The last two years have shown that Taurus can bring it when it comes to SHOT Show. Last year was huge for Taurus, and they followed up 2023 with a very interesting 2024. In the field of revolvers, Taurus has brought three very noteworthy options to the market. Taurus makes a bit of everything, but it seems like their revolvers seem to be their big focus this year. The three new Taurus revolvers include a new Executive Grade option, a new TORO option, and a bit of an unusual option from a company well known for double action revolvers.
Taurus 605 Executive Grade
The Executive Grade lineup hit the market last year and provided a higher-end, classier revolver option from Taurus. The gun was built to function and look extremely nice. The latest to join the executive lineup is the first .357 Magnum, which comes from the Taurus 605 series. The 605 is a five-shot, .357 Magnum pistol. With the Executive Grade guns, we get a satin stainless design, beautiful Altamont wood grips, a gold bead front sight, and a three-inch barrel.
Unlike the 856 Executive Grade, the 605 will feature a spurred hammer. The gun has a great gold bead front sight and a trench rear sight. The gun is best described as the Glock 19-sized gun of the revolver world. It’s compact, but it’s no pocket gun. For me, this is as small as I go for a .357 Magnum.
Taurus 327 TORO
Last year, we saw the launch of Taurus TORO revolvers. These are optics-ready revolvers that use micro-sized red dots. This year, that lineup expanded with the addition of the Taurus 327. The 327 is a .327 Federal Magnum revolver. This is hard-hitting, fast-flying.32 caliber round has a reputation for effectiveness, deep penetration, and rather mild recoil. The Model 327 TORO features a six-shot cylinder, a three-inch barrel, and an all-black finish.
The .327 Federal Magnum revolvers can fire .32 S&W Long, .32 S&W Short, and .32 H&R Magnum as well as the .327 Federal Magnum. This makes it easy to find a very soft shooting load for those with poor hand strength. Rounds like the .32 S&W Long are popular in Olympic circles for their accuracy, and I can’t help but think the .32 S&W Long combined with a red dot optic would be a tack-driving combination.
Last but not least, who saw the Deputy coming? Taurus has traditionally always been a modern double-action revolver company. This year, they introduced a gun called the Deputy, which marks what I believe is their second single-action revolver. The Deputy takes its design from the classic Colt single-action army, a legendary gun in its own right. It takes the traditional loading gate design combined with an ejection rod for that classic cowboy feel.
The Taurus Deputy comes in either .45 Colt or .357 Magnum. This makes either gun versatile and capable of hunting medium game. The Deputy comes in two barrel lengths; you can get the longer 5.5-inch barrel or the more compact 4.75-inch option. These guns were quite impressive, especially with an MSRP of right around 600 dollars.
Mess With the Bull, Get The Revolvers
The latest three Taurus drops were nice surprises from SHOT Show 2024. I believe they hit the nail on the head within the niche of revolvers, and I was pleasantly pleased by their releases. I think I’m most excited about the 327 TORO, but what about you? Which appeals to you the most?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms-based hobbies.
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