Taurus View: Clear Side Plate, 1.4″ Barrel, 9 oz

Taurus 85 View

Taurus will be selling a new version of the popular model 85 revolvers in 2014 called the View.  The Taurus View is a double action only (DAO) revolver chambered for the .38 Special.  What gives this gun its name is the clear Lexan side plate that gives you a look at the internal workings of the gun.

However, the clear side plate is not the only thing that stands out about this new revolver.

The View revolvers will have an ultra-short 1.41″ barrel and an overall length of only 5.67″.  These guns use a titanium cylinder and barrel with an aluminum frame.  Total weight is only nine ounces, yet they remain +P rated.  I imagine the fireball from high pressure rounds will be impressive.

Fixed sights – a front ramp and notch rear – are standard on these new handguns.  The cylinder will hold five rounds.  It appears Taurus may have designed a new boot-type grip for these guns.

The new guns will be available in the matte stainless finish and in a pink finish.  Suggested retail pricing is set at $599.

Taurus View Specifications

caliber.38 Special
capacity5 rounds
barrel length1.41"
overall length5.67"
width1.35"
height3.5"
weight (unloaded)9 ounces
MSRP$599.00

While the clear side plate might seem like a gimmick to some, I think it could be an indicator of a significant culture change at Taurus.  Some have reported quality control issues in the past with Taurus, and I documented my own issues with a T&E 709 pistol a few years back.  A clear side plate seems to be an effort by the company to highlight the craftsmanship inside the guns.

“Many new and exciting changes are continuing to take place behind the doors of Taurus these days,” said Taurus Holdings President & CEO Mark Kresser in the company’s latest product catalog.  “Some of them may not be so obvious to the naked eye, yet others will let you take a look into the heart and soul of our company and our products.”

Taurus View

“There is a new culture at Taurus It is one where each employee takes great pride in what they do every day—and that is making the finest firearms in the history of the company.”

I look forward to seeing the new model 85 View and other Taurus products at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Update – January 2014

Taurus released additional information on the View revolver.  The company redesigned the model 85 grip for this gun, creating a new contour that helps reduce printing when carried concealed.  Additionally, Taurus states the grip puts the gun lower in the hand, reducing muzzle flip during recoil.  This is important in any small revolver, but especially one with such a short barrel.

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Comments

  1. “…called the View.”
    Really? So now I have to think about Barbara Walters every time I look at it?

  2. ummm…ok?

  3. It looks very compact with great potential for concealment. At nine ounces, though, I would try out the +P stuff to see how “fun” the recoil is before I carried it thusly stoked. Wonder if they will be selling them w/o the peepshow window…

    Randall

    • It ain’t the barrel length that makes handguns awkward to conceal and carry. Most folks can carry a 3″ barreled gun in their waistband and sit and bend over with no problem. It’s the grip length that shows through clothes. revolvers add the cylinder bulge to the equation.

      Between the cylinder gap and short barrel what little energy the .38 spl has is wasted. No sir, I don’t like it, I don’t like it at all.

    • I agree with Randall that it will be interesting to see if Taurus makes them without the see-through side plate, which I don’t like–too unconventional for me. I would be interested in one with a traditional side plate, but I doubt we’ll see this, as it then wouldn’t be The View.

  4. So… now you can SEE the broken parts!

  5. Boy if only they were thinking. This would be a great gun in 22 mag with a 7 or 8 shot cylinder. 9 ounces not much more than a NAA 22 mag double action and now ammo that works in a 1 inch barrel-hopefully they will rethink plus you might actually be able to shoot a 22 mag at that weight!!!!!!!!!

    • Tim, I have to agree with you 100% . I own the NAA Pug but I have a few dislikes about it. This Taurus View in .22 WMR in 7 0r 8 rounds would be close to perfect (For Me). Sure hope that Taurus sees our comments.

  6. These guns use a titanium cylinder and barrel? How can one make a barrel of titanium. It would have to have a steel insert.

  7. Also what is that gold piece of broken looking plastic on the side above the grip?

  8. Barrel length must be the only thing where guys say mine is shorter than yours.
    Why not get rid of the barrel all together

  9. Chronograph results should show how much energy is being lost with the short barrel. S&W went to a ploy 38 Special called the Bodyguard last year and it shoots very well. Had to go to a Hogue grip though. It’ll be interesting to see how this little hummer works.

  10. Aussie Jim says:

    Thank you all for your valuable comments. The Taurus 85VTA revolver is designed as a fashion accessory; not as a defensive firearm. Various reviews are misleading and give conflicting detail! The Taurus web site gives only a little valuable information and the generic revolver ‘one size fits all’ BS pdf manual DOES NOT mention the 85VTA. The frame is Aluminum, the cylinder is probably Titanium and the Barrel liner may possibly be Steel of some type; but there is no detail. The gold plastic thing is in fact the hammer – probably colored aluminum; so wait for the fractures. The front sight is crap; there is sufficient room on the barrel rib for a dovetailed fiber optic or night sight. A 1/4″ or 6mm ejector rod is because Taurus do not believe you need to reload in a defensive gun fight. The Ejector rod is an easy fix, buy a longer 2″ framed model (part No. 14) and trim it to the length of the 1.41″ or 35mm barrel. Yes a long grip ‘prints’ under your clothes; but a 3”barrel with a fibre optic sight would start to make this a defensive revolver. No mention of the DAO trigger pull, so I guess it must be off the scale just like the Taurus M380. In all the Taurus hype these is no indication that they have fixed the numerous reports of poor quality control issues. The MSRP of $599 is a joke, for that price you can buy a new Glock and 200 rounds of ammo. A Note to Randall, before you fire +P ammo from the aluminum-framed 85VTA, take a last look at your face in the mirror and a long fond last look at your firing hand. Kind regards to you all

  11. William.p.gavin says:

    When are the guns going to come on the market,I’m waiting for one………

  12. Michael Frankowski says:

    I’m definitely not anti-Taurus. But I can’t help but feel that Mark Kresser is way off base in believing that folks will want to “view” how a revolver operates. I also feel that Mr. Kresser has completely misjudged the gun-buying public.

    He apparently feels that the clear Lexan side plate will convey that quality of The View is so good that Taurus has nothing to hide. When I read this “selling point,” my thought was that this “logic” is downright silly.” If Taurus guns are good enough to display their inner workings through a clear side plate, then there is no need to display their inner workings.

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