August 2011

‘Judging’ the Governor: We Pit Taurus and S&W Wheelguns

The success of Taurus’ Judge, $620 for our Ultra-Lite version, has finally spawned a copycat in the form of Smith & Wesson’s Governor, $679. What does the Prosecutor say about both?

The new Smith & Wesson Governor is a six-shot revolver with scandium-alloy frame and matte-black finish that is being made to compete against the popular Taurus Judge. Like the Judge, the Governor handles 2.5-inch, 410 shotshells plus 45 Colt cartridges. The Governor also chambers 45 ACP ammunition, which the Judge does not. We still had the Taurus on hand at our Idaho office, so we took a close look at the two of of them side by side. Here’s what we found.

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