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    Taurus Model 85

    Spent some time over at "Taurususa" looking around. Been at least a year since I last toured a catalog. One surprising disappointment jumped out at me. The basic Model 85 is no longer cataloged.
    I was curious; as I have a NIB, unfired one that is about 15 years old and just wanted to see what they spec'd out at.
    When was the basic 2", blue, 5 shot 38 Special dropped from the line?
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    Quote Originally Posted by guesser View Post
    Spent some time over at "Taurususa" looking around. Been at least a year since I last toured a catalog. One surprising disappointment jumped out at me. The basic Model 85 is no longer cataloged.
    I was curious; as I have a NIB, unfired one that is about 15 years old and just wanted to see what they spec'd out at.
    When was the basic 2", blue, 5 shot 38 Special dropped from the line?

    When the 856 came out a year or two ago. Same gun, but with six shots.
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    From what I understand, when Taurus brought out the 6 shot 856, they phased out the 5 shot model 85. This happened about the same time the lifetime warranty disappeared. A version of that is now back in effect, but the 85 is still gone.
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    They'd better work darn hard to make sure the 856 develops the same or better reputation, or dropping the 85 for the 856 will have been a really bad move.
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    Based on all that.........I think I'll keep the NIB 85, just for spite if no other reason; So there------take that Taurus!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    They'd better work darn hard to make sure the 856 develops the same or better reputation, or dropping the 85 for the 856 will have been a really bad move.
    So far so good. I've see no bad reports on the 856, other than the usual "Euuu, Taurus!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by guesser View Post
    Based on all that.........I think I'll keep the NIB 85, just for spite if no other reason; So there------take that Taurus!!!
    Sure, absolutely keep it. All (almost all) the S&W j-frame holsters & speedloaders will work with it. Not necessarily true of the 856.

    The 5 shot 605 is still in the lineup.

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    My 85UL has been working for me for 23 years. I bought it when I got my CCW. It was my first Taurus and I had no negative voices telling me no because we'd just gotten the internet and I wasn't even on a board, yet. One round ain't enough for me to give up the 85UL. It's a real handy pocket revolver, very accurate, wonderful DA/SA trigger. I still carry it a lot. If I want 6, I have my 3" 66 or heck, my 11 shot Kel Tec P11 or my 14 or 18 shot Taurus TH9c.
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    I'm a bit Jealous my 25yr old M85 was a bit rough I had to polish the Internals,shim the hammer and lighten the springs.
    It still ride's I my pocket today.
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    Can't see buying an 856 38spl.+P just for one extra cartridge.

    Now if they would come out with the 605 357mag. with 6 rounds and maybe call it a 606 then you got something.

    For now I'll just stick with my 605ss2 and 617ss2 both 357's..

 

 
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