Who has the best prices for .38 Taurus revolvers?

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by JER7177, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. JER7177

    JER7177 New Member

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    I am looking to buy a small .357 or .38-special Taurus revolver and would like some friendly advice on where to go to get one for a good price. I do like the quality and affordability of the Taurus company's revolvers. I have had friends who have told me Cabelas has a good selection but that they are overpriced! I am looking for something along the lines of models such as: M856, M85 Ultra-light, CIA 850 or 650. I am just looking for fair pricing and selection. I live in Phoenix, AZ. If anyone has nay suggestions I would greatly appreciate it!
     
  2. MoHawk

    MoHawk New Member

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    First off, welcome to the forum. We like to get to know the new members, so please swing by the introduction section and tell us a little about yourself.


    Second, I bought my Taurus 85 locally and got a fairly good deal on it. I'd also check Bud's Gun Shop if I was you. It is an online gun store and not a broker site.
     

  3. Jpyle

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    Second the Bud's recommendation. You can also try Impact. At least use their pricing to help get a local shop to match price, just be sure to factor in the FFL transfer fees you will incur if ordering online.
     
  4. Jynx

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    First off, hi and welcome to FTF :)

    I purchased my model 85 Taurus .38 locally at AJI Sporting Goods (which is out of Mesa, Az on the Apache Junction border). I paid roughly around $225 for it and 150 rounds. Great place, good guys, lots of neat stuff for a little shop.

    You can also look into Sportsman's Warehouse, Arizona Tactical, Scottsdale Gun Club, and Big 5. You might be able to get a super deal if you shop around online. FFL transfer fees out here are very cheap... only around $20-$40. I suggest checking out Guns - Online Gun Auction - Guns at GunBroker.com as well.

    Hope that helped :)
     
  5. diggsbakes

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    Do yourself a favor. . . save up another $85 and get a quality American made revolver.

    That is only if you want something you can be proud of. :rolleyes:
     
  6. SDiver40

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    I agree, look into a Ruger Sp101.
     
  7. SDiver40

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    I'm not knocking the Taurus handguns at all. I own a couple myself. But after owning and shooting the Ruger, I think he would enjoy it better in .357 and is sure built tighter than my Taurus .44 Mag.
     
  8. Jynx

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    I have many Rugers, and many a Taurus. While I agree that Ruger is the better gun, there is nothing wrong with a Taurus. I stand behind my old Taurus .357 mag as a primary carry.

    It doesn't have to be American made to be a decent, reliable firearm.
     
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  9. NGIB

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    Until Taurus fixes their QC issues - I will never spend good money on any of their products. Spend 20 minutes on Google and you'll find that a LOT of bad ones get sold to folks - along with some good ones. Never liked to gamble on something like guns as they need to work each and every time.

    There are lots of good quality used revolvers out there in the same price range so why take the risk? YMMV
     
  10. Jynx

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    If I relied on google for everything, I would probably think that the sky was green.
     
  11. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    With out relying on anything, but my own personal experience and the experience of my friends, co-workers, range buddies, etc. over the last several years. . . I can tell you this Taurus is an inferior firearm.

    Sure they may work for a while, even several years, but they will never stand up against an American revolver. There are (few) firearms of excellent quality that are non-American made, but Taurus is not one of them. I own several imported (mostly mil-surp) firearms, but you will never find a Taurus in my safe.

    Look around long enough and you'll find a (maybe used) solid piece of American steel for about the same price as a new Taurus. Even if it has already lived half it's life and been used throughout, it will still out last and out class the POS Taurus.
     
  12. Jynx

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    To each their own, dude. My .357 mag (circa 1979) has never let me down... Nor has it let my father down... nor my grandfather, who originally used it as his on-duty sidearm. And I've never had a problem with my .38 either. Not every single Taurus is a POS.

    And IIRC, the OP asked where to go for good pricing.
     
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  13. diggsbakes

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    Interesting that your Grandfather carried (and I assume trained with) a Taurus as a primary sidearm during the late 70's. What part of the country was this in?

    I did have one Taurus, I bought from a friend in a bind and sold it back to him when he came back up. I've shot several and while they put it where you want it (for the most part) I have witnessed a complete failure of a cylinder crane (missing/lost cylinder stop plunger and spring) and complete loss of front sight during rapid fire/reloading. First was on a 65, second was on a Raging Bull. Both folks had a hell of a time getting anyone to help them out of Taurus' customer service (or lack of).

    I've also spoke with gunsmiths that tell of many more Taurus firearms coming in for repairs than of comparable makers.

    So yes the OP asked for best pricing. . . that can be found via a simple internet search or asking around your local shops, but what I was trying to offer was an opinion based on fact and experience in hopes that the OP would steer in the direction of investing in a product that is not having the current problems that Taurus is.
     
  14. Jynx

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    Grandpa was an police officer in Chicago from 1953 until his death in 1984.

    Perhaps I take the onslaught against Taurus personally because of that. This is something that I'm used to dealing with though. I purchased my model 85 because I was looking for something to conceal that was just a bit smaller than the .357 mag. I will admit I'm not a fan of the handling of some newer Taurus models. However while I do prefer the .357, I'm not about to curse the 85 altogether. I am pretty meticulous with my firearms, and usually catch a problem before it becomes an issue during live fire. I've yet to catch one out of either of my Taurus models.

    What is one man's trash is another man's treasure.
     
  15. diggsbakes

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    You said it. . . to each their own. I know many folks love Taurus and back them up with their experience. . .

    This obligates me to also share my own experience as well as advice.

    When I hold a Taurus, I'm just holding another functional, but imported gun with little character/uniqueness.

    When I hold a Smith or Ruger, I can feel the rigidity, craftsmanship and quality, that only innovative engineers and talented working Americans can produce.

    I know there is always room for human error, but statistics speak for themselves.

    Regardless, I respect everyone's opinions and experience as well. :)
     
  16. LegatoRedrivers

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    In response to your original question...

    I've always been a fan of the out in the boonies private individual's shop. It's nice to walk in and find a man behind the counter who owns the store (on his own property), knows the ins and outs of every gun in that shop (because he's tested them all at the range in his backyard) and isn't afraid to give you advice.

    I also like to know that my purchase is going into the hands of an American small business owner and his family. Warm and fuzzy feelings all around. Should be able to find one in a local phone book. (They still have those, right?)

    Just my personal experience, results may vary. :)

    For the record, I do own a Taurus, and never had any problems with regular cleaning.
     
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