SHOT Show 2014 Special Edition Day 4: New Handguns

Taurus The View revolver in silver with black grip

Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers covering the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas have added their final set of articles about new handguns introduced at the show. In this edition are details about The View, a new compact DA concealed-carry small-framed revolver from Taurus named for its distinctive translucent polycarbonate right side plate, and 5-inch versions of the Walther PPQ M2 pistol. Also, Legacy Sports is introducing new Buntline rimfire revolvers.

Taurus The View revolver in silver with black grip
Taurus has introduced a new concealed carry revolver dubbed The View.


A new compact DA concealed-carry small-framed revolver enters Taurus’ product line this year. The View, named for its distinctive translucent polycarbonate right side plate that reveals the internal action mechanism, is a five-shot DA revolver based upon the Model 85 and chambered for .38 Special. The aluminum frame, 1.41-inch titanium barrel with a steel liner, and titanium cylinder result in an empty weight of 9 ounces. A new grip shape and rigid polymer grip is designed to sit back in the palm and reduce muzzle flip. Sights are a fixed rear and fixed serrated ramp front. It includes a transfer bar safety and the Taurus Security System. SRP: $599.

Walther Arms

The PPQ M2 5-inch (SRP: $749) is available in a 15-round capacity in 9mm and an 11-round capacity in .40 S&W. It features a 5-inch barrel with the PPQ Quick Defense Trigger that operates from a pre-cocked position and provides a constant 5.6-pound trigger pull weight.

Walther PPQ M2
Walther PPQ M2 4-inch 15-round handgun

Finished in a matte black, the overall length is 8.1 inches, and it has an empty weight of 23 ounces. Each PPQ M2 is supplied with three interchangeable backstraps to allow a shooter to custom-fit the pistol to the hand. An ambidextrous slide stop, which is extended for easy operation with gloved hands, and a reversible magazine-release button make the PPQ M2 suitable for right- or left-handed shooters. The new rimfire version is the PPQ M2 .22LR. It utilizes a blowback action, has a 12-round magazine capacity, and boasts a 4.85-pound trigger-pull weight. A firing-pin block and trigger safety and loaded-chamber indicator are standard. The polymer-frame handgun features a slide-stop lever. The slide is anodized aluminum, and a Picatinny rail is incorporated into the dust cover.

It will be available in a pair of 4-inch barrel models (weighing 19 ounces empty with an overall length of 7.1 inches). They both feature a polymer front sight with a metal rear that is adjustable for windage and elevation. The PPQ Tactical version in the 4-inch-barrel length features a threaded barrel for the installation of a suppressor.

A 5-inch Target Model (20 ounces empty weight, with a 8.1-inch overall length) has a high-visibility fiber-optic front sight, in addition to the fully adjustable rear sight. SRP: $429 to $469.

Legacy Sports International

Puma Buntline Revolver
Puma Buntline Revolver

Legacy Sports has added Buntline revolvers to the Puma line of Model 1873.22 rimfire handguns. The new Buntline model is a long barreled version of the Puma 1873.22 the company has been selling for the past several years. Styled after the famous “Peacemaker,” the Buntline features an 11.5-inch barrel with fixed, ramp-style front sight and windage/elevation adjustable rear sight. It also comes with an optional .22 magnum cylinder. Both the .22 LR and .22 Mag cylinders have 6-round capacities.

The Buntline loads from a side gate at the half cock position just like the M-1873. The hammer has a traditional SAA appearance, and there is a keyed hammer block safety on the left side of the recoil shield.

The Buntline is available with either black or faux ivory polymer grip panels and matte black metal finish. MSRP is $310 with standard .22 LR cylinder and $350 with magnum cylinder.

Do you have a favorite from this list? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Editor’s Note: Our staff articles are supplemented with reporting by SHOT Business Daily, reprinted with permission. SHOT Daily, produced by The Bonnier Corporation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, covers all facets of the yearly firearms-industry show. To view a 2014 digital version of SHOT Dailyclick here.

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Comments (4)

  1. I have a couple of Taurus wheel guns and semi autos. Love them all. I look forward to any product intro by Taurus. I also have Colt, Springfield, S&W, and Barrett. My right according to Article 2 of the Constitution of the United States of America.

  2. TAURUS has just lost a lot of “points” with me on this window $hit . My question is……………………..WHY ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  3. Taurus is an innovative company (i.e. the 1st “second chance” semi-auto pistol), but “The View” cosmetic treatment seems to be an exercise in design for design’s sake. I cannot see any PRACTICAL advantage to putting a window on a handgun. It makes as much sense as putting lipstick on a pig.

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