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I bought a Judge Public Defender (Poly) in January. I have only shot it a couple of times (crappy weather). But was looking at the gun a couple of days ago and realized that the cylinder doesn't lock while resting on two particular chambers. I could spin the cylinder backward very easily. YIKES !!!!!!!!!!! Can you say catastrophic failure? :eek:

Anyway, I called Taurus and they sent me a Fed-Ex label and the Judge is heading to the hospital for repairs. I hope they don't take forever, because I really like the weapon.
 
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I had to send back a regular Judge for the cylinder locking up about 2 months ago. It was back to me in 4 weeks to the day from original ship date, not the 6 weeks turnaround that they quote. And their online status reporting on a repair order is sometimes inaccurate. My was still shown as being in Miami in some repair status the day it was returned.

Hope your's is returned as quick!
 

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Hope they get it back to you soon! I have only had my PD Poly for a month, and really, REALLY hope I don't have to send mine back to mother.
 

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Mine came back in about 4 weeks as well....
 

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Good thing you sent it off and noticed something was not right with it.... this is my Brother in-law's Public Defender.... i was standing about 4-5 ft behind him when this happened... and I thought he had snuck a 410 buck shot in there along with the .45 colt hollow points (hornady i think they were) We both were lucky not to have been injured.. and this is all we could find of the gun ... scary stuff... I think I will stick with my 24/7 G2 .45 ACP :D
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That sucks had mine for two days before I sent it to taurus. Took 3weeks to fix and they didn't even fix it ... So now it's back at taurus ... For another 6weeks give or take... Hope they get you squared away...


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Good thing you sent it off and noticed something was not right with it.... this is my Brother in-law's Public Defender.... i was standing about 4-5 ft behind him when this happened... and I thought he had snuck a 410 buck shot in there along with the .45 colt hollow points (hornady i think they were) We both were lucky not to have been injured.. and this is all we could find of the gun ... scary stuff... I think I will stick with my 24/7 G2 .45 ACP :D
Were you maybe using 3" magnum .410 shells or +p .45 ammo?

Possibly personal reloads?

It would take a lot to blow a gun apart like that.
 

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Good thing you sent it off and noticed something was not right with it.... this is my Brother in-law's Public Defender.... i was standing about 4-5 ft behind him when this happened... and I thought he had snuck a 410 buck shot in there along with the .45 colt hollow points (hornady i think they were) We both were lucky not to have been injured.. and this is all we could find of the gun ... scary stuff... I think I will stick with my 24/7 G2 .45 ACP :D
A squib load may have done that. (A bullet stuck in the barrel from a misfire and then fired again.)

People have had it happen with American Eagle ammo.
 

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Wow that is scary. That just makes me more glad I went with the Raging Judge Magnum. Can't see that happening to it. If it flies in pieces it is because I just got blew up by a grenade or something.
 

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Brand new, first time at the range, 5 shots in... Machine
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Is the gun yours? Is that the ammo you were firing in it when it failed and bent the crane?
 

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Is the gun yours? Is that the ammo you were firing in it when it failed and bent the crane?
This was my buddy's gun. Yeah, that was the ammo we were firing.
 

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Gravey & Gunfighter, can’t thank you enough for posting those pics. Even if I’m jumping into this thread a few years late. Gravey, examining your pic up close and plugging in the serial number into the Taurus website I see that your gun is the exact same model (2-441021TCUL) and year of manufacture (2011) as mine. This is the Ultra-Lite 20.7 oz alloy model and will teach me not to mess with any hot loads out of mine. I see from Gunfighter’s photo that he was shooting Remington loads that have a 1200 muzzle velocity. Nearly everyone has recommended to me to shoot the Federal 000 loads and the Lehigh Defense Max Expansion loads both of which are rated at 850 FPS. Although I luv my Judge Ultra-Lite the lesson learned for me is don’t try to turn my gun into a .44 magnum.

 
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Gravey & Gunfighter, can’t thank you enough for posting those pics. Even if I’m jumping into this thread a few years late. Gravey, examining your pic up close and plugging in the serial number into the Taurus website I see that your gun is the exact same model (2-441021TCUL) and year of manufacture (2011) as mine. This is the Ultra-Lite 20.7 oz alloy model and will teach me not to mess with any hot loads out of mine. I see from Gunfighter’s photo that he was shooting Remington loads that have a 1200 muzzle velocity. Nearly everyone has recommended to me to shoot the Federal 000 loads and the Lehigh Defense Max Expansion loads both of which are rated at 850 FPS. Although I luv my Judge Ultra-Lite the lesson learned for me is don’t try to turn my gun into a .44 magnum.

Taurus explicitly says what loads to and not to use. Mist unfortunate.
 

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Is this on their website Silverback?
 
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