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Hello my fellow gun enthusiast, just checking in. I have a pretty good stash of firearms now, enough to fill up a gun safe. But as of yet i have never owned a Taurus. I have nothing bad to say about them, just never bought one, no reason why. I was told by my cousin whom i have great respect in these matters to give them a try. He said that Americans tend to turn their nose up at them because they are based in South America. I am not one of those people and if the product is good then nuff said.

I am about to make a decision on a "J frame" sized revolver and have been looking very hard at the model 85. I am certain that i will end up getting one, my real question is it worth shaving off the few oz. for an ultralight aluminum frame or should i just get a steel version. PS i am not interested in the titanium version.


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Welcome from South Tulsa.
I really cannot offer any valuable info on the model 85.

But someone surely will come along with more hands on knowledge for you! :)
 

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from the Florida Keys! :wave:
 

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Welcome from the Palmetto state. Partial to the 605 myself.
 

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​I recommend the Taurus® Mdl 85SS2UL. I carry two every day!

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I personally own the Blued Steel version of the 85. I purchased it online, so I didn't get a chance to compare it weight-wise to the UL versions. Having said that, it's a nice sized revolver with enough punch (.38 cal.) to do what needs to get done. The only change I made was buy a set of Rosewood grips from Thailand on Ebay. I think you'll enjoy the 85!!
 

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Welcome from Central Texas!
If you're going to be carrying it on a daily basis, the lighter the better. If not then no.
 

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Howdy from Georgia.

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Hmmm, now i think i'm more split than ever lol!

After reading much literature from Grant Cunningham, his opinion was that you should only get a lightweight revolver when you have a similar steel version already.

His reasoning is that you should practice practice and that the old adage of carrying alot and shooting little should not apply as you must practice with the revolver you carry. Thus, a lightweight revolver would wear out quicker than a steel version. Not to mention that practicing with a lightweight model that much would do some damage to your hand.

Just a couple of points to think about, and the reason i asked to begin with.

Thanks to all!
More suggestions welcomed before i take the dive on one or the other.
 

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Welcome from Arizona. I have a Taurus 850 hammerless .38 special. I believe it is like the 85 with the hammer bobbed. It is a good carry revolver, reasonably light, and does not have the hammer to snag on clothing. The lack of a hammer, however, makes longer range shooting move challenging, since it is double action only.
 

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