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Taurus Judge Public Defender Revolver a Carjackers Worst Nightmare

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Taurus Judge Public Defender Revolver a Carjackers Worst Nightmare Published on Monday, January 21, 2013
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By AWR Hawkins
Taurus Judge Public Defender Pistol

AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- Keeping a gun close at all times includes keeping one with you when you are in your car. For many people this simply means they put their concealed carry gun in the console or under the seat whenever they get into their vehicle.
However, for others who regularly drive three or four hours at time or who drive a lot in the worst areas of big cities, the question is: What gun can I keep in my car for self defense?
In my mind, one gun stands out above the rest for this application–the Taurus Judge Public Defender.
The Public Defender is a five shot revolver that holds either .45 long colt or .410 shotgun shells, or a combination of the two.
When Taurus debuted the Judge revolver family a few years back, they did something nobody saw coming–they turned the handgun world upside down. The Public Defender is a bit meatier than a .357 magnum with a similar length barrel, but its recoil is more comparable to a .38 Special and its self-defense advantages are similar to that of a small gauge shotgun.
The Judge family in general, and the Public Defender in specific, became so popular that Federal Ammunition starting loading .410 self-defense rounds specifically for handgun applications. These rounds contain nine big pellets in each shell. In a self-defense situation where a carjacker is holding his own gun and trying to pull your car door open, a Public Defender loaded with this ammo turns the tables quickly.
That number of big pellets blowing out the end of the barrel allows you to get a kill shot or at least stop the aggression, even under duress.
The whole line of Taurus Judge revolvers is excellent, and they come in many variations–ranging from one with a polymer frame to a larger Judge with a six-inch barrel.
However, the Public Defender is my favorite for the very reason Taurus provides on their website: “The ‘Public Defender’ delivers…devastating firepower in a…scaled down size that can travel with you.”
No matter how well a gun is designed or how flawlessly it operates, it’s no good to you unless it’s easy to keep close at hand. The Public Defender is easy to keep close at hand.
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AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for RedCounty.com, for Townhall.com and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.
His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.
If you have questions or comments, email him at [email protected]. You can find him on facebook at www.facebook.com/awr.hawkins.
 

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I would agree, home and vehicle defense are definately the most positive applications for Judge.......although it does work really well for varmit control too!
 

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Just ordered a Polymer Public Defender from Bud's. Can't wait until it gets here!!:yipee:
 

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I typically unholster my carry gun (pocket and/or IWB) and place it between my right leg and the center console. Check your ability to draw in what you drive and what you wear. I think worst case scenario and seat belts, clothes or digging into a pocket while seated can make getting to a carry gun harder than you may think.
 

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I just put a PD Poly on layaway this week... I have been wanting a Judge for a long time, and when I saw this one, I figured the time was right to jump on board. Now if I could just find some ammo...
 

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Yep! I wouldn't want to face one at that kind of range it would be pretty hard for the owner to miss!
 

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I recall a gun shop owner in Des Moines, IA. telling about the time he had a couple of dark complexioned fellows try to carjack him on the way home as he stopped for a red light. He said when he laid his 45 across his left forearm they nearly turned inside out trying to get away from his door! :laugh:
 

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I keep mine unholstered when driving, boy scout thing, be prepared.
 
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After watching a couple of terrible videos I came across Hickok's review of The Judge (3 inch barrel). Although a little too long it is a must see to get an idea of the different loads he shoots at various distances (primarily 7 and 3 yards with the shotgun shells). You will get an idea of penetration. Hickok also shoots the .45 Colt.

My takeaway, choose a heavier shotgun shell and hope you're at very close range. The spread is a little scary when using a light load...likely to hit bystanders.

 

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There's no adjustable choke on a pistol. Th 45 LC will be a better choice at 10' and up is my guesstimation. Depending on circumstances etc.
 
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