The Taurus Model 65 service revolver is a mainstay in the company's .357 Magnum lineup. Many will attest that the all-steel construction of this medium frame gun has been put through the paces over the years and has come out shinning in the end.
The Model 65 has all the elements present in a traditional service revolver; a 4" barrel, 6-shot capactiy cylinder, single-action/double-action trigger setup, rubberized combat grips, and fixed sights.
For reinforcement this revolver sports a barrel underlug that runs the length of most of the barrel but is beveled at the end fo facilitate easier reholstering of the gun. To prevent the gun from firing if dropped an integrated transfer bar safety is built into the Model 65.
As mentioned before, these service revolvers are capable of holding 6 ronds of .357 Magnum ammunition which can, of course, be swapped out with .38 Special ammo as well. Taurus also produces the Model 82 which is chambered only in .38 Special but is reviewed elsewhere.
Model 65 revolvers come in either a stainless steel or dark blued finish. Both front and rear sights are integrated and fixed into the body of the handgun. As is true with all Taurus guns, the Model 65 comes with a lifetime repair warranty to give every buyer peace of mind.
Reviews of the Taurus Model 65 service revolver are found below. Feel free to include reviews of both the stainless steel and blued models but lets be sure to stick with true .357 Magnum guns. If you want to review the .38 Special variant of this gun, visit the Model 82 page.
Just tried out my 4" Model 65 today. I was a little leery about the lack of adjustable rear sights. I had a Taurus fixed sight .44 special years ago and it didn't shoot to point of aim. This one does! I shot the heart out of the sillohuete target at 20 yds. Shoots ever so slightly to the left, the farther out you go. After a while, you forget that it doesn't have target sights. The front post fills the grooved sights nicely. Trigger pull is smooth and light. .38 specials are a dream to shoot, but it handles factory magnums very well. Just a joy to shoot. After putting 400 rounds through it at paper targets, I found that I had one .38 special remaining (158 grain FMJ Flat Nose). So just for the hell of it, I took aim at 12" metal ram 100 yds away. I put the front sight slightly at the right hand border of the ram and squeezed the round off. Ping! Great way to end the session. I think this may end up my favorite. Rugged service revolver with more than acceptable accuracy. At half the price of a S&W it is a great value.
I looked at both the Ruger GP100 and the Taurus 65. The only real difference between them is that the fit and finish on the Ruger is a little better, has adjustable sights and it feels a bit more hefty. In CA I bought the Taurus for 399 instead of the GP at 599 (the S&W was 899) IMHO the ruger was quite nice but NOT worth the extra cash. I also like that the Taurus was a matte SS finish (kess shine and less fingermarks) The one and only thing so gar that I kind of dont like on the taurus us the barrel protrusion inside the wheel housing. The Ruger does this better IMO. That all said... I would bang the taurus around much more that a ruger or S&W It's a "working" gun not a "shelf sitter" You wouldnt wanna bang up your 1000.00 S&W as much as a 399 Taurus.. Not to mention there is no fear of your sights getting smacked out of whack.. Taurus is an excellent buy..
I just bought the Taurus model 65 I'm waiting for my 10 days that California requires. I took a look at it and felt it in my hands what tease. I know when I take it to the range it's going to perform like a champ that it is, looks like a beast very intimidating the .357 magnum is known as "THE MAN AND BEAST STOPPER". From all that I read about the Taurus 65 I know I made the right choice when picking this beauty out f the line up.
New owner, shot with it once, can't miss with the 4in barrel from approx 60ft. Thing is built like a battleship and has a great presence in your grip. Not thinking it will conceal well, perhaps a shoulder holster. The price was great and I think this home security system will last me the rest of my natural life.
I have owened many Taurus revolvers over a many year period. I currently own a Model 65 for home defense. It is stainless with fixed sights. I find the 4" barrel to be the best length for this purpose. Because it is a revolver I can load it and put it in a drawer and have no fear that when needed it will always go BOOM. I have never had a problem with a Taurus revolvers...
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