When the Judge broke cover just over a decade ago, there were a lot of shooters scratching their heads. The naysayers brushed off the design, but within a few years, they went from crying, “Gimmick!” to saying, “Gimme!”
The Judge, for those of you unfamiliar with Taurus’ most groundbreaking firearm, is a double-action revolver that fires both .45 Colt pistol cartridges and .410 shotshells.
The Judge’s size precludes it from concealed-carry duties, but that heft makes it very comfortable to shoot at the range, where you can obliterate watermelons, pumpkins and cantaloupes with your choice of loads. I’ve tried to break hand-thrown clay targets with this gun—with varying (okay, low) levels of success—using .410 shells, but it’s a safe bet that sometime this summer, I’ll be trying once again. (There’s also a .454 Casull version of this boomer, which seems cool, but I’m not including the .454 on any list of guns I consider “fun” to shoot.)
Shooting the Judge, especially with .410 loads, is lots of fun. Recoil is manageable, and trying to break clay targets with a shotgun presents a whole new challenge.