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Model 817 Ultra-Lite
Taurus Revolver 817 Ultra-Lite .38 Spl +P Variant-1
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Gun Dimensions Width:1.531-in
Length:6.5-in Height:5.1-in
Barrel:2-in Weight:21-oz
Variant 1 of 4
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (125 grain bullet)107875
  • Recoil Factor (125 grain bullet)4.69 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity7 rounds
  • ConcealabilityGood
  • Defense Factor56%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1999 - 2012
Caliber:.38 Spl +P
Action:revolving chamber
Trigger:double-action (DA/SA)
Safety:trigger actuated transfer bar
Grip:black rubber
Sights:fixed front and rear
Forjas Taurus SA
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Gun Value
MSRP:$508.00Used Est:$350.00
Last Update:2/4/2023
About the Gun

Chambered for the .38 Special round and rated for the +P load, this is an 'Ultra-Lite' pattern with an alloy frame. The cylinder has 7 chambers and the solid-rib barrel is ported in some models. The sights are fixed and the construction may be blued or stainless steel.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .38 Special +P
Alias: .38 Smith & Wesson Special +P
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:125 grains
MV:863 ft/sec ME:207 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

In 1974, SAAMI established standards for a .38 Special cartridge with a gunpowder load that generated a higher firing pressure than the standard cartridge. Designated with a +P suffix, this cartridge has a significant, but not huge, increase in performance over the standard .38 Special cartridge.

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