The landscape of the revolver category is about to change forever. With the release of its two new optics-ready revolvers, the 605 TORO and 856 TORO, Taurus changes how we look at the platform. Or maybe, it’s more appropriate to say that the company is changing the way we look downrange with the platform.
Taurus 605 TORO and 856 TORO Revolvers
Based on the popular Defender series, both models share feature sets and are constructed of stainless steel. This includes the frame, barrel, and cylinder. For this reason, the TORO revolvers are solid and ready to withstand rigorous use in any environment. The revolvers feature a 3-inch barrel and weigh approximately 23.5 ounces, ideal for concealed carry.
What sets the revolvers apart is the optic-ready frame. Utilizing Taurus’s T.O.R.O. (Taurus Optic Ready Option) optic plate, the pistols accept the Holosun K footprint for the mounting of popular optics. Correspondingly, each model includes a fixed trough-style rear sight and replaceable front sight, providing a solid backup.
Where the two differ is in the chambering and subsequent width/weight/capacity. The 605 is chambered in .357 Mag/.38 Special +P and has a capacity of 5 rounds. However, the 856 is chambered in .38 Special +P only and has a capacity of 6 rounds. Likewise, the 605 is 1.41 inches wide and 23.52 ounces, while the 856 is 1.40 inches and 23.5 ounces.
Taurus states that they have also partnered with industry-leading brands to ensure that holsters will be available right away. As a result, you won’t have to wait months to find the right holster to carry your new TORO revolver.
Each model is available in either a matte black or matte stainless finish.
For some, an optic on a revolver may seem a little out of place. However, it has just as much of a place as it would on a semi-auto. Keep in mind proper aim on a revolver is just as important as it is with a semi-auto. And an optic is a great aid for new shooters and beneficial for experienced shooters as well. Not to mention, a red dot can be zeroed to specific grain weights and types of ammo. But a traditional fixed-sight revolver cannot.
The Taurus 856 TORO and 605 TORO revolvers are available now with an MSRP of $445.99 – $470.99, depending on model and option. For more info, please visit TaurusUSA.com.
605 TORO & 856 TORO Revolver Specs
Capacity: 5 rounds (605), 6 rounds (856)
Action Type: DA/SA
Firing System: Hammer
Front Sight: Removable
Rear Sight: Fixed
Caliber 605: 357 Mag / 38 Special +P
Caliber 856: 38 Special +P
Frame Size: Small
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 7.50 inches
Height: 4.80 inches
Width: 1.41 inches (605), 1.40 inches (856)
Weight: 23.52 ounces (605), 23.5 (856)
Frame Material: Stainless Steel
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Cylinder Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Matte Black, Matte Stainless
MSRP 605: $450.99 – $470.99
MSRP 856: $445.99 – $460.99