One of the never ending quests that pocket revolver designers find themselves engaged is in regards to finding new ways to create a lighter gun. Decreasing weight is not as simple as shaving off metal because functional integrity quickly begins to fail. The Taurus looks solves this conundrum in its Model 85 Ultra-Lite Titanium.
With the frame forged from aluminum and the cylinder made from titanium, the gun is constructed almost wholly of lightweight alloys. This advancement in material selection shaves the total weight of this pocket revolver down to 13.5 ounces from the 22.5 of the original Stainless Steel Model 85.
While the Model 85 Titanium is almost half as light as the original it is a mistake to think that the gun will feel half as heavy when carried because the weight figures are for unloaded guns. When carrying a 5-shot load of .38 Special the weight of the ammo will come into play somewhat.
The remaining features of this pocket revolver remain the same apart from the difference in production materials. The gun retains the rubber combat grips, the transfer bar safety, and the 2” barrel. This revolver is rated to effectively carry the .38 Special +P ammo as well.
Reviews of the Taurus Model 85 Titanium revolver can be found below. Please only submit review the Model 85 Stainless Steel, or the original Model 85 Ultra-Lite at their respective review pages.
The rubber grip moves "up" the frame after a couple of hundred rounds and that stops the hammer from being able to go to the full back position, I had to take a razor blade and cut part of the rubber to allow the hammer to function fully.
I have had trouble with the Taurus 22LR revolver 9 shot. But the 38 Taurus Titanium Pocket Revolver never gave me trouble. This gun is very accurate. More then my FNS 9mm at 50'. I love the light weight. There is a kick; so hold on as you fire.
I have found that the Titanium is even more trustworthy for +P ammo and is still amazingly lightweight. Unloaded mine reads 14.0 oz., loaded 16.6. I believe they discontinued this model because of Titanium costs but im glad i found mine used WITH the hammer, i love the single action option. One con though is the texture of the titanium, it scratches easily and i find myself trying to rub off light marks ive made, but its still reliable, aesthetically pleasing, and light as heck, great for inside the waistband at 1.3 in. thick. The grip is also quite sturdy and my pinky doesnt mind hanging off, it almost helps with the weight and relieves effort by having a supporting finger underneath the grip instead of just ones "around" it. Yeah its got a kick because of the lightness but it doesnt outweigh never noticing it holding you down on your person, its like a feather! Most guns, when u hold them in a firing position for too long, are strenuous, this gun is not. It has truly made me a fan of the revolver.
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