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Taurus Model 85

 

First introduced to the market in 1985, the Taurus Model 85 revolver is a concealable revolver chambered in either a .38 Special or a .38 Special +P caliber. This small frame revolver features both a double and single-action trigger except for the 85CHULT model, a double-action trigger only due to the concealed hammer.

 

Taurus 85 holster options

Click this link to see all the Taurus 85 holster models that we carry

The Model 85 measures 1.346 inches in width, has a length of 4.28 inches, and weighs 0.793 kilograms with either a 2" or 3" barrel. The revolver comes in different sub-models that vary in features such as the grip, the material, and the finish. This revolver model comes in models equipped with exposed, bobbed, or shrouded hammers.

It has two distinctive features that include the Taurus Security System (TSS) and the transfer bar. The Taurus Security System is a lock and key device made of a quarter-turn style socket-head screw that enables the user to lock the revolver so the trigger, safety, and hammer cannot be moved.

The transfer bar is used to prevent the hammer from striking the firing pin unless the trigger is fully pulled to the rear. The side plate is made of thermoplastic polycarbonate that allows a shooter to see the handgun's inner workings.

Except for the Taurus model 856, all Taurus 85 models were designed as five shots. The Model 856 features an additional round in the cylinder to bring the capacity to 6 rounds. It has fixed rear sights with fiber optic front sights. The grip is made of rubber, although some models come with grips made of wood or pearl.

In part, the Model 85 owes some of its design and features to the popular Smith & Wesson Model 38/49 Bodyguard series of revolvers. The big difference between those S&W revolvers and the Model 85 is the shrouded ejector rod used on the Model 85.

Like the popular S&W J frame revolver designs, the Model 85 is extremely versatile and can be used for most anything from a backup handgun to a primary concealed carry gun.

This model is available in several configurations that include stainless steel, blued steel, and ultra-lite variants constructed from aluminum and titanium with steel lock-work components.

The revolver is manufactured in Brazil by Taurus International and was first used by the Singapore Police Force. The Taurus Model 85 proved to be an excellent seller in the United States, with millions

Taurus decided to phase out the production of the Model 85 at the end of 2017 and replaced it with the six-shot Taurus 856 model. However, there are still plenty of new and preowned Model 85's on the market for sale.

Here are some frequently asked questions dealing with Taurus Model 85 holsters:

Will a Taurus Model 85 fit in a holster made for a S&W J frame revolver?

That's a hard question to answer as the answer depends on the specific Model 85 generation we are discussing.

The early model 85 versions were produced nearly identical to the S&W J frame series of revolvers and were designed with a half lug (Like the S&W). The "lug" is the section of the revolver that houses the ejection rod. The early model 85 series will fit into most holsters made for a S&W J frame revolver.

Later generations of the Model 85 were designed with a full lug, and those versions will not fit into most holsters made for a J frame revolver as most J frame models feature a half lug.

Taurus M85 revolvers with a full lug generally require a holster made specifically to fit that Taurus revolver model.

When shopping for a holster for my Taurus Model 85, I see holsters advertised as fitting for the Taurus 85, and then some advertised as fitting a Taurus Model 85, and then some advertised as fitting a Taurus M85? Are they the same or different Taurus revolver models?

The Model 85, Taurus 85, and Taurus M85 are just slightly different names used to describe the Taurus Model 85 revolver. Any holster advertised to fit a Model 85, M85, or Taurus 85 should fit a Taurus Model 85 just fine. The only thing to be aware of would be the barrel length as most Model 85's come with a 2" barrel, although there are a few versions with a 3" barrel.

Can you recommend a Taurus 85 IWB holster?

The Model 85 is ideal for concealed carry using an inside the waistband (IWB) holster. Here are our most popular selling IWB holsters for the Taurus 85 2":

Don Hume H715M WCS IWB Holster with Bodyshield

MTR Custom Adversary IWB Holster

Don Hume H715M W/C IWB Holster

Do you have any Taurus 38 Special holsters?

Officially speaking, Taurus doesn't offer a revolver model called the Taurus 38 Special, as you see with Smith and Wesson. 38 Special is a caliber that is especially common with revolvers.

When customers call and ask for a Taurus 38 Special holster, most ask for a holster to fit a Taurus Model 85 that is chambered in .38 Special.

That being said, most all the holster models listed at the bottom of this page would potentially fit a Taurus 38 Special revolver.

Do you have a holster for Taurus 85 Ultralite?

The Taurus 85 Ultralite is a version of the Model 85 manufactured with an aluminum alloy frame to reduce the weight. It's one of Taurus's most popular selling Model 85 variants.

Any of the Model 85 holsters that we have listed below will fit the Taurus Model 85 Ultralite.

Can you point me to a Taurus 85 ankle holster?

The two best ankle holster options that we carry for the Model 85 are these:

Don Hume H760 Ankle Holster

Don Hume Ankle Safe Holster

Any holster listed below is produced in a model to fit the Taurus 85 series.

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