Which is better the S&W Governor or a Taurus Judge? The .410 usually come to mind as an an alternative to the .22 long rifle for rabbits and squirrels. Its shot pattern is perfect for this type of shooting. Theres also a group of gun enthusiasts consider the .410 pistols like the Taurus Judge and S&W Governor are perfect for self-defense. According to the gun experts these hand cannons are specifically designed for close-quarters encounters. Such as when a bad guy breaks into your house and puts you into a potentially life threatening situation. In this segment we look at these two bad-ass .410 wheel gun and its performance.
The general thinking for self-defense is who would want a .410 when a 12 gauge is available. There was a time, I never considered the .410 for this purpose. Sometime later, I ran into an old timer and the subject of guns came up. I told him I keep a Mini-14 in the truck for survival. He quickly added that I should also carry a .410 because it has some punch. Not quite sure of the old timer comments, but I am aware that Taurus and S&W makes some good firearms. It was worth looking at the Judge and Governor since its reputation stated that the revolver would be able to clear a would-be carjacker head from your car window. These top 2 hand cannons S&W Governor, Taurus Judge are quite popular these days. Ammunition have come a long ways in development, nowadays there are some great loads available for self-defense.
Here’s a test that pitted both of these hand cannons with man-stopper cartridges. What are good man-stopper .410 cartridges for self-defense?
Federal Premium 2.5 inch, 000 buckshot (4 pellets) with an average muzzle velocity of 850 fps.
Remington Express XLR 2.5-inch one-half-ounce No. 6 shot with an average muzzle velocity of 1250 fps.
Winchester PDX1 Defender 2.5-inch loads contains 3 plated defense discs and 12 plated BBs with an average muzzle velocity of 750 fps.
S&W Governor The handling and pattern performance on this revolver is the better of the two. Features a 6-shot cylinder, which makes this frame a little wider than the Judge. The trigger pull was a crisp 4.75 pounds in sigle action and 11 pounds in double action. DA was smooth but not for everyone. Performance on the Range – 9Ft Remington No.6 shotshell produced pattern of 10 inches. Winchester PDX1 Defender produced a 5 inch grouping. Federal Premium 000 with 1.5 inch groups. These .410 cartridges are man-stopper. Recoils were mild due to the heft and feel of the revolver.
21 Ft. -No. 6 shot was at 16.5 inches groups. -Defender load was spread to 8 inches. -000 Buckshot was 3.5 inches pattern.
Results Accuracy at close quarter is good. Handling and crisp trigger pull. Recoil from all loads was well within the acceptable range.
Taurus Judge Slightly heavy at 32 ounces and muzzle heavy with a 3-inch barrel, some would say not as balanced as the Governor. The Taurus has 5 cylinder which makes it a smaller profile than the Governor, something to consider for concealed carry. The trigger pull is 6 pounds in single action and 11.5 pounds in double action, has a slight creep during the long pull.
Taurus Judge 9 Ft Remington No.6 shotshell produced a pattern of 13.5 inches. Winchester PDX1 Defender produced a 6.5 inch grouping. Federal Premium 000 with 4 inch groups.
21 Ft. -No. 6 shot was at 18.5 inches groups. -Defender load was spread to 3-inch high spread with 8.5 inches. -000 Buckshot was 3-inch high spread of 10 inches pattern.
Results Recoils were slightly greater than the Governor. Accuracy is not as good as the Governor. If price was a deciding factor then go with the Judge, it is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper.
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What is the best revolvers for concealed carry? Here’s the quick answer:
Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38 Crimson Trace
Ruger LCR .22
Rock Island Armory M206 Spurless
In this modern day gun world the semi-auto pistols have a huge hold of the market for self-defense guns. But concealed carry revolvers can still hold their own for personal defense. Revolvers can be a strong choice for concealed carry, as they’re reliable and easy to use. Not everyone is a fan of a small semi-auto for concealed carry. However, there is a large fan base of shooters that will only look to revolvers for concealed carry. If you’re in this group and interested in carrying a revolver for CCW, read on of the pros and con and see our picks of good quality revolvers for personal defense. Pros Here’s a few reasons why revolvers are reliable, its the feeding and magazines. -You say there is no magazines on a revolver thats right. Magazines in semi-auto pistols are the main cause of malfunction. -Feeding works pretty good in semi-auto but when you’re plugging in hollow point rounds it does have its issues on magazines. Revolvers don’t have any of these issues. Lets talk about another feature that doesn’t go wrong, is the triggering. -The execution of it is simply triggering the hammer and cylinder. Pull the trigger hammer goes back, cylinder turns, hammer goes forward and bang. Pull the trigger again same operation over again without a hitch. Downside -A revolver holds less rounds than a semi-auto pistol. Most revolver wheel a 5 round vs a semi-auto holds 6+1 at a minimum. -The width on most revolvers are a little thicker than a popular CCW Glock 33 Gen4. So this brings us to the types of revolvers, which is two types: with a hammer and hammerless. The hammerless is design for snag free ideal for CCW. These hammerless are normally “double-action,” there isn’t any cocking for a lighter pull. The following is our pick of revolvers that blends in well with the concealed carry, a few may not fit the category, it may be more of a cannon for bear intruders.
Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard 38 Crimson Trace
Probably one of the two or three most popular revolvers for concealed carry, the Bodyguard just won’t let you down. The hammerless design won’t get stuck in your pocket and the five shot capacity of .38 special ammo is useful for personal defense at close range less than 20-25 yards.
Ruger LCR .22
Really… a .22? Yes. When it comes to those close quarter situations where you need a “Get Off Me” gun, any gun is better than no gun. The concealability of the LCR is second to none, and being able to produce one in a hurry can make a difference in life or death. What you might lose in stopping power, you will gain in follow up shots. The LCR allows for an eight shot capacity of low recoil, highly accurate rounds and supplement with good defensive Mano Mano hand-to-hand moves. May be the same concept as the FBI choosing to go with a lighter load like the 9mm for accuracy and rapid multiple shots. Here’s a video from Lucky Gunner on this cool piece.
Who doesn’t want a small .357 revolver that can be used for CCW? Well, Taurus sure figured it out here. This small little pocket shooter only has a two-inch barrel. After that, it fires five rounds of either .38 special or .357. Regardless of your choice, it’s a good powerful punch.
Rock Island Armory M206 Spurless
the M206 Spurless, means it has an internal hammer. This particular model has a wood handle and a black finish, but you can also get ones with black polymer grips and a stainless finish. The Rock Island Armory M206 Spurless is a cheap way to get into an internal hammer wheel gun and its plenty reliable like most revolvers for CCW.
This is a different kind of gun because its an awesome hand cannon. This Taurus Judge caught our eyes because it’s a friggin beast. Also, its namesake says it all. The story is there were a number of judges who carry it into the courtroom just in case they need to lay down the final verdict on someone, or so the legend goes. This choice is a bit bigger than the others on the list. This revolver is longer and heavier…but it can shoot .410 3” shotgun shells or .45 Long Colt rounds if you want a little more distance between you and your target. Both rounds have some serious stopping power, not just for bad thugs but to stop bears as well. This beast is not meant for any ankle holster but more so for the shoulder holster.
Best CCW Revolver? In conclusion if you’re looking for just concealed carry purpose, look for the width and size. If you’re looking for more power, look for the caliber of a mini-hand cannon. If you’re not sure go for the lighter and shoot more than you’ll find what you like. Let us know which revolvers that you carry for CCW below.
The Taurus Judge is the gun that can do it all, check it out as Matt from Demolition Ranch puts it to the test in as many ways as possible.
Most people have at least heard of the Taurus Judge and the Taurus Judge Public Defender, and you’ve probably heard the claim that it’s the gun that can do it all.
Today you’ll get to see that claim put to the test as Matt from Demolition Ranch puts just about as many different types of rounds as possible through these guns and gives them all sorts of tests.
What we really like is the versatility in a single weapon. You can shoot a target anywhere from long distance with the .45 or the .410 slug to up close with any of the buckshot or even birdshot options in the .410.
You can even load the gun simultaneously with different rounds if you are using it as a defensive weapon so that as you continue to pull the trigger your ammo changes to different distances.