He-He-he-- must have been one of the days that Clarence was filling in on the quality control shipping department side of the factory!Some of the short barreled revolvers can not be imported with a short barrel because they don't meet the points requirement for importing. So they make them with the barrel sticking out like that to classify it as a longer barrel and get the points needed for importation. When they arrive in the USA they are cut off and crowned.
Occasionally a gun is missed and gets sent out to distributors. Normally it would get sent back however some grab them up a a potential collector item.
That's just not real, no one can be that stupid can they?
This is true. During our staff visit to Taurus Mfg in Miami back in 2013 we saw this process of their production line. There are barrel minimums on imported barrels and they have to be cut down and crowned by Taurus MIami.I have heard they come from Brazil that way to get past some regulation about short barrel's. They get cut off and crowned here.