Now the model 82 is singing da blues because that is the only model available.
Taurus did that to a lot of their revolver line and pistols. I wish Taurus would keep more of their guns in stainless. But the market is buying up what it can get.
Blue models are still fine guns. I've got both blue and stainless models. Love both finishes.
My 82 is stainless. So is my not made any longer 827, 7 shot, 38 Special. My older model 66 is blue and over 30 years old and still going strong. The 66 gets a silicone cloth go over several times a day when used for CCW carry or for field use.