Taurus is giving the people what they want. Taking cues from its hardcore revolver fans, the firearms company is expanding its 605 line of .357 Mag. revolvers to include three-inch barrels and adding the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge to its 856 series.
We caught up with Taurus CEO Bret Vorhees at SHOT Show 2022 so he could walk us through these great new offerings.
The new 605’s three-inch barrel still allows for great concealability but improves accuracy via a longer sight radius and increases projectile velocity.
The 605 is chambered in .357 Magnum/.38 Special, holds five rounds in its steel cylinder, and uses a double-action/single-action firing mechanism. It weighs 23.5 ounces and measures 7.5 inches in length and 4.8 inches in height.
The trigger is excellent even in double-action mode, and the front fiber optic sight is easy to pick up.
The 605 is available in these configurations:
- Altamont wood grip with Tungsten Cerakote finish (MSRP $517.33)
- Hogue rubber grip with matte black finish on a stainless-steel frame (MSRP $472.63)
- VZ black/gray grip with matte stainless steel and matte black cylinder finish (MSRP $540.68)
- Hogue rubber grip with matte stainless-steel finish (MSRP $472.63)
Customers have also been asking Taurus to add the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge to its 856 series of revolvers, and Taurus delivered. We gave the 856 Defender high marks in our full review, and the addition of the .327 cartridge is sure to appeal to concealed carry practitioners.
The .327 is based on a lengthened .32 H&R Magnum cartridge case and exceeds the performance of its parent cartridge. It pushes an 85-grain bullet 1,500 fps and a 100-grain bullet about 1,450 fps, the latter of which produces 467 ft.-lbs. of energy. This allows the .327 to rival the .357 Magnum while maintaining much softer felt recoil.
Plus, users can also fire the .32 H&R Magnum and .32 S&W Long cartridges from the .327’s six-round cylinder.
The Taurus .327 is a double-action/single-action and is available with a 2-inch or 3-inch barrel. The revolver is also available with a black carbon steel or stainless-steel barrel, cylinder, and frame.
- MSRP – $371.05 Matte Black Model
- MSRP – $388.32 Stainless Model