Taurus Model 85 Protector Polymer

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posted on June 24, 2013
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We’re all used to seeing semi-auto pistols made partly of polymer, but the use of advanced plastics in a revolver frame is a relatively new idea. Taurus is one company that blends the high-tech with the traditional in its Protector Polymer.

The Protector Polymer is based on the small-frame Taurus Model 85 revolver, and you’ll notice some similarities between the two. For example, the Protector Polymer, like the Model 85, has a five-round cylinder and is rated to handle .38 Spl. +P ammunition. Other likenesses include a barrel that is a bit less than 2 inches long, an exposed hammer that operates in conjunction with a transfer bar and a frame-mounted firing pin, and a round-butt frame.

But rather than using steel or aluminum for the frame like the Model 85, the Protector Polymer relies on—you guessed it—polymer. This isn't your father's revolver. Learn more about the Protector Polymer in the video below, hosted by Shooting Illustrated's Adam Heggenstaller.

Technical Specifications:

Action Type: Double Action
Caliber:
.38 S&W Special +P
Capacity: 5
Barrel Length: 2½"
Weight:
18.2 oz
Sights:
Red Fiber-Optic Front
Finish:
Blued/Polymer
Grips:
Ribber
MSRP: $349

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