January 19, 2022
Taurus has introduced the all-new Defender for 2022. Based on the original revolver, Taurus engineers developed the Defender for personal defense practitioners who desire the solid performance and simplicity of a revolver.
Chambered for .357 Magnum/.38 Special, this 5-round revolver delivers the reliability and performance demanded in personal defense handgun with several mission-specific features included in this hammer-fired DA/SA platform.
The Defender starts with a clean barrel and frame profile for not only comfortable carry but also for smooth draw and re-holstering from IWB or OWB positions.
While the original 605 earned its chops as a deep-conceal snub nose, the new Defender features a longer, 3-inch barrel—making it short enough for deep concealed carry while delivering a sight radius for accuracy at distances beyond the personal space zone. The longer 3-inch barrel also delivers increased muzzle velocity (vs. 2-inch barrels) for more decisive terminal performance. Unlike most 3-inch barrel revolvers, the Defender 605 comes with an extended ejector rod for easier manipulation and quicker reloads.
That accuracy is further enhanced for low-light operation courtesy of the factory-installed tritium front night sight with an orange outline. The combination rear sight groove and front night sight ensures fast, clear sight acquisition across all light conditions.
The Defender comes in four different models, each featuring its own stylish and functional grip and finish combinations:
- Altamont wood grip with Tungsten Cerakote finish (MSRP: $517.33)
- Hogue rubber grip with matte black finish on a stainless steel frame (MSRP: $472.63)
- VZ black/gray grip with matte stainless steel and matte black cylinder finish (MSRP: $540.68)
- Hogue rubber grip with matte stainless steel finish (MSRP: $472.63)
As with all Taurus handguns, the Defender 605 comes with the Taurus Limited Lifetime Warranty and industry-leading customer service.
For more information on the all-new Taurus Defender 605 or to see the complete line of Taurus revolvers and pistols for personal defense, hunting, and competition, visit TaurusUSA.com.
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