Taurus Model 85

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Model 85
Type Revolver
Place of origin  Brazil
Service history
Used by See "Users"
Width 1.346 in (34.2 mm)
Height 4.28 in (109 mm)

Cartridge .38 Special
Action Double action / single action
Feed system 5 shot cylinder
Sights fixed front sight

The Taurus Model 85 is a small-frame revolver manufactured by the Brazilian firearm company Taurus International.[when?]


The Model 85 is available in several configurations. These include blued steel, stainless steel, and "Ultralite" variants constructed of aluminum and titanium, with steel lockwork components.

Much like their distant Smith and Wesson cousins, Model 85's can come equipped with exposed, 'bobbed', or shrouded hammers. There are numerous cosmetic options, including gold-plated hardware and grips of wood or pearl. The Model 85 is available with either 2" or 3" barrels, is capable of firing +P rated .38 Special rounds, and utilizes a transfer bar safety.

Models manufactured after 1997 feature the Taurus Security System, which consists of a keyed, quarter-turn style socket-head screw which can be set to prevent the hammer from pivoting back into the frame, thus rendering the weapon inoperative.

The Model 85 line has been enlarged to include the Model 856. This model is similar to the Model 85, but adds an additional round in the cylinder to bring the Model 856's capacity to 6 rounds.[1]

The model 85VTA was introduced in 2014. It has a 1.41 inch barrel, a weight of about 9 ounces, and a partially transparent frame.[2][3]

A snub-nosed .38 model firing hollow-point bullets was used by Yolanda Saldívar when she murdered Latin music star Selena on March 31, 1995.


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