Bob Dunlap leads you through the design, function, and repair of these now high quality Brazilian Smith & Wesson look-a-likes. See how they are similar, and more importantly, see where they differ. If you want the quick course on how to get these popular revolvers apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you.

Among the items covered are:


  • Taurus early association with S & W and the quality of the guns with Smith as a partner
  • What happened to the quality after Smith left the partnership
  • Union of Taurus and Rossi, and the unlikely result
  • Various newer frame sizes and unusual chamberings
  • Why the .218 Bee is a better high performance .22 caliber revolver chambering than S & Ws earlier .22 Jet
  • Hammer blocking lock and included tool kit
  • Improvements over the S & W
  • Solid front ejector rod, no rod end cylinder lock
  • Why rod run-out does not matter with this system
  • Spring loaded detent front yoke lock on small and mid-size frames
  • Why the short rear cylinder pin lock does not unlock under recoil
  • Positive thumb operated front lock for “Raging Bull”
  • No cylinder movement blocking frame stud, how they get around its lack
  • Super smooth chambers and bores

Design & Function

  • Trigger stop and hammer spring adjustments of the target model shown and demonstrated
  • How the Iver Mossberg designed transfer bar replaces the S & W style rebound slide and hammer block
  • Explanation and demonstration of the double action and single action firing cycles with the side plate off of the cut-a way
  • Bob shows the answer to the question; Why the Taurus hand design makes for smoother rotation of the cylinder than the S & W design
  • Explanation and demonstration of the operation of the primary and secondary sears and the hammer cycle
  • How the hand operates
  • How the hand is timed and correction if it is mis-timed
  • Cylinder latch function and correct operation
  • How the yoke barrel locates and the absence of the S & W Dutchman
  • What is Range? How do you check it, and how do you adjust it? A $50 course in itself


  • How the hand and the cylinder latch interact to prevent firing with the cylinder unlocked
  • Do not lose the hand spring & plunger
  • Extensive disassembly, parts not removed have removal described, including rear sight blade, barrel, and front sight
  • Taurus unique method of cylinder to yoke retention explained and shown
  • Hammer safety lock operation described and shown

Cleaning & Lubrication

  • AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use


  • Making sure you have no parts left over

Common Problems

  • End shake defined, and the cure explained
  • What is “Sing”? Do I have it? Do I need it? How do I get it


  • Taurus makes most aftermarket accessories unnecessary because they offer so many goodies as standard or make them available as options
  • What is available

If you noticed how often the terms “explanation” and “visual demonstration” are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Taurus revolver owner.

Weight0.25 lbs
Dimensions7.56 × 5.44 × 0.63 in


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