The 9mm is the most popular handgun cartridge in the world, in use with most military forces and LE agencies; in fact the FBI announced in 2014 that it is switching back to the 9mm after having used the 40 S&W since 1997. When we think snubnose revolvers, we typically think 38 Special, but since the mid-20th century, revolver manufacturers have been building short-barreled wheelguns chambered for 9mm semi-automatic pistol ammunition. In the past we tested two such 9mm Luger chamberings, an S&W Model 940 (C+) and Charter Arms Pitbull (A-). We noted then that 9mm compact semi-automatic pistols have an edge over 38 Special revolvers due to the semi-automatic’s higher round capacity, but in the revolver, the playing field between 38 Special and 9mm Luger is leveled, as far as round counts go.
For some odd reason, I have always been intrigued by the idea of a 9mm revolver. Sure, it does seem a little odd, but the concept is just one the resonates with me at an almost emotional level. So, when I got the chance to review the Taurus 905, I took it.
In today’s review, I take a look at the Taurus 905: a small frame 9mm revolver. A 9mm revolver may seem like an oxymoron. Revolvers don’t chamber 9mm cartridges, right? Well, the 905 does.