Taurus Announces the 856 Executive Grade Revolver

Taurus Executive Grade Revolver
Taurus Executive Grade Revolver. IMG Taurus USA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Taurus, manufacturer of premium handguns for defense, hunting, and sport shooting, launches the first in a new series of handguns with the introduction of the 856 Executive Grade revolver.

Personal defense practitioners have long valued Taurus revolvers for their quality construction and reliable service. Now, Taurus ups the ante in their EDC revolver lineup with the 856 Executive Grade.
For years, the 856 has been the go-to favorite for revolver fans looking for a dependable EDC handgun, thanks to its small frame, smooth operation, and easy-to-conceal profile. The 856 Executive Grade takes that same winning performance and elevates it with several appearance and performance modifications applied in its own production room at the state-of-the-art Taurus manufacturing facility in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The 856 Executive Grade features all-stainless-steel construction with an exquisite hand-polished satin finish. The combination exceeds mere aesthetics. The stainless steel’s natural corrosion resistance combined with the silky finish delivers a more comfortable feel in the hand, easier clean up and maintenance, and a smoother draw through leather and clothing. Even the premium Altamont walnut grip provides improved function as well as form. The checkered panels and intelligently contoured profile ensure positive handgun retention and control in stressful conditions and comfortably manages .38 Special +P defense cartridges for fast sight picture reacquisition.

Loading those defense cartridges is quicker and more precise thanks to the 856 Executive Grade’s smooth and chamfered cylinder chambers. By slightly radiusing the chamber edge, cartridges slip easily into the cylinder by preventing the case mouths from “tripping” on the chamber edge. This is an especially welcome feature when manually reloading or when using a speed loader under duress.

Another enhancement to the 856 Executive Grade is found in the trigger. Each revolver is hand-tuned to deliver a smoother trigger pull and a sear break that is crisp and predictable. This custom tuning allows the shooter to maintain better control of the sight picture through the trigger pull and a cleaner break for greater accuracy.

The 856 Executive Grade also comes with a 3-inch barrel and a concealed hammer. Taurus engineers chose this barrel configuration for its longer sight radius and improved velocity when compared to 2-inch barrel revolvers. Combined, the more precise sight alignment and higher velocity means more accurate and harder-hitting terminal performance in a personal defense handgun.

Finally, the 856 Executive Grade comes with a spurless hammer. With the hammer contoured flush with the frame, the revolver won’t snag or hang up when drawing from deep concealment.

For transportation convenience, the 856 Executive Grade comes with a lock-compatible Pelican Vault hard case, providing maximum impact resistance and weather protection for any travel scenario.

Taurus 856 Executive Grade (# 2-856EX39CH) Specifications

  • Caliber: .38 Special +P
  • Capacity: 6 rounds
  • Action Type: double action only
  • Firing System: hammer, concealed
  • Front Sight: serrated, removable
  • Rear Sight: fixed
  • Grip: Altamont walnut checkered
  • Frame Size: small
  • Barrel Length: 3.0 in.
  • Overall Length: 7.5 in.
  • Overall Height: 4.80 in.
  • Overall Width: 1.41 in.
  • Weight: 25 oz.
  • Frame, Barrel, Cylinder Material: stainless steel
  • Metal Finish: hand-polished satin
  • Included: Pelican Vault hard case
  • MSRP: $689.00

For more information on the new Taurus 856 Executive Grade, go to TaurusUSA.com.

About Taurus USA:

Taurus Holdings, Inc. (“Taurus USA”) and its subsidiaries continues to evolve and produce revolutionary new products. In addition, new standards for quality and efficiency help deliver reliable and affordable guns to the market. Taurus USA is based in Miami, Florida. Taurus USA is owned by Forjas Taurus, S.A. which is a publicly traded company based in Brazil. Forjas Taurus manufactures a wide variety of consumer and industrial products that are distributed worldwide. For additional information, visit www.taurususa.com.

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Revolvers sure seem to be making a comeback and becoming very popular again. That’s a really good thing too.

Dogma Factor

Superimposing the first two digits to mimic another brand is a deceptive business practice. Taurus manufacturers lower quality products that resemble many other brands offerings. Taurus lack of interest in fit, finish, quality control and product support in order to meet a price point is not a good business model.


I would never entrust my life to any Taurus. Bought a Milennium pro 45. Not very accurate compared to my sig, springfield, ruger and dad’s smith shield semi auto’s and I have had mag problems to the max. Been in for repair 3 times for mag drops, they just fell out. Mags were the problem but it took ME months to figure it out. Working with the service department was a joke too. If you have the 45 and have mag drop problems you are running the wrong aftermarket brand. If you have problems with the bullets dipping and jamming… Read more »


Make it WITH a hammer spur. Never was a fan of the no spur guns myself.
I know it’s for a no snag pull but I like having the SA option.

Wild Bill

What does “Executive Grade” mean, really? If it means something better , then has Taurus been selling something less good, all these years? Or is “Executive Grade” just marketing?


Lol, unfortunately I think the latter is the correct answer.


Wonder why it’s not available in .357mag ?


likely not sturdy enough to handle extra pressure

Wild Bill

Yeah, building it up for .357 would add weight. And .357 out of a three inch barrel might not be comfortable for the target audience that Taurus wants to sell to.

Dogma Factor

Because the frame can’t handle the higher pressures of the 357 Mag. Prolonged use of +P’s not recommended as well.


Question; Taurus being the parent co to Heritage which I have two, and have had some issues with them as far as getting answers and ordering parts, leaves a lot to be desired! To place myself in a position to purchase a Taurus I don’t think so. I’ll stick with my Ruger’s.

Wild Bill

Won’t be long and those Rugers, that you have, will be collectors items, too valuable to shoot!


Just like our made in America by an American company Colts.

Wild Bill



Like a Smith model 28 or 27. I don’t own any smith’s but that is the one I am looking for now and hope to get one. They can eat buffalo bore all day long, take a licking and keep on ticking. When the ammo crunch first hit and everything went upside down they were the only bullets I could get and I bought allot of them not knowing what they were. They reach spec on the box when shooting with my cronograph and I like them allot.

Oh, Ruger Redhawk is my other choice.

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