Taurus Judge

Description

The Taurus Judge is a medium-frame revolver chambered for .45 Colt or .410. Taurus says its revolver is properly named the “Judge” because it is the gun most judges choose to conceal under their robes while in court.

The Judge’s features include Taurus’s Ribber Grip (ribbed rubber), Taurus’s lock safety that disables the gun with the turn of a key, fixed sights with a fiber optic front sight that’s brightly colored and easy to see, it is hammer fired with a double-action or single-action trigger. It also has a transfer bar, so the hammer strikes a flat bar that presses the firing pin instead of the hammer striking the firing pin directly.

Optional features include Crimson Trace lasergrips, which activates when a shooter wraps a hand around the grip (add about $320).

Taurus recommends the Judge for self-defense.

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Specifications

4510TKR-3B
Caliber:.410
.45 Colt
Grip:Ribber/black
Capacity:5
Sights:Fixed rear sight and red fiber optic front
Features:Chambered for 2.5" shells
Firing pin block; lock safety; and transfer bar
Optional feature: Crimson Trace Lasergrips
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Steel/blue
Size:Medium
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.taurususa…
Weight:1.8125 pounds
Barrel Length:3"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length:7.5"
Height:5.394"
4510-3MBCT
Caliber:.410
.45 Colt
Grip:Ribber/black
Capacity:5
Sights:Crimson Trace laser sight
Fixed rear sight and red fiber optic front
Features:Chambered for 2.5" shells
Firing pin block; lock safety; and transfer bar
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Steel/blue
Size:Medium
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.taurususa…
Weight:1.8125 pounds
Barrel Length:3"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length:7.5"
Height:5.394"
4510-3SSCT
Caliber:.410
.45 Colt
Grip:Ribber/black
Capacity:5
Sights:Crimson Trace laser sight
Fixed rear sight and red fiber optic front
Features:Chambered for 2.5" shells
Firing pin block; lock safety; and transfer bar
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Size:Medium
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.taurususa…
Weight:1.8125 pounds
Barrel Length:3"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length:7.5"
Height:5.394"
4510TKR-3SS
Caliber:.410
.45 Colt
Grip:Ribber/black
Capacity:5
Sights:Fixed rear sight and red fiber optic front
Features:Chambered for 2.5" shells
Firing pin block; lock safety; and transfer bar
Action:Revolver
Material/Finish:Stainless steel/matte
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.taurususa…
Weight:1.8125 pounds
Barrel Length:3"
Twist:1 in 12"
Length:9.5"
Height:5.394"
MSRP$592.00

Editor Review

An uncle of mine has a gun I’ve drooled over for years: a single shot .410 short barreled shotgun.  He claims that the gun was issued to him by the Post Office so he could shoot snakes while walking his rural Alabama mail route.  Maybe it’s true.  Makes a good story.  Having walked much of the rural south, and seen my share of rattlesnakes, I’d have wanted something a bit more effective than a .410.  But you take what you get.

If I were walking the same rural route today, I’d consider carrying a Taurus Judge.  The gun can certainly send out swarms of shot that will eviscerate a snake.  The five shot revolver is either a short shotgun or a hefty handgun, depending on how you load it.  The Judge shoots 2.5” .410 shells and/or .45 Colts.


And that’s the novelty of it, but I find myself asking: Is it more than that? 

The Judge is a lot of fun to shoot.  I like shredding targets with it.  After emptying the revolver on a silhouette, I felt an odd sense of awe.  But that’s the problem - it feels more lethal than it is.

The .410 is not enough shotgun, unless you are teaching kids to shoot or peppering snakes.  That may be the niche the Judge finally occupies - a first rate snake gun.

So why is the Judge advertised as a self defense weapon?  The .45 Colt is a reliable round, but, unfortunately, the Judge simply isn’t designed to be accurate beyond close range.  And even though the revolver isn’t huge, the bulk isn’t easily concealable.   Maybe it would be a good gun to have at home, but it wouldn’t be my first choice. 
I think the Judge may be more effective as a visual deterrent.  I mean look at it - it’s intimidating. 

After shooting the gun, I’m still not convinced it is anything I’d invest in.  You have to be brutally honest in answering this question: What do you want this gun for? 

I think this is primarily a super short .410 shotgun.  The rifled barrel keeps it legal - without a smooth bore barrel, it is still a handgun.  But if was looking for a .45 caliber pistol, this would not make the short list.

If you can only have one gun to kill snakes and serve as defensive weapon-of-last-resort, than the Judge would be perfect.

The one thing I am fond of is that it comes from Taurus.  They were first gun company to offer a lifetime warranty on their products.  Their specialty used to be making low cost knockoffs of major label firearms.  This history isn’t as dubious as I had initially suspected - they’ve had business relationships with both Smith & Wesson and Beretta.  Their knockoffs are knocked off legally and legitimately.

And now Smith & Wesson has returned the favor.  The S&W Governor is almost identical, if a bit more expensive - and just as much of a novelty.