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Taurus Judge 410 45 Long Colt

The Taurus Judge

The Taurus Judge is a great firearm for high pressure, close encounter situations where the rush of fear and adrenaline overpower the ability to properly aim. Loaded with a .410 Bore Shotgun Shell, any assailant would be viciously hurt or killed by one of these rounds, and all the victim needs to do is point in the direction and shoot!

When I finally got around to getting my wife a home defense weapon of her own, I tried to think logically and followed it with some good research and personal history. I also took her to the range a few times and tried on a variety of firearms to see how well she would do. She proved to be an excellent shot at every weapon she tried and seemed like an instant master. Unfortunately, she has incredible taste in everything from jewelry to men (thank you very much), and firearms were no exception. As such, she decided that she really enjoyed the FN Herstal FS2000, but would even “settle” for a Beretta CX-4 Storm.

I was proud of her for making such bold statements, but I wasn’t prepared to spend over two grand on an FS2000, and an AR-15 was a much better value than the CX-4 storm, but neither were appropriate for home defense purposes.

After some research and consideration, I decided to look into getting a Mossberg 12 Guage Shotgun with an 18” barrel. She agreed to go to the local armory and try one out.

Taurus Judge 410 45 Long Colt

At the gun shop, we requested to view the Mossberg, and as she tried it on to give it a good pump, the thing made her look like she was 12 years old! I knew the salesperson was being very polite and contained himself, but very shortly thereafter he provided an adequate suggestion: the Taurus Judge, a 5 round capacity revolver with a three inch barrel capable of firing 2.5” .410 Shotgun Shells as well as the massive .45 Colt cartridge, or more commonly referred to as the 45 Long Colt.

I deeply wanted to get a firearm with a rail system, and the store’s Taurus Judge did not have one. They were nice enough to try and find me one, but after two weeks of search with no luck, I decided to go online and find myself a discontinued version at a reduced price. With a simple order and FFL file, we had the Judge delivered by the end of the week. After about ten minutes of paperwork and background check, I loaded up on a vicious amount of ammo and headed home with our new firearm.


The Taurus Judge is produced by Taurus International of Porto Alegre, Brazil and imported into Miami, Florida. The name changed to the Taurus Judge from 4410 then later 4510 as the company learned that judges in high crime areas of Miami, Florida were purchasing the model to bring to courtrooms for self defense purposes.

Their current lineup consists of 12 variants, from its polymer Public Defender to the Stainless Steel models to the one we have, a Blued Steel black that has the spirit of a wild Mustang.

The Specs

The Taurus Judge comes in several variants, there are several key aspects that are common among all models:

– Available in Stainless Steel, Blued Steel, or Polymer
– .45 Colt / .410 Bore 2.5” Chamber, 3” Barrel
– 5 Round Capacity
– “Ribber” Grips (they work great at absorbing the recoil)
– Fixed Red/Orange Fiber Optics Sight (I like this, works great at gathering light in the dark)
– Discontinued, but I found mine with a Rail System
– 23 Ounces with the Rail System

The rail system allowed my to go on amazon and get a Hilight 190 Lumen Pistol LED Strobe Flashlight with Weaver Quick Release. The first time I tested the flashlight, I pointed it to my eyes and it blinded me!! What a thrill!

The Ammunition

The combination of the .410 Bore Shotgun Shell and the 45 Colt make it an interesting choice of firearm. I knew that my wife would be able to handle the .410 bore shell, and I was attracted to the powerful 45 Long Colt. And each choice of ammunition comes with some interesting combinations as well.

.410 Bore Shotgun Shells

This is the choice of power you want armed in the home or car at all times for those high adrenaline close encounter situations. Point and shoot is all the accuracy you need with these. The main difference is that you have the 000 Buckshot .410 for target practice and shooting snakes, and the recently introduced Winchester PDX .410 Defender.

The PDX 410 was specifically designed for the Taurus Judge and has three plated discs with 12 bb pellets following right behind them. They cost twice as much, but are worth it to keep in your Judge at all times for their stopping power.

.45 Long Colts

These badboys were one of the reasons I decided to commit to the Taurus Judge. I had lots of fun with 45 acp rounds and love the bigger bang of 44 magnums in both revolver and semi automatic forms, so I knew I’d like these cartridges. With the 45 Long Colts however, I found out that they can be tricky to find, expensive when available, and come in what’s callled a Cowboy cartridge, which are essentially raw lead bullets and higher grain powder that emulate original 45 Colt Cowboy shooting.

With some good research I found ways around these issues. For one, Hornady 45 Long Colt Hollow Point LEVERevolution is the defensive choice for this caliber and I keep them at the side in case I’m the one that needs to use it. It has a trajectory speed of 960 fps and is meant to flatten upon connecting with soft tissue, dissipating the probability of going through the other side of the assailant. Beyond that, it has nice accuracy compared to the cheaper 45 Long Colts I’ve used for practice.

45 Long Colt Defensive Ammunition=

45 Long Colt Defensive Ammunition=

Now, I’ve also used Federal ammunition for the Long Colt, but they tend to be extremely expensive and hard to come by. Ultimately, I found the Military Ballistics Industries 45 Long Colt Full Metal Jacket Flat Nose for almost 40% less!!!! I can’t tell you how excited I was to find a FMJ bullet that much cheaper than the Federal Ammunition with the Flat Nose half exposed lead, online, without having to travel nearly 16 miles!!

The Test

I enjoyed taking the Taurus Judge and testing out our new range and see how far I could push the membership privileges. I’ve gone several times very early in the morning, one hour after sunrise as the rules state, and found myself alone and meditative as I released round after round of powerful and furious projectiles.

Taurus Judge TargetImmediately I noticed the heavy yet nicely distributed weight on the firearm. The 000 Buckshots centered nicely on the target with minimal aiming. The Hornady 45 Long Colt Hollow Point LEVERevolution really went where I wanted it to go.

The only major disappointment was the Federal Ammunition target .45 Long Colt. For some time, I just couldn’t get it to where I wanted it to go. I was surprised at one point after a couple of sessions at the range, they started listening to me! But after they run out, I’m going to get started at testing out the Military Ballistics Industries 45 Long Colt Full Metal Jacket Flat Nose, 40% and full metal jacket, even if they shoot the same they’re going to be much better.

One thing is for sure though, by far the best round that goes through the Taurus Judge is the Winchester PDX .410 Defender; the recoil is the lightest, its direction is the straightest, it groups centered nicely on the target, and it creates the most damage. It was kind of a pleasure to shoot.

Overall, the Taurus Judge is a fantastic home defense tool worthy of any residential armory. I have no regrets purchasing this fantastic firearm, and neither does my wife. Late in the evening, we parade around the house on practice runs; her with her Taurus Judge and strobing flashlight, and me with my 45acp and laser. Anyone lucky enough to be noticing our windows in the pre-dawn hours would get quite a thrill, and a clear message!

Taurus Judge 410 45 Long Colt

Ruger Redhawk 44

The Ruger RedHawk

The Ruger Redhawk may not be everyone’s favorite 44 Mag, but I find it to be a serious, powerful, accurate (for its class) and fully enjoyable double action revolver!! This high grade blue or stainless steel beast was among the world’s most powerful pistols during its introduction in 1979!

The Ruger Redhawk was first introduced to the world in 1979 by manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Company and continues to be in production as of today. Primarily revered for its extended .44 Magnum cartridge, the Redhawk has over the years been designed to handle multiple types of cartridges in its extended six roundcylinder. These have included the .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, .44 Special, .45 Colt and .454 Casull.

Ruger Redhawk TargetTheir current lineup redefines the Redhawk as the Super Redhawk which includes 2 Alaskan models with a 2.5″ barrel and 2 Standard models with a 7.5″ barrel as well as the 9.5″ – each nearing about $1,000 US dollars. According to their website, the features include Ruger’s triple locking cylinder which is locked to the frame at the front, rear and bottom for a more dependable shot during continuous use, corrosion resistant stainless steel, the integral scope system with mounts machined directly on the frame and free scope rings, a powerful extended frame, RECOIL CUSHIONING HOGUE® TAMER™ MONOGRIP® with an internal recoil cushion positioned under the web of the hand to reduce the impact of powerful loads, dual chambering for .44 Magnum models, which also accept all factory .44 Special cartridges and .454 Casull models, as well as .45 Colt cartridges.

Starting with the Alaskan models, the overall length is 7.62″ and weigh 41 to 44 ounces. The standard models range from 13″ and 53 ounces to 15″ and 58 ounces.

I had the privilege of firing off a 7.5″ barreled .44 Magnum Ruger Redhawk with the adjustable front and rear sights. At 53 ounces, the pistol felt firm and heavy yet manageable and comfortably assuring. I fired this pistol with and without a scope, and have to admit that firing it without the scope gives me better accuracy and makes me feel closely connected with my target. The detonation of each shot feels explosive and exhilarating, the recoil makes me feel alive, and the accuracy of each roundconnecting with its destiny greets me with feelings of mastery and elation.

Ruger Redhawk

It is the Ruger Redhawk that epitomizes the .44 Magnum experience for me. I would find it to be an especially interesting lineup in anyone’s firearm collection, which would consist first of a .38 Special then this .44 Magnum.

Ruger Redhawk


Magnum Research BFR S&W 500

Magnum Research BFR S&W 500

The Magnum Research BFR S&W 500 is a powerful, American made single action, five round cylinder revolver designed to fire off the presently largest caliber cartridge designed for a handgun; the .500 S&W Cartridge.

Designed and manufactured in the United States by Magnum Research, Inc. and its BFR acronym stands for Biggest, Finest Revolver, though there is a tendency for gun enthusiasts to replace the Finest and in place nickname it the Biggest Fucking Revolver!!

According the, it is the first and only revolver ever offered by Magnum Research and carefully crafted in the U.S.A. The all-stainless steel BFR is built to close tolerances to handle the pressure of true big-bore calibers – .45/70, .480 Ruger/.475 Linebaugh, .450 Marlin, .500 S&W, .50AE, .444 Marlin, .30/30 Winchester, .45 Long Colt/.410 and the new .460 S&W Magnum – as well as .454 Casull, and the .22 Hornet.

Magnum Research BFR S&W 500 TargetPresently coming in at well just above $1,050.00 suggested retail, its weight ranges between 3.6 and 5.3 lbs (1633-2404g). Depending on whether you choose the standard or short cylinder, it ranges in lenght from 12.75 inches to 17.5 inches (324 – 445mm), and the short cylinder measures 6.5 inches (165mm) while the standard barrel lengths come in 7.5 or 10 inches (191 to 254 mm). All are 1.75 inches wide (44mm) and 6 inches high (152 mm).

While capable of handling a variety of large caliber cartridges, the Magnum Research BFR is one in a very short list of revolvers that have been built to handle the .500 S&W Magnum. This cartridge itself was developed by Cor-Bon and the Smith & Wesson X-Gun engineering team. It was introduced at the SHOT show in 2003 in an attempt for Smith & Wesson to recapture the big gun market they started with the S&W .357 in 1935. The S&W 500 is currently the most powerful production handgun cartridge available.

Magnum Research BFR S&W 500

I’ve long read about the 500 S&W and always wanted the opportunity to fire off a round. The Magnum Research BFR has the respect and very real capability of handling the caliber, and I was excited to have at it. I’m usually quite confident with my accuracy and skills with handguns, even the large calibers, but I’ll admit that I had concerns over this one. Towards the second portion of this video, my wife decided to stand waaay back to film the shot; probably over-concerned with its recoil. As usual, I gave the firearm its due respect, concentrated heavily on the target, and after a few moments of deep meditation, fired off a powerful round that successfully met at the bulls eye. I am a pretty amazing shot, and this is a pretty amazing firearm. It’s fitter rubber grip, stainless steel body and well executed and planned design helped absorb much of the recoil, but it takes certain skill, talent and confidence to get control this badboy. The Magnum research BFR 500 S&W is one Big F*ing Revolver!!

Magnum Research BFR S&W 500

Thompson Contender

Thompson Contender

The Thompson Contender is a break open single shot pistol with unique barrel interchangeability.

The Contender is a uniquely designed single-shot, break-open pistol designed and manufactured by the Thompson/Center Arms Company founded in 1965 by the K.W. Thompson Tool Company and Warren Center. The company was ultimately bought out by Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation on January 4, 2007.

Thompson Contender TargetThe Thompson Contender’s most immediate advantage is having the accuracy of a rifle in the form of a handgun, making it an extremely popular pistol for hunters and black powder gaming. Among some of the other unique design advantages, the Contender’s barrel is attached to the frame and can therefore be easily removed with a flat head screwdriver and interchanged to fit a number of cartridges and their appropriate barrel lenghts. In addition, the pre-aligned sights made the changes very easy, and the shooter is further allowed to choose between centerfire or rimfire firing pins.

Barrel lengths come in 8, 10, 14, 16 and 21 inches and are interchangeable with currently available G2 (Second Generation). This flexibility is what makes the Contender such a popular break-open pistol. Its interchangeability, ease and ultimately its inexpense makes it a very attractive firearm. Even its trigger system is adjustable allowing a user to accurize for long range target shooting hair triggers up to heavy trigger pulls suitable for hunting.

When it comes to calibers for the Contender, available cartridges for the Contender include the wildcat cartridges such as the 7-30 Waters, several TCU cartrdges, .357 Herrett, .30-30 Winchester, and .223 Remington cases as seen on this page’s video. It can even fire larger cartridges such as .410 bore shotgun shells through a .45 Colt barrel, and can be fitted with a .44 Magnum barrel for .44 Magnum cartridges.

The Thompson Contender is certainly a unique firearm which is definitely suitable for hunting, and also very interesting for target shooting. In this video, I am seen connecting several shots into my target with very good precision, though it took me some time to level my weapon. The .223 Remington casings were an ideal choice for this pistol and its projected direction is in immediate response to the movement of the person taking aim. A highly thrilling experience offering rifle precision and almost infinite flexibility, the Contender is an ideal firearm in any hunter’s arsenal.

Thompson Contender