SHOT Show 2020 – Taurus introduces the Defender 856 and 942 double-action revolvers, adding eight new different models overall to its already extensive line of home defense, personal protection and target shooting wheelguns
Newly launched for 2020 at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the Taurus Defender 856 and Taurus 942 double-action revolvers expand the Brazilian company's line of defensive and training wheelguns with two new models and eight entries overall designed to deliver peace of mind for concealed carry and home protection and to dub as good performing shooting range machines.
The Taurus Defender 856 is a .38 Special double-action revolver rated for the use of +P ammunition. The 3-inch barrel with a full-lug design guarantees a good compromise between balance, concealability and ballistic performance. All entries in the Defender 856 line are 7.5"/19cm long overall and weigh 35 oz (992 grams) empty.
The entries in the Taurus Defender 856 line are told apart by their finish, with matte black, hard-anodized black, matte stainless, two-tone and tungsten Cerakote variants available. Grips are available in wooden, G10 and synthetic versions, including Hogue rubber grips. All models feature a fixed rear sight and an AmeriGlo night sight with bright orange outline.
The Taurus 942 series includes two entries – matte black and matte stainless respectively – chambered in .22 Long Rifle and offering an 8-rounds capacity cylinder. Both versions come with a black synthetic grip, a 2-inch barrel, a drift-adjustable rear sight and a serrated ramp front sight. Both models stand at 6.6"/16,7cm of overall length and weigh 23.6 oz (669 grams) empty.