The Impressive .45 Colt/.410 Handguns

The .45 Colt/.410 handgun market has been driven and defined by the popular Taurus Judge series of double-action revolvers. With the success of the Judge, other manufacturers have released new or redesigned models in order to provide dual-caliber shooting options for this growing segment of the market. Here are some of the models currently available:

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17 Responses to The Impressive .45 Colt/.410 Handguns

Wooden Grips wrote:
March 28, 2013

I originally thought the Judge series was a little goofy, then I got a Stainless Public Defender. Turned out to be a quality gun that was very enjoyable. Still not convinced about the Poly version, but not going to make any firm opinions till I handle one. I guess I prefer good ole metal and wood.

Brian B wrote:
September 23, 2012

The Super Comanche is a pistol similay to this one. Long, but versitile, just another member to add to this Elite line up.

Rod wrote:
April 07, 2012

Just had a judge public defender poly break right in front of the cylinder. Only about 125 rounds shot through it. A combo of 410.birdshot and 45 colt. All were factory loads and nothing hot. Gun isn't even 2 wks old. Pretty scary but luckily no onset injured. Will be interesting to see what Taurus says about this.

Andrew z wrote:
February 18, 2012

I am starting to like this concept. Im seeing this for myself as a home defense gun because its pretty clear these guns are designed for close range. Having the option between multiple calibers means you can choose what you think is best or grab whatever is available in a pinch. I am looking at the smith, because it can take 45acp and its a smith priced around $50 more than a taurus!

Endo wrote:
January 20, 2012

Does anyone know of a holster that fits this gun?

Edward smith wrote:
January 06, 2012

I own a 3' Judge Magnum and 2 Bond derringers chambered in 45LC/410 3'. My judge will hold a six inch pattern at 7 yards with the Federal 2 1/2' personal defence load [[]4 000 Buck pellets.] I would suggest using this weapon as a single action if you have time as the trigger pull in double action is heavy. Also works better after it is fired a fuw hundred times.

Gary wrote:
January 06, 2012

If you ever wanted to take a Judge out to the range and try out various kinds of ammunition, you can save a lot of money by watching this 39-minute video.

PeterC wrote:
January 06, 2012

Smith & Wesson got it right!

Gary wrote:
January 05, 2012

Tom P, if you think the Judge is too good to be true, you are correct. Copy and paste this: And, those long .410 chambers ruin the velocity when the shorter .45LC cartridges are used. All that "free bore" burns too much powder in the cylinder instead of the barrel so you loose pressure and velocity.

Tom P wrote:
January 05, 2012

All this talk about how great .410 pistols are for self defense. But I never see any velocity or ballistic gelatain test results. How about some tests of what is really important on these guns. Their terminal effects on the target.

Cdr. P.w. Prawl, USN ret. wrote:
January 04, 2012

They all cost too much!!! A 3' smooth barrel IS NOT a 'precision' weapon. Go buy a single or double barrel .410 or .20 gauge, saw off, fix stock and carry, for $75.00

Mfosterjeweler wrote:
December 31, 2011

I own a jewelry store so armed robbers will be less than 10' so the Public Defender is what I use.

Shelaw wrote:
December 31, 2011

I've owned a Judge since 2009. It's not too heavy for me; I think it's a great home-defense weapon - easy to shoot, and if you load 410, 45, 410 etc., it would be very effective.

mick kidd wrote:
December 30, 2011

A very affective close quarter defensive weapon that will remove a threat to your safety as quickly as possible,if my ancestor, wild bill had this,he would really be famous

mark wrote:
December 30, 2011

I ant into wheel guns, but I like this one, shoots pretty good!!!

Judge Erik wrote:
December 30, 2011

LOL, its a revolver that fires shot shells. What kind of grouping were you expecting? I have a Magnum 3' and at CQB range it will destroy the paper target and the frame. I have been baned from a pistol range due to the damage it inflicts on their equipment.

JEF1984 wrote:
December 23, 2011

I shot a friends Judge. It was okay, but the trigger pull prevented any good groups.It was way to heavy.