Gun Report

Taurus 2-817029UL .38 Special

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The porting made some difference in shooting the hottest loads. We like both guns for carry.

Taurus 2-817029UL .38 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
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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SB prefix means the gun was manufactured in 1999.
The transfer bar (arrow) rises when the trigger is pulled. The hammer must hit the transfer bar, which in turn strikes the firing pin. This allows for safe hammer-down-loaded carry.
The grips on the 817s were soft ribbed rubber, which we liked.

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