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I found this ancient but totally new and absolutely most likely maybe wishitwastrue NEVER Fired Taurus 82. So old, its a 5 screw Smith and Wesson design and even has the early Smith Model 27 style ribbed top strap and ribbed cylinder flutes. Very nifty adjustable main spring cam to vary the compression of the main spring as well as original wood grips numbered to the frame with the same assembly tracking number as the frame. Case colors are perfect and remain vibrant with no wear at all on the hammer or trigger. A touch of wear at the muzzle, probably from laying in a drawer for years. No line on the cylinder, no carbon anywhere, not even a cartridge case marking on the recoil shield.

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Its a good score from when both Smith and Taurus were owned by Bangher Punta. This one is prolly early 70s.

Sent an hour with this one this morning. The interior is pristine. All the major internal components are color case hardened and no sign of use at all. The remainder of the internal smalls, blued, similarly show no signs of use.

Got it all cleaned and greased/dry lubed. With the factory springs, the DA pull winds up about 12 lbs, not unexpected. The single action pull weighs in at 6 lbs 8 oz. That'll be a function of the rebound slide spring, its a monster heavy duty one. I'll probably change it out but first to fire it at the range for the first time in its life.

Major differences from late model Taurus/Smith and Wesson's.

1. Coil main spring has a lever cam and tension screw that allows adjusting the initial compression of the mainspring.

2. Major internal parts (hammer, trigger, rebound slide, cylinder bolt) are all case hardened.

3. Hammer blocking bar is operated off a cam shaft sandwiched between hammer and left frame wall and driven by a pin on the left side of the rebound slide.

4. Cylinder bolt is returned by a spring and plunger held in by an external screw rather than just a blind captured spring.

5. The right side plate forms the right side of the cylinder hand window, as such, the cylinder hand and its associated tension spring are assembled to the side plate and then fiddle diddled into place with the frame mounted trigger at reassembly time.

6. A sufficient number of additional parts, plungers, tiny springs that I'd highly recommend assembly and disassembly within a deep cardboard box whether or not you are familiar with the internal workings of this type of older action.
 

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Good news. The sq butt is exactly the same as smith k frame. The Ropers i have here on a smith 10 are a perfect fit. So, grip options for this lil gun just got huge.

Fiddleditzed around and finished this one up today. Smith K Frame Pachmeyers fit this Gen 1 Taurus pretty good. A touch of trimming at the trigger guard bow and a slight relief for the curved under tail of the hammer. Nice big grip for holding on and pointing.

So, in case you aint figured it out yet...Shopping Amazon. Search around, clip the coupons, add Honey and shop the open/returned merchandise.

This $35 set of pachmeyers was shipped Free with Amazoids 2 days guarantee. Total cost delivered to the door was $16.50. Some great deals in the amazon open box/returned items. Often 80% off. And, if its really broke or you just don't like it, print a return label and send it back for free and get a refund. This one was returned because the grip screw was too short, probably cause first purchaser cut it too short and returned it for a new grip. I had a stash of grip screw so, buying the "Used/Like New" item was a no brainer.

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Original and replacement grip for comparison. Nice that the early guns have grip frames pretty close to Smith configuration. Screw placement may be an issue with some replacement smith grips as the springing on the two guns is totally different.


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This one also shots great. Spend a few hours on the range with it and the Blue Model 80, They are both really solid performers. I have their Mentor, a Smith Model 10-2 in the house that I shoot regularly, and I'd have to state that these old 5 Screw Taurus Models are fully as good as the Smith K frame.
 
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