I Carry: Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. Revolver in a Dark Star Gear Holster

Today on I Carry we have a Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. revolver with a Holosun green dot sight in a Dark Star Gear holster.

posted on May 5, 2023

Firearm: Taurus 605 TORO (MSRP: $470.99)

Okay, I have to admit this is different. The folks at Taurus recently released not one but two different revolvers set up to accept a red-dot optic. One is an 856 Defender, a six-shot .38 Special, while the other is the subject of today’s kit, the five-shot model 605 in .357 Magnum. Both models are available in either stainless or matte black, both are available with 3-inch barrels and both come with Taurus’ molded rubber grip that does an excellent job anchoring the revolver in the hand.

The 605 TORO we have here is in the stainless finish, which makes more sense from a utilitarian standpoint for the weather- and sweat-resistance, but I’m a bigger fan of blued or the matte-black, but that’s a personal preference. The 605 has an overall length of 7.5 inches, a height of 4.8 inches and weighs 23.5 ounces unloaded. It’s slightly longer and heavier than the standard micro-9 mm double-stack pistols like the SIG Sauer P365 or Smith & Wesson Shield Plus, but does have the advantage of the more powerful .357 Magnum.

One note on the 605 TORO optics set-up: This isn’t like the optics-ready semi-automatics, in that you can purchase one and add or remove a red-dot sight on a whim, putting the cover back in place when an electro optic is removed. With the plate needed to attach a powered optic to the 605, once it has been screwed down and Loctited in place, the front sight is more or blocked from view. While you can pick up, say, a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP and just put back the cover plate once the optic is off, woth the 605 TORO you’ll either be leaving the optic on, swapping it for another optic or getting out the heat gun. It’s more involved to remove the plate on the 605 TORO; however, it’s unlikely this would be a problem, but it is something about which to be aware.

The mount itself accepts both Shield RMSc- and Holosun 507K-footprint optics, which means that pretty much every micro-dot out there will work, and will work as a direct mount. Putting a dot on a revolver is definitely some outside-the-box thinking from Taurus, although it’s certainly not unheard of—some of the larger frame Smith & Wesson revolvers have rails built-in, while others can have a rail section that replaces the rear sight. Taurus’ new line of TORO revolvers brings the ability to mount a powered optic to a concealable revolver, and that’s a new option for fans of both wheelguns and dot sights.


Holster: Dark Star Gear Apollo holster (MSRP: $90)

Now, the Taurus 605 TORO does present a unique challenge when it comes to carrying it: where do you find a holster that’s set up for a revolver with a red-dot sight attached? Answer: Dark Star Gear’s Apollo line of holsters. We’ve run several of Dark Star Gear’s excellent rigs for both small-frame revolvers and mid-size semi-automatic pistols, and find the company’s single-sheet Kydex construction, fit and retention to be excellent.

The Apollo we have for the Taurus 605 TORO is relieved for the mounted optic, has a DCC tuckable metal clip and has an extra attachment point should a wing be desired to help in concealment. This particular Apollo is designed for a 3-inch-barrel revolver, and should be a consideration for revolvers with shorter barrels as well, as the extra length below the belt line is a significant help in keeping the holster steady.


Optic: Holosun EPS Carry Green 6 (MSRP: $405.87)

I know, I know. All this talk about red-dot optics, and we’ve gone ahead and chosen Holosun’s new EPS Carry in, of course, green. We featured the larger EPS model in a previous episode of “I Carry,” noting that this represents a unique first for Holosun and powered optics in general—the EPS is the first enclosed emitter sight that allows direct-attachment, with the emitter and lens not taking up the entire top of the unit, and the mounting screws exposed. This means it does not require a separate plate with a raised section like other enclosed emitters. The EPS Carry goes one further, and allows direct attachment with only a spacer plate—the screws align directly with the standard RMSc optic cut prevalent in small pistols (and, in this case, obviously the Taurus 605 TORO revolver).

The EPS Carry line includes both red and green dots available in 2- and 6-MOA sizes. All units have side-mounted battery compartments for a standard CR1620 battery, with claimed battery life up to 50,000 hours. They accomplish this with Holosun’s Shake Awake technology, which turns the unit off after 10 minutes of no activity and powers back up at the first sign of motion. Simple, easy-to-access buttons adjust the brightness of the EPS Carry unit, and its 7075 aluminum housing and glass lens contribute to an IPX8 rating for water resistance.


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