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Hi,
I am about to buy this Taurus 627 Tracker .357 Magnum.

It is brand new, but a mystery to me. The dealer says that this model is not imported from Brazil but from Italy.

No porting, no Ribber-grips, the barrell is 6" instead of the usual 6½" and the cylinder release lever looks like it is from a .22 LR revolver.

The text on the barrell says "Tracker Competition Pro".

Is this some kind of a special model, or is it a 627 at all? They sell it as 627 though. It does look like a .22 but it IS a .357. ( http://tinyurl.com/2ct255 )
 

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The reason why I am asking this is that I am a little bit worried. Are they trying to sell me some old model telling me that it is a new model?

I could still cancel my order and order a ported Tracker with 6½" barrel, The ported version is only 80 euros (about $122 US) more expensive than the version I have ordered.
Taurus Tracker is extremely cheap here, so I could easily afford the ported version if necessary: The version I ordered costs only 480 euros ($734 US), which is only little more than half the price of S&W 686 and the ported model is 560 euros (€857 US].

Ruger GP100 costs here about 780 euros ($1,194) and S&W 686 about 840 euros ($1,285 US)

I also made a Google search with "Tracker Competition Pro" and all I could find were 9 Italian sites and some pics of some Taurus-revolvers. Some does not look at all like the one I am about to buy, some do.
Pictures like this:
 

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Never heard of the "competition pro" Tracker. Stick with something that is new and in current production if you can.

BTW---over $1100 US dollars for a GP100 in Finland!!!? Wow....I know they're being exported but I paid under $500 for my GP100. Where does that extra $600 come from?
 

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Certainly feasible that it could be special model, available for sale outside of the North America. If I'm not mistaken, the grips are Hogues, which at least one member here has on his.

The cylinder release appears to be the same size/shape as the one on my Tracker. Would the lack of porting be an issue with you at all in your decision whether to purchase it or not?
 

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Taurus_9mm said:
Would the lack of porting be an issue with you at all in your decision whether to purchase it or not?
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Actually there are reasons why I chose this particular model with no porting and with 6" barrel .

Firstly, I am gonna shoot silhouette with it and porting is forbidden when using silhouette, at least in Finland it is. But when practising, porting is allowed and some shooters seem to prefer ported versions when practising, because of the milder recoil.

BUT I could as well buy a ported version because I can always use another gun when trying to shoot official results.

Another reason for non-ported version was the barrel length when shooting 25 metres centerfire. The max. allowed barrel length is 6". But having a 6½ barrel is not an issue either 'cause I can always use my S&W to shoot 25 metres centerfire.

It was a tough decision: I kinda wanted to have the ported version because I have read so many stories of advantages of porting. And I could still go back to ported. And the porting also looks damn good! Luckily I have plenty of time to make up my mind. I paid a little bit in advance and this arrangement includes the possibility to change the model if I want to.
Yep, time..-that's what I really have: I called the police station today and they start to process my license application May 8th. Till then I am free to change my mind.

Yes, you are right, the grips are Hogues. I confirmed it today from the dealer.
 

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NYPD in AZ said:
Never heard of the "competition pro" Tracker. Stick with something that is new and in current production if you can.

BTW---over $1100 US dollars for a GP100 in Finland!!!? Wow....I know they're being exported but I paid under $500 for my GP100. Where does that extra $600 come from?
$500!! WOW!!
With $500 you cannot buy even the cheapest rimfire semiautomatic or revolver here.

Well...you can...some old "Made in the USSR" Margolins etc. but no good guns. All you can buy with that money are some old Russian guns or a modern plastic toy called Walther P22. It costs about $500 here. The worst gun I have EVER shot with. :D If you wanna have a good laugh and see a really UGLY gun, put "Margolin" to Google and you will see some Russian gun "design". :)
When it comes to rimfires, Ruger MkII (the cheapest version) costs here 765 dollars and the Beretta 87 Target (which I own, it is made in USA) costs here 1125 dollars)

When I said those revolvers are "cheap" here I was actually comparing the prices to rimfire pistols and revolvers here.

I believe that the reason for high prices for Ruger GP100 and S&W are taxes and greed of the dealers. Those guns are easy to sell, so why not ask for more money.

I order even magazines from the USA when possible.
Here is one price example: A magazine for Beretta Target costs here 88 euros (135 dollars) Andean inc sells the same exact, original Beretta magazine for $39. When postage and taxes are added and the magazine has arrived in Finland the total price is only 44 euros. Something is definitely wrong with the Finnish system, when I order gun parts from USA, pay taxes, shipping, handling etc. and the price is still only 50% of Finnish dealer prices.
 

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With whichever Tracker you end up with, I think you'll be extremely pleased. Mine is the 6.5" and has been quite durable, accurate and easy to manage with even the hottest loads.

However, and just as a personal preference, if I were choosing between two identical Trackers side-by-side, one with porting and one without, I would have selected the one without. That's because, and again this is just a personal preference, I don't need porting in a .357 Magnum of this size and weight.

For .44 Magnums on up, I'd want it however. But in .357 Mag with the soft cushioned grips coupled with the weight of the revolver, that tames recoil enough for me where it's fine without the porting.

I look forward to hearing of your eventual purchase when you do make one. ;D
 

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JalmariTurjake said:
$500!! WOW!!
With $500 you cannot buy even the cheapest rimfire semiautomatic or revolver here.
With that being the case, you probably don't want to hear what I paid for my Tracker. LOL ;D
 
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