Problems with Taurus Model 85 .38 Special Ultralite
You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of FirearmsTalk.com!    
Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Handguns > Revolver Handguns >

Problems with Taurus Model 85 .38 Special Ultralite


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2012, 12:32 AM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: WV
Posts: 4
Default Problems with Taurus Model 85 .38 Special Ultralite

Hello. I just bought my first handgun in over 20 years. I was in the Army and have plenty of experience with military rifles, but have only shot a .22 and .45. I recently bought a Taurus .38 Special (Ultralite). I've run into a couple of problems.

1. The trigger is a monster. I'm assuming that it's for a purpose (shouldn't be so easy being a 2" barrel). But it's not consistent through the pull like I think it should be.

2. Within the first 30 rounds, I experienced what I thought (and still think, to some degree) were FTFs. While pulling the trigger slowly, it will get to the point where you get one last 'click' before it drops the hammer, and it will stop. I can let off the trigger, and pull again, and it will fire. Today, I decided to get the gun to repeat this while dry firing, and it did. After further testing, I found out that if I squeezed much harder it would go ahead and fire. So, it didn't actually get stuck, but got in a spot where it required me to almost have to use both hands to get it to drop the hammer.

Any ideas on this?

Also, about the trigger (problem #1), I called a gunsmith in my area, and he wanted $150 to change the springs. I'm not really into sinking $150 into a $330 gun, only days after I bought it. If I wanted to do that, I'd have bought a more expensive gun.

Is changing the springs a difficult process? I have no experience breaking down anything other than an M-16 and M249 SAW. Is that a high price to change the springs?

Thanks in advance. Glad I found this community.
sixboots is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 04-13-2012, 12:51 AM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HOSSFLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lufkin,Tx
Posts: 6,932
Liked 2182 Times on 1472 Posts
Likes Given: 1191

Default

Well 1st let me say i'm NOT Taurus basher! I've owned well over 2 dozen & like them & its cousin Rossi
BUT, I bought one mdl 85 liteweight & it was a POS from the getgo
Mine did not "go ahead & fire" that puppy froze up!
I took it back & traded for i don't even remember----
Back to the question tho- Changing MOST of the springs is not a big deal but if you're not familiar with DA guns you might want to seek help--
__________________
Texan By Birth & Choice
USMC/VIET NAM VET
HOSSFLY is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 12:55 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: WV
Posts: 4
Default

Forgive my ignorance... I'm learning all of the acronyms. What does DA stand for?

And, I salute your signature. I was in the 25th ID (Army), but spent 28 great days in the Philippines alongside the Marines over there.
sixboots is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HOSSFLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lufkin,Tx
Posts: 6,932
Liked 2182 Times on 1472 Posts
Likes Given: 1191

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sixboots View Post
Forgive my ignorance... I'm learning all of the acronyms. What does DA stand for?

And, I salute your signature. I was in the 25th ID (Army), but spent 28 great days in the Philippines alongside the Marines over there.
SEMPER FI

DA is double action - its surprizing how many moving parts are in one
__________________
Texan By Birth & Choice
USMC/VIET NAM VET
HOSSFLY is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 12:59 AM   #5
Administrator
FTF_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
c3shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Third bunker on the right,Central Virginia
Posts: 18,372
Liked 11001 Times on 4765 Posts
Likes Given: 1807

Default

DA stands for Double Action. With a revolver, means you can pull trigger without cocking hammer, and hammer will rise and fall.

Bro, before you start swapping parts, hoping that the Goddess of firearms will look upon you with favor and you will find the problem before you run out of money- problem may not be the springs- either return it to the maker, or find a good pistolsmith.

Me- would be returning to maker.
__________________
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.
c3shooter is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 01:08 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: WV
Posts: 4
Default

Thanks guys. One more thing. I didn't expect it to have as good of accuracy as a 9mm I shot (4in barrel), but the first 5 rounds... I didn't hit the target at about 15-20 feet (DA). With SA, my shot grouping was about 6 inches high and 4 inches to the left. With the 9mm, I was all around the bullseye, within an area about the size of a cantaloupe, so I don't think it's my aim. This gun has fixed sights, of course, so I understand that I may have to adjust my aim somewhat, but that much?
sixboots is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2012, 01:12 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HOSSFLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lufkin,Tx
Posts: 6,932
Liked 2182 Times on 1472 Posts
Likes Given: 1191

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sixboots View Post
Thanks guys. One more thing. I didn't expect it to have as good of accuracy as a 9mm I shot (4in barrel), but the first 5 rounds... I didn't hit the target at about 15-20 feet (DA). With SA, my shot grouping was about 6 inches high and 4 inches to the left. With the 9mm, I was all around the bullseye, within an area about the size of a cantaloupe, so I don't think it's my aim. This gun has fixed sights, of course, so I understand that I may have to adjust my aim somewhat, but that much?
That my friend- Will just take shooting it
Also (no offence) let someone else shoot it- see how it compares
__________________
Texan By Birth & Choice
USMC/VIET NAM VET
HOSSFLY is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2012, 05:12 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: WV
Posts: 4
Default

Update: Upon breaking down the cylinder, I found that Taurus had packed it plum full of oil. After cleaning it out, not only did it fire about 80 rounds without issues, but the trigger, although still stout, became much smoother as well.

Not only that, but it actually does shoot as straight as anything. Just had to get used to firing such a small gun.
sixboots is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
HOSSFLY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lufkin,Tx
Posts: 6,932
Liked 2182 Times on 1472 Posts
Likes Given: 1191

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sixboots View Post
Update: Upon breaking down the cylinder, I found that Taurus had packed it plum full of oil. After cleaning it out, not only did it fire about 80 rounds without issues, but the trigger, although still stout, became much smoother as well.

Not only that, but it actually does shoot as straight as anything. Just had to get used to firing such a small gun.
Gud news all around
__________________
Texan By Birth & Choice
USMC/VIET NAM VET
HOSSFLY is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #10
Lifetime Supporting Member
FTF_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
7point62's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Decisive Terrain
Posts: 2,151
Liked 1519 Times on 764 Posts
Likes Given: 1164

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by sixboots View Post
Update: Upon breaking down the cylinder, I found that Taurus had packed it plum full of oil. After cleaning it out, not only did it fire about 80 rounds without issues, but the trigger, although still stout, became much smoother as well.

Not only that, but it actually does shoot as straight as anything. Just had to get used to firing such a small gun.

Good to know because I bought my first Taurus wheelgun a few weeks ago, a model 65 .357 4" and haven't had time to shoot it yet.
__________________
Hijo de mala leche
7point62 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Taurus pt 99af problems homelessguy01 Semi-Auto Handguns 4 01-26-2012 05:43 PM
Taurus revolver problems captboba Revolver Handguns 6 04-15-2011 12:28 PM
new taurus problems hycal Gunsmithing Forum 16 06-05-2010 04:29 PM
Recession Buster Revolver: Taurus 85 Ultralite AsmelEduardo Revolver Handguns 2 05-01-2009 05:03 AM
taurus revolver problems anyone? CodyWalkerJr Revolver Handguns 11 02-24-2009 01:27 AM



Newest Threads