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Well, I got my first look at the 856 today at Academy and I must say the following:

Not the finish of old, but livable

little groove for the pinky, not much but it's there

no key lock (what?) no lock

6 shots

I kinda liked it

What ya think ladies and gents, does this gun belong on Lee's list? It's $289 at Academy, not bad at alll!

Tell me what you think of it....
 

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I keep looking at these, seems to be a pretty good offering. $289 is about right, online I've been seeing mid $200's. Hoping this new offering works better than the last new offering I bought, The PT1911 commander - lots of feed issues with any magazine. Currently I am in week 10 waiting for Taurus warranty support to move it from receiving to the bench.
 

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Anybody out there own one????
 

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I haven't seen one yet but it is on my radar along with the Charter Arms Police Undercover model (also a 6-shooter). My Academy doesn't list one on their website but I haven't gone there to check in-person yet. (They did have the first Spectrum I ever saw, though). The reduction in the Taurus warranty to 1 year is a strike against it, in my opinion. I have ZERO experience with Charter Arms revolvers (but do have a steel Taurus 85 that I really like..except for the weight so I don't CCW with it).

Gun shop near me has the 856UL for $274 and the Charter Arms Police for $346. Standard 856 is listed for $262. Again, this is from the website. I don't know if they have them in their store yet where I can examine each of them.
 

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Hopefully, a member who owns one will step up and give a good review to consider. Like I said, I did kinda like it.

I guess I'm just accepting the fact that they cheapened the finish on these guns.

I also think that's part of why they shut down the Rossi revolvers as they have beautiful finishes for less money.
 

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What's to worry ? It's a Taurus revolver which rarely have feed problems or fail to fire and you kinda liked it. Not like you're buying a $500+ target gun and expect sub 1" groups at 25 yards. I bought an early 90's used M85 Internet sale sight unseen and yet with zero issues and a new 2012 M44 bead blasted stainless. I saw, I liked, I bought. It's not like a quandary about a $40G SUV.
 

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Not worried at ll. I'm surprised that no owners of the gun showed up.

Thanks for the input...
 

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I bought a stainless 856 yesterday and was able to shoot it today. It has a really good trigger, both single action and double action. I didn't shoot for accuracy, but just checked that it worked. It is now my carry gun. Checking the Taurus site, I was thinking it was going to be 38 Special only, but it is 38 Special +P. I have been carrying my Ruger SP101 with 125 grain 357 JHP ammo, but I have decided that I would rather have 6 rounds of 38 Special +P. I couldn't be happier with my new gun. I am tempted to get a second one.
 

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I bought a stainless 856 yesterday and was able to shoot it today. It has a really good trigger, both single action and double action. I didn't shoot for accuracy, but just checked that it worked. It is now my carry gun. Checking the Taurus site, I was thinking it was going to be 38 Special only, but it is 38 Special +P. I have been carrying my Ruger SP101 with 125 grain 357 JHP ammo, but I have decided that I would rather have 6 rounds of 38 Special +P. I couldn't be happier with my new gun. I am tempted to get a second one.
Welcome to the forum doghouse and thanks for posting!

I liked the fact that they dropped the lock off the gun too.
 

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I've been watching 856 threads/posts for years now. I don't ever recall an owner complaint.

Personally, I'd go with a RIA 206 if I wanted a six-shot snubby .38. That's mostly because its cylinder rotates the same direction as my Colts', but it's a similar price (or cheaper) and has the same finish/capacity.
 
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I have an 85 and it's just a 6 shot 85. Go for it! Personally, I'd get the stainless gun, though. My 85 is a stainless ultralite. I'm not sure the 856 is available in an ultralite, but that's what I'd get, personally, if it were.
 
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leejack;[URL="tel:5240165" said:
5240165[/URL]]Welcome to the forum doghouse and thanks for posting!

I liked the fact that they dropped the lock off the gun too.
I was surprised that the lock is gone, but really glad that it is a thing of the past. I never thought that, this day and age, Taurus would remove them.
 

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They better get that information fixed on their website...

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Just a couple of days ago, they didn’t list a UL model. They also didn’t have it listed as a +P rated model in the revolver manual. It is listed as such in the manual that came with the gun, and the barrel has 38 Spl *. Looks like they are slowly getting it updated.
 

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Just a couple of days ago, they didn’t list a UL model. They also didn’t have it listed as a +P rated model in the revolver manual. It is listed as such in the manual that came with the gun, and the barrel has 38 Spl *. Looks like they are slowly getting it updated.
In the reverse image of the other side of the revolver, you can just make out the UL below "Made in Brazil".

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They better get that information fixed on their website...

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They list the UL weight as 22 ounces. That is the same weight as my stainless steel model. Also, the Taurus site doesn’t list it as a +P model in the revolver manual. It is listed as +P in the manual that comes with the gun. My barrel is listed as 38 Spl *. I have read that the old UL model wasn’t rated +P but don’t know for sure.
 
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