My Taurus ultra-lite has been a constant companion on my hip for about 9 yrs; won't leave home without it.
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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.
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.
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!!!
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!
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?
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.
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 eve...[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.
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.
You folks may not know it but Taurus is now making a Model 85 in stainless steel with a 3 inch barrel. The model number is 2-850039. Although not shown on Taurus web site, they are available through Davidson's in Phoenix, AZ. The weight is around 22 oz. The frame is identical to the snub nose 85, so you can use a small rubber grip if you want to, but it comes with a longer grip to accommodate the little finger. This pistol suits me right down to my toes. It is small and concealable, the grip is long enough to give you a good handle on it, and it has good weight to make shooting it pleasurable. I think it is a super pistol for the money. Right now Armadillo Guns of Nevada, Texas has a special selling them for about $380. I may go back an buy another one, a backup for my backup.
A couple of weeks ago at a gun show I noticed a Taurus model 85 Ultra-lite for sale, it was alittle worn and grips looked alittle beatup, the price was reasonable $220, unfortunately I procrastinated and someone else purchased the weapon ! But this past weekend I found a Taurus model 85 not ultra-lite but regular steel blue with a ported barrel in nearly excelent condition $300, shot it the other day, very smooth trigger pull, accurate and hardly any noticable recoil thanks to those rubber grips and ported barrel ! My own opinion I feel that dollar for dollar the Taurus model 85 is the best value today in a self-defence revolver, a great pocket gun as there are no buttons or levers to fool with as with many automatic pistols or failure to feed or extract or a bad magazine ! Check the model 85 out you will not regret it !