Taurus was showing a new convertible revolver at the 2015 SHOT Show. The new version of the classic Model 85 has a thumb spur that (intentionally) twists on and off. The concept, as explained to me by a Taurus rep, is the revolver can be made “hammerless” for concealed carry but revert back to a standard spurred gun when at the range.
But does this really make sense from a self-defense perspective? Here’s my take…
The idea of a removable hammer spur is an interesting one and certainly the best new thing Taurus was showing at SHOT. Between a curved gun with extremely limited usefulness and a new TCP with wings, the convertible revolver looked like a bold injection of sanity into the Taurus version of Wonderland.
But, comparing an idea to insanity does not prove the idea itself really makes any sense.
From the perspective of self-defense, I would argue that consistency in practice is important. Training with your carry gun at the range by cocking every shot and shooting it single action doesn’t really help when carrying the gun spurless – essentially double-action only – in your pocket. To maximize your chances of hitting an attacker in a violent encounter, I’d suggest that practicing shooting the gun in double action mode only.
Since a revolver with a 2″ barrel isn’t generally a top choice for competitive or recreational shooting, I don’t know how many people would want to swap back and forth anyway.
|caliber||.38 Special +P||.38 Special +P||.38 Special +P||.38 Special +P|
|frame material||steel||steel||aluminum alloy||aluminum alloy|
|weight||21 oz||21 oz||17 oz||17 oz|
There are four versions of the Model 85 with a convertible hammer that are part of the initial introduction. Frame material (steel or aluminum) and finish (blued or stainless) are the options available. All of the guns have fixed sights: a ramp front and notch rear.
I guess my bottom line is I want to like the convertible feature of the new Taurus 85 revolvers. However, I don’t know if it is a particularly useful feature. If the spur is durable and the additional production cost doesn’t jack up the retail price by more than $5 or $10, I might opt for one if I was buying a Taurus revolver. I just don’t know that I would ever convert the gun back and forth much, if ever.
What do you think? Am I being too harsh on a good idea? What’s your thoughts on how you would use a gun with a removable hammer spur?