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:
Taurus USA: Judge Polymer Public Defender
Since its introduction of the Judge .45 Colt/.410 revolver in 2008, Taurus has remained the No. 1 manufacturer of .410 capable double-action wheel guns. 2011 marked the arrival of no less than seven new variations of the Judge, including a ported stainless-steel model with a tactical rail, the Raging Judge series and the polymer-framed Public Defender.
The Polymer Public Defender features a frame incorporating both steel and synthetic components, a practice that has been used successfully in a variety of semi-automatic pistols for quite some time. Both the barrel and the grip frame have been abbreviated for ease of concealment, and the comfortable Ribber grip helps to manage the recoil produced by 2 1/2-inch .410 shotgun shells. The bright red fiber-optic front sight on this version of the Defender is complemented with a low-profile adjustable rear sight.
Manufacturer: Taurus USA; www.taurususa.com
Model: 4510PLY-SS2 Public Defender Polymer
Action: Double-Action Revolver
Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 (2.5” Shells Only)
Finish: Black Polymer Frame, Stainless Steel Cylinder
Grips: Ribber Grip
Front Sight: Fixed with Red Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Safety: Transfer Bar, Taurus Security System
Barrel Length: 2.5”
Trigger Guard: Removable
Weight: 23 ozs.
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Suggested Retail Price: $617