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    I have a Jframe airweight, the wife likes it too and she shoots it better than I do so she has it now more than I do. So I need to get another one especially with summer months comin up. Im gonna go ahead and get a 5shot 357 so i can have two guns in one. Narrowed it down to Taurus titaniums and that newer M&P smith 360. Anyone shot either? Taurus is more affordable.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Nightshift va View Post
    I have a Jframe airweight, the wife likes it too and she shoots it better than I do so she has it now more than I do. So I need to get another one especially with summer months comin up. Im gonna go ahead and get a 5shot 357 so i can have two guns in one. Narrowed it down to Taurus titaniums and that newer M&P smith 360. Anyone shot either? Taurus is more affordable.
    Both are great guns, I have had and shot The Taurus and the S&W. I prefer the Taurus, thats just me, the Taurus is cheaper but I think it is still a great BUG. They say you get what you pay for, however in this case Taurus is worth buying and I feel confident it will work in an emergency situation.
    Taurus has come a long way in improving thier line of defense weapons, such as the 24/7 and I love the new 1911.
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    • #3
      Get the S&W. I read too many online accounts of failures in the timing of Taurus revolvers to depend my life on one. Thats not to say a S&W can't have the same problem, I just do not see nearly as many gripes complaints and concerns as the Tauri'.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by R12GS View Post
        Get the S&W. I read too many online accounts of failures in the timing of Taurus revolvers to depend my life on one. Thats not to say a S&W can't have the same problem, I just do not see nearly as many gripes complaints and concerns as the Tauri'.
        Now what does this mean, the timing, and please send links to back this up.
        The Taurus has a fine line of weapons, police have been using the revolvers for years as BUG's. I have never heard of this (Timing) I have trusted my Taurus for years .
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        • #5
          Originally posted by ofcp2 View Post
          Now what does this mean, the timing, and please send links to back this up.
          The Taurus has a fine line of weapons, police have been using the revolvers for years as BUG's. I have never heard of this (Timing) I have trusted my Taurus for years .
          If you do not even know what timing is on any revolvers, then you're not well informed about revolvers in general.

          The High Road
          http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=218616
          http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=253350
          http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=73747
          FiringLine.com
          http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163816
          http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118230
          http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245272
          http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218499
          In the above there is a mix of good and bad. You can manually search for yourself. There are other online handgun review forums as well. I'm sure your quite capable at navigating the internet for further information.

          Now granted while you may be happy and that there are thousands of others out there that are satisfied as well, I posted my own opinion. I like S&W's. If you frequent any of the major firearm forums you will see that there are satisfied Taurus owners and dissatisfied. The same with S&W, however the dissatisfied are a lot less frequent. If you're indexing is off, it will not fire.

          You talk about Taurus firearms being used by police for years. I assume you know that S&W's have served this nations police force for over 150years as the main supplied firearm correct? I'm positive you do not want to compare service records between the two.

          Here is good checklist when looking at revolvers:
          http://www.thefiringline.com/Misc/li...ver-check.html
          Last edited by R12GS; 05-18-2007, 06:32 AM.
          People grow through experience, if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

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          • #6
            My Taurus BUG was issued by my Dept.. It is a Taurus Ultra lite model 85 in 38. I got the gun second hand from another officer in which it was beat to hell and back. I cleaned it up and I have NEVER had any problems with it. It always goes bang and I would bet my life with it. I have had three other Taurus revolvers and have not had any problems with them either. As for 357 mags I have had two The Total Ti 617 w/2" barrel (7 shot). It was great to carry but a little to big for ankle holster. My other 357 mag is a Taurus Tracker SS 4" ported 7 shot. This is my woods gun and go to gun in the middle of the night. I have taking deer with this gun so I am proficient with it to say the least. Last year I even shot our Qualification course with it. I am a K9 officer and on call 24/7. I qualified with all my handguns that might have to go on a call. I shot as well with the revolver as I did my Glock 22. However, for me I started out carrying a revovler way back when. (A Ruger GP 100 4"). I would not feel out gunned carrying my Taurus on Duty. So you will hear from some that Taurus firearms are POS and if you go to other firearms forums you will get a lot of different opinions. All firearms have problems and you only hear about the problems. Just focus on the good,try each revolver first, find one that "FITS" you, whether it is Taurus, Smith or any other revolver.
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            • #7
              I own a S&W model 342 and a model 640 .38/.357. In either, the .38 +P loads have a lot of recoil. I think with the increase of recoil you'd be getting with the .357, slow follow-up shots would limit practicality.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by R12GS View Post
                If you do not even know what timing is on any revolvers, then you're not well informed about revolvers in general.

                The High Road
                http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=218616
                http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=253350
                http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=73747
                FiringLine.com
                http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=163816
                http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118230
                http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=245272
                http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218499
                In the above there is a mix of good and bad. You can manually search for yourself. There are other online handgun review forums as well. I'm sure your quite capable at navigating the internet for further information.

                Now granted while you may be happy and that there are thousands of others out there that are satisfied as well, I posted my own opinion. I like S&W's. If you frequent any of the major firearm forums you will see that there are satisfied Taurus owners and dissatisfied. The same with S&W, however the dissatisfied are a lot less frequent. If you're indexing is off, it will not fire.

                You talk about Taurus firearms being used by police for years. I assume you know that S&W's have served this nations police force for over 150years as the main supplied firearm correct? I'm positive you do not want to compare service records between the two.

                Here is good checklist when looking at revolvers:
                http://www.thefiringline.com/Misc/li...ver-check.html
                Yes S&W has served for many years I agree to that. S&W are fine weapons however they are over priced and over praised, IMO. Taurus for the money will do as well as any Smith, now you never clarified ( Timing) and throw in some info on head-space and the complete nomenclature of revovlers.
                Follow me!

                Let your conscience be your guide!

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                • #9
                  Timing

                  So are you saying Taurus has issues with timing. Here is one.
                  Regardless of our opinions S&W gave in to the law suites filed a few years ago, and Taurus has come a long way, we can agree to disagree that is what makes this country so great, I will spend very little on a Taurus and trust it with my life and you spend a small fortune on a Smith. I say both are fine weapons and both will have lemons and that is a fact.
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                  • #10
                    Hey, not trying to hijack the thread, but I have a general revolver question.
                    I took out my Taurus .357 snubnose today for the first time and it jammed twice. I shot a box of 50 cheapo .38 special, and about 10 Remington Golden Sabre .357. It jammed on two of the .357s.

                    It would fire, but then then the wheel wouldn't turn when I pulled the trigger, and it took way more effort than normal to pop the wheel out. When I emptied it out and reloaded, it worked fine again.

                    Is this normal for a new revolver? Does it just need to be "broken in?" Or is it just bad ammo? Or is this a serious problem that should be sent in for warranty work?

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                    • #11
                      Some 357's, particularly with cheapo 38 ammo, will collect crap at the end of the cylinder after firing 38's. then when you pop in 357s they are longer and the crap jams them up at the end of the cylinder. The headspacing ends up a little too snug and the cylinder really doesn't want to turn. Clean it and stay away from cheap 38's. I always clean my clylinder after firing 38s before I throw a 357 in there.

                      I've owned 2 taurus model 85's. Both did not last long and had problems with the trigger, with the cylinder stop (timing) with the forcing cone (shredding rounds) and both rattled like the teeth on an old person. I liked my taurus pt92 though. I wouldn't trade my smith for a taurus even if I were given $1000 to try it out.

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