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Taurus Model 85 Protector Poly 38 Special Revolver



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Taurus Model 85 Protector Poly 38 Special Revolver The Taurus 85 Polymer Frame Revolver is a great choice for conceal carry or home protection. This handgun is chambered in .38 Special and will accept +P loads. The barrel is 2″ long and the frame is made out of polymer.

Like the original Colt, the Taurus is a short-stroke pump gun that feeds from a tubular magazine that rides beneath the barrel. Loading the magazine is through a loading gate on the right side of the receiver, and the .45 Colt version holds fourteen cartridges. With one in the chamber, that gives a total capacity of fifteen of the fat forty-fives. The action must be opened to load the magazine.

The sample rifle has a handsome wood buttstock and forearm, with checkering on the latter. The bluing is a deep black, with the metal well-polished. The fit and finish on the rifle are excellent. The buttstock wears a very good-looking curved steel buttplate.  It leaves the shooter the opportunity to fashion the notch to his own desires.

The trim barrel measures twenty-six inches long, and is just over five-eighths of an inch diameter at the muzzle. The Taurus website lists the weight of the Thunderbolt at 130 ounces (eight and one-eighth pounds), but that is incorrect. The .45 Colt Thunderbolt weighs in at six pounds and thirteen ounces, and balances just ahead of the trim little receiver, which is just over one inch wide.  Overall length is forty-three inches. I really like the way that the Thunderbolt handles.  It is an easy rifle to shoot, and recoil is minimal.

  • 85 Polymer Frame Revolver
  • .38 SPL +P
  • 2″ Barrel
  • 5 Rounds
  • Green Ruber Grips
  • White Finish
  • Traditional Double/Single Action
  • Transfer Bar Safety
  • High visibility fiber optic front sight
  • 16.5 oz
  • 1:16.5″ Twist Rate


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