Taurus built its first revolver in 1941, and the company has grown tremendously since then. There was a time when Taurus was known mainly for the competitive price points of their firearms. But, over the last 15 years, Taurus has established a reputation as an innovative force in the firearms industry.

Taurus’ recently best-known designs include their Judge revolvers, which shoot .45 Colt cartridges and .410 shotshells interchangeably. The Judge proves that Taurus knows “big,” but you may not know that Taurus is equally adept at the other end of the spectrum. If we take into account all the available material options and chamberings offered on Taurus pocket pistols, you would have a choice between 25 highly concealable handguns that can provide peace of mind when you can’t carry a full-sized pistol.

Ultra-Lites & Minis

Taurus began as a revolver manufacturer, so it is no surprise that revolvers make up a big part of Taurus’ pocket carry offerings. Reliability is paramount in a weapon you are going to stake your life on, and no handgun is more reliable than a good double-action revolver. Taurus has models chambered for calibers from .22 LR to the potent .357 Magnum.

The 4-inch-barreled versions of Taurus’ 94 in .22 LR and 941 in .22 Magnum are often seen on the hips of sportsmen out in the field, but the 2-inch-barreled versions of these revolvers are viable choices for self-defense. For many years, I have recommended .22-chambered revolvers and autopistols for people who are recoil adverse or can’t practice sufficiently with harder-recoiling centerfire arms. And, .22 ammunition is cheaper, which allows for lots of practice. High-velocity hollow points, especially in .22 Mag., have more stopping power than .38 Special roundnose slugs. Chambering these revolvers in .22 provides another advantage over their centerfire brethren: more rounds in the cylinder. The 94 carries nine rounds of .22 LR, while the more-potent 941 holds eight rounds of .22 Mag. An alloy frame keeps the weight low for comfortable, all-day carry.

Taurus has taken the popular .380 autopistol round and put it into a highly concealable double-action-only (DAO) revolver, known as the Mini Revolver. The Mini is smaller than a typical J-frame-sized revolver. With its 1.75-inch barrel, bobbed hammer and low-profile adjustable sights, the Mini Revolver is very pocket-friendly. And, with good, jacketed-hollow-point ammo, the .380 has proved itself to be a viable, close-range self-defense round. The Mini is a five-shot revolver that loads the rimless .380 rounds by using Taurus Star Clips, what the rest of us call moon clips. It is available in polished blued or stainless steel with a very aggressive bead-blasted matte finish.

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