Got this Taurus 82 at auction as a backup home defense gun. Not sure which countries police agency used it. Anybody have an idea? And is it +P rated? Ideas on year manufacture? It’s pretty much a beater.
I really appreciate the history lesson. My pistol is “out for delivery” today. I’ll have more to tell once I have it in hand. I happen to have a SW model 10-3 heavy barrel correction department trade in to compare it to.Taurus guns are generally now (but not always in the past) considered one of the highest quality firearm manufacturers in South America.
They are the main arms suppliers of military and police departments of Brazil, where they are based, but also many other South and Central American countries.
The fact yours has Century import marks I would guess it’s a police turn in from a department from somewhere south of our border.
Most Taurus and other SA manufacturers that built revolvers built essentially “clones” of S&W or Colts. Parts usually will NOT interchange, and the metallurgy may or may not be as good as originals, but they are generally considered “strong,” not like some similar Spanish knock offs for example.
“Plus P” ratings for the .38 were never truly defined in the past, and only recently have they been “standardized,” but from my reading what are considered “Plus P” loads today are “tamer” than the earliest “Plus P” loads when that title was first coined (not all that long ago) and to some a lot tamer than the “heavy” .38 loads guys were experimenting with as early as the 1920s and 30s, which were almost in .38-44 range, which was just short of .357 magnum pressure.
IF (big IF!) the revolver is tight and (especially if you have it checked by a ‘smith!) otherwise safe, and most of what made it a “beater” is holster and storage wear and not from extensive shooting, if it was mine I would not hesitate to OCCASIONALLY shoot modern FACTORY “+Ps” through it to test, and if they seemed to handle a few cylinders of it on the range not hesitate to use it as “duty” ammo, but I would not feed it a steady “diet” of them.
But then again, like a lot of things to do with “marketing “ “Plus P” is a little overrated in my book and many times an excuse to charge you more. Especially with modern bullet and propellant technology, there are some very good defensive standard pressure .38 special rounds out there today, such as the Hornady 125 gr XTP, that will give you adequate power, and not necessarily shake your old Taurus to death😉
More than I should have. With auction fee, $321.If you don’t mind me asking, what did it cost you?
Years ago we had a poster on here from Brazil but it looks like he moved on...I forget his screen name but he was a big Taurus Fan/ shooter, nice guy, I think either he worked at Taurus at one time and/or carried them in his professional life, I forget, but he could tell you anything or everything about them.
It was cool learning about their laws, like they were pretty permissive except it was like a felony or some serious offense for a civilian to own a gun that fired the “military” round, like other countries, so the .32 acp was big in autos and .38s in revolvers. He was jealous that we could buy a Taurus 1911 in .45 when they first came out but he couldn’t especially since the first ones were made there🤔
A year and a half ago I’d have said you probably overpaid. In today’s market though I think you did OK for a used Taurus, especially a police trade in with at least a little more of an interesting history than a run of the mill Taurus “shooter.”More than I should have. With auction fee, $321.
Well if you count the nice leather holster I guess you can say I paid about $250 for the gun.A year and a half ago I’d have said you probably overpaid. In today’s market though I think you did OK for a used Taurus, especially a police trade in with at least a little more of an interesting history than a run of the mill Taurus “shooter.”
I may do something like that. But right now it’s cheaper to leave as is. I actually may have a spare rubber grip in The bottom of the safe I could tryI’d have to put some Hogues or Pachmyers on it but it might be tough with the lanyard ring, I kinda like them, funny that lanyards for handguns never were all that popular here...
A second option would be a Tyler grip adapter if you could find one...
But that’s me...I can never seem to like most factory da revolver grips, you might like them.