New Addition: Taurus 85FS

If the front sight ramp is black, take rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and clean the serrations of the ramp. Then take typewriter correction fluid and with care, paint the front sight ramp white. If you are sloppy, use some masking tape on the sides and all around the ramp. Then paint with the correction fluid. The fluid reflects light. If rain or regular cleaning of the revolver messes up the correction fluid, simply peel it off or wipe it down to remove it, and repaint the correction fluid onto the serrations of the front sight ramp. Snubnoses are fast pointing revolvers. Remember to RAISE the sights UP TO your line of vision, never lowering your head. The rear partridge and front sight, levels across the TOP, with front sight centered. You are on target from ten feet to fifty feet, and may need to raise the point of aim, keeping the same sight alignment, for distances beyond fifty feet. Different ammunition will perform differently. Standard Velocity 158 gr. LSWC, should perform very smoothly and flawlessly. The rubber grips are a hunk, but tames any recoil. If you do obtain wood service grips, all you need beyond that, would be a Tyler T-Grip, and you are set. Many holsters are available and many holsters work very nicely with .38 Special snubnose revolvers. In fact, if you place your thumbnail under the hammer, the gun can be drawn without a holster from a coat pocket. Odds and Ends, where some things are not optimum, you could have the action HONED, but leave the trigger weight at 8.0#, as Winchester primers require that weight to ignite. Federal requires 7.5# trigger weight. Honing makes the action smooth, especially around the rebound slide. You do not want a hair trigger, and I suggest Double Action firing.
To Combat Reload, fire the weapon. Activate the thumb piece and open the cylinder with the left hand middle index finger and ring finger. Twist your torso at the hips, to the right, while pushing the ejector rod. The snubnose has a short ejector rod, and inertia will discharge empty shell casings. Then bring the gun to the ammunition, on you belt, and load the cylinder. Speed loader, Speed Strips, or manually 2x2x2. Flutes on the cylinder indexes your reloading, even in the dark. The with the left thumb, close, NOT SLAMMING, the cylinder shut. I detail stripped revolvers to clean, so get a manual and learn. Lightly lube and remove excess lube. Very cold weather, I used to clean with K-1 kerosene and a little powdered graphite and pencil graphite. A little goes a very long way. Train your hand and eye coordination for the revolver with empty hand, pointing your finger at objects but never photos of loved ones, because that “green lights” people as targets psychologically. Point to the door knob. Point to the clock on the wall. You get what I mean. Bring the hand up into your line of sight, line of vision. Then with a confirmed empty revolver, do the same, and you are instantly on target. With an unsharpened pencil, hold in your hand and depress the eraser like a trigger, stroking the eraser. Your hand is trained for revolver trigger operation. Not pulling. Not jerking. Smoothly stroking, always.

The Armed Christian

Just before New Years I received an email alert for a sale on the Taurus 85FS revolver. I have steered clear of the Taurus revolvers because I have heard too many negatives about them and their reliability but for $200 and $7.99 shipping I decided to give it a try (Yes, I know I am not supposed to be spending money on guns right now).

To be perfectly honest, this little revolver may end up being a gift. Between some physical challenges associated with ageing and a general lack of familiarity with anything mechanical my Mom has trouble manipulating semi-automatics. Revolvers are much simpler and, for her, easier to understand. Because she is pretty small a J-Frame fits her hands very well and she likes the feel. My concern is that the recoil will be too much for her so I was thinking about a .22 LR but then I…

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One response to “New Addition: Taurus 85FS

  1. Great advice, I saved it! I don’t know if they have one for this firearm, but I’ve become a fan of Winthrop OWB holsters; Nice leather, holds the firearm tight and close, quick access, and priced from $29 to $50. I lay it with my belt, put it on as I dress, and then slide in the pistol…Easy to conceal and inexpensive.
    Been experimenting with “point shooting” and it works great with a little practice. At 20′ or less you WILL be on target and can start firing without the traditional site picture. Good skill to have if you’re rushed and adrenaline is pumping!

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