A lot of people believe that folks should carry a full-size 9mm or .45 ACP pistol for self defense. However, the .38 Special was the preferred round for a very long time, making snub-nosed revolvers, such as the new Taurus 856 Concealed Hammer model, viable protection guns. Additionally, revolvers were the original point and click handgun.
Now the 856 model has been around for a while. In fact, these guns are well known for reliability and accuracy. So, the only real functional change is the removal of the hammer spur. This makes this DAO revolver easier to draw from concealment holsters, especially pocket style holsters. The lack of a hammer spur prevents the gun from snagging on the edges of pockets, which is where many prefer to carry these guns.
The 856 features a soft, ergonomic rubber grip to minimize felt recoil and to promote fast target reacquisition. Also, this gun can handle .38 Special +P loads, and it even provides one additional round over many compact revolvers. This doesn’t sound like much, but one round can make a difference.
Shooters can even choose among aluminum, carbon steel or stainless-steel frames. However, Taurus is now offering an element of customization by producing revolvers in four color finishes — Azure (blue), Rouge (red), Bronze and Burnt Orange. The company also offers a carbon steel frame paired with a matte black cylinder or a stainless-steel frame and matte stainless-steel cylinder. So in addition to being an excellent concealed-carry gun, the 856 can also reveal some personality of the owner.
Taurus 856 Concealed Hammer Revolver
- Action: DAO
- Caliber: .38 Special +P
- Capacity: 6
- Trigger Pull: 10 to 12 lbs.
- Barrel Length: 2″
- Overall Length: 6.55″
- Height: 4.8″
- Weight: 15.7 ozs. (unloaded)
- Sights: Serrated ramp front/fixed rear
- Grip: Soft rubber
- Safety: Transfer bar
- MSRP: $363.63 to $415
For more information about the Taurus 856 Concealed Hammer revolver, please visit taurususa.com.