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Has Taurus “jumped the shark” with a 28-gauge Judge?

So, apparently something happened over at Taurus when they got feedback on the Judge .410/.45 revolver and it’s lack of stopping power, and the answer was to cram an even larger shotgun shell into a revolver frame.

Enter the 28-gauge Raging Judge, that will be making an appearance at the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week at Booth #14240.

Sayeth the press release:

Personal protection, home defense and sport shooting are easy work for the latest Taurus® Raging Judge that fires the larger, more powerful 28-gauge shotshell. The first Judge of its kind is ready to take on whatever comes your way. Whatever “it” happens to be.

I’m not sure what to make of a 28-gauge revolver. The .410 at least had the option of being loaded with real .45 LC pistol cartridges or .410 buckshot. The 28-gauge may be a wonderful for upland game birds, but the largest shot I can find for it are #5 pheasant loads.

It seem too large for concealed carry, and with a short barrel and birdshot loads, ineffective for anything much larger than vermin. Unless they’ve partnered with someone to make a new defensive loading in hopes of marketing this as a house or car gun, this seems like a complete waste of time and resources.

What the heck were they thinking?

Update: A new release providing more info just hit my inbox moments ago.

Personal protection, home defense and sport shooting are easy work for the latest Taurus® Raging Judge that fires the larger, more powerful 28-gauge shotshell. The first Judge of its kind is ready to take on whatever comes your way. Whatever “it” happens to be.

The Taurus Raging Judge in 28 gauge comes equipped with the distinctive “Raging Bull” cushioned insert grip for reduced felt recoil and its strong, ordnance grade steel frame is built to take everything the revolver dishes out. Additional features include a single-action/double-action trigger and highly visible fiber optic front sight.

Available in blued or matte stainless finish with a 6.5 inch barrel, the Raging Judge in 28 gauge has overall length 13.75 inches and weighs 67 ounces. Like all Taurus handguns, the unique onboard Taurus Security System® allows users to securely lock the gun using an inconspicuous key-lock.

67 ounces and more than a foot long? Good grief.

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  1. Kentucky Packrat says

    I thought that the .410 pistols might be a good idea until I saw them. They make my 92FS seem slim and tiny. Even the "small" Public Defenders were massive.

    I can't imagine the question that makes a Judge or Public Defender the right answer. (OK, I see one: if you shoot IDPA, you can score 1 shot stops if you use 410s. Not exactly Taurus' target audience.)

  2. NY Observer says

    For home defense, it might scare the holy cr*p out of an intruder, when they find themselves facing a 12" revolver and staring down a bore that looks as big as the east tunnel?

  3. LB1901 says

    Finally.
    A weapon that will allow my wife to hit her target.

  4. stanley says

    nice brain remover!!!



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