I’ve got such a rager right now.
Hunting with handguns can be a hell of a challenge, but over the years I’ve come to trust the power, accuracy, and reliability of a big-bore revolver with a long barrel against animals big and small. So when Taurus introduced the Raging Hunter revolver chambered in .44 Magnum last year, I sat up and took notice. This year, they’ve followed up with a new chambering—.357 Magnum. What I love about that chambering is that I can spend time on the range practicing with the lower-recoiling (and generally less expensive) .38+P, then head out into the backcountry loaded, as they say, for bear.
There’s also the fact that, although these are large, heavy handguns designed for hunting and not concealability, they can serve just as well for self-defense against two-legged critters as well. They make a great truck gun, backpack gun, or even a bedside-table gun…offering the versatility prized by budget-conscious gun owners.
One common critique of revolvers is the reduced capacity they tend to offer versus a semi-automatic, but the Raging Hunter offers seven shots—and you’ll have every opportunity to make those shots count. With a sleeved barrel construction, factory-tuned porting, and a gas-expansion chamber to reduce muzzle rise, the Raging Hunter is designed for quick follow-up shots for short- and mid-range big-game hunting. Ergonomics and shooter comfort come by way of the revolver’s exceptional balance, lightweight barrel housing, and cushioned insert grips.
The spurred-hammer DA/SA Raging Hunter is available in three barrel lengths—8.375-, 6.25-, and 5.125-inch. The rear sight is fully adjustable for those who favor open-sight shooting, or an optic can be mounted to the integrated Picatinny rail. The Taurus Raging Hunter also comes in two frame colors—matte black or stainless. Both feature matte black barrels and cylinders.
All barrel lengths and color combinations of the new Raging Hunter .357 Magnum are available and currently shipping to dealers nationwide. MSRP for the .44 Magnum version runs around $900, so we would expect that dealer prices for the .357 will be about on par. To learn more about Taurus firearms, click here.
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