Handgun Review: Custom Taurus Judge


The DailyCaller.com, By Doug Howlett, Gun Digest, 08/20/13 – When the Taurus Judge first popped on the scene sometime around 2007, the big  bore wheelgun, capable of firing virtually every .45-caliber round ever  developed as well as .410 shotgun shells, was regaled for its novelty more so  than respected for its true intention: to create one bad ass defensive handgun.  But regardless of what drove the initial interest in the Judge, the interest was  indeed there, and has continued so that Taurus continues to add configurations  to the line (there are now at least a dozen models of the Judge) that continues  to garner plenty of fans—no small feat in this age of semi-auto handgunning.

Thus it is no surprise that when Taurus approached Aimpro Tactical’s Mike  Shain about teaming up to develop a line of customized Taurus handguns, among  the first models worked on was a Judge. For the one pictured here, Shain started  with a standard Model 4510TKR-3B Judge with a 3-inch barrel, blued finish and 2  ½-inch chambering for either .410 or .45 Long Colt rounds. The revolver’s  overall length is a compact 7 ½ inches for such a big bore gun and tips the  scales at a mere 29 ounces. As standard, the model comes with fixed sights,  including a fiber optic front sight.

“The Judge is such a cool handgun and has become so popular because shooters  can mix and match the ammo. Some manufacturers are even making special rounds  just for the Judge,” says Mike Shain, owner of Aimpro Tactical  (aimprotactical.com) in Colorado. The company opened in 1995 primarily as a  training and consulting business with Shain using his background in law  enforcement as the driver. They soon moved into customizing and building special  tactical Mossberg shotguns. “I’ve been wanting to expand into the pistol and  revolver area and the planets have finally lined up for us,” says Shain. With  the Judge, Aimpro Tactical applied its performance package to the traditional  double-action revolver offering.

First, they break the entire gun down and polish up and fine tune the  double-action operation to make it as smooth as possible. The forcing cone on  the barrel is recut to 11 degrees and the barrel is chamfered to 45 degrees. By  chamfering the charging hole or chamber of the cylinder so that it blends better  with the ejector star, loads feed much more easily, and quickly, especially when  speed loading.

“It’s like reworking the magazine well of a semi-auto gun so it feeds  better,” says Shain. The gun is then lubricated and functioned checked. As for  the exterior of the Judge, Aimpro Tactical smooths out any hard edges on the  gun, improving it for carry purposes and making it easier to draw. Applying a  true custom flare, they also polish out the hammer and trigger and jewel  them.

Custom Taurus Judge, fine tuned to feed soother.

Custom Taurus Judge, fine tuned to cycle smoother.

“When I grew up jewelling was the ultimate custom feature you could do to  show a gun is high-end,” says Shain. “People just twinkle at the sight at a  couple of jeweled parts on their gun.” This Judge is then refinished in  Xtreme-Coat, an ultra-thin moly-based coating that resists corrosion and makes  the revolver even more durable than in its standard finish. The coat resists  wear from use and provides a flat, nonreflective finish favorable among the  tactically minded shooters of today. The frame of the gun is finished in  mil-spec OD Green, while the cylinder on this model is completed in matte black.  The Hogue grips on this initial Judge are black as well, though buyers also have  the option of getting Hogue grips in matching OD Green as well.

As for the sights, the gun boasts a fiber optic front sight on it now with  the standard red replaced with a green to better match the gun. Shain is  currently working on designing a new sight for future models that will include a  yellow fiber optic front sight to match flat dark earth finished guns, as well  as options of brass, tritium or white.

The Judge isn’t the only Taurus receiving Aimpro Tactical’s custom treatment.  Already, Shain has worked on a package gun .357 Model 617, a semi-auto 247 and a  .44-caliber Raging Bull among others. Taurus will market the customized handguns  as exclusives through select distributors, but Shain says if somebody sees one  like this, but can’t find it at their local shop or wants to customize a handgun  they already own in a similar fashion, they can contact Aimpro Tactical and  request them to work one up for them. The custom Judge here has a suggested  retail price of $620, which translates into buyers actually being able to buy  them in stores in the low $500s and possibly even around $450.

For shooters looking to have their Taurus’ custom worked, the package price  for the performance work, the X-Coat finish and the jeweling runs around $225.  Or pick and choose the work you want done at a la carte prices of $125 for the  performance work, $125 for the X-Coat or $50 for the jeweling.

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