Gun Report

Taurus 851 SSUL Ultra Lite Protector .38 Special

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A new snag-proof windage-adjustable rear sight provides a superior sight picture. We think more revolvers should offer it.

Taurus 851 SSUL Ultra Lite Protector .38 Special

Gun Details

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Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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Shrouded-hammer revolvers aren't new, but this rear sight from Taurus is. Inserting a rear notch with a contrasting color is a solid innovation, in our view. Retrofitting other revolvers with notch sights might be a good idea if their frame strength can be maintained, which we would opine is likely. Bonus: This sight was windage adjustable.
Taurus preferred to add a springloaded detent pin to the crane rather than burden the ejector rod with lockup. This enabled them to add a longer ejector rod without sacrificing strength in lockup or risking binding, should the rod become bent with use. The barrel shroud protected the rod from damage and added a little bit of weight to the muzzle.

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