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Taurus Gaucho .357 Magnum

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A great looking sixgun was the Taurus, but we didn't like its linkfrom the hammer to the firing pin. The gun required very littleeffort to cock, thanks to a cleverly designed hammer leaf spring.Workmanship was very good throughout, but the trigger pull wasquestionable.

Taurus Gaucho .357 Magnum

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We liked the Gaucho at first. This Brazilian-made six-shooter was not an attempt to copy the original Coltís finish. It had bluing all over its well-polished surfaces except for the hammer and trigger, each of which had case coloring that looked fake, but wasnít. The front of the cylinder was too sharp, and could have used a bit of bevel, which even the Ruger had. Fit and finish were very good to excellent, we thought.
The firing pin (far right) barely protrudes with the hammer fully down here, though the trigger has been pulled enough to permit the hammer to fall. The top of the linkage is tapered, so if the trigger is pulled fully rearward, or jerked, the hammer can move the firing pin fully forward (near right). We suspect this is what caused failures to fire in cold weather.

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