This cute looking snubbie in .357 Magnum is one mean little monster. I have had many a wet dreams about owning one which thanks to my dear friend “Rotor” were realized just a few weeks ago, and has thus added to my subtle collection of handguns. Make no mistakes as the size and looks might be elusive, .357 Magnum carries a lot of stopping power and with 7 rounds is a very good choice for concealed carry. The side break revolver is basic in design and simple to operate, though I would always prefer a safety in a revolver (my preference only). Revolvers or wheelers as they are called make a good choice for SD. Notice the Bianchi IWB all leather holster. A small pictorial review follows…Enjoy!
Here’s a look at the specs of the 617, Taurus:
Caliber: .357 Magnum. Also eats 38 Special
Barrel Length: 2”
Twist Rate: 1:16.5″
- Grooves: 6
Fixed front sight
Rear sight: Fixed
Weight: 28.3 Oz
- Finish: Stainless Steel
Capacity: 7 rounds
- Compact Frame
- Width: 1.53″
- Height: 5.10″
- Length: 6.62″
- 6 Grooves, right turn
- Action: SA/DA
- Rubber Grips
The Rubber grip provides a comfortable hold and I believe will reduce the perceived recoil a little bit. Serrations on the hammer are a good feature for pulling it back without a chance of slipping.
The side break Taurus 617 has a 7 round cylinder, with speed-loaders feeding ammo shouldn’t be a problem, but frankly I haven’t got one.
See that small hole at the back of the hammer? Well its actually the Taurus Security System (TSS). A small key locks/unlocks the gun for good. A good feature of you’re used to keep a loaded gun in your drawer for easy access, but definitely not to be used when carrying.
The barrel is ported for reducing muzzle flip and IMHO the felt recoil. I have yet to try this baby, but a friend told me the recoil with .357 Magnum is pretty good for a small revolver, but with 38 special its almost like shooting a 9 mm. So be it, I’ll use 38 special although .357 Magnum is more potent and has a much better stopping power.
The front as well a rear sights are basic. Well what else does one require in a CC weapon?
I have found the trigger on the Taurus 617 to be smooth during dry firing. Claimed specs say 5 lbs pull for SA and 12 lbs for DA. This is a short distance SD weapon, not something for 25 M shooting IMHO, as getting a good level of accuracy will be difficult. The grip is soft and comfortable, sight picture is decent, just align and shoot type. For a short distance like 30 foot combat gun this isn’t bad at all. At one time these guns were available for something like Rs 45k in Pakistan. Nowadays you’ll be luck to find one in the Rs 75k range. Considering its potency, capacity and size its a good choice for concealed carry weapon. Specially those who prefer a revolver over pistol. Cheers!