Surplus Taurus 82
I have just gotten my hand on a bunch of surplus Taurus model 82 revolvers. These revolvers are
extremely similar to Smith & Wesson Model 10 and similarly popular with police departments
around the world - especially the ones who cannot afford real Smith & Wessons.
Which is where I suspect Century Arms - the importer - has gotten this shipment.
They have imported them in the past, but they were in terrible shape - so bad that the
Century salesperson was actively dissuading me from buying them. This time, however,
the guns were in a top notch condition.
I am a sucker for a good deal, and the price was super cheap, so I kept five of them
for myself. Though I had Ryan select them for me, he said that all of the guns
were extremely similar, so what I got does not differ materially from what was
left at the store.
But here are the pictures.
They have 3" barrels, fixed sights, and really nice royal blueing with almost no signs of
wear (one of my guns had slight holster wear on the barrel). The bores look new.
One of the best thing about these guns - the triggers are exactly the same as Smith & Wesson
triggers - fantastic! Single action is very light and breaks like glass, and double action
is nice and easy.
I took all five to the range, along with a box of Magtech, Federal RTP, and American Eagle
ammunition, as well as half a box of my own "classic 38" reloads - 148gr wadcutter bullet
over 2.8 grains of Bullseye.
I shot all of them from the rest at 10 yards.
The groups (of five) varied from 1" to 2.5", though vast majority were between 1.5" and 2". The worst was Magtech with
the biggest numbers of groups above 2" - apparently Brazilian guns hate Brazilian ammunition.
The best were my reloads, all of which were between 1" and 1.5".
To be fair, majority of the above 2" groups were produced when the light conditions deteriorated towards
the evening, so some of them may be my fault.
Unfortunately, as you can see, some of the guns shot up to 2.5" off target with some types of ammunition.
At first, I thought that it was the new shooting rest which I did not fully calibrate on other guns - because
the first two guns shot below and to the left. But then one gun was pretty close on target, and two guns were
shooting to the right, so it was clearly not the rest (or me).
The good news is that how much the gun shot off target depended a lot on ammunition. For example, one
revolver (the picture with 4 targets) shot far down and to the left with Federal RTP, but only 1" off target
with my reloads.
1" at 10 yards is only 2.5" defection at 25, but 2.5" at ten put the point of impact 6" off target at 25 - hardly
acceptable. Unfortunately, when buying a surplus gun with fixed sights - and all police surplus revolvers I have
ever seen had fixed sights - you have to be prepared for this eventuality. The guns are not on warranty, and
cannot be sent back to the manufacturer. That's why they are
half the price of the new ones.
To compensate for the horizontal POI drift, the rear sights can be filed a little bit. Trying to compensate for
vertical POI difference is almost impossible - because it will vary with the load and the distance, and because
moving the POI up would require filing down the front sight.
My next step would be to take the worst gun of the bunch and experiment with the load and the sights to get it
on target at 25. Stay tuned!