In the world of short gun innovations there are trend setters, risk takers, and some who lag far behind in the game constantly trying to play catchup. Taurus falls somewhere in between. While they’re NOT the Taurus of old… shabby guns made from old machinery and tooling with iffy results when it came to accuracy and reliability. No, this is the “new” Taurus with inspiring creativity and willing to stick their necks out at the risk of looking idiotic or over the top, i.e. the Taurus Judge (which is ALSO now available in polymer models).
When Ruger came out with its LCR and Smith & Wesson with its Bodyguard 38 special it was only a matter of time before Taurus, if they weren’t already at the drawing board, announced a staunch competitive followup to the world of concealed carry guns.
And so we have, new for 2011 the Taurus Protector Polymer. Available BOTH in 38 special and 357 magnum, this little 5-shot +p revolver weighs only 16.5 ounces (coming close to the S&W which weighs in at 14.3 ounces and the Ruger LCR which weighs in at 13.5 ounces) and comes with rubber or “wood like” grips and is sure to be stamped with Taurus’s budget minded price tag. There’s no question that a polymer framed .357 Mag will be a handful, but if your primary use is emergency purposes and not hundreds of rounds at a time, what’s the big deal right?
Stack on the DT Hybrid Pistols Taurus is releasing in 2011 as well, and they’re bound to turn some heads, either with positive OR negative attention.