First Look: Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. and 605 T.O.R.O. Revolvers

Two new small-frame revolvers that are red-dot ready right out of the box.

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posted on January 13, 2023
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In October of 2022, Taurus asked its customers what they wanted to the company to produce, once it had rolled out the 856 Executive Grade revolver. The answer they received was swift and unanimous: Their customers wanted a small frame revolver that was built for a red dot optic.

Taurus listened, and is now rolling out two new optics ready, small frame revolvers, the Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. and the Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. The 856 is a six-shot revolver chambered in .38 Spl., while the 605 has five chambers and uses .357 Mag. Rounds.

Both revolvers are milled at the factory to accept the optics plate designed specifically for this application. The plate itself accepts compact red dots designed for the Holosun K footprint, allowing you to use electronic sights such as the Holosun EPS Carry on your wheelgun.

The advantages to a red dot on a revolver are significant. Obviously, red dot sights are easier for many people to shoot. Additionally, a red dot can be zeroed to a specific grain weight or type of ammo, which wasn’t an option with a traditional fixed sight revolver. Both the 856 and 605 T.O.R.O. are based on the popular Defender series of revolvers. These firearms feature all steel construction, three-inch barrels and have a replaceable front sight, with a double-action/single-action trigger that provides a smooth but fast pull in double action for serious defensive shooting.

Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. Specifications

  • Capacity: 5 Rounds
  • Action Type: Double Action /Single Action
  • Front Sight: Removable
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Grips: Rubber
  • Caliber: 357 Mag. / 38 Spl. +P
  • Barrel Length: 3.00 inches
  • Overall Length: 7.50 inches
  • Overall Height: 4.80 inches
  • Overall Width: 1.41 inches
  • Revolver Weight: 23.52 ounces
  • Frame Material: Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Cylinder Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Finish: Matte Stainless
  • Barrel Finish: Matte Stainless
  • Cylinder Finish: Matte Stainless

Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. Specifications

  • Capacity: 6 Rounds
  • Action Type: Double Action /Single Action
  • Front Sight: Removable
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Grips: Rubber
  • Caliber: .38 Spl. +P
  • Barrel Length: 3.00 inches
  • Overall Length: 7.50 inches
  • Overall Height: 4.80 inches
  • Overall Width: 1.40 inches
  • Revolver Weight: 23.5 ounces
  • Frame Material: Stainless Steel
  • Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
  • Cylinder Material: Stainless Steel
  • Frame Finish: Matte Black
  • Barrel Finish: Matte Black
  • Cylinder Finish: Matte Black

In addition to this, Taurus has partnered with industry leading holster manufacturers to create compatible holsters of the T.O.R.O. revolver right from start, so you won’t have to wait six months to carry your new wheelgun as you're out and about. MSRP for the .38 Spl. 856 T.O.R.O. begins at $450.99, and the MSRP for the .357 Magnum 605 starts at $445.99. For more information on these guns or other revolvers from Taurus, please visit taurususa.com.

 

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