Rumors of a multi-caliber revolver being introduced at the SHOT Show are true. Say hello to the Taurus 692.
The Model 692 is a revolver that is chambered in .357 Magnum. As most shooters know, you can shoot .38 Special loads from a .357 Magnum wheelgun. The twist, however, is that you can also shoot common 9mm rounds through this gun with the use of a conversion cylinder.
Taurus already offers a 9mm revolver, though it cannot shoot other cartridges from the gun. (Read more on the Taurus 905.) The 692 is designed to give your greater cartridge flexibility with a single gun purchase.
Swapping a revolver’s cylinder is easy and takes just a minute with a screwdriver. One of the things I like about the cylinders on this gun is that they are unfluted. Generally, I like a fluted cylinder, but the unfluted version looks good on this gun.
Taurus offers the 692 in two different barrel lengths: a 3″ model for concealed carry and a longer 6.5″ model for target shooting and fun at the range. Interestingly, Taurus elected to port the barrels on this model. The porting should help reduce muzzle rise and felt recoil, though it is possible this could increase the visible flash in low light.
Both versions of the revolver are available in either a matte black or matte stainless finish.
Although many people still refer to revolvers as six shooters, the Taurus 692 is not. It is a seven shooter. In both the 9mm and the .38/.357 cylinders, you have seven rounds. For the 9mm shooter, Taurus includes its stellar clips so the rounds are easily loaded and the empty cases can be extracted without any problems.
Up front, Taurus uses a pinned ramp sight. An adjustable rear sight is standard.
The Taurus 692 is a double-action gun that can be cocked for single-action shooting. The spurred hammer is fully exposed.
The suggested retail price on this gun is $659. Your dealer sets the final price, so I imagine you could get out the door with a Model 692 for less than $600.
|Caliber||.38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9mm|
|Barrel Length||3″, 6.5″|
|Weight||35 oz (3″), 46 oz (6.5″)|
|Sights||pinned ramp front, adjustable rear|
|Grip||Taurus rubber grip|
|Finish||matte black or matte stainless|
|MSRP (at launch)||$659|
Update from the SHOT Show
The 692 was on display at the 2018 SHOT Show. The gun was pretty much as described, porting and all. The one thing I didn’t like was the huger “TRACKER” logo down the left side of the barrel assembly. Otherwise, the gun looked good. Early indications show a lot of interest in this revolver, so I am expecting to see Taurus sell a good number of them.
Yes, the Model 692 made it into production and can be purchased now. I know that the company has failed to deliver some announced guns in the past (28 gauge Judge cough, cough,) but this one is real.
Last Update: October 17, 2022
71 replies on “Taurus 692 Multi-Caliber Revolver: .38, .357 and 9mm”
That gun is too heavy. Porting unneeded.
Ordered my 6.5″ Taurus 692, Matt stainless version. 4 Seasons gun shop said I should have it in a week, got it in the low $400 range. Also own a 6.5″ Judge, shoots the .45 long colt accurately. Excited about the 692!!ðŸ˜Ž
If the gun was different the negative comments would be the same, some just want to be different. Like Lucille Ball shoe shopping. She looked at a pair of high heels and then asked if they had the same thing in a flat shoe, different color and size with a fringe at the top. I own this revolver and it is just fine for what it was designed for. Perhaps a special build would be in order for some or even a different mfg.
I picked one of these up last month on sale. I was exceptionally impressed. I didn’t know what to expect since Taurus gets a lot of hate. But the gun was a great shooter!