Gun Report

Taurus CIA .38 Special +P (Grade A Dec 2001 )

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To our eyes, this is a knock-off of the Smith & Wesson Centennial revolvers. But so what? That's a great design executed well in the CIA gun.

Taurus CIA .38 Special +P (Grade A Dec 2001 )

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The CIA is an all-steel revolver, so naturally it is heavier than the 360S or any of the alloy revolvers.
The CIA trigger's long stroke can be pulled straight through or staged.
The CIA, despite being listed in numerous publications as a magnum revolver, is chambered for .38 Special only.
Its finish is matte stainless through­out, and its two-inch barrel is shadowed by a full underlug that is cut away to completely enshroud the ejector rod. Lockup is aided by a spring-loaded detent on the crane.
The sup­plied sights, which consist of a channel cut into the top strap and a serrated ramp, gave us a usable sight picture despite not being presented in contrasting colors.
In the December 2001 issue, we tested two snubbies, the .38 Special +P Taurus CIA (front), which strongly resembles the enclosed-hammer design of Smith & Wesson’s Centennials, and the pricey .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson 360S, which is partially made of scandium, a metal said to be lighter and stronger than titanium.

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