Taurus Public Defender concerns
While I'm not a major fan of Taurus, I do have 2 of the original Judges. In eastern NC they make a fine general purpose field gun. The point is, I know a bit about the Taurus Judge. Yeah yeah, many believe that it's a novelty gun. I don't want to go down that road.
I took a look at the new version, the Public Defender (hopefully I remembered the name correctly). Interesting....Taurus doesn't even have it on their website but I've seen two of them. Basic differences;
- Barrel approx 1" shorter so it's a 2" barrel
- Grip is shorter so it only provides a 2 finger grip
- Hammer is bobbed
I'd be careful with this one. Accuracy is tough enough with the Judge though it's hardly a 25 yard gun anyway. A shorter barrel won't offer much. The 3 finger grip on the Judge is pretty much a necessity. It bucks a little bit. They're certainly manageable, but you do have to manage it. The thing that concerned me most was the bobbed hammer. Both of the guns I inspected had such an incredibly tough hammer pull that safely lowering the hammer on a live round might prove to be EXTREMELY difficult. Particularly with the bobbed hammer. I didn't feel at all comfortable with a minimum purchase on the hammer. If you're in the market for that kind of gun, the original Judge works just fine. You're not saving much in going with the Defender and I think it's going to be a handful and a real safety concern.
question about 410 capability
It's my understanding that the second generation judge is chambered to accept a 3" .410 shell as opposed to the original 2-1/2 shell. Is this correct? and if so, why would anyone want to go back to the 2-1/2 .410?
I remember one of my first shooting experiences, I borrowed my mothers .410 shotgun to shoot trap with my older cousin. All I had was 2-1/2 inch shells. Couldn't break a single clay. There just isn't enough pellets in a 2-1/2 inch shell. Even borrowing a couple of 3" shells only got me one hit. Granted this was my first time shooting a shotgun and I wasn't very good. I am still not a shotgun person, I guess I just need that rear sight!