Shoot .45LC and .410 With the Taurus Judge

Pros

  • Unique ability to fire .410 shotgun shells or .45 Colt cartridges
  • Lots of stopping power
  • Reliable
  • Easy to shoot

Cons

  • Larger, harder to conceal
  • Limited amount of ammo
  • Recoil

The LeMat revolver was one of the original revolvers capable of firing a shotgun shell.

The original LeMat revolver was a .42 or .36 caliber cap and ball black powder revolver with a secondary barrel capable of shooting buckshot.

Taurus Judge Public Defender
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$585

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Taurus Judge Magnum 3” Compact
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$550

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S&W Governor
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$867

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Magnum Research BFR
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$1339

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Bond Arms Rowdy
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$315

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Bond Arms Texas Defender
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$450

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Faq

What’s the advantage of a handgun that shoots shotgun shells?

A handgun that can shoot shotgun shells offers versatility and serious stopping power. A shotgun blast is highly effective, especially if you’re not the best shot. Shotgun blasts spread, but they don’t travel great distances, so they’re less likely to injure bystanders or go through walls in shared housing situations.

Why do prices vary so much?

The Taurus Judge is made in Brazil, whereas the S&W Governor is made in the USA. Higher labor costs make up at least part of the price difference. Name and reputation also come into play. Greater resale value is also a factor with more well-known manufacturers. Differences in metals and special features can add to costs. Longer barrel lengths up the cost on any revolver.

How do I decide which .45/.410 handgun is right for me?

All of the revolvers and derringers featured in this article are adequate for personal protection. Prices range from just over $300 to just under $1,500. The Judge Public Defender is an excellent mid-priced option that offers five full rounds of stopping power. Whereas the Bond Arms Rowdy costs substantially less, it only takes two rounds, but it’s more concealable. Longer barrels can improve accuracy but make concealment more difficult. You need to determine what you can afford to spend, what capacity you’ll be happy with, and how much you care about being able to conceal your weapon.

MEET Samantha Biggers

Samantha is Ready To Go Survival's lead editor, a life-long outdoorswoman with a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She learned the foundation of preparedness from her father who saw heavy combat in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. An avid outdoors woman and survivalist, her articles have appeared in various homesteading magazines such as GRIT, Back Home, Backwoods Home, and Countryside.

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