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Just received my brand new Taurus 856 stainless matte finish 38 spl +P concealed hammer revolver. Feels great in the hand. Hopefully will be able to get out and shoot it a wee bit during the holidays and due to the price of ammo especially 38 spl +P you notice I said WEE BIT.
 

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Just received my brand new Taurus 856 stainless matte finish 38 spl +P concealed hammer revolver. Feels great in the hand. Hopefully will be able to get out and shoot it a wee bit during the holidays and due to the price of ammo especially 38 spl +P you notice I said WEE BIT.
Congrats. I also have a stainless 856, but mine is the 3" Defender version. It's a dream to shoot.
 

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Just received my brand new Taurus 856 stainless matte finish 38 spl +P concealed hammer revolver. Feels great in the hand. Hopefully will be able to get out and shoot it a wee bit during the holidays and due to the price of ammo especially 38 spl +P you notice I said WEE BIT.
Wish I could have found what you got when I purchased my 605 .357. First thing I'd do is PU some snap caps. Not only will that free up the action, they're much cheaper to shoot than +P's :rolleyes:. The DA trigger pull on my 605 is atrocious, but it did free up using the snap caps. OTOH, the SA trigger pull is FANTASTIC! They're great little shooters, enjoy!
 

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Wish I could have found what you got when I purchased my 605 .357. First thing I'd do is PU some snap caps. Not only will that free up the action, they're much cheaper to shoot than +P's :rolleyes:. The DA trigger pull on my 605 is atrocious, but it did free up using the snap caps. OTOH, the SA trigger pull is FANTASTIC! They're great little shooters, enjoy!
I installed Galloway Precision spring kits on several of my revolvers. Huge difference, without compromising reliability.
 

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Just received my brand new Taurus 856 stainless matte finish 38 spl +P concealed hammer revolver. Feels great in the hand. Hopefully will be able to get out and shoot it a wee bit during the holidays and due to the price of ammo especially 38 spl +P you notice I said WEE BIT.
Yeah I get the "wink,wink" the way ammo & gun prices are, looks like I'm not doing any range shooting In 2021 either, I did find a Taurus Defender at a good price but,..I can't afford to shoot It.
Been looking at a laser target set up to keep my trigger finger In shape til ammo prices come back from "STUPID" town, cost Is only about 3-4 boxes of ammo at current prices
 

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Congrats on your new revolver.
 

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I installed Galloway Precision spring kits on several of my revolvers. Huge difference, without compromising reliability.
I'll look into that, so often the lighter springs cause problems. My wife absolutely loves my 605 loaded with 38s. She shoots it better than any other pistol I've got. BUT, she can't pull the trigger at all in DA. Otherwise, I'd run out and get her an 856 in a heartbeat. OTOH, in SA, it's the BEST trigger I've got on all my handguns.
 

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Enjoy your new 856 and congrats.
 

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I'll look into that, so often the lighter springs cause problems. My wife absolutely loves my 605 loaded with 38s. She shoots it better than any other pistol I've got. BUT, she can't pull the trigger at all in DA. Otherwise, I'd run out and get her an 856 in a heartbeat. OTOH, in SA, it's the BEST trigger I've got on all my handguns.
I think just lowering the trigger return down to 9 or 6lbs and leaving the main spring alone should help, I've only heard of people with newer models having problems.
 

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I'll look into that, so often the lighter springs cause problems. My wife absolutely loves my 605 loaded with 38s. She shoots it better than any other pistol I've got. BUT, she can't pull the trigger at all in DA. Otherwise, I'd run out and get her an 856 in a heartbeat. OTOH, in SA, it's the BEST trigger I've got on all my handguns.
That's one reason I like the Galloway springs. There are only two springs; a hammer spring and trigger return. Other companies offer a wider assortment, allowing for finer tuning, but also a greater possibility of issues. In this instance, I took the simple approach and it worked out.
 

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I like my 856, but I had to ditch the factory grips and go to Hogues. The factory grips had a sharp corner right behind the trigger guard that caused a "hot spot" on my second finger. I have two 65's and the factory grips are very comfortable on those, so I know you can do it, Taurus. So get with the program!
 

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I like my 856, but I had to ditch the factory grips and go to Hogues. The factory grips had a sharp corner right behind the trigger guard that caused a "hot spot" on my second finger. I have two 65's and the factory grips are very comfortable on those, so I know you can do it, Taurus. So get with the program!
Hogue and Altamont make many of the factory grips for Taurus. Most of my revolvers sport Hogue wood grips. I kept the Hogue rubber factory grip on my stainless Defender 856 and replaced the rubber grip on my black Defender 856 with a Hogue rosewood grip of the same design.
 

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Do aftermarket grips made for the 85 and/or 605 work on the 856 also?

Hogue and Altamont make many of the factory grips for Taurus. Most of my revolvers sport Hogue wood grips. I kept the Hogue rubber factory grip on my stainless Defender 856 and replaced the rubber grip on my black Defender 856 with a Hogue rosewood grip of the same design.
 

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Do aftermarket grips made for the 85 and/or 605 work on the 856 also?
According to Taurus, the Altamont and Hogue grips fit the 380, 605, 85, 856, 905 and 942. The package for the Hogue rosewood grip on my 856 just says, Taurus small frame revolvers, 85, 605, etc.
 

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Wish I could have found what you got when I purchased my 605 .357. First thing I'd do is PU some snap caps. Not only will that free up the action, they're much cheaper to shoot than +P's :rolleyes:. The DA trigger pull on my 605 is atrocious, but it did free up using the snap caps. OTOH, the SA trigger pull is FANTASTIC! They're great little shooters, enjoy!
I have an 856 ultralite concealed hammer I got about a year or so ago, it has replaced all my other daily carry firearms. I didnt think I would like it this much but I do, I was actually going to buy a 605 but then I saw the 856 and had to have it. I am still looking for a carry .357 for the woods though, if you sell it let me know
 

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I have an 856 ultralite concealed hammer I got about a year or so ago, it has replaced all my other daily carry firearms. I didnt think I would like it this much but I do, I was actually going to buy a 605 but then I saw the 856 and had to have it. I am still looking for a carry .357 for the woods though, if you sell it let me know
Funny, I was just recounting similar thoughts on another forum. I sold off my J-frames when I bought a Kimber K6s, but then later realized I'd probably need another revolver for lighter clothing days (the Kimber is a bit heavy for that), and after some research I settled on the Taurus (mostly because I REALLY wanted that 6th round).

I got the same setup as you in the matte-black. I put on Secret Service grips for a smaller profit, and added the Galloway spring kit (CRAZY difference in the trigger), and I just keep liking this setup more and more. Hard to believe a gun this cheap has made me this happy.

p.s. Now if I could just figure out how replace that pinned front sight with a night sight....
 

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I have done nothing to mine but paint the front sight with orange finger nail polish, just that made a huge difference. I have been thinking about a new grip though....
 

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Hogue and Altamont make many of the factory grips for Taurus. Most of my revolvers sport Hogue wood grips. I kept the Hogue rubber factory grip on my stainless Defender 856 and replaced the rubber grip on my black Defender 856 with a Hogue rosewood grip of the same design.
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Funny, I was just recounting similar thoughts on another forum. I sold off my J-frames when I bought a Kimber K6s, but then later realized I'd probably need another revolver for lighter clothing days (the Kimber is a bit heavy for that), and after some research I settled on the Taurus (mostly because I REALLY wanted that 6th round).

I got the same setup as you in the matte-black. I put on Secret Service grips for a smaller profit, and added the Galloway spring kit (CRAZY difference in the trigger), and I just keep liking this setup more and more. Hard to believe a gun this cheap has made me this happy.

p.s. Now if I could just figure out how replace that pinned front sight with a night sight....
ive been searching hard for a night site for my 856. I even contacted Ameriglo and told them there is a market for them but he said they are t making one. If you here of one let me know. The Defender comes with a cool one can it be converted to fit the 856?
 
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