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Well, my first 100 through my new 856UL is the first rounds out of a revolver since the 70's. Back in the 70's, I had a S&W Model 19 in 357mag and shot it quite a bit. Sold my guns to go drag racing for the next 30 years. Got back into shooting about 7 years ago. In the 70's, revolvers where king. Now, semi autos rule. I did buy a TCP several years ago and still have it. A fine 380 auto. Over the last few years, been through several auto learning to shoot again. In the back of my mind, revolvers where talking to me to get one again. Really have not considered one until I watched youtuber "Thefirearm guy" do a video on a Taurus 856 in burnt orange and black. Man, that revolver looked cool. I've been looking for reason to get a revolver again. I go down to my local gun shop and bought a 856UL in matte black a couple of days ago just to get back into the revolver world. Shot it today. I had forgot how much fun shooting a revolver is. Different from autos. Just shot some UMC 130 FMJ and yes, it's a handful. But not punishing. Felt like my 40 cal. Yes, I'm back in the revolver world. After the range today, stop buy another gun shop and saw a highly polished 85 in there. Man, I might need to start a revolver collection. They are just flat fun to shoot.
 

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Congrats brother - I love mine. Changed the rubber grip to the wood grip from the Taurus site and that made a nice difference for me.
 

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Congrats on your new wheel gun.
 

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I had forgot how much fun shooting a revolver is. Different from autos. Just shot some UMC 130 FMJ and yes, it's a handful. But not punishing. Felt like my 40 cal. Yes, I'm back in the revolver world. After the range today, stop buy another gun shop and saw a highly polished 85 in there. Man, I might need to start a revolver collection. They are just flat fun to shoot.
Yes they are fun and so is starting a collection. With your itch getting itchier, may I suggest bumping it up on the next one to a Taurus 605 .357. Same size as your 856 with one less in the cylinder but it is sweet. Unlike other .357's of that size or larger, I personally don't find it to be punishing. Ruger LCR .357...OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!
 

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After the range today, stop buy another gun shop and saw a highly polished 85 in there. Man, I might need to start a revolver collection. They are just flat fun to shoot.
Yeah, my first revolver a few years ago has been followed by many more.



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Yes they are fun and so is starting a collection. With your itch getting itchier, may I suggest bumping it up on the next one to a Taurus 605 .357. Same size as your 856 with one less in the cylinder but it is sweet. Unlike other .357's of that size or larger, I personally don't find it to be punishing. Ruger LCR .357...OUCH! OUCH! OUCH!
Yes, the itch is strong. Already looking around for my next one. Yes, I'd like a .357 again. I've been looking through the revolver picture thread to familiarize myself with the Taurus model numbers and what's out there. I watched a video of youtuber "the firearm guy" on the 692 Tracker with the interchangeable cylinders .357/38 special, 9mm. Humm.
 

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Oops, my aim must be off. I was shooting for "enabled" or "inspired!" :cool:

My Cobra is feeling left out, so I'll just toss this in here...

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Dang DS snuck in there too.
 

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Yes, the itch is strong. Already looking around for my next one. Yes, I'd like a .357 again. I've been looking through the revolver picture thread to familiarize myself with the Taurus model numbers and what's out there.
Here are my revolvers, for now. More to be added in 2020.

Top Row from left to right: Ruger LCR .22lr; Ruger LCR .38; Ruger LCR .357

2nd Row from left to right: Taurus 605 .357; Taurus 856UL .38; S&W 642 .38

3rd Row from left to right: S&W 686 Plus .357; NAA .22lr; Kimber K6s .357

I gotta get at least one Colt


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Man, you guys are killin' me. I looked at revolvers all afternoon today at a gun show.
The ones I liked were way more than I'm willing to put our there...at a gun show.
Thinking about a 627 tracker, but that new finish...
 

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Do all of the 856 models have a pinned front sight or just some of them? Obviously Garman's SS CH has a pinned front sight, but it's hard to tell if others do or not.
 

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Do all of the 856 models have a pinned front sight or just some of them? Obviously Garman's SS CH has a pinned front sight, but it's hard to tell if others do or not.
Mine is the 856UL and does not have a pinned front sight. It appears the CH (concealed hammer) does have the pinned front sight. I did apply some bright red model paint to my front sight and works quote well.
 
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I never forsook the revolver. I carry mine all the time, mostly .38 and .357. I have autos, find myself only carrying them when I'm going to a big city. Even then I find myself wondering why I feel the need for firepower.
 

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In the spirit of Halloween (pun intended) how bout some photos of your Orange & Black 856UL?
I bought the matte black version. That is the only version my Academy had in stock. I did paint the front sight and added Talon rubber grips to it for a little more traction. Probably have 400 rounds through it now. Its growing on me. Humm, what revolver to get next.

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Congrats on your new 856UL! Man you just have to love all this gun porn. Thanks for showing them guys.
 
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856-Love it

I recently purchase a TX-22 and had so much fun, I decided to give the 856 UL a chance. Took it to the range recently, and had better luck with it than the previous J-Frames I had used.

Today, I received my new VZ grips for the 856. I love the way they look and fill my hand. The size of the grips helps fill my long fingered hand much better than the standard rubber grips. Very pleased with this setup.

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The more I shot the 856UL, I felt like I needed slightly larger grips. I have average size hands but wanted just a little more grip but not full sized. I installed these Pachmayr Renegade wood grips. The are a little fatter and a little longer than the stock rubber grips. Fills up my hand a lot better and they look real cool on the gun. Made a big difference to me on how the gun shot. I like these grips a lot. These grips are #63080 and advertised for the 85. Fits perfect. There is a pin to replace the factory pin you drive out and fits in a hole in the wood grips. Two piece grips that screw together. Gives the 856UL an old school snubbie look to me.
 
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