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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-11-2010, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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Taurus Judge Public Defender

I'm considering purchasing a Taurus Judge Public Defender model handgun. I plan on using as a CCW, and a trail gun for hiking/hunting. I've done a fair amount of research in the past few months, and I have read many mixed reviews on the product. If you own one (or previously owned one), please share your thoughts.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-11-2010, 04:37 PM
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I like the concept but the gun is too big and heavy for my liking,If you want a CCW and for hiking take a look at the Ruger LCP with lazer sites, very small but a 380 cal and would do the job for you. JMO

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I've shot a few Taurus revolvers and never known one to be a bad gun. All where accurate and had ok triggers. I don't think they make a bad gun. They aren't Smith and Wesson.

As for the defender as a CCW. I would bet money that if you purchase one for the intent of CCW, eventually you stop carrying it. They are big.

Go to the website Box of Truth. They did some informal testing on the effectiveness of the Judge in self defense. 410 shotgun shells either slug or shot are not very good for self defense.

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IMO - it makes a poor hiking gun and a poor self defense gun. So many better options. I've shot the Judge and like it - but to me its just a novelty gun.

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Winchester has some new loads for personal defense and they rated pretty good according to Guns and Ammo

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Winchester has some new loads for personal defense and they rated pretty good according to Guns and Ammo
Have you ever seen a bad review in guns and ammo?

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I have a Public Defender. It is a bit of a novelty weapon. But I always thought a .410 handgun was cool and I've always wanted a 45LC. So I figured why not? It throws pretty mean groups with #6 or #9 shot, which is all I've shot so far. My purchase was prompted by 2 large aggressive dogs that charged my wife and I on one of our long walks up north recently. Going to load-bird shot-00 buck-45LC. Good night time weapon for her too.
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I agree with High Country in that if you get one for concealed carry you will eventually stop carrying it because of size.
I shot the Judge on several occasions and while it seems like a cool concept and has the coolness appeal to it, from what I have found it doesn't do anything real good.
It doesn't shoot the .45 LC ammo too bad, but with buck shot and regular shotgun shells it was less than impressive as the patterns opened up too much. There are definitely better choices out there for self defense in better calibers and size.
I think it would be good to keep under the seat of your truck in case you got car jacked, other than that not much use.

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Contimplating one for the wife to keep in the house when I am out and even its size wont matter in the duffle bag she calls a purse.

If I got one for myself I think it would be the car gun. One or two rounds of buck should end a carjacking real quick.

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I own one but only carry it for rabbits. Shots have to be very close, but that's OK. Not out there to kill a bunch, just like hearing the hound's voice. Cool gun, shoots well, reliable.

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