Taurus 85VTA View
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For the 2015 issue of CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUNS, author Dennis Adler explored the advantages offered by the current lineup of Taurus’ snub-nose revolvers. Adler included reviews of Taurus’ Ultra-Lite and Defender models as well as its new Taurus 85VTA View.

“Taurus snub-nose models have a rounded butt configuration. They are fitted with energy-absorbing rubber grips that have a pebble grain finish on the sides and combat-style finger grooves 
in the frontstrap for a more secure hold,” said Adler. “It is old and new technology in harmony, creating an entire series of snub-noses that fit the average hand, are easy to operate, accurate at average combat distances and easy to carry concealed in a shoulder, belt, IWB, ankle or pocket holster.”

In his discussion of the Ultra-Lite series, Adler came away impressed by the low weights of these particular designs while maintaining stopping power as high as .38 Special +P and .44 Mag in models.

“Taurus Ultra-Lite models use an aluminum alloy frame to reduce carry weight and are available with all of the same features as other Model 85 revolvers chambered in .38 Special +P. There are two principal versions in blue or matte stainless finishes, and carry weight is reduced from the standard Model 85’s 21 ounces to a very modest 17 ounces. All models are double-action/single-action and have an overall length of 6.5 inches.”

The company’s most recent addition to its snub-nose line, the .38 Special Taurus View, also caught Adler’s eye. The View allows user to observe the revolver’s trigger operation via a see-through Lexan side plate.

“The new Taurus View resets the standard for small concealed carry .38 Special revolvers. The ultra-lightweight View
tips the scale at a remarkable 9 ounces (empty). Reminiscent of cutaway display guns, the View’s alloy frame has a clear Lexan right sideplate that reveals the operation of the trigger and hammer mechanisms. Although limited strictly to .38 Special (no +P rating), this is the smallest five-shot .38 Special revolver on the market with an overall length of 5.67 inches, 1.35 inches in width (cylinder) and 3.5 inches in height,” said Adler.

To read the full article, check out the 2015 issue of CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUNS, available on September 9, 2014. To subscribe, go to https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.

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