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Taurus Model 856

Six-Shot Compact Revolver [ 2003 ]

Marketed for use in the self-defense role, the compact Taurus Model 856 revolver featured a very short barrel and a useful six-round ammunition capacity.

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The Taurus Model 856 was a conventionally-arranged, small-framed six-shot service revolver available in several different finishes. The firearm sported a very-compact-size for the purpose of concealed carry with support for the .38 Special cartridge. The series was introduced in 2003 but is noted as no longer being in production by Taurus International.

As offered, the Model 856 was given rubber grips for a sure hold. Its overall length reached 6.5 inches with a barrel assembly measuring just 2" long. The trigger was of Double-Action (DA) / Single-Action (SA) operation and the safety system being the Taurus Security System (transfer bar) to protect against inadvertent firing. All other aspects of the revolver were basic - the six-shot rotating cylinder was fitted into the center mass of the frame, the hammer was exposed at the rear of the frame and the trigger unit was displayed under the frame. Sighting devices ran along the top of the weapon.
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Service Year

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Six-Shot Compact Revolver

Taurus International - Brazil
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Pistol / Sidearm
Compact design for close-quarters work or general self-defense.

Overall Length
165 mm
6.50 in
Barrel Length
51 mm
2.01 in
Empty Wgt
0.82 lb
0.37 kg



Six-Shot Revolving Cylinder; Double-Action / Single-Action Trigger

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.38 Special

Rounds / Feed

Six-Shot Revolving Cylinder
Cartridge relative size chart
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**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
Max Eff.Range
164 ft
(50 m | 55 yd)

Model 856 - Base Series Designation

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