On the Gun Forums, a lot of guys have talked about how good looking a Gun is. When it comes to Sexy Handguns, this one right here really is it. Let’s compare it to what others have already compared it to… Monica Bellaluci.
Oh, a Circuit Judge in .22 Magnum? Okay, I’m down. “It wont let leave you hanging.” Oh, that’s good. Don’t want to mess with a Hanging Judge! LOL, Rossi… Using your knowledge of Western Lore… Your Crazy.
Oh man… AND it can shoot .45 Colt and .410 SHOTGUN TOO! It’s MAGIC! Those Wacky Brazilians… They can do anything with Voodoo Magic these days. Even turn a Kenyan into a Hawaiian. You guys are crazy.
That’s it. I’m ordering one. Hell yes. A .22 Mag than can also throw down some wicket .410… I’m in. Give me one, Rossi! I’m holding my breath over here!
DAFUQ? Discontinued? It’s the first featured product on your Web Page? Discontinued! WTF, Rossi? I want this! What can I do? I’m going to call customer service!
Wait. What was I going to call them about? Ah screw it… it will come to me… I’ll just stare at this picture of this adorable blonde girl while I try to remember.
Got a rather long passionate email about the Taurus Judge and everything that is good about it. The problem though… is that it’s still a Taurus Judge… in .410. See, regardless of the benifits of the Judge… It’s good at neither shooting the .45 Colt or the .410…
It’s quite true that there are people that have unrealistic expectations about The Judge. It’s not a “monster-slayer,” but you could also say the same thing about a number of other guns out there. (This is mostly due to TV and movies, coupled with a general intellectual laziness whereby most people will see said movie, say, “OOOH, That’s cool! I want one,” and never bother to do their homework. Most serious gun owners actually know better anyway.)
That said, The Judge does have some good points that shouldn’t be glossed over. If you do, you’re just as bad as the people mentioned above.
The primary purpose of this gun is anti-snake. Most ranchers carry some kind of light rifle or shotgun, (at the very least in a vehicle) while they are surveying or doing some kind of work on their property. It is not possible or convenient to carry said shotgun or rifle for every single conceivable task or location. It is significantly more convenient to carry something in a holster attached to one’s hip than slung across one’s shoulder. (I would LIKE to carry my M1-A, and, although it’s perfectly legal in Texas, it’s inconvenient on a motorcycle, and worries the sheeple, which is necessary grief! I CAN carry my concealed handgun.)
I had an uncle who was deathly afraid of rattlesnakes, (just shy of paranoid, but for good reason!) His primary method of ridding himself of a known rattlesnake was to run over it with a vehicle, and then chip its head off with a shovel while the snake was pinned. This worked well if one had a vehicle and shovel. He’s been in situations where he was missing one or both. To make matters worse, they sometimes bite without rattling, and killing one with just a shovel requires that one get unnecessarily close to the snake.
With The Judge, if you see a snake that you can’t avoid or work around, one or two shots with #9 shot will take care of it. That give you three extras, “just in case.”
That which applies to the rancher applies to the fisherman who is concerned about water moccasins, (which are VERY aggressive!) or bears. The Judge is indeed weak tea vs bear, (even with Speer Gold Dots,) but the revolver will “dual-hat” between .410 and .45LC, and sometimes that’s a better choice overall.
A good secondary purpose would be small game and / or light varmint at close range. As above, it’s easier to carry than a long-gun.
A good tertiary purpose would be anti-carjacking in areas where one is paranoid about over-penetration. This is a bigger concern if you live in a big city, and not so much for a small town or country. Then again, in such areas, carjacking is less of a concern.
The Judge would not fit in the role of skeet shooting, unless you’re insanely good and want a challenge, or are a dingbat, and like the idea of shooting skeet with a handgun.
The Judge is too big to conceal unless you are a big-and-tall person wearing the right clothing with the right holster. Even then, there are better choices.
For home-defense, there’s very little reason not to have an actual shotgun.
That said, don’t be too hard on The Judge. Educate the people who have Holywood ideas about guns and their capabilities.
Please stop making “Ribber Grips”. No one likes them.
You know, Taurus is one Gun Maker that has more than it’s share of detractors. But I have to give them some props. Their 1911 really is a solid and well built gun for the money. Bang for the buck value is through the roof. I took a couple that we have at the gun counter, hit them with some Slipstream… and I kid you not, the bloody things are the smoothest 1911s in the case now. (In fact, I’ve never felt such a drastic effect from Slipstream, as I did with the Taurus 1911s!) These are very good 1911′s, not just “for the money”, but very good 1911s – period.
The only real problem it has, is that they are not selling.
Here we go again guys… Yes, I know its so soon since I just did Mossberg. But I’ve some thoughts on Taurus here and now.
Taurus has come a long way, Baby. These guys have made a mint on the Judge revolver series, and everyone knows all about them, even people who don’t know guns. Because according to one guy that says he knows a guy that is friends with a guy that hunts ducks with them. Well, I’m not talking about the super serious, uber deadly Judges. We’re going to talk about the other stuff Taurus makes.