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RUMOR: New Taurus Revolvers the "Raging Hunter" and M692 to be unveiled at SHOT Show.

Rumors of New Taurus Revolvers for 2018

Raging Hunter

Taurus has never been afraid to build a large framed revolver. The Raging Hunter appears to be designed in the same spirit as the Raging Judge Magnum (in .454 Casull, .45 Colt and .410 bore) and the ill-fated Raging Judge XXVIII (a 28-gauge revolver.) Only the Taurus Raging Hunter is a milder cartridge: the .44 Magnum.

From what I am hearing, the new revolver will have a Picatinny rail on the top of the barrel for adding a scope.The barrel is 6.5″ long with an octagonal shape. It is ported. The gun will ship with sights including an adjustable rear.

I am also hearing that the Raging Hunter will be available in both two-tone and black finishes. It will have the company’s recoil reducing grips with the red stripe down the back.

The Taurus Raging Hunter sounds like a revamped version of the older Model 444 Raging Bull. This was a .44 Magnum revolver that was offered about seven years ago. With the exception of the barrel, the gun was nearly identical to what has been described to me as the Raging Hunter. The older revolver’s barrel did not have a Picatinny rail but was vented instead.
The details are a bit sketchy here... First he compares it to the Raging Judge, but then goes on to describe it as looking similar to the Smith & Wesson Model 69 Combat Magnum, (which is essentially a compact 5-Shot Version of the Model 629) albeit with an octagonal barrel, which would suggest that it perhaps looks something like the old Taurus Mountaineer.


Taurus Mountaineer .44 Magnum - A Special Edition Revolver in the same vein as the S&W Mountain Gun.

So based on the article's description, I'm going to assume that it would look something like that, albeit with Ribber Grips, a longer 6.5" Barrel, and possibly a longer cylinder to accommodate .410 Bore Shot Shells, assuming that the comparisons to the Raging Judge had to do with the appearance/chambering.
If such is indeed the case, then I will be all over the Taurus Raging Hunter because it's basically a dream come true for me. I've often commented about my desire for something between the Taurus Judge Magnum and Raging Judge which offers more firepower than the Judge Magnum with a smaller frame than the Raging Judge, ergo assuming my assumptions of its appearance based on the description in the article are correct, then the Raging Hunter fits my description for my ideal model of Judge to a T.

In addition, Taurus is also rumored to be unveiling a new convertible .357 Magnum/9mm Luger Revolver known as the Model 692.

Model 692

While the two rumored revolvers previously mentioned have older versions of them, this is one that may be a new entity entirely.

The Taurus 692 is supposed to be a .357 Magnum revolver that comes with a 9mm conversion cylinder. This means that you could shoot .38 Special, 9mm and .357 Magnum from the same gun. I know that Taurus offers a 9mm revolver and convertible rimfire revolvers, but I don’t recall ever seeing a centerfire convertible revolver from them previously. (Feel free to comment below and let me know what I’m forgetting.)

The gun is said to be available with a 3″ or 6″ barrel and have a steel frame.
At any rate, we'll have to wait until SHOT Show late next month before we can be sure that this isn't simply a rumor, but I just figured it was worth mentioning/discussing.
 

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WOOAH! The 692 sounds REAL interesting, 9mm and .357 cylinders. Wow. :D I reckon I'd better start saving.

The raging hunter sounds like competition for Ruger's hunters with the scope mounts machined in.
 
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Well, I've always managed to avoid a 44 magnum but I'll tell you, if that gun comes out in 44 mag, I may have to fork out the money for one. That is a great looking revolver.
 

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Keep in mind that the description of the Taurus Raging Hunter is rather vague and somewhat contradictory, ergo it may not look anything like the Taurus Mountaineer if/when it is unveiled, that is merely the image that popped into my head when the article likened it to the appearance of a S&W 69 with an octagonal barrel.

While I most certainly hope that I am correct, it strikes me as odd that the name would be the "Raging" Hunter when the appearance described in the article sounds more like it would be built on the Tracker frame rather than that of the Raging Bull, not to mention the contradictory opening statement that the design is similar to the Raging Judge.

So yeah, my concept of what it would look like is based on a description which is somewhat vague/contradictory, ergo it may be completely inaccurate to the finished product, which could just as easily be nothing more than a Raging Bull 444 with a top-mounted rail with the link to the S&W 69 being a mistake. Or alternatively, perhaps the author of the article accidentally linked to the Raging Judge Magnum when he was in fact thinking of the standard Judge Magnum. We'll just have to wait and see.

However, as previously stated, if I am correct in my assumption in regards to its appearance, than the Taurus Raging Hunter will easily jump straight to the top of my list, gaining top priority as my next major firearms purchase, but otherwise I'll have no interest.

The closest approximation of the image in my head which I can easily post here without the use of photoshop would be a combination of these three fires...


Taurus M44 Mountaineer with octagonal 4.25" Barrel


Taurus M44 Hunter with 12" Ribbed Barrel


Taurus Judge Magnum with 6.5" Barrel

In other words, combine the frame/cylinder/barrel length of the Judge Magnum with the octagonal barrel shape of the Mountaineer, then top it off with the rail on the M44 Hunter.

Will it be released along side the Spectrum?
Seeing as the Taurus Spectrum was confirmed to be completed/ready to ship about a week ago, and is all but confirmed to be making an appearance at SHOT Show where it will be announced that it is being shipped to retailers, it may very well be so.
 

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Cool. I will check it out in Vegas next month and report back.
Oh, please do! That would be greatly appreciated! Take some pictures as well if you can.
 
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I would be all over the 3" convertible if it was a small frame but I'm guessing it's gonna be on a Tracker frame.
Yep, you're probably right. Still be a neat convertible, but I have the large frame convertible thing covered with my Ruger Blackhawk convertible. And, it's easier to drop cylinders from, no tools. :D A 3" small frame would be desirable, though, but the 92 in the 692 model designation seems to suggest tracker frame for sure.
 

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Looks very interesting. I might have to start saving for one. I figure I got three years before it ships.
 

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That pic (and the pillow) looks eerily familiar of the Mountaineer.............
You don't say...

They were the best pics I could find of the Mountaineer on Google, and they linked back to this very forum of all places, my compliments to the photographer. ;)
 

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Yep, both it and the Raging Hunter have been unveiled. I posted a new thread about the Raging Hunter, but the 692 slipped my mind.
 

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So, I was able to check out the Raging Hunter at the SHOT Show, but my internet at my hotel sucks. I'll try to get my photos ready tonight, but it may end up being tomorrow, sorry. I liked it, though! It was different from every other Taurus revolver I've seen and in more ways than one. Certainly an interesting firearm! I think you guys will like it.
 
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