Taurus International Manufacturing
Taurus has their new concealed carry revolver here at SHOT show, and it is turning heads. This new little pistol is called The View, and it’s easy to see why. A substantial section of the gun’s frame is made of clear Lexan. The rest of the frame is aluminum alloy. But don’t worry about the strength of frame. The titanium cylinder and stainless steel-lined titanium barrel are going to take most of the punishment.
The View’s barrel is just shy of an inch and a half long. This little guy only weighs 9 ounces empty and about 17 ounces when loaded with five .38 specials. This is all set on a highly modified model 85 frame with a canted grip that makes for a fast instinctive aim. It should also help to control the recoil of this little gun. We haven’t shot it yet, but the folks who have say the recoil is rather snappy. Of course it is. Did we mention that it weighs a paltry 9 ounces. But that’s ok. This is not going to be a range gun. Sure you need to be proficient with your carry piece, but this is more of a true hold-out style gun. Grip and go. Point and shoot.
Now back to the polycarbonate side panel. The Taurus rep said the company spent a great deal of time getting the hardness of the plastic just right. The Lexan is hard enough to do its job, but it has just enough flex that it will not crack around the screw heads, even if they’re over-tightened.
The MSRP is $599, and the pistol will come in either silver or pink finishes. These are shipping to dealers now, so get out there and check it out. It is worth looking at, at least, and just might be the perfect take-along gun for those true pocket carry scenarios when you want the potential of a .38 without the weight.