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First Look: Taurus 856 Executive Grade Revolver

Taurus has just announced the 856 Executive Grade revolver, the first of the company’s new line of factory-modified and improved handguns.

Taurus has just launched a new series of “executive-grade” handguns, starting with the release of the 856 Executive Grade revolver. What distinguishes this series from Taurus’ standard handguns is that each one pays a visit to the “production room” at the company’s Georgia facility, where a team upgrades the guns’ performance and aesthetics. For the 856 Executive Grade revolver, the upgrades to its appearance include a hand-polished satin finish on the stainless steel and a checkered Altamont walnut grip.

The 856 Executive Grade revolver’s performance has been substantially upgraded as well. As a six-shot .38 Special +P revolver with a 3-inch barrel, this gun was designed with everyday carry in mind. To help aid it in this role, each Executive 856’s trigger is hand-tuned to provide a crisper, smoother, more predictable trigger pull. It’s also DAO or double-action-only, as the hammer is spurred to enable a smoother draw. Finally, the Taurus engineers also chamfer each of the 856 Executive Grades revolvers’ chambers to ensure easier reloading.

Each 856 Executive Grade also includes a Pelican Vault hard handgun case that is lock-compatible and ready for air travel.

Previously, the only Taurus 856 revolvers available with 3-inch barrels were in the Defender series, and the most affordable model has an MSRP of about $430. This makes the upgrades given to the 856 Executive Grade revolvers worth about $260, as the new model has an MSRP of $689. It is available now.

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