New for 2022: Taurus Defender .357 Mag. Revolver

Taurus improved upon its popular Model 605 with practical, concealed-carry-oriented features.

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posted on January 19, 2022
Taurus Defender .357 Mag.

Taurus introduced its new Defender .357 Mag. revolver. The company's engineers developed the Defender as an improvement upon its Model 605, with those concerned with personal protection who desire the solid performance and simplicity of a revolver in mind.

Chambered for .357 Mag./.38 Spl., this five-shot revolver promises to deliver the reliability and performance demanded from a self-defense handgun with several practical features included.

The new Defender features a longer, 3-inch barrel—making it short enough for concealed carry while delivering an enhanced sight radius for accuracy at distances beyond the typical short distances at which most life-threatening encounters occur. The longer 3-inch barrel also delivers greater muzzle velocity (compared with 2-inch barrels) for more effective terminal performance. Unlike most 3-inch-barreled revolvers, the Defender 605 comes with an extended ejector rod for easier reloads.

Factory-installed night sights are included. The front blade features an orange-outlined tritium dot, while the rear assembly is grooved to foster quick acquisition in a variety of lighting conditions.

The Defender comes in four different models, each featuring its own stylish and functional grip and finish combinations:

  • 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)

As with all Taurus handguns, the Defender 605 comes with the Taurus Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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