Three-Caliber Wheelgun with Two Cylinders: Taurus 692 — SHOT Show 2018

Taurus has come on with a vengeance in revolvers this year. The 692 is a full-sized revolver in .357 Magnum and .38 Special.

Big deal, you say! Every .357 revolver also shoots .38 Special. That isn’t what we meant by multiple calibers. With one press of a button, the cylinder is removable, and in its place? Taurus has provided a 9mm cylinder. One wheelgun = three calibers. Now, we’re talking.

SPECS:

  • Caliber: 9mm/.357/.38
  • Grips: Rubber Grip
  • Finish: Matte Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 45.8 oz.
  • Capacity: 7 rounds
  • Barrel length: 6.5 in.
  • Height: 5.66 in.
  • Width: 1.53 in.
  • Overall length: 11.64 in.
  • MSRP: $659

Impressions and Pricing

This has a lot of potential. Survivalist types can now pack an uber reliable package that accepts a large variety of fuel. For those of us that maybe suck with a revolver, present company included, we can train with super cheap 9mm rounds. The capacity for both calibers is 7 rounds, and the barrel length is 6.5 inches. The barrel is also ported, to help tame full power .357 Magnum rounds. This gun looks like a winner and is sure to make our review list in the coming year.

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About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

{ 38 comments… add one }
  • Djh May 22, 2018, 4:45 pm

    It also comes in the Taurus Matt black finish and it is down right UGLY.
    Where they came up with that finish is any bodies guess.

  • DiamondJ February 24, 2018, 10:45 pm

    Does anyone know when you will be able to buy this revolver?

  • Thomas Morrow February 19, 2018, 3:30 pm

    Interesting idea. Although why bother . be a fun novelty. And I guess fairly useful if you plan on shooting multiple calibers but again another product designed for people who don’t want to use the right tool for the job.

  • Al Richardson February 15, 2018, 6:55 pm

    My convertible Blackhawk did it 35 years ago and is still going strong. Yeah, it’s single action but stronger and probably more accurate at one third the price.

  • william harris February 15, 2018, 5:42 pm

    we used to shoot 38 super thru revolvers the only problem was that you had to push the emptys out with a pencil

  • Harold Greenleaf February 15, 2018, 2:53 pm

    I have several Taurus and love all of them.
    This isn’t anything new. My Ruger Blackhawk has a 38/357 cylinder and a 9mm cylinder.

    • CJ February 15, 2018, 3:58 pm

      Yeah, except the Blackhawk isn’t double action.

  • Billy Bad Ass February 15, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Wouldn\’t it really be a 4-in-1? 380 could fit the 2nd cylinder since it\’s just a shortened version of a 9mm; same 9mm diameter though. Might be a good way to introduce someone to the larger calibers or perhaps cheap plinking

    • KMacK February 15, 2018, 2:50 pm

      Totally right but with one problem: since both the 9mm and the .380 headspace on the cartridge mouth, while the .380 would fit, it would be too far inside the cylinder for the firing pin to strike, and should it fire it would put all the recoil on the primer, and that can’t be a good idea.

      • CJ February 15, 2018, 3:57 pm

        Except the Taurus revolver uses “stellar” clips to hold the rimless ammo. If you could fit the 380 in the clip, which I don’t think you can, you can fire that caliber too.

    • 45 acp February 16, 2018, 3:04 am

      The 380 is not a shortened 9mm. The 9mm has a slightly tapered case and the 380 has a straight walled case.

  • Calvin February 15, 2018, 2:01 pm

    For some unknown reason, Taurus has made a corporate decision to have their designers create the UGLIEST handguns on god’s green earth….. I believe the MEMO to the designers was “Make ’em uglier than homemade sin”… just sayin’

  • Robert February 15, 2018, 1:29 pm

    Well who ever the moderator is, why don’t you just kiss my Marine Corp ass. I try to make good replies to articles only to find that they do not meet your bullshit criteria for some reason or another. I will be unsubscribing immediately. Oh by the way, did I forget to tell you to kiss my ass?

    • S.H. Blannelberry February 15, 2018, 1:48 pm

      sometimes things get accidentally deleted. what was your comment?

  • Robert February 15, 2018, 1:17 pm

    Why do our comments not show up? I have left many comments, only to have them disappear.

  • bbbs53 February 15, 2018, 12:08 pm

    Oh good, another South American boat anchor. POS!

  • GQ February 15, 2018, 12:03 pm

    Amazing the amount of whinning in these comments.

  • Todd February 15, 2018, 11:40 am

    Sure.. OK, it’s neat but; I’ma hold out for the version with the 9×23 and .38 Super cylinders too!

    Maybe even .30 Carbine -HA!

    Todd.

    • Willy February 15, 2018, 1:01 pm

      .30 Carbine uses a .308 bullet
      9mm uses a .356
      38SPL & .357 Mag uses a .357

      This is nothing new, Ruger use to sell revolver’s with a spare cylinder to convert your .357 to 9mm

  • Larry Kercher February 15, 2018, 11:22 am

    Ruger had that in their western style 3 screw Blackhawk in 1971. I own one. The 9mm cylinder is seldom used because if I want a 9mm I go with a semi-auto.

  • markle laws February 15, 2018, 10:12 am

    Stupid me. I thought a 9 mm was .355 dia and a 357 mag and 38 spl was .357 dia.

  • Johnny Raygun February 15, 2018, 9:24 am

    Shooting 9mm out of a revolver? OK, but the money you save on ammo, just go by a inexpensive 9mm striker fire pistol and then you have a backup. Two firearms is one firearm and one firearm is none to special forces.

  • Tom K February 15, 2018, 8:58 am

    This sounds nice, especially for those who own both 9mm pistols, and revolvers.. This model is also available in a shorter barrel, which I forgot the length.. 4″ I believe.. Now if this revolver also had interchangeable barrels, with like a 3″, so it could be used for both conceal carry, home protection, and hunting, then it would be a gun I would like to own..

  • Howard Mathews February 15, 2018, 8:28 am

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see wood grips on this Pistol?

    • markle laws February 15, 2018, 10:15 am

      It looks like a revolver not a pistol to me.

      • Robert February 15, 2018, 10:48 am

        Handguns have been called pistols for a couple hundred years or so before either revolvers or semi-auto actions were invented. “Revolver” merely denotes the type of cartridge feeding mechanism, just as a “lever action” or “bolt action” are both rifles.

  • Abby Normal February 15, 2018, 8:11 am

    Ruger did this years ago with their ‘Convertable’. I own one (Ruger). Shoot primarily .38, a few .357 magnum, rarely 9mm. Single action, dead on accuracy, sweet cowboy six. Love this pistol.

  • Dennis A. Muirhead February 15, 2018, 8:05 am

    Will the 9mm cylinders be available for existing 692s ?
    Will they fit existing 692s ?
    What is the cost of a 9mm cylinder ?
    Thanks, Dennis

  • Butch February 15, 2018, 8:00 am

    This is not new. Tiger been doing this a long time with there single action revolvers. Double action is new. I’d like to see one,I do like the idea of a 7 shot.

    • Butch February 15, 2018, 8:01 am

      It’s suppose to be ruger spell check sucks.

  • F February 15, 2018, 7:48 am

    Copying the ruger convertible with same features. Ruger about same price. I assume this is double action vs Ruger single but for a SHTF gun the ruger is indestructible. Looks like a lot of optionality though for the price.

  • J. Smith February 15, 2018, 7:40 am

    Ruger has been doing this for decades in their single six line. Yawn!

    Come out with Dan Wesson type changeable barrels and multi-caliber revolver and keep the price reasonable and then you have something.

    Options:
    1.Multi-length barrels, chambered in. 380/9mm cylinder, 38/357mag, and 357 max or 357/44 bains & Davis to keep the frame and cylinder smaller as opposed to going with the 357 max.

    2. 8-shot or 6- shot with multi-barrel size, w/9mm cylinder and 38/357 cylinder. 2″ for defense, 4″ for range, 6 1/2-8 1/2 for hunting.

    3. 8 shot 38/357 cylinder, and a 5-6 shot 357/44 B&D cylinder in 4, 6 1/2 and 8 1/2″ barrel variants, no switch barrel.
    357/44 B&D in 8 1/2 barrel will get 158g bullets close to 1900fps or better. 180’in the 1600’s, 200g in the 1500’s or Better.

    Suggestion, after owning numerous taurus revolvers, keep the porting limited. I was deaf For two days after using my taurus 8-shot 357 mag, in 4″ barrel to take A deer at 50 yards. No ear pro when hunting. Would be absolutely like a concussion grenade if used in the house for home defense with the porting. 357 mag recoil isnt bad, if you cant handle it get more training or another caliber. Plus the muzzle blast in. Close quarters, likens itself to a flame-thrower.

    find better sights, offer options, fixed and adjustable.

    Make a 2 barrel, 8-shot in 357 mag with novak combat sights and ill buy two! Yes, i know ruger gp 100 wiley clapp version. I have two, but the ruger is 3″ and only 6-shot.

  • SteveK February 15, 2018, 6:06 am

    Too bad they chose that BLAH matte finish! Deal breaker for me. SATIN, please!

    • Willy February 15, 2018, 1:03 pm

      That’s an easy fix with scotch brite pads.

  • Kahrdcarrier February 15, 2018, 5:27 am

    Is there enough difference between 9 mm and .38 standard or .38 short to make the cost of this worthwhile? Or is it the “OMG ammunition has disappeared and nothing but 9 mm is available” the problem it is solving? How much .38 spl. could you stockpile for the cost of the additional cylinder? I’m sorry, this looks like a solution without a problem. A .357 already feeds so many calibers.

    • srsquidizen February 15, 2018, 7:55 am

      This gun does NOT shoot “standard” or “short” 38’s and NEVER attempt to load those in any .38 Special/.357 Magnum! Standard .38 ammo is hard to find because only people who still shoot certain vintage revolvers need it. .38 Special is the ONLY widely available “other” ammo you should ever put into a .357 Magnum. It is plentiful but costs more than 9mm.

      I think the main reason for a dual-cylinder setup like this (not the first–Ruger makes a SA) is to have one gun that can shoot inexpensive 9mm range ammo while able to handle the much more powerful .357 Magnum. Most people who want both calibers already have addressed that by having 2 guns. So you’re right about it being kind of a solution without a problem.

  • bison1913 February 15, 2018, 5:15 am

    I’m not a fool for gimmicks, but I think I would enjoy owning this beautiful pistol/revolver. Really… who can’t use another .357 .38 or 9mm? It’s also a nice looking pistol… the lines of the gun just flow naturally. It reminds me of the Colt. I’ll wait and see the actual retail price… not the MSRP. ………Okay, I have made up my mind… I am purchasing one when it is introduced. This also gives me an excuse to reload more of the .357 .38 and 9mm instead of the 45LC and the 45ACP. Shoot lots and stay safe.

  • Blue Dog February 14, 2018, 11:01 am

    Is this not a simplification of a product that Taurus teased a couple of years ago? That one was supposed to chamber a .380 ACP in addition to the .357 Mag/.38 Spl and 9mm.
    If you want to go overboard, the .38 Super and .357 Maximum (and maybe .38 ACP?) come to mind as possible additions. .38 Colt maybe, too? Although I think that .38 Colts will fire through a standard .38 Special?.38 S&W and 9mm Makarov are out – they are the wrong diameter.
    The .357 Sig jumps out as a possible contender but I would be concerned about fitting the same number of chambers of a .357 Sig into a 9mm cylinder and have enough metal between the chambers to fire it safely.

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