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Return of the Taurus 942

Taurus 942 Revolver

Taurus is expected to bring the 942 line of revolvers back at the 2020 SHOT Show.

The new versions of the classic wheelguns will be offered in models for both .22 LR and .22 WMR cartridges, but no convertible revolvers are expected at this time.

In addition to the caliber choices, shooters will be able to select from a wide range of finishes, frames and barrel lengths.

Here are the options that will be available:

 

942 2" barrel

942 3" barrel

942UL 2" barrel

942UL 3" barrel

942M 2" barrel

942M 3" barrel

942M UL 2" barrel

942M UL 3" barrel

caliber

.22 LR

.22 LR

.22 LR

.22 LR

.22 WMR

.22 WMR

.22 WMR

.22 WMR

capacity

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

8

action

DA/SA

DA/SA

DA/SA

DA/SA

DA/SA

DA/SA

DA/SA

DA/SA

barrel length

2"

3"

2"

3"

2"

3"

2"

3"

overall length

6.6"

7.6"

6.6"

7.6"

6.6"

7.6"

6.6"

7.6"

height

4.64"

4.64"

4.64"

4.64"

4.64"

4.64"

4.64"

4.64"

weight

23.6 oz

25.0 oz

17.8 oz

18.8 oz

23.6 oz

25.0 oz

17.8 oz

18.8 oz

frame

alloy or stainless steel

alloy or stainless steel

aluminum

aluminum

alloy or stainless steel

alloy or stainless steel

aluminum

aluminum

finish

matte black or stainless

matte black or stainless

matte black, stainless or anodized colors

matte black, stainless or anodized colors

matte black or stainless

matte black or stainless

matte black, stainless or anodized colors

matte black, stainless or anodized colors

grip

rubber

rubber

rubber

rubber

rubber

rubber

rubber

rubber

MSRP

not available

not available

not available

not available

not available

not available

not available

not available

As you can see in the above table, the company will offer these guns with both steel and aluminum frames. The aluminum has the obvious benefit of decreased weight while the steel frame can offer a longer life for frequent shooters.

As with other guns that have been introduced by Taurus in recent years, the new 942 revolvers will be available in a variety of finishes. On the steel frames, shooters can select either a matte black or stainless finish. Aluminum guns have these choices and expand the palate to include a number of anodized colors.

Exact anodized colors have not been announced, but the company’s 856 line of revolvers is suggestive of the possibilities. That line includes vibrant colors like azure, rouge, bronze and burned orange. Likewise, the Taurus Spectrum .380 ACP pistols have a significant number of color options.

There are many common features in this gun line. For example, all guns have spurred hammers and can be shot in either double-action or single-action modes.

Another common feature is that the front sight is a pinned, black ramp while the rear sight is a plain black, drift adjustable notch.

All of the guns have an 8-shot capacity. The guns are also fitted with the standard Taurus rubber grip with the bull logo at the rounded bottom.

I believe these may be the first new guns to feature the company’s new location on them. In 2019, Taurus began a move from Miami, FL to Bainbridge, GA. I’m sure there are a range of reasons for the move, but I know that labor costs, property costs and local taxes are substantially less in the new location.

I’m hoping the company experiences a significant reduction in overhead costs and can reinvest the money back into its quality control processes. The company offers a lot of interesting designs at very affordable prices. However, it has been my experience that the quality of the guns has been very hit-or-miss. If the company can get its QC issues – be they real or just perceived – it can see huge success in the coming years.

I do not have an official word on the pricing of the new 942 revolvers. However, my sources believe the MSRP will be around $350 or less.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

16 replies on “Return of the Taurus 942”

I’m trying to get the 942 ul 22 wmr but nobody around here can get it. Only .22 ??

Hi Darrell,

The non-UL versions are already being sold. I don’t know if the UL versions have entered production yet. With the massive gun purchasing right now, the guns are very difficult to find. I’d recommend checking with your local gun shop to see if they can place an order for you.

-Richard

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