TAURUS Model 85 IS

PRICE: R 2,000.00 Incl. VAT


MAKE Taurus
CALIBER .38 Special
ACTION Double action / Single action
CONDITION Excellent used condition

Item Description


The Taurus Model 85 is a small-frame, double-action/single-action, 5-shot revolver chambered in .38 Special.
It is available with either 2″ or 3″ barrels, is capable of firing +P rated rounds, and utilizes a transfer bar safety.
It is manufactured by the Brazilian firearm company Taurus International and is designed and marketed for concealed carry and personal protection.

Taurus revolvers have very similar design aesthetics to Smith & Wesson revolvers as in the 1970s the company that owned Smith & Wesson also owned a holding share of Taurus, so many of the parts were actually made on the same tools.
Internally Tauruses are quite different to Smith & Wessons though, utilizing a coil main spring instead of a leaf spring for one.

The Taurus Model 85 is available in many different configurations and finishes, including blued steel, stainless steel, polymer frame, and “Ultralite” variants constructed of aluminum and titanium, with steel lockwork components.
It is also available with exposed, bobbed or shrouded hammers, as well as different grip configurations.


This gun is in excellent, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The overall stainless finish is still excellent with only the odd, very light, small scratch in places, which can easily be polished out and are basically insignificant.
The original wooden grips are still excellent with only the odd, very light, small ding in places and are virtually unnoticeable.
The cylinder lockup is still excellent.
It comes in its original cardboard box and includes the original manual and cleaning brush.


This firearm is suitable for home self defense, and concealed carry or back-up gun use.

This firearm is suitable for use in the following sports:

  • IDPA – BUG division
  • MPDS – Ultra Compact (UC) and Revolver (REV)* divisions
  • ICORE – Classic division*

*Even though this revolver could technically be used for this sport, the 5 shot capacity would greatly disadvantage the shooter. This revolver is better suited for self defense.

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