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Second Look: Taurus 692 Revolver

Taurus 692

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.

Taurus 692 9mm Luger Cylinder
The Taurus 692 comes with high-quality moon clips for the 9mm Luger cylinder.

Cylinders

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.

Taurus 692 muzzle porting
The porting on the Taurus 692 helps tame recoil for fast follow-up shots.

Performance

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!

About the Author:

Oleg Volk

Oleg Volk is a creative director working mainly in firearms advertising. A great fan of America and the right to bear arms, he uses his photography to support the right of every individual to self-determination and independence. To that end, he is also a big fan of firearms.
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Comments (8)

  1. I purchased the 3″ version earlier this year and really, really , like it. It is slim enough to easily carry concealed. I did some trigger work on it as Taurus revolver triggers are notoriously rough and heavy. Wolff Springs informed me that they did not make springs for the Tracker models yet but were working on it (they should be ready, as I received that reply back in February and they where shooting for (pun intended) summer release. At the range the .357 rounds shot about 3″ high and to the left at 7 yards but the 9mm were dead on. I like this revolver so much, I’m trying to think of a good justification to buy the 6″.

  2. This twin cylinder configuration is NOT new in double action revolvers, I had a Browning revolver over 25 years ago that used this exact system, Astra also copied the Browning.
    They where made for a French swat police contract, Where they would use 9mm for daily use (with moon clips) and carry the extra cyl. with .357 armor piercing, The contract never happened and very few were made. There was a slight loss in accuracy at 25 yards with the 9mm, But at closer ranges it made no difference. I bored my 9mm cyl. out to 9×21 and it was a nice shooter. Unfortunately I sold it years ago.
    This is a proven system and “LOST IN SPACE” (COMMENTS) about “trouble down the road’
    Is NONSENSE. My comments are based on actual FACTS. Take it or leave it.

  3. The precision is relevant when using the same barrel and frame for two different bullets.
    Taurus designed this 692 within a split hair to accommodate both cylinders and the seventh slot was needed to do this.
    Beretta precision and the odd seven cylinder adaptation is how a 9mm (with moon clip) can work in the same framed revolver.
    There’s no secrets here. Simply compare the 357 to its little brother the 38 special and you’ll see as long as the barrel is robust to handle the 357 magnum round then the 38 special will work with ease.
    Swap out the cylinders to the 9mm and you’ll see the variations are slight to align the 9mm round to the bore. The thickness between rounds in the cylinder are a little more but still maintain the seven round cylinder.
    The concern is the 9mm pill being loose in the barrel diverting any rifling causing a tumble effect coming out of the barrel but, this does not happen. The pressure and differences between either round are minute enough to allow good rifling spin for the 9mm round.
    Because of the robust barrel , there’s no reason for any 9mm round to cause damage or wear to the barrel.
    This revolver is as good as they get.
    The muzzle rise is about 1-2 inches but no rattle in the hand. The frame is sturdy as they come and the weight helps this wheelgun perform excellently.
    I literally did my homework on this Taurus in anticipation of buying one at shotshow Tampa.
    I ended up getting a good deal and I started figuring it out trying to make sense of it.
    It’s a big heavy revolver and it’ll outwork any of its comparable competitors.
    Taurus took a bad rap in the 80-90’s as a loose outfit of Beretta Italia but since Berettas chief Design Engineer left and took the reigns in Brazil for Taurus we’ve seen vast improvements in quality like the Millenium Pro and its offspring the G2,G3 , TP9 and there revolvers followed.

  4. The first comment is correct a 357 bore is .358 inches and 9mm mics at .356 inches or .357 inches depending on manufacture country of origin. As far as dangerous I don’t see it stuffing a 358 bullet through a 356 bore might get dicey but the other way around might affect accuracy a little. I had a S&W model 10 that actually shot better with 38 cases topped with hornady 147 grain 9mm hollow points. instead of a separate cylinder would like to see the first one machined to accept the moon clips. S&W Governor style rimmed cases head spacing on the rim and non rimmed head spacing on the moon clip.

  5. According to a couple of conversion charts, a .357 cal = 9.067799999999998 mm. Possibility for a shave on the bullet?

  6. I for one agree with Mr. Ziert, that the bullet diameter is not the same, and as such would not even try this combo. Just my opinion!

  7. Yes, .357 magnum and .38 special bullets are .357″ in diameter and 9mm bullets are .355″ in diameter. This .002″ undersize may cause a 9mm bullet to not engage the rifling as well, causing them to be less accurate. If the Ruger blackhawk .357/9mm convertible is any indication, other than the reduced accuracy, there shouldn’t be any problems.

  8. From the old TV SERIES LOST IN SPACE -“Danger Will Robinson – Danger” The .357 and the 9MM are not exact caliber-wise. Changing the cylinders does not change the bullet / barrel approach and the barrels internal configuration as to exact grove arrangement. Taurus is asking for trouble up the road.

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