Second opinions. They’re always beneficial, whether you’re talking about medical diagnoses or firearms.
We’ll be covering one for the latter today by taking another look at the Taurus 692, a seven-shot, medium-frame, double-action revolver. It was featured in the 2020 SHOT Show and has taken the market by storm.
We already reviewed the Taurus 692 revolver in early 2020. But here’s a look at it from a different perspective after some time has passed.
Features and Specs
Weighing in at three pounds fully loaded, this all-steel stainless gun with a 6.5-inch full-underlug ported barrel is a competent weapon designed for heavy volume of fire.
The porting, combined with a soft rubber grip and slightly nose-heavy balance, tames the recoil. The adjustable rear sight with the brightline front makes aimed fire easy.
Adjustability for windage and elevation is a must for a handgun that might run 158-grain 1,500 fps screamers, 115-grain 1,200 fps practice ball or 148-grain 700 fps target wadcutters interchangeably.
While the single-action trigger breaks at seven pounds and double-action is around twice that, the wide trigger face make the pull feel lighter.
The double-action stages decently, but the single is definitely preferred for pinpoint accuracy.
For conversation-range fighting, double-action fire and center-of-mass aim produce hits with any of the available ammunition.
For extended range, 50 yards and out, a Weaver scope rail used to be available, though I’ve not seen one for sale recently.
The era of .357 Magnum popularity may have passed, but the combination of power and accuracy of a large-frame revolver has actually improved with the advances in ammunition.
Logistically, .357 Mag has ceded primacy to 9mm Luger, so what’s a gunmaker to do? Taurus, most logically, introduced a revolver that can fire both rimmed .357 Magnum and rimless 9mm Luger with just a cylinder swap.
The idea was to provide raw power with the magnums and readily available, inexpensive training ammunition with 9mm… until it became a little more difficult to find ammo the past year.
Suddenly, .38 Special and .357 Magnum are both more readily available, and often cheaper, than the previously ubiquitous 9x19mm. With the Model 692, whatever ammo you have stashed can be used.
Traditional revolver cylinder chambers headspace cartridges on the rim, the 9mm Luger cylinder headspaces them on the case mouth. While firing can be safely done without moon clips, reliable extraction requires them.
Taurus supplies five of them with the gun, enough for 35 shots or the same as a GLOCK 17 with a spare magazine and a chambered round.
Since extracted moon clips have fired casings still attached to them, they aren’t easy to lose. Unlike S&W moon clips, Taurus Stellar clips may be easily loaded and unloaded by hand with no tools.
The swapping of the cylinders is likewise without tools: with the action open, depressing the release latch on the right of the frame releases the crane pin to slide forward out of the receiver.
Cylinder lockup is impressively tight. The protruding release latch requires a Taurus 692-specific holster design.
The seven-shot unfluted cylinder requires slightly greater precision in manufacturing than six-shot cylinders due to the shorter angle of rotation between shots, but it’s stronger thanks to the notches being over the thick part of the cylinder wall, rather than over the chamber.
Extraction with the Taurus 692 is smooth, and the extra round of capacity is a welcome addition.
The matte stainless steel frame and barrel, as well as the rubber grips, make the Taurus 692 a good outdoor sidearm.
The ballistics afforded by the 6.5″ barrel — around 1,560 fps with Steinel 125-grain Gold Dot JHP — put it on top of the man-stopper class.
With hard-cast 158-grain Underwood flat nose rounds reaching just over 1,400 fps, it’s equally good for bear and hog hunting.
Federal PowerShok 180-grain JHP trucking along at mere 1,100 fps would have the penetration and the mushrooming to anchor deer, so long as it wanders close enough for an aimed shot.
There’s really not much that this revolver cannot stop in the lower 48, and ammunition supply is assured even in the time of shortages.
Porting not only tames the recoil, it also channels some of the flash away from the sight picture. It’s a little hefty for belt carry, but Craft Holsters makes a very well-padded shoulder rig, as do other makers.
Conclusion: Taurus 692
For the fans of cowboy logistics, a Taurus 692 and a stainless all-weather Rossi lever-action in the same caliber would own the 150-yard space around the marksman quite decisively.
Have you shot the Taurus 692 yet? Tell us what you thought in the comments section below!