By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Boasting its own production room and dedicated product specialists, the 3-inch 856 is the first born within the exclusive Taurus® Executive Grade line. The 856 is a beautiful piece of craftmanship. The frame, cylinder, and barrel are all Stainless Steel and hand polished with a quite noticeable satin finish by Taurus gunsmith’s and assemblers.

The sighting system is basic, but perfect for its role as an EDC gun with a rear notch, and a pinned blade up front. The hammer spur has been removed and Taurus uses a concealed carry hammer to ensure a snag free draw when you need it. It features a custom tuned trigger system, improved trigger guard, and backstrap. The smooth cylinder chambers make reloads a breeze.

The Altamont walnut grip provides improved function as well as form. The checkered panels and contoured profile ensure positive retention. The grips are sculpted at the top, with clearance for a speedloader on the left-hand grip.

There’s no mistaking the Executive grade with a standard Taurus. If the finish doesn’t tip you off, the new Taurus Executive grade logo on the frame will.


Type: Double Action Only Revolver

Caliber: .38 Special +P

Cylinder Capacity: 6

Sights: Notch Rear, Removeable Serrated Front

Barrel Length: 3 Inches

Overall Length: &.5 Inches

Height: 4.8 Inches

Width: 1.41 Inches

Weight: 25 Ounces

MSRP: $689



The Taurus 856 Executive is a great option for those looking for an EDC wheel gun. The snag-free concealed carry hammer with the spur removed ensure snag free, discrete, everyday carry. It’s a beautiful pistol and an outstanding buy at a great price point considering its features. The 856 comes shipped with a top of the line Pelican case for transport.

Get down to the Taurus dealer and see if this revolver has a place in your collection.

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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department.   He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response.  His writing has appeared in RECOIL,, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.  Contact him at