Taurus Ultra-lite .38 special

Taurus Ultra-lite .38 special

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    Taurus Ultra-lite .38 special

    I bought a Taurus U.L .38 today on a whim. It seems to be a pretty solid revolver but I haven't had a chance to put any rounds through it. If anyone can comment on this firearm that would be awesome. I want to hear it all good,bad,great,horrible. Got is used,less than 100 rnds down range and it came with 2 galco holsters for $280. Whats the word?
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    I have never shot one but am looking foward to your post after you get a chance to shoot it! It's always a good day when to can get a new firearm!

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    I've carried a Taurus Ultra-Lite for 9 years now. Mine is an 851SSUL, which has the shrouded hammer (humpback) like the classic S&W Bodyguard. It's a fine gun, and the rubber grips are fairly easy on the hands. The day I bought it, I compared it side-by-side to a Smith Centennial and a Bodyguard, and that day, in that store, the Taurus I bought had a markedly better trigger than either of the Smiths (YMMV...). In addition, it has an adjustable blade-style rear sight which is simple and good.

    This gun is about 6 or 7 ounces lighter than the all-steel M85 which preceded it in my armory, and between the shrouded hammer and the light weight, it's a great piece for pocket carry. Heirloom quality? Nope. Good gunsmiths like Grant Cunningham won't waste their time working on a Taurus. But it's as reliable as the day is long, and the price was right.

    The one thing I'll mention is that it's still a snubby and it's very light. I've had all the fun I can stand after 50 rounds of practice ammo, and the +P carry loads are that much stiffer, but not punishing. This is not I gun I'll ever take plinking.

    Lots of Taurus bashers here, and the marque has a checkered reputation for quality, but mine's a keeper.
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    Mine is reliable and accurate. Even with +P loads it's not bad.

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    OK then, hear ya go.
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    I have had two of their revolvers and both have been great. I had one for about 18 or 19 years and the other I still carry fairly often. I also know enough to know that I was very lucky. There are plenty of Taurus nightmares out there.

    My 605 stainless is a GREAT gun.
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    No experience with the 85UL, but the 85 that I have goes bang every time.
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    I don't have experience with the 85UL either, but I have a Taurus 669 .357 Mag 4" that I've had since the mid 90's and it's been flawless. I'm told that Taurus is an inferior manufacturer and that I just "got lucky". I have friends who've owned other Taurus revolvers and loved them as well. Mine likely won't last long enough to hand down to my grandkids like my Ruger SP101 will, but I most certainly don't feel I wasted my money, and I don't believe you did either.

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    My wife carries this gun. No problems at all with it.
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    Thanks guys all the positive comments have me really itching to take it out.
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    I have a Taurus ultra lite 38. I have not fired it in a while but it seems like a good gun. I may take it out this weekend just for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FPW823 View Post
    I bought a Taurus U.L .38 today on a whim. It seems to be a pretty solid revolver but I haven't had a chance to put any rounds through it. If anyone can comment on this firearm that would be awesome. I want to hear it all good,bad,great,horrible. Got is used,less than 100 rnds down range and it came with 2 galco holsters for $280. Whats the word?
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    Have you been to the range yet? I'd like to read your comments.

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    Taurus revolvers have shown them self to be good weapons.
    Taurus only issues have been with some of the auto's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smitty901 View Post
    Taurus revolvers have shown them self to be good weapons.
    Taurus only issues have been with some of the auto's

    Incorrect. The taurus armed forum has a whole forum dedicated to bad customer service and quality... which struck me as odd. The revolvers have just as many issues. I am one that got a bad one.

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