Taurus 4410 Revolver, AKA "The Judge"

Utility pistol that offers devastating firepower at close range.

Performance

I've heard the critics on this. It's inaccurate. It can't hit a target reliably in 25 yards. It's just a novelty gun. Well, I have to agree AND disagree. The attraction/detraction of this pistol are in the eye of the beholder. And, like abortion, it is very polarizing. It is infrequent the time that you find someone that doesn't have a strong opinion one way or the other on the judge.
The thing is, if your shooting is confined to going to the range and punch paper or if you shoot competition, I can see why the Judge has no appeal to you. Even if you are just concerned with self-defense, there are other handguns better suited than this.
BUT, if you fish or hike or do any other type of activity in snake country, this is a great pistol. If you just want a weapon in your glove box just in case of car-jackers, this is a great pistol. If you like to plink, and like blowing the hell out of jugs and melons and the like, this is a great pistol.
I've included a video of my shooting some ribs and a chicken from about 15 yards with the Judge. I tried different loads. I first used Federal's .410 Handgun load made for the Judge. It has 4 000 Buck pellets. I admit, I didn't think they would be effective as there is so little a charge behind them. I was wrong. I fired at some beef ribs and the pellets shattered the bone and went right through.
Then I tried Winchester's .410 PDX. This has 3 plated defense discs (like small slugs stacked) and 12 BB shot. This load was impressive. If I had hit a litter better (I aimed high), I think the results on the ribs would have been more impressive. But I like the concept. Three big missiles with 12 additional pellets to ensure a lot of holes and torn tissue.
After this, I used standard .410 slugs. It was not overwhelming, but I still wouldn't want to be the recipient.
Lastly, I used .45 Colt LFN. If you've ever fired a .45 SAA or clone, you are already familiar with the performance of this. It's really not any different in the Judge. This round can devastate. True, the Colt or its clones would be more accurate, but how far away are you shooting?
It's no high performance gun, but for what it was intended, it fits the bill well.

Features

The main feature of this weapon is it's versatility. The main thing about it is its ability to fire .410 shotshells AND .45 Colt. And you can find a plethora of loads for both. I use it in my car as a car-jacker gun. I use it next to my bed as burglar defense. This I usually mix a cylinder of .410 000 Buck and .45 Colt HP. Or I load it up with #4s when I go hunting or fishing to stop any snake threats.
Besides the obvious selling point of the gun, there is the grips. Taurus' Ribber grips are fantastic. If you haven't already, hold one of the pistols that have this. You will be amazed at how comfortable and in control it feels.

Appeal

Again, this depends on what you want. That's why I kind of split it. If you are looking for a good utility gun that can fit many roles like a snake gun, close encounter defense, plinking, and more, you will love it. If you are happy with just target shooting or competition shooting, you probably don't see the point.

Summary

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Utility pistol that offers devastating firepower at close range.

Performance Rating: 
7
Performance: 

I've heard the critics on this. It's inaccurate. It can't hit a target reliably in 25 yards. It's just a novelty gun. Well, I have to agree AND disagree. The attraction/detraction of this pistol are in the eye of the beholder. And, like abortion, it is very polarizing. It is infrequent the time that you find someone that doesn't have a strong opinion one way or the other on the judge.
The thing is, if your shooting is confined to going to the range and punch paper or if you shoot competition, I can see why the Judge has no appeal to you. Even if you are just concerned with self-defense, there are other handguns better suited than this.
BUT, if you fish or hike or do any other type of activity in snake country, this is a great pistol. If you just want a weapon in your glove box just in case of car-jackers, this is a great pistol. If you like to plink, and like blowing the hell out of jugs and melons and the like, this is a great pistol.
I've included a video of my shooting some ribs and a chicken from about 15 yards with the Judge. I tried different loads. I first used Federal's .410 Handgun load made for the Judge. It has 4 000 Buck pellets. I admit, I didn't think they would be effective as there is so little a charge behind them. I was wrong. I fired at some beef ribs and the pellets shattered the bone and went right through.
Then I tried Winchester's .410 PDX. This has 3 plated defense discs (like small slugs stacked) and 12 BB shot. This load was impressive. If I had hit a litter better (I aimed high), I think the results on the ribs would have been more impressive. But I like the concept. Three big missiles with 12 additional pellets to ensure a lot of holes and torn tissue.
After this, I used standard .410 slugs. It was not overwhelming, but I still wouldn't want to be the recipient.
Lastly, I used .45 Colt LFN. If you've ever fired a .45 SAA or clone, you are already familiar with the performance of this. It's really not any different in the Judge. This round can devastate. True, the Colt or its clones would be more accurate, but how far away are you shooting?
It's no high performance gun, but for what it was intended, it fits the bill well.

Features Rating: 
6
Features: 

The main feature of this weapon is it's versatility. The main thing about it is its ability to fire .410 shotshells AND .45 Colt. And you can find a plethora of loads for both. I use it in my car as a car-jacker gun. I use it next to my bed as burglar defense. This I usually mix a cylinder of .410 000 Buck and .45 Colt HP. Or I load it up with #4s when I go hunting or fishing to stop any snake threats.
Besides the obvious selling point of the gun, there is the grips. Taurus' Ribber grips are fantastic. If you haven't already, hold one of the pistols that have this. You will be amazed at how comfortable and in control it feels.

Appeal Rating: 
6
Appeal: 

Again, this depends on what you want. That's why I kind of split it. If you are looking for a good utility gun that can fit many roles like a snake gun, close encounter defense, plinking, and more, you will love it. If you are happy with just target shooting or competition shooting, you probably don't see the point.

Overall Rating: 
6.67

the Judge is the like the multi-tool. It doesn't excel at any one of the functions it can do. But, like the multi-tool, the benefit of having one tool that can fill so many needs is invaluable.

I'll admit, this is not a good choice for a first gun. You want either a good standard revolver or semi-auto for that. But, if you need a snake gun/plinker/close up defense pistol, this should be your second or third choice.

Features and Specifications for Judge
Chamber: 2.5" or 3" Magnum.
Sights: Front Fiber Optic and fixed rear sights.
Barrel Length: 3"-6.5"
Shotshell Rounds: 2.5" & 3" (Magnum only) .410 bore (000 Buckshot,Birdshot,Rifled and Hollow Point Slug)
Pistol Rounds: .45 Colt
Grip: Taurus Patented "Ribber" grip made from rubber.
Safety: Taurus Patented Key Locking system that prevents the gun from being fired when locked.
Average Felt Recoil: 7–10 lbs.
Metal Finish: Blued, Matte, or Stainless steel.
Action: Single or Double Action
Trigger Pull: 8 lbs. (DA)

16 Comments

2 years 43 weeks ago, 5:14 PM

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Nice review. I agree with the uses stated. Boat, truck, atv type "utility" pistol.
The 000 load sounds plenty nasty.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 6:16 PM

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Vaq, Judge video

Yeah, I'm trying to upload a video of me testing out the Judge, but I can't get it to work. I will get it eventually so you can check it out.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 6:23 PM

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Video

Has to be on youtube or similar hosting site. Then embedded or link copied here.
Mebbe you already knew that.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 6:27 PM

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Video

No, I thought you could upload a video. Why is there an upload video in the Create/Upload link? Did it used to work and the site stopped doing it? I can understand, because video gets big.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 6:32 PM

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Video

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 6:34 PM

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tutorial for upload

http://www.gunslot.com/forum/fng-guide-uploads-updated
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2 years 43 weeks ago, 6:36 PM

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tutorial

Thanks for the info, Vaq. I'll get a couple of videos up here.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 8:43 PM

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Video

I first used Federal's .410 Handgun load made for the Judge. It has 4 000 Buck pellets. I admit, I didn't think they would be effective as there is so little a charge behind them. I was wrong. I fired at the ribs and the pellets shattered the bone and went right through. Then I tried Winchester's .410 PDX. This has 3 plated defense discs (like small slugs stacked) and 12 BB shot. This load was impressive. If I had hit a little better (I aimed high), I think the results on the ribs would have been more impressive. But I like the concept. Three big missiles with 12 additional pellets to ensure a lot of holes and torn tissue. After this, I used standard .410 slugs. It was not overwhelming, but I still wouldn't want to be the recipient. Lastly, I used .45 Colt LFN. If you've ever fired a .45 SAA or clone, you are already familiar with the performance of this. It's really not any different in the Judge. This round can devastate.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 9:19 PM

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Another video

Blasting a chicken with the Judge.

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2 years 43 weeks ago, 3:42 AM

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Excellent tutorial :)

Excellent tutorial :)

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2 years 38 weeks ago, 4:30 PM

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GREAT!!!! Just what I needed, ANOTHER reason to start pinching pennies! Terrific review, keep up the good work!

2 years 19 weeks ago, 4:37 AM

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i think i like d judge migth be handy i self defence

2 years 14 weeks ago, 5:24 PM

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great review

thanks for the review very informative. cant help but notice while you where checking out the ribs after shooting you are still holding the gun and your finger is on the trigger. If you have never accidentally discharged a fire arm, you would be amazed at how easy this happens. finger off the trigger when not firing, I'm certain you wana keep your legs

2 years 14 weeks ago, 11:10 AM

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lol
I was wondering how long it would take for someone to notice that. I must say, I thought it would have been sooner. So I've have plenty of time thinking up my excuse. ;)

Seriously though, I know I shouldn't, but with DA pistols, I'm not too uncomfortable with my finger on the trigger. Of course, it depends where the muzzle's pointed.

If you notice, I had the barrel pointed towards the "target area". You'll notice I also didn't have my finger on it when walking back to the firing line. (Towards my family and friends)

But you're right, it's a habit I need to break. I just want to make sure I have that extra 1/4 second of time if Bigfoot jumped out of the woods. ;)

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2 years 14 weeks ago, 12:14 AM

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I watched this with the volume muted, so if this was addressed...sorry.. please tell me you went home, and like a stand up redneck threw both of those targets on the grill.. So who cares if you have to pick some disks, or slugs out of it.. just slows you down a bit...

Neighbor that i've gone to a couple of gun shows with has both the Judge and the Circuit Judge with the longer bbl.. love them both..

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2 years 14 weeks ago, 11:12 AM

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I would have, but I used it for coyote bait later. >:D
Unfortuantely, a bob cat beat them to it. If I would have know that it was OK and they wanted to thin the kittys, I would have shot it.

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