Probably it was just a matter of time, but Taurus seems to have arrived first: the first ever optic-ready defensive revolvers are here, in the form of the new Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. and the Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. (where T.O.R.O. stands for Taurus Optic Ready Option). The 856 is chambered in .38 special (and designed to fire +P loads), while the 605 is in .357 Magnum.
Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. and 605 T.O.R.O., innovation on request
“In October of 2022 we asked consumers what innovation they wanted to see on the heels of the 856 Executive Grade. The answer was swift and unanimous: a small frame optics ready revolver,” they say at Taurus introducing the optics-ready small frame revolvers,
Both the 856 and 605 T.O.R.O. are based on the popular Taurus Defender series from Taurus and would accept a compact red dot sight. Their optics plate is compatible with the Holosun K footprint.
The revolvers feature all steel construction, three-inch barrels, and a replaceable front sight.
The 605 cylinder holds 5 rounds, and the 856 is a six-shot revolver. The Taurus 605 model was introduced in 2022 and we already presented it here.
Both the Taurus 856 T.O.R.O. and the Taurus 605 T.O.R.O. are available in a matte black or matte stainless finish.
Prices in the U.S. are as following: $445.99 (matte black version) 460.99 (matte stainless version) for the .38 Special 856 T.O.R.O.; $450.99 (matte black) or $470.99 (matte stainless) for the .357 Magnum 605 T.O.R.O.