By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Copyright © 2024
Taurus is a Strategic Defense Company with 83 years of history and a solid reputation based on its commitment to excellence.
Headquartered in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Taurus has two production units: one in Bainbridge, Georgia (USA), and another in Haryana, India. Taurus has a complete product portfolio consisting of revolvers, pistols, submachine guns, rifles, carbines, and shotguns, serving the civil, military, and police markets in Brazil and in more than 100 countries.
The company employs about 3,700 people and operates an extensive supply chain that generates thousands of indirect jobs. The company invests heavily in research and development, has partnerships with renowned educational institutions, and has an Integrated Center for Technology and Engineering Brazil/United States (CITE).
As a world leader in the manufacture of revolvers and one of the largest producers of pistols in the world, Taurus is the most imported brand by the demanding North American market.
The word “Taurus” in Latin means “bull.” The Taurus, since antiquity, represents strength and vigor. This concept inspired Taurus. Believing in this meaning and facing the company’s new moment, the modern logo refers to the company’s process of evolution. It maintains the tradition that allowed it to be the largest company in the world in terms of the volume of sales of small arms.
New for the 2024 SHOT Show, the Expedition is Taurus’ first bolt-action rifle, and Taurus has begun to shift more toward the hunting market. The Expedition has been in development for some time, and Taurus decided the SHOT Show was the time and place to introduce it. It’s been released in .308 Winchester, but other calibers are coming.
“The Expedition is, without a doubt, the product launch I’ve been most excited about ever since laying my hands on the prototype in Brazil,” said Caleb Giddings, Taurus USA’s General Manager of Marketing. “It’s not just a hunting rifle; it’s a rifle that was designed by hunters, for hunters. Every step of this gun’s creation had input from life-long hunters who’ve taken game all over the planet. That’s why it’s so packed with features, and yet can still come in with an MSRP under $1,000.”
THE ACTION – BOLT – BARREL
The 3-lug bolt has a 60-degree throw, and the action uses a Remington 700 footprint. That means the Expedition can use the accessories, furniture, scope bases, etc., made for the 700.
The hammer-forged stainless steel 18-inch spiral fluted barrel is threaded 5/8×24 and coated with a self-lubricating DLC coating that helps fight corrosion.
Other features include an adjustable trigger and ambidextrous magazine release lever.
The Expedition is fitted with a factory injection molded stock with a forend that offers a sling swivel stud and two MLOK slots to mount bipods and accessories or an ARCA-rail adapter. It’s also equipped with an integrated Spartan Precision attachment point. Another feature is a scalloped cut, designed to make the gun rest perfectly in gun saddles.
Type: Bolt-Action Rifle
Caliber: .308 Winchester
Magazine Capacity: 5 Rounds
Sights: None, Remington 700 pattern for scope bases and rings
Barrel Length: 18 Inches
Overall Length: 37.92 Inches
Height: 6.67 Inches
Width: 3.12 Inches
Weight: 112.87 Ounces
With Taurus’ shift towards hunting, the Expedition is a precision rifle set up for average distances, but with a sub-MOA guarantee, it can also make a long-range shot if needed. With a retail price under $1,000, you need to have a look. Ships with one 5-round AICS magazine.
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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 Counterstrategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, Off Grid, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International.
Contact him at [email protected].