Posted January 29, 2020 4:17 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

Six new models of the Taurus 856 Defender line, all with 3-inch barrels, just hit the market (Photo: Taurus)
Taurus this month expanded its .38 caliber  856 revolver line by introducing six new models, all standard with a 3-inch barrel.
The Brazilian company, which recently opened a major manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia, had their new 856 Defenders on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas last week. All share the same 6-round cylinder, a factory-installed front sight post with an integrated tritium vial, and an extended ejector rod. With a 3-inch barrel, overall length runs 7.5-inches.
The six models include four standard models with an ergonomic Hogue rubber grip that vary in finishes to include a stainless-steel frame with a matte finish, an ultralight aluminum alloy frame with a matte finish, a stainless steel frame with a black Tenifer finish, and an aluminum alloy frame with hard coat black anodized finish.
The basic black-on-black with a rubber grip Model 856 Defender (Photo: Chris Eger/
And, in an UltraLite aluminum frame (Photo: Chris Eger/
Taurus also plans to market the Defender 856 in two upgraded versions with special grips and finish treatments.
The Two-Tone model has a stainless-steel matte finish frame and barrel with a black cylinder. This


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