lighter. Although the Taurus can be had for less money. Fit and finnish on both was great, I would not hesitate to buy either if I found a good deal. Do you have a bead on one or the other?

    To answer you're original question: The only reason you shouldn't buy a Taurus is if you're a gun snob or you can't shoot one well. If either are the case go for the Smith.
    In God we trust, everyone else keep your hands where I can see them.

    Rights are like muscles: If you don't excersise them they slowly disappear.

  9. #8
    Senior Member Array Jackle1886's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Kendall, MI
    Posts
    941
    If you can't shoot the Taurus well, buying a Smith will not improve the problem.

  10. #9
    Distinguished Member Array snowdoctor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    MICHIGAN
    Posts
    1,275
    I don't think you can even compare the two...the 642 is head and shoulders above the taurus...
    way too many failures in the taurus revolvers...
    lock or no lock, the smith is a better firearm
    ----DOC-----

    --people ask why I carry, and I show them this picture. I think it says it all.--

    NRA Certified Instructor--many disciplines

  11. #10
    Member Array ws76133's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Ft. Worth TX
    Posts
    187
    I have two Taurus 85s; one a steel frame that's 12 years old, the other an Ultralight alloy & Ti model. Both are concealed hammer. The older one has had somewhere over 2000 rounds fired with no failures. The cylinder is getting a bit loose in the crane, but it has a lifetime guarantee. The Ultralight is new; only about 200 rounds so far, but it's also reliable. It weighs 14 oz., and recoil is quite manageable with +P.

    FWIW, Taurus' lifetime guarantee is on the gun, regardless of whether you're the original buyer or you got it used. S&W warantees to the original purchaser per their website at the time I bought the last Taurus.

  12. #11
    Distinguished Member Array JerryM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,967
    Probably 10 years ago I purchased two Taurus M 85s. One was blue and with a hammer, and the other a SS Hammerless. Both .38 Spl.

    I sold the blue gun as I did not like the hammer on a CC gun.
    The SS had a great trigger, and handled very good. Its only problem is that it would misfire a lot.
    I sent it to the factory several times. They always were nice and worked on it, but did not fix it.
    Finally I sent it to Teddy Jackobson and it still would misfire, and I am talking about factory ammo. Teddy offered to redo the gun, but I was tired of fooling with it. I asked the factory to replace it, and it took me almost two years and a couple of calls and letters to the top man in the US. He finally replaced it, and I did not even take it out of the box, but sold it to a friend who knew the history of the other one, and wanted the new one.
    He has liked it.
    I ate the cost of shipping and Teddy's work, but I was fed up with the gun.

    After that experience I would not buy a Taurus unless that was all I could get.
    I realize my experience was not typical, but it was my experience.

    I have a 642 Airweight SS, and it is far better in my view. I also have a 640 and a 60 3 inch, both .357.
    In time if one has trouble Taurus will fix it, but for me it is not worth the trouble when the Smiths are available.

    Don't skimp for the price of a couple of tanks of gasoline.

    Regards,
    Jerry

  13. #12
    Member Array ronbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    38

    Taurus

    I had a taurus 605 snubbie. It was OK but the action was just not the equal to a Smith. It felt like the parts were misfitted when it was cocked and fired. I traded it for a Smith 637 airweight and am happy with the Smith. The trade in value of a Taurus was not very good compared to a Smith and Wesson.

  14. #13
    Senior Member Array Andy W.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    KY
    Posts
    983
    The Taurus guns I handled at the NRA convention had better feeling triggers than the S&Ws.
    America: Your government is not ignoring you, it's insulting you.

    The Bill of Rights: Void where prohibited by law.

  15. #14
    Member Array LastManOut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Emmaus, PA
    Posts
    420
    I own both guns, and carry both, the #85 as a BUG, CT stocks on the 642.

    Practicing with the #85 is a little bit less "punishing" for someone not used to the J-frame since it is steel/heavier with a bit less felt recoil.

    IIRC the internal-lock system on the 642 can be removed/disabled. I've run 2,000 +/- rounds through mine without any problems with the lock or any other malfunctions.

  16. #15
    Administrator
    Array QKShooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Off Of The X
    Posts
    35,126
    Just something to keep in mind.
    Whatever $amount$ you "save" by buying a Taurus - you will lose if you ever decide to sell it.

    S&W Js have MUCH better resale value Taurus.

    So you pay more for a Smith but, they are worth more used.

    In fact a used Taurus is basically worthless.
    That is just the reality of the situation.
    Hardly anybody wants a used Taurus.
    Liberty Over Tyranny Μολὼν λαβέ

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. taurus 738 TCP
    By kahr in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: April 29th, 2010, 09:54 PM
  2. Need some help - trade Taurus PT140 for Taurus M85 titanium?
    By pcon in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: February 25th, 2009, 08:44 PM
  3. Anyone own a Taurus 24/7?
    By TN_Mike in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: November 24th, 2008, 05:19 PM
  4. CCW Sig or Taurus
    By kf in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: November 18th, 2008, 01:13 AM
  5. Taurus?
    By steve63 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: December 16th, 2006, 06:46 PM

Search tags for this page

model 85 vs 642
,
s&w 637 vs taurus 85
,
smith and wesson 642 vs taurus 85
,
sw vs taurus
,

taurus 642

,

taurus 85 or smith 642

,
taurus 85 vs
,

taurus 85 vs j frame

,

taurus 85 vs s&w 637

,

taurus 85 vs s&w 642

,

taurus 85 vs s&w j frame

,
taurus 85s
Click on a term to search for related topics.