Taurus 605 .357 Magnum Revolver Review: The Ultimate Concealed Carry Revolver

Taurus 605 Review: Summary


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Reliability

Reliability

Revolvers are incredibly reliable.

Accuracy

Accuracy

This revolver is fairly accurate, but keep in mind it’s got a very short barrel.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics

The rubber grips of this revolver are excellent.

looks

Looks

It’s a pretty sleek looking revolver.

Customization

Customization

There is only so much you can really do to this revolver.

Bang for your Buck

Bang for your Buck

The revolvers are reasonably priced, and are decent quality overall.

We Like

  • Safety. Revolvers are very safe, but Taurus added in a few additional safety features.
  • Durability and reliability. The revolver will not be affected by the elements, and it’ll always shoot, no matter what.
  • Defensive capabilities. This round performs really well as a defensive round, especially considering that it’s shot from a smaller frame.

We Don't Like

  • Limited magazine capacity. In a defensive situation, you need to be able to shoot accurately.

The Taurus 605 is a fun revolver that shoots an excellent defense cartridge in .357 Magnum. It’s got a great grip, is enjoyable to shoot, and is very safe. The one limiting factor is that it can only hold 5 rounds, but this is a common complaint with defense revolvers.

Since we’ve been starting to look into some concealed carry revolvers, let’s take a look at another option from Taurus. The Taurus 605 is similar in size to the Model 85, but it shoots a larger cartridge.

I like to carry this revolver because of the added deadliness of .357 Magnum. While .38 Special is definitely preferable for range shooting, no one will argue that .357 Magnum is a better defense round. Now that you’ve got an idea about the advantages of this revolver, we’ll take a look at it more in depth.

What is the Taurus 605 for?

As with other snubby revolvers, this revolver could serve a few purposes. My first recommendation for the Taurus 605 would be for concealed carry, but that certainly doesn’t rule out other uses.

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This would be a great gun to keep in your nightstand for home defense, and it’s also a fun shooting gun. It’s accurate and enjoyable enough that it would be great for the range, but it will have a little more kick than a comparable .38 Special.

Taurus 605 Review: Breakdown

The Taurus 605 is 6.5 inches long, and it weighs around 22 ounces. The weight varies slightly because it is available with either a stainless steel or polymer frame. It shoots .357 Magnum, and has a capacity of 5 rounds.

While this definitely isn’t the smallest revolver on the market, you could definitely carry this one pretty easily. Revolvers are easy to carry, because the cylinder has a much more natural, round shape than the square lines of a semiautomatic pistol.

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The pros of this revolver are the shooting, ergonomics, and the durability and reliability. Most of these will be talked about in their own respective sections of the article, but that gives a brief overview.

As for the durability, the polymer frame will not be quite as durable as the steel frame. Given that this is a firearm, and it’ll be experiencing recoil, it’s definitely fair to assume that steel will last longer. However, the polymer frame comes with a fiber optic front sight.

Regardless, the revolver is exceptionally durable. Obviously, polymer is very resistant to the elements. The steel frame has a finish on it as well, so it will be durable as well. You shouldn’t have to worry at all about any sweat or moisture that the revolver may come in contact with.

The only con is that you won’t have many rounds in a defense situation, but this is to be expected.

Safety and Reliability

Revolvers are extremely safe revolvers to begin with. Due to the fact that they have an external hammer, and you can visually see the cylinder, it’s very easy to tell whether or not the revolver is ready to shoot.

The Taurus 605 takes this another step though. Taurus added in their Taurus Security System and a transfer bar. The Security System is essentially a lock that you can engage and disengage with a simple key. When the lock is engaged, you can’t cock the hammer, pull the trigger, or move the cylinder. This makes it very safe to store the revolver, but it will take some time to disengage.

The Taurus 605 is a fun revolver that shoots an excellent defense cartridge in .357 Magnum. It’s got a great grip, is enjoyable to shoot, and is very safe. The one limiting factor is that it can only hold 5 rounds, but this is a common complaint with defense revolvers.
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The transfer bar ensures that the revolver can’t fire, unless the trigger is completely pulled. This should be obvious, but it puts one more positive safety into the revolver.

Similarly, revolvers are extremely reliable. The Taurus 605 is no different. Revolvers jamming is nearly impossible. The revolver will shoot every time you pull the trigger, end of story.

Comfort and Shootability

As is very common with Taurus revolvers, the Taurus 605 has some excellent rubber grips. They are specifically molded for your hand, so the revolver feels completely natural when you hold it. The weight is evenly dispersed, and it feels normal to aim it.

When it comes to shooting the revolver, you have to keep in mind that this is a snubby revolver with a 2 inch barrel that is shooting .357 Magnum. As you can imagine, this doesn’t make for the absolute most comfortable shooting experience. This is another reason that I prefer the steel frame version. The extra weight absorbs the recoil slightly better.

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However, the revolver does shoot pretty well. It’s reasonably accurate, dependent on your shooting mechanics. The fixed sights are adequate, but you may eventually look to replace them if you don’t get the polymer frame.

The trigger is pretty good. It’s kind of a long, heavy pull, but most revolvers are. It has somewhat of a break in period, but it is a pretty smooth and consistent pull.

Accessories and Upgrades

If you’re going to carry the revolver, you will need an inside the waistband holster. I like this pretty basic one, but you could definitely look for a custom molded holster if that’s your style.

Like we mentioned before, the fixed sights are decent, but I would recommend upgrading them. A simple fiber optic front sight like this one (https://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/sights/front-sights/sdm-revolver-fiber-optic-super-sight-prod13092.aspx) will improve your target acquisition speed.

Blackhawk - Tecgrip IWB Holster Small Revolver 2" Coyote Tan

Blackhawk - Tecgrip IWB Holster Small Revolver 2 Coyote Tan

To improve the trigger like we talked about, you could replace some of the internal springs. It is very inexpensive, and can make the trigger and hammer smoother and lighter.

Wolff - Taurus 73,85, & 605 Shooters PAK

WOLFF - TAURUS 73,85, & 605 SHOOTERS PAK

Lastly, if you’re going to shoot a revolver, you probably are going to want a speedloader. This will save you some time at the range.

5 Star Firearms - Revolver Speedloaders

5 Star Firearms - Revolver Speedloaders

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Conclusion

The Taurus 605 is a fun revolver that shoots an excellent defense cartridge in .357 Magnum. It’s got a great grip, is enjoyable to shoot, and is very safe. The one limiting factor is that it can only hold 5 rounds, but this is a common complaint with defense revolvers.


Taurus 605 .357 Magnum Revolver Review: The Ultimate Concealed Carry Revolver
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