It’s the hottest thing to hit the revolver market in years. So much so, that many firearms experts are baffled as to why.
Many reputed “experts” have derided the Taurus Judge as a pistol that tries to do too many things and instead accomplishes none of them very well. Fans of the Taurus Judge claim the versatile pistol is ideal as a self defense firearm as well as a handy trail gun.
Who is right? Let’s find out.
The stainless steel Judge Magnum is by far the most popular of the Taurus .45 Colt/.410 bore revolvers. Unlike it’s smaller cousins, the Judge Magnum is capable of firing full size 3-inch .410 shotshells.
Standard Judge cylinders are elongated to 2.7″ in order to accommodate standard 2.5-inch .410 shells, while the larger 3-inch Magnum models have cylinders measuring 3.2-inches so the 3-inch shells can be fired.
The bores of Judge revolvers are microgrooved to minimize shot pattern disruption while still imparting enough spin to stabilize .45 caliber bullets. Straight from the factory, the double-action trigger requires 12 pounds of pull, although the action is smooth and, when cocked for single-action shooting, it breaks at a crisp 4 pounds.
.410 birdshot has no role as a personal defense load in the Taurus, although is useful as a snake load. Loaded with three pellets of #000 buckshot the 3-inch Winchester .410 load is more than adequate for self defense.
Back up that load with a couple of rounds of .45 Long Colt and you’ve got a usable self defense platform.