In this video, I take my Taurus Judge Public Defender Poly to the range for a little overview and shooting. I purchased this gun recently in order to take with me backpacking when I am in black bear country. Just a little something to get me off the menu, so to speak 🙂 This gun holds 45 long colt rounds as well as 410 2.5″ shotgun shells. I wanted a gun that was lightweight and versatile for backpacking, but could also possibly be used for small game hunting and, of course, home defense. This gun was the closest that I found that would be the most versatile in those various scenarios, so I went with it. I am new to handgun shooting and before purchasing this gun, I had only ever shot 9mm handguns.
I have been pleasantly surprised at how little time it took to get used to this gun. The recoil isn’t bad at all, and I can so far hit a bulls-eye at 25 yards. With the 410 shells though, I have to be within 12 yards to get consistent patterns on a 8.5×11 target. Even then, I found that Federal Premium 410 handgun 000 buckshot rounds work the best. The vicarious spread is due to the rifling of the barrel. In this video, I use these for demonstration purposes.
I love almost everything about this gun so far. My only beef with it at this point is that the rear sight has gotten loose too easily which can be a distraction, but that was an easy fix.
In terms of backpacking, the gun weighs in at just over 23 ounces by itself. One of the lightest, if not THE lightest of its kind.
Looking for a holster for this was a challenge at first due to the poly case of the gun. The poly makes it a bit bigger, and many standard holsters just don’t cut it. I eventually found an Uncle Mike’s nylon holster at Gander Mountain that was designed for a semi-automatic pistol that worked well.
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