Gun Report

Taurus M85CH

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We experienced ignition and mechanical problems that do not belong on any gun, much less a defense gun.

Taurus M85CH

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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A number of companies have begun using inertial firing pins on their revolvers. In this design, the hammer face is flat and strikes a firing pin that rides on a spring inside a channel. This is supposed to be safer than having a nose pin directly attached to the hammer.
We attribute the misfires (see arrows on cartridges) we had with the 85CH to the function of the inertial firing spring, which often did not produce enough energy to ignite a live primer.
The hand and firing pin protrude through the breech. Intermittently, the cylinder would unlock after firing, putting the hand and ratchets out of sync (arrow).

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