Taurus has made its name by producing revolvers that are both economical and innovative. Guns such as the Raging Bull and Judge opened up new potential in revolver design, power and performance. A new revolver shows that Taurus still travels that same path. The Taurus Model 405 is a snubnose chambered for .40 S&W.
Built on the same-size steel frame as the 992, the Taurus 405’s .40 S&W chambering and 2-inch snubnose barrel were chosen with another purpose in mind, namely, self-defense. Large-bore, snubnose revolvers have always had a small but passionate group of followers. Revolvers in that class are usually chambered for .41 Rem. Mag. or .44 Spl., but modern defensive loads in those calibers are hard to find. One could argue that greater bullet mass and increased bore diameter more than make up for outdated projectiles, but the 405 offers the big-bore enthusiast the opportunity to carry a snubnose revolver chambered for a round that’s available with the latest modern bullets.
Chambering a revolver for auto cartridges is not without precedent. Service revolvers in 9 mm Luger and .45 ACP have been around for a long time. Revolvers in 10 mm are also available, but the recoil and size of that cartridge limit its use in a revolver to hunting or target shooting, so a .40 S&W revolver closes a performance gap. It offers more power than a 9 mm Luger revolver, but it can be accommodated in a cylinder much smaller in diameter than that required for a .45 ACP. That said, given the 405’s admittedly large dimensions and relatively heavy 29-ounce weight, I would say that it is about as large and as heavy as a revolver can be and still be considered suitable for concealed carry.