Recently, I acquired a new Taurus Mod. 82. This is a .38 with a 4" barrel. I brought it to the range and this is my report. All rounds were Fiocchi FMJ. All groups were 5 shot strings. All were fired single action from a sitting position with the pistol bench rested at seven yards and fifteen yards. The smallest group at seven yards was 5/8". The largest at seven yards was about 2", with one flyer. I fired five strings. Three groups were about 1 1/2". At fifteen yards I fired four strings of five shots. The smallest was 2 1/2". The largest group was 3 1/2". The pistol tends to shoot to the right.
At some $164 less than some competitors, we think the Taurus earns a Best Buy rating for the latest Model 82.
Before I get this post going, I want to make something clear. I really wanted to like this gun. The idea of a medium framed revolver chambered in .38 Special at an affordable price is really appealing to me. So I bought this Taurus with my own money to see if it would work in that role. Right off the bat, there were problems.