Jan 31 2011Taurus Yanks 28-Gauge Handgun From Show



Taurus (the gun manufacturer) recently added a 28-gauge version of their 'Raging Judge' series of boomsticks at the recent SHOT Show but later pulled it from display after it was deemed a short-barreled shotgun and not a hangun. Well it's not a laser, that's for f***ing sure.

Editor Note: Taurus has removed this firearm from their booth and has elected to not make it at this time. The rifle version will be available through Rossi at some point.

Taurus USA imports their pistols from the Taurus factory in Brazil. If they were imported the sample 28 gauge SBS and specified in the US Customs / BATFE paperwork that is was a pistol, they could be in trouble.

Whatever the case, I don't want to get shot with it. A 410 sure, but 28-gauge? That might leave a mark. Same goes for anything larger like 20 and 12-gauges. Or downright giant like your penis gauge. Geekologie: the feel-good blog.

Big gun, Short lived. Taurus 28 Gauge Revolver [thefirearmblog]

Thanks to TB-303, who once brought a knife to a gunfight and won. Holy smokes guys we've got a ninja in the room, don't look him in the eyes.

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thanks GW i'm going to go tell my gf~!

Compensation much?

More of a hand cannon, less a shotgun

So, what genius thought this would be a good idea? 28 gauge has a nominal bore diameter of 0.550 inches. If they rifle the barrel, it's a large-bore destructtive device (bore over 0.500 inches). If they leave it a smooth bore it's an AOW (smoothbore pistols, etc.). Either way you're paying a tax ($200 for DD, $5 for AOW) and federal registration to own it. For it to be ruled a short barreled shotgun it had to have a stock at one point in time...once a stock is installed it can never legally be a handgun again. They were fscked from the beginning...

@6 thanks for the insight

I want makes a good thief deterrent

No problem...I still can't think of how this is actually an SBS though. Unless it was imported with a stock like the Rossi version. They're basically the same thing except with a longer barrel, choke tubes, and a stock.

It all seems silly to me when you can buy a good pump shotgun in a much more standard chambering for the same money. I don't know anyone who has a functional 28 gauge.

We need this bad mofo for upcoming zombie apocalypse

Rossi only makes full size shotguns. You can see their 2010 catalog here: http://www.rossiusa.com/2010catalog/?catalog_page=1 There are some other guns out there, like the taurus' judge that can shoot shotgun ammo. Howver they are a 45 that happens to also be able to shoot 410. Not solely 410. Also they didnt try to market it as a 410 and skip the ATF.

The main issue is the length. A shotgun, in the US, must have a barrel length of at least 18". In addition to that the overall length must be at least 26".
This gun simply didnt not meat those two requirements.

I like the feel good part :)

It's The Samaritan from Hellboy!

too godamn bad it's not a laser

I like that they have a girl with dainty hands holding that massive gun, it makes it look much bigger than it actually is. That is why I only date small girls with small hands.

Probably was a piece of shit like all of Taurus's guns

Shotguns don't specifically need to be 18" barrels & 26" overall, you can find much smaller ones that are classified as AOW, such as the Serbu Super Shorty

It is, however, a colossal pain to own one.

The funny part is that the Super Shorty isn't classified as a shotgun, so it's legal to own in California, whereas the Raging Judge does qualify as a short barreled shotgun and so it's illegal.

Combat is correct. The 18" & 26" on apply to standard shotguns and permits. If you want to have a specialized permit for an AOW (Any Other Weapon as outlined by the atf), it is available. However 99.9% of people wont. It is the same reason that I have tons of other weapons no one else typically does (I have a class III permit.) The downside of this is, there are not many people to market it too. Without the AOW requirement I can name over 100 that would buy one of those. However needing this shrinks that list to maybe 1.

if i had the english class in the next post i would want this gun for myself....

nolonger will you hear BLAM when you dispatch a zee now its BLAMBOOM XD

GW, just so you know, the smaller the number, the bigger the shell. i.e. 12 gauge is bigger than 20 gauge, and 20 gauge is bigger than 20 gauge. just sayin



I understand the barrel length, but by definition, a "Shotgun" is designed to be fired from the shoulder, implying a buttstock. Since it doesn't have a buttstock, it is not a "Shotgun". If it has a smooth bore, it falls under the "Any Other Weapon" category as a smooth-bored pistol, same as a Serbu Super Shorty. If it has a rifled barrel, the 28 gauge bore is 0.550" which is larger than the 0.500" floor on the "Large-Bore Destructive Device" category. Either way, it's NFA controlled. The problem I see is that it doesn't have a stock and doesn't look to have ever had a stock, therefore, according to the BATFE and the National Firearms Act (NFA) it is not a "Short Barreled Shotgun".

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As I understand it, Taurus has neither confirmed nor denied that they will be restricted by the BATFE, and I've seen blogs stating they have heard both they are still selling it with out restriction, and that the BATFE is restricting it.

I'll wait until Taurus updates their site with more info.

Another successful article submission and funny caption! I think the BATFE should classify these as AOW's and have people pay a $5 tax stamp.

Latest I heard it is good to go, unrestricted. Taurus did their research, tweaked a detail or two, and got around all the ATF tripe. I want one just because it is such a beast, even though I doubt I'd be carrying it much.

(in his best Rod Serling voice) Imagine, if you will, a skeet match held with these. On the "pull", both stations, high and low, launch. You then draw and engage.

And Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives should be a convenience store, not a government agency. Revoke the NFA 0f 1934, the GCA of 1968, and every other gun law before or since. All of those are in direct violation of the Second Amendment to The Constitution. What part of "Shall Not Be Infringed" do they not understand?

i was looking forward to getting one of these 28 gauge pistols! are they saying that there not going to sale this gun? does anyone know this to be true or not

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