Anemic is generally the word that comes to mind when I think of “pocket guns” or sub-compact handguns. The guns that fall into that category are easy to carry — that’s kind of the point — but the flavor of the day always seems to be .380 ACP or 9mm. What if I want something with a little more sauce on it? There is an answer. The “MORE POWER” crowd can have their cake and eat it too in the form of the .357 Magnum snubnose revolver.
The 605 has been considered one of Taurus’s better offerings for many years, and the reasons are plain. First of all, you get Smith & Wesson J-frame looks without Smith’s price tag. If you’re a snubbie aficionado, you probably consider the Smith — the gold standard. But if you’re broke, the Taurus’s similar styling is a definite draw. Simply put, the Taurus is a cheap date. I picked mine up for $435, but you can probably do better with a little hunting around.
I had to tell some one, so I figured I might as well tell you all. I picked up my Taurus at a local gun show, new for $400 out the door (after a little silver tongue action.) Now This thing came pretty well oiled up, took me a 1/2hr to get it all off. No big deal. First time I took her to the range I put 200 rounds of Remington 38+p rounds through it. Man O Man was it a Daisey. The gun fired just fine, the trigger in double action isn't as smooth as some of my S&W's but just right in single action. I'm no sharp shooter, but I swear I placed some of my best groups today with this thing. Great gun, if your in the market for a good .357, look for a model 66 Taurus.