On Friday of this past week I got a surprise privilege of getting to fire a brand new Taurus Model 44 .44 Magnum Revolver. A close friend of mine had just purchased it the week before and I got an invite to head to the with him and another buddy. I’m always super grateful when a friend invites me to shoot their newly acquired piece and insists I shoot as much as I want even if I didn’t bring any ammo of my own to burn through. Plus, I shoot autos MUCH more often than I do revolvers (see Ruger LCR and Taurus Judge PD Poly), so this was a nice change of pace.
When I do most gun reviews I’m 100% by myself. So the only perspective I get of someone firing the gun that is being reviewed is whatever the camera sees. It was cool again to be able to step behind the shooter and watch how the Taurus Model 44 would behave in someone’s hand other than my own. Because of constant reminders and technical consciousness of my own form while shooting for reviews, I’ve been told I can tend to minimize recoil and the feel of a gun in the hand. This time though, I got to hear from 2 other shooters that confirmed how I felt this .44 Magnum was behaving in my hand.
I fired the Taurus Model .44 in both Double Action and Single Action and was impressed with the response of the trigger on this revolver when compared to more expensive models. Accuracy at 10 yards standing is same hole and while I didn’t test accuracy beyond that, my assumption is that with single action and perhaps even with an optic from a rest this would be a sub 2″ gun at 50 yards perfect for hunting or even shoving in a shoulder rig while in dangerous game country. The 12 ports on the front end (6 on each side of the front sight) do a marvelous job of handling muzzle rise and drive most of the recoil back into the palm of your hand rather than straight up torquing the wrists. I fired multiple 6 shot cylinders in double action as fast as I could through the 6.5″ barrel and my wrists and hands were no worse for the wear using standard Remington (green & white box) 180 Grain JSP ammo. The soft rubber grips with front strap finger grooves do a lot for providing secure traction allowing the shooter to squeeze off multiple shots without correcting his grip.
As impressive as this piece is visually and while firing, there was a downside. For a gun that cost $600 plus you would expect the construction to be rock solid and ready to handle a beating for a while right out of the box. And for the most part it was, but weirdly enough after firing 15 or 20 rounds we noticed the top blade of the front sight was missing. The owner took a couple shots and said, “Wasn’t there a colored dot on top of the sight?” Upon closer inspection we noticed the set pin had somehow slid out and was blown up and behind the shooting line 10 feet or so thanks to the 12 ports on the top side of the muzzle. Not to worry though, if you refuse to rely on the quality of your eyesight to find the front post (or missing front post) you can get a scope base mount to clamp to the rail and go with an optic.
For some of the most discerning wheel gunners, the Taurus name is a joke. A “not good enough” excuse of imitation guns that haven’t been around as long as the big dogs. But for shooters who appreciate a good value, a company that stands behind its product with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, constant innovation and reinventing and an increasingly quality handgun Taurus might just be for you. Everyone’s got horror stories, but my experiences have been positive, to the tune of about 22 good to just 1 not so good. Okay, let the poop storm begin.
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