Semi-automatic pistols have overwhelmingly captured the concealed carry and self-defense market. With dozens of reliable, accurate and affordable semi-autos available than ever before, what gun lover could complain?
There is one downside to this semi-auto dominance, though. Relatively few people thinking about a concealed carry/self-defense handgun even consider the alternative: a revolver.
Case in point, the new Taurus 856 revolver, a lightweight and handy little six-shooter that’s as easy to carry as most smaller .380 Autos, but is chambered for the more powerful .38 Special loads.
I used the Taurus 856 during numerous range sessions, with a variety of ammunition brands. I was a little skeptical about what this small revolver could do—until I shot it, that is.
The Taurus 856 isn’t Dirty Harry’s huge .44 Magnum revolver able to make long-distance shots and, if needed, pretty much total a truck. But for what the small revolver is made to do—carry light and handy, and accurately put rounds into a target at self-defense ranges—the Taurus 856 is a great option for new shooters and veteran concealed carriers alike.