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GUNS Magazine June 2012 Digital Edition - Page 32
JOHN TAFFIN The Taurus Tracker .22 LR and .22 WMR convertible. doubLe-doubLe 9-shooter The Taurus Tracker is more than adequate for close-range shooting of varmints and small game. Adding a scope to the revolver would be a worthwhile investment. A double-action revolver convertible is not so simple. The cylinders do not ride on a simple base pin, like a single-action revolver, but a more complicated frame-fitted yoke with an integral cartridge extractor. Starting in the very early 1970s, High Standard offered a double-action sixgun with two cylinders. Sometime in the mid-1980s, the High Standard Double Nine series of revolvers ended production and we have been without a double-action .22/.22 Magnum for more than 25 years. The drought is now over thanks to Taurus. Almost all Taurus offerings are still manufactured in Brazil, however they are offered to the American shooting public by Taurus USA. This latest Taurus sixgun is actually a 9-gun with two 9-shot cylinders chambered in .22 and .22 Winchester Rimfire Magnum. Each cylinder is a complete unit with extractor and yoke fitted to the frame. On the bottom right-hand side of the frame just above the front of the triggerguard is a small, round, serrated button which when pushed in allows the easy removal of one Swapping out the cylinder, groups with the less expensive .22 LR proved promising as well. When Taurus first arrived on the scene they were basically a South American country replicating American designs. For the past two decades or so, in many instances, they actually have been leading the way. For instance, they were the first company to offer a double-action sixgun chambered in .454 Casull and also the first to come up with a quality revolver chambering both the .45 Colt and the .410 shotgun shell. Over the years, they have offered dozens upon dozens of different versions of sixguns and semi-automatics. Groups fired with the .22 Magnum cylinder in place show the accuracy potential at 20 yards. cylinder and the replacement of the other. It takes less time to perform the operation than to explain it. Each cylinder is clearly marked as to its chambering. The basic revolver is part of the Long a fan of convertible sixguns, John enjoyed shooting the 9-shot Taurus Tracker. 32 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • J U N E 2 0 1 2