Can someone enlighten me on the Taurus Model 80? I have had a Model 82 and a Model 85 but I don't know anything about the Model 80. There is one at my local pawn shop and it looks like a Model 82 on steroids. Thanks, John
I'm pretty sure the 82 has fixed sights. It's an almost exact copy of the S&W model 64.
The Taurus 80 hasn't been in production for a while, but here is a picture of it:
It looks to me like a model 82 that is blued, or just the predecessor to the 82. It's got what looks to me like a slimmer profile than the 82, and I would not shoot +P in it without asking Taurus first. Good looking gun though.
My 82 has the grooved flutes in the cylinder. The 82 is Taurus version of the S&W Model 10-6. 4" heavy barrel was the only version. Produced for mass use by metropolitan police forces. I owned a number of the 10-6 and all were police trade ins from back in the 80's when every force went 9/40 nuts. My 82 is 4" HB and shoots as well as any of my 10-6's did but the S&W triggers were some better and when I opened up the 82 to look I was astounded at how over engineered the lock work was compared to the S&W. Taurus lock work today is so much simpler and much more reliable than that of the early import guns. I keep my 82 just cuz. Taurus has offered to trade me out of it with a new 82 and $200.00.
Here are 3 pics of my 82 from when I first got it home and opened her up. The pic of the lock work doesn't show the Hand in place as I had removed it.