Revolvers that fire autopistol rounds are nothing new. In 1916, Joseph Wesson of Smith & Wesson invented the moon clip, which allowed autopistol cartridges to be ejected by a revolver’s star ejector. Moon clips were used to allow 1919 Colt and S&W revolvers to fire .45 ACP rounds when 1911 autopistol production couldn’t meet the high demand during World War I.

For a long time, the .45 ACP was the only autopistol round to be used in revolvers, but that has changed dramatically over the last few years. Now manufacturers are offering revolvers chambered for 9mm, .40 S&W and even the powerful 10mm cartridge. Taurus makes a couple of revolvers chambered for autopistol cartridges, and the 905 is their 9mm offering.

The Taurus 905 revolver is a J-frame-sized, five-shot pocket pistol. With the widespread availability of similar pistols chambered in .38 Special, you might wonder about the need for a 9mm pocket revolver, but it is an excellent choice for several reasons. First, the 9mm is one of the most popular calibers for full-sized pistols in use today. The .40 S&W has rapidly gained ground with law enforcement, but many departments still carry 9mm weapons, as do most of our American troops. Among civilian shooters, the 9mm is ubiquitous. And if you are reading this, there is an excellent chance you own a 9mm pistol for duty use or self-defense. A smaller gun in the same caliber makes sense for backup or for when the larger weapon can’t be concealed.

These days, super-small 9mm autopistols have become all the rage, but if you feel more comfortable knowing your lifesaving backup gun is a jam-proof, double-action revolver, you should seriously consider the Taurus 905.

Gun Details

The 905 is an all-steel revolver. Taurus currently offers the revolver with either a stainless steel or blued finish. The 905 has a 2-inch barrel that fully shrouds the ejector rod. This looks good, adds some useful weight up front and protects the ejector from snagging or bending. The fixed sights are well designed, with a thick, serrated front sight and a wide, square-notched rear sight. The sights are fast to acquire and present a good sight picture.

The grips on the Taurus are made out of stippled rubber. They have finger grooves and a small palm swell on each side. The rubber grips fully enclose the gun’s backstrap, which provides some cushioning during recoil, but to be honest, recoil from a 9mm isn’t that cataclysmic, even in a small package like this.

The five-shot cylinder rotates counterclockwise, and the individual chambers are reamed to accept 9mm Parabellum rounds and headspace them on the case mouth, just as an autopistol would. That means you can load and fire loose 9mm rounds without the necessity of using a moon clip. This can be a lifesaver if you find yourself in a tight spot and don’t have a loaded clip handy.

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  • Greg Summers

    Front sight is great for a well light range. How about a hi vis sight for combat situations and older users; the people most likey to buy it. Aussie Jim

  • mark

    Don;t need the front sight for personal defense shooting distances most of the time. Exposed hammer is going to be an issue with a pocket gun though. Was hoping for a hammerless and non stainless to replace my aging Smith 940 9mm revolver. Guess I will wait a little longer. But glad to see another 9mm revolver being made.