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The Taurus 856 UL (Ultra-Light) 6-round cylinder revolvers comes in an even dozen small frame 2.0” long barrel models. These are easy to conceal .38 Special +P double-action/single-action (DA/SA) revolvers that combine simple, effective design with easily managed recoil, accuracy, durability and reliability.

The 856 Ultra-Light revolvers take the original Taurus 856 revolvers that are visually identical but have a stainless steel frame that makes them weight 22 ounces and puts them on an alloy diet. Specifically, an ultra-light alloy frame replaces the original’s stainless steel frame, but the other components stay the same. Weight drops from 22 ounces to just 16 ounces.

The ultra-lights have a superb fit and finish. Taurus 856s vary thanks to stainless steel or alloy frames, matte black or matte carbon finishes for the barrel and cylinder, a selection of anodized colors for the frame and a variety of black rubber grips.

There are five different ultra-light frame color choices: azure blue, bronze, burned orange, matte black, matte natural (think satin) and rouge. All are anodized, which applies the color in a thick hard coat finish that’s durable and long-lasting.

All 856 UL models share the same a 4.80” height and 1.41” width. The overall lengths are 6.55” and weigh 16 ounces for the alloy frames, which is just a pound. The 22 ounce frames are only in matte stainless and matte black.

In front is a fixed front serrated ramp sight while in back is a non-adjustable integrated rear sight. The curve of the external spurred hammer almost echoes the trigger’s curve. The guns come standard with fast reload enabling stellar clips.

Taurus 856s features a transfer bar safety. Thus the gun is designed not to discharge when dropped, etc. and should fire only when the trigger is actually pulled.

Regardless of model, 856 revolvers share characteristic dimensions and features. For instance, the cylinders are fluted and except for one, all share the same soft rubber grip. It has two and a half finger recesses in front, horizontal ribbing in back, and diamond pattern raised side texturing.

The exception on the grips is that the all matte black model is available with Gray Cyclone VZ Operator II Grips. These aggressively textured and aggressively styled grips are made of tough G10 polymer and have alternating bands of light and dark gray that contour like a terrain map.

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