Wow, Dad just gave me an unfired older model Taurus 85 in 38 Special...

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    Wow, Dad just gave me an unfired older model Taurus 85 in 38 Special...

    We stopped by my parents place yesterday to say hi and in passing I told my Dad that I am carrying now. He has had his CPL for quite some time now. He went to an older safe in his closet and brought out an older model Taurus 85 in 38 special (hammerless) with wood grip which had never been fired and a box of 129 grain Federal Hydro Shock JHP +P. He gave it to me since he never uses it and it just sits in the safe. So now when I am in a revolver mood, I can leave the XDM 9mm 3.8 Compact at home and carry the Taurus 85.
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    DON'T FIRE IT! If you save it another 50 years it will be a collector's model! That is unless you got to turn it in when your grandkids past the take away law!


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    I wouldn't fire it or carry it. I'd keep it as a keepsake of my dad. But I'm just sentimental though. It pains me to see stuff passed down get messed up or lost. My step-dad, might as well be my dad (never met him), gave me my first pistol when I was 18. My family ran into a hard spot and had to sell it. I wish I still had it I'd use it for a home defense gun. It was a relatively new M&P 9mm. Nothing fancy or old.

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    Enjoy your new gun and learn to use it.
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    Given that it is an older Taurus, it probably is best to keep it unfired condition. My two brothers-in-law both had issues with theirs when they first fired them. That was several years ago.
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    Dad just gave me.......X
    The older I become, the more I realize how invaluable X becomes.......

    It means a lot to you now. It will mean much more in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndianaSig View Post
    The older I become, the more I realize how invaluable X becomes.......

    It means a lot to you now. It will mean much more in the future.
    I totally agree with all of you and I think I will just keep it unfired. Gifts from family are so special and "it will mean more in the future"... Thank you all for your responses!!!!

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    The again, he wants me to use it so...

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    I'd buy a pocket or ankle holster. Carry it and the xdm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2ohta View Post
    The again, he wants me to use it so...
    ... might as well. I'm a bit sentimental myself but if the wishes were to use it, I would do so instead of keeping it unfired. Of course, that's entirely up to you though.

    I can tell you this, if you do decide to fire it, I think you'll be quite pleased with it. I have the same gun (only Taurus I own) and it's served me well for years. Coincidentally, my father was also the one to give it to me.
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    I also have a hammerless model 85 in .38. It is a highly polished model. Do not know if it is stainless or just chrome plated. My wife first saw it and said "that's mine". I have shot the gun but only a few rounds. I am not sure about the +P ammo. You may want to ask about that in the forum before you go banging away.

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    this is an older model 85 with a concealed hammer. They went from around $175 -$225 NIB. I had a stainless model 85 from this era, and it worked like it was supposed to. I think I paid $250 for it.....back when dinosaurs ruled. There was nothing mentioned about the Taurus 85's of this era using +P ammo, so I never did.

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    Trust in God and keep your powder dry

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    http://www.taurususa.com/pdf/revolver-manual.pdf

    ...pages 8-10...very explicit...


    ...I've given my sons a couple of guns each...it gives me great joy to know they're USING them...their putting them up and rubbing them with an oily cloth would make me want them back...betcha your Dad'd love to see some targets and hear how much you like to shoot it...or how much peace of mind it gives your wife having it loaded and ready at the house...
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