Questions for the Judge

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You’ve seen the Taurus Judge series of revolvers — the .410 shotshell or .45 Long Colt firing 5-rounders. I’m pleased to report I’ve got one in the stable and it’s about to undergo my usual battery of highly structured torture testing, namely: loading it up right out of the box, firing a bunch of rounds from a grab bag of spare ammo, and handing it to my shooting buddies who eye just about everything with a “prove it” kind of attitude. It’ll probably get dropped (accidentally, of course), left dirty, and basically treated like a rental car. Throughout this real-life testing, I’ll have some questions for the Judge:

1. Should I load up with just .410 shot shells?

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Five rounds of .410 is a very effective load for self defense — as long as you’re very aware of the limitations, following the gun safety rules, etc.

2. Should I load up with just .45 LC?

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Five rounds of .45 LC (AKA .45 Colt) is also a great load for self defense. With these you’re punching clean holes in a target. But aiming and knowing your target of course is still critical.

I could sneak in another question here, such as: What about loading up with a combination of .410 and .45 LC? And then, which do I want to fire first? And what order for the rest?

3. Is there enough stock to hang on to when firing?

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These “Ribber” stocks (or grips, if you’re so inclined) are excellent on other Taurus guns. I expect the same performance here despite only getting two fingers around them.

4. Does the sight offer enough for properly aiming?

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Face it, this is a close range gun for what will likely be a last-second, last-ditch attempt to defend a life. Will the red fiber optic dot on the front sight be enough?

5. Is it just too big for concealed carry?

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Any gun can be concealed, if you work hard enough. But I want to know if this is a viable option for all-day on-body carry.

By the way, here are the Judge’s specifications:

  • Model: 4510PLYFS
  • Finish: Blue
  • Status: Available
  • Caliber: 45 Colt/410-ga (2.5″ chamber)
  • Grips: Ribber
  • UPC: 7-25327-61069-4
  • Capacity: 5
  • Weight: 27.0 oz.
  • Barrel Length: 2″
  • Height: 4.6″
  • Frame: Small
  • Width: 1.5″
  • Action: DA/SA
  • Front Sight: Fixed w/fiber optic (red)
  • Length: 7.65″
  • Safety: Taurus Security System,Transfer Bar
  • Trigger Type: Smooth
  • Order #: 2-441021PFS
  • MSRP: $514.17

Finally, how would you answer these questions? You be the Judge.

— Mark Kakkuri

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