My girlfriends brother called me asking how much his little 85 was worth and I told him he could get around 280 out of it. He sld it to some guy he knows for 150.00, I wish he would have told me FIRST!
I have a 605, works well so far, not too bad to shoot +P through. The 85UL is going to be 10oz less. Could be a handufl. If that's not going to be a problem, go for it.
HKS j-frame speedloaders don't clear the stock Taurus grip, and S&W J-frame grips don't work on Taurus. Hogue's an option. Otherwise, pretty much anything for a J-frame will work with the Taurus small frame.
I teach a concealed carry class and I've seen quite a few Taurus Model 85-series snubbies; they are an economical alternative to an S&W J-frame.
I bought two last year - an 850CIA (concealed hammer) in stainless for myself and an 851BUL (Blue Ultralight, shrouded hammer) for my spouse. I prefer a concealed or shrouded hammer for carry, as it is less likely to snag on clothing.
They have been used many times are are reliable weapons, but suffer from the same things all J-frame types do - lack of muzzle energy. That being said, I would not want to be shot w/one! My favorite load is the Remington 158-gr. +P lead HP (all the modern Taurus .38's are approved for +P ammunition).
Be advised - most leather & nylon holsters that fit the S&W's will also accomodate the Taurus 5-shooters, but NOT the Kydex Serpa holsters from Blackhawk. For pocket concealment look at the DeSantis Pocket Nemesis or the Bianchi Pocket Change (larger of the two pocket holsters).
I almost bought the Taurus 85 too but the day I was at the gun store looking at it the S&W 642 was on sale and it was only $70 more than the 85. But if it wasn't for the low price of the S&W I would have gotten the Taurus.
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