The Model 85 Ultra-Lite takes all of the features of the original and, by cutting down on weight, makes it even easier to carry.
A major difference that separates this gun from it's weightier brethren is that it utilizes an aluminum Ultra-Lite frame. Regardless of this fact the gun is still rated to carry .38 Special +P ammo all day.
This pocket revolver keep the 2" barrel, 5 round capactiy, rubber combat grips, fixed sights, transfer bar safety, and double-action/single-action trigger. The only thing that is missing on this gun is the additional 5.5 ounces.
These guns work even better for ankle carry as a backup gun but can be utilized as a primary defense weapon when concealed in a pocket holster as well.
Color choices include satin stainless and deep blued finishes. These guns have the chamber release on the left side so they are not true ambidextrous revovlers.
Reviews of the Taurus Model 85 Ultra-Lite pocket revolver are found below. The standard steel model as well as thetitanium alloy versions are not to be reviewed here as the have their own review sets. If you do have an Ultra-Lite version however, please write a review of your own here. Whether yours is stainless or blued, traditional grips or pearl handled, doesn't matter.
My Taurus ultra-lite has been a constant companion on my hip for about 9 yrs; won't leave home without it. Read More
My 85ul is going on 9 yrs old with approximately 3000 rds through it and still running like a champ. I had a S&W 36,that I could'nt hit the broadside of anything with. Sold that " high and mighty " inferior piece of junk to buy the 85ul and a couple boxes of fmj practice ammo. The Taurus is outstandng for a 2" snubbie. Read More
Was a 1911 carrier until one day I got tired of constantly pulling up my pants. So, went to an outfitter shop and ended up buying the Taurus 85ul. That was 9yrs ago;and the 85 still is my always everyday main carry piece.I have only shot standard pressure,- (minus) 12 135 gr +P Gold Dots. Probably about 3000 rds through the gun. It has been perfect(as far as snubbies go). It is more than accurate enough for its intended purpose. Read More
I owned Two Tarus 85's since 2011, due to one reason or another I had to get rid of them. One was old (very old) that the serial number came up as made in 1980's when contacted Taurus Firearms. It was of Nickel plated, and did not shoot "+P" bullets. I traded it in for another T-85 Stainless Steel and the gun preformed extremely well with little problem after a timing issue was corrected at Taurus in Florida. I kept the gun in one of several places throughout the home with other firearms (handguns). On may 12, 2013, I purchased my third 85. This one is a Ultra lite. If it resembles the past ones, I am sure I would get my money's worth from the handgun. I know Taurus, and I know the quality, customer service, and warranty behind the gun that Taurus stands and works behind. I am sure I will be happy and proud of the weapon. I am planning to use it in a location close to the front door of the house, and I am sure it will be dependable!!! Read More
Taurus 85 is great. Carried S&W 38 6 shot side arm in the Air Force while carrying my M-60 7.62 machine gun. The Taurus 85 has been flawless! Read More
I am ex US Air Force Security Police. Purchased my first Taurus 85 steel, at a gun show in Casa Grande,AZ used but very little wear. Great snubby, has never failed to fire after hundreds of rounds. Also purchased Taurus 85 ultra lite,much more kick but still great, very reliable! Both very fine,reliable revolvers to keep you safe if the need should ever arise. Also have the North American Arms "Pug" 22 magnum that is much more than many give credit! When I fire it on the range most want to check it out! At under 7 oz why would you leave home without it? Read More
I bought my SS Taurus in 1993 it has been flawless. It still looks and shoots like the first day which was and is excellent. Can't comment on the newer version but mine will last many life times and will be handed down. I put this 38SPL equal and above any gun in this class. Read More
I bought my Taurus 85UL Stainless at a local pawnshop 2 years ago for $299. It is a 2009 model and appeared unfired. The cylinder showed no scraped ring until I started shooting it. I have fired about 500 rounds of a variety of cartridges through it, but have settled on Mag Tec 158gr SJHP. They are cheap enough to use for target and look like a decent defense round. I certainly wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of one. The 85 has been perfect from day one. I retrofitted it with factory rosewood grips, just because I like them. I was shocked at the kick of a 158 grain round and quickly learned that a TIGHT grip is needed to keep it from injuring the web of my thumb. the wood grips probably contribute a little to the pain. This is my only handgun, but at 7 yards I can consistenly hit a 1" bullseye. I have no plans to try any further than that. I share the same "sticky" cylinder release problem other have noted, but I've never had it completely stick closed. It is so slight I don't even think about it most of the time. It is just there. Last time at the range I had a local sheriff deputy watch me shooting and then inspected my 85, ammo, Galco pocket holster and custom home made lock/display box. During a long discussion he admitted he had been looking at one for his BUG and was finally pretty sold on it. I let him shoot a few loads to convince himself. He was sure he would stick with the rubber grips. I love this gun, carry it all the time, and see no need for any other handgun. I also carry 2 HKS 36 speedloaders that enable me to re-load in about 10 seconds. Read More
At 17oz, my ultra-lite is a pleasure to carry. I actually forget I have on. Loaded with 5 135 gr GDHP's it weighs a little more, but I can conceal it in a Don Hume belt holster,with an un-tucked T-shirt or jacket hanging below my waist.On ammo choices,it will handle +P;but hold on to your hat(revolver).Being an ultra-lite,the little j-frame has got a bit more re-coil;with a proper grip(crush granite type). Over all, the Taurus Mdl 85ul is a great tool for the job it was intended to do. Read More
I have the blued 85ul.It has been a dependable and reliable carry piece. It has been my primary for the last 5 years. Do I trust my life to this weapon? Yes I do. I usually pack it with either 135 gr gdhp's, or 125 gr Hornady XTP hollowpoints,or both. I can't believe how accurate the Hornady's are. At 15 feet,POA and POI is dead on. Read More
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