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  • Reliable
  • Accurate
  • Pelican Vault case
  • Limited capacity
  • Not speed loader compatible
Editor’s Note:

The Taurus 856 Executive Grade is the first in the Taurus’s new Executive lineup. This 3-inch barreled double-action-only revolver was built with concealed carry and smooth operation in mind. A hand-polished satin finish, snag-free bobbed hammer, and custom-tuned trigger ensure a luxurious and comfortable shooting experience. Chamfered cylinder chambers help with faster reloads, and the ultra-luxe custom Walnut Checkered grips are icing on the cake. And to keep this beautiful revolver safe, Taurus includes a high-impact Pelican Vault Case.

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Taurus 856 Executive Grade Specs

Double Action Only
Barrel Length
Magazine Capacity
Magazine Included
38 Special
Overall Length

Taurus 856 Executive Grade Features

6-round capacity
Chamfered cylinder chambers
Altamont walnut grip
Hand-tuned trigger
Concealed hammer

By The Numbers - Taurus 856 Executive Grade

The accuracy I was able to achieve with this gun impressed me. I struggled to get reacquainted with the long trigger pull at first, but once that was done the accuracy was really good.
I tested around 250 rounds of Federal practice ammo and a handful of Remington defense rounds without failure.
There is pretty decent aftermarket support for the 856 in general, with different grips, holsters, E-Z loaders, and the like.
I was able to reach all the controls easily and the grip was very comfortable in my hands.

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Colt King Cobra

Colt King Cobra


The King Cobra is Colt’s revival of the medium-framed magnum revolver from their older “snake gun” lineup. While it may be a fairly standard 6-shot, 3-inch barreled revolver, it comes in at a price point similar to that of its competitors. This means you get the name value that comes with owning a Colt product without having to pay a premium for it.

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Kimber K6s


“Kimber did an awesome job with this revolver. Aesthetically it’s appealing and eye-catching. The controls are easy to manipulate, the trigger is beautifully smooth, and the gun feels good in my hands. The biggest downside is the need for speedloaders because they are not easy to find.” — Kat Stevens

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Smith & Wesson 686 Plus

Smith & Wesson 686 Plus


The Smith & Wesson 686 Plus is our go-to recommendation if you’re looking for a first revolver. Reliable, takes both .38 Special and .357 Magnum rounds, soaks up the recoil, and looks great to boot!

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final verdict

“Though some may argue, the validity of the revolver as a defensive tool is not really up for debate. The old west taught us that much. What remains for each individual to determine is whether that’s the best option for them to carry — a debate that may rage long after we’re dust. All that aside, the Taurus Executive Grade 856 is a solid performer that delivers reliable fire very accurately. And it does so with an elegant flare.” – Sean Curtis

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