Originally Posted by Mark F
I can say confidently that the Judge is much more than a "snake gun". But I really don't know a great application for it, so I would shoot it as my novelty plinker and leave the SD to my "other" weapons. It's now officially my wif'e's gun and she keeps it by the bed.
This is more or less how I feel about it. It won't work better than my other guns for home defense or carry, but it still looks like a fun gun to own. I've got my basic handgun needs covered, so I guess there's no harm in owning a novelty weapon just for kicks.
Originally Posted by BigByrd47119
I think some of you might find this video interesting. They say that the Taurus Judge was originally for self defence in the vehicle!
Judge and self defence!
I've seen similar videos, and the problem is they test the spread pattern but not penetration, which I think is the main problem with .410 shells out of this type of gun.
Here's an article from the folks at The Box O'Truth about the judge.
The Box O' Truth #41 - The Taurus Judge Vs. The Box O' Truth - Page 1
For use against humans, I'd be inclined to go with .45 colt, but then I could just pick up my S&W 686 with 6 shots of .357 magnum and do a better job. And if I wanted a 5 shot revolver for SD, a S&W J frame or Ruger SP101 would be much easier to carry.
I'm happy with my purchase because I wasn't looking for this gun to fulfill any type of role other than being a fun plinker to try out with friends. Plus I wanted to get some first hand experience with Taurus revolvers.
I still think it might be an interesting trail gun. I'll try it out in the summer.