Review: Taurus 605 Revolver

This Brazilian five round small caliber revolver, offers much more than it can be expected at first glance. Its simple construction belies its effectiveness. Add to that the fact it can be acquired for half the price of the competition, & you get one of a kind package that would be a shame to miss.

The Taurus 605 speedloader revolver is such a tool & an excellent choice for many tasks. My sample 605 is a snubby, with a 3-inch barrel, although the 2-inch barrel is usually encountered, as it is a little bit easier to cover that shorter barrel, especially if moving on the belt instead of inside the waist, where that slightly longer barrel is more comfortable to hide. The Taurus 605 is a steel, 5-shot revolver, & the stainless finish is a brushed one with a beautiful soft finish that’s not shiny.

As far as several decades ago, when the short barreled revolver market was dominated by the Smith & Wesson 36 this small Porto Allegro factory managed to make a worthy rival. An almost identical copy, Model 85 that, due to its much lower price & more comfortable taurus 605 grips became a user favorite; despite somewhat poorer firing system.

High Caliber Rides Again
Due to numerous technological advances in the previous years, revolvers have somewhat fallen out of favor Partly due to the, never actually confirmed, claim that .38 Special is too weak to be a valid self-defense weapon. Even manufacturers focused on pocket revolvers refocused & reworked their weapons to .357 Magnum caliber This resulted in a plethora of small, very light revolvers (often made from ultra-light materials) with short barrels; the end products had a monstrous recoil, more than enough to surprise the untrained user.

Right Choice for Everyone
When choosing a revolver, it is important to take its reliability into account, how does it handle on the range with two handed grip in SA mode is not a reliable indicator of how it will handle in conditions of poor visibility, when you’re crouching behind cover or firing it one handed – in your off hand.

This is why Taurus 605 is so ideal, it can easily be used by people with small hands & it is enough to draw it from the taurus 605 holster or the pocket, aim & fire. It can also serve as a backup weapon for servicemen or bodyguards & is perfect for concealed carrying, assuming it is legal. Despite the fact it is a small “pocket” revolver, Taurus 605 is not limited to being a short range, defensive weapon. Even though fixed taurus 605 sights & its trigger is somewhat harder than S&W, this compact revolver can show exemplary accuracy in SA firing mode. Tests with .38 Special ammunition have confirmed it with 158 grain SJFP & SJHP as well as 148 grain WC bullets. While it is capable of firing .357 Magnum bullets, it is more advisable to stick with softer rounds, both because of the lighter recoil & the fact you may damage the barrel by firing heavier rounds.

Bargain Buy with Excellent Performance
On the firing range, this revolver offers excellent performance at ranges of up to 30 meters & easily beats the competition in accuracy & sheer comfort; good shooters may even score comparable results to that of its long barreled cousins. If you are a competitor, there are much better revolvers out there, the ones you can more comfortably use to fire larger ammunition, with adjustable sights & so on… Taurus 605 however is the reigning champion of its category & only at half the price.

Barrel: 2”
Caliber: .357 Magnum
Weight (unloaded): 24 ounces
Overall Length: 6.5”
Action: Double Action/Single Action
Grips: Rubber
Capacity: 5
Finish: Stainless
Sights: Fixed Ramp Front/Gutter Rear

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