Gun Manufacturer Taurus, the company known for making the Judge .45 Colt and .410 Magnum revolvers, was showing off its new Raging Judge revolver – or Short Barreled Shotgun – that fires massive 28 gauge rounds.
Gauge is a measurement unlike anything else in the firearm world. It is an old style of measurement based on how many lead balls make up a pound. In this case, 28 solid lead balls of this size make up a pound of lead. For 28 gauge, that equals a bore size of approximately .550, which would be 55 caliber. The standard Judge is .45 caliber.
The gauge of a firearm is a unit of measurement used to express the diameter of the barrel. Gauge is determined from the weight of a solid sphere of lead that will fit the bore of the firearm, and is expressed as the multiplicative inverse of the sphere’s weight as a fraction of a pound (e.g., a 1?12th pound ball fits a 12-gauge bore).
The rumors surrounding the gun have already tilled up some history. After being demoed at the SHOT show the gun was quickly labeled the 28 gauge revolver, however Michael Bane, author and host of the hit Outdoor Channel show Shooting Gallery, was equally quick to correct that to a Short Barreled Shotgun.
Taurus Raging Judge
Then The Firearm Blog reported that Guns America had removed a post about the Raging Judge and replaced it with the following text:
“Taurus has removed this firearm from their booth and has elected to not make it at this time. The rifle version will be available through Rossi at some point.” [The Firearm Blog]
Rumors stated to circle, including the suggestion that the gun had been declared a National Firearms Act item by BATFE and had been “removed.”[Michael Bane Blog]
But within no time at all, Bane debunked the speculation by quoting a conversation with Taurus President and CEO Bob Morrison who said that, “No determination on the gun’s status was made at the show.“
Raging Judge-28 Gauge Revolver Specs
The Guns America article is now back up, with an Editor note that reads:
I got a tweet from Michael Bane that this gun is not being canceled by Taurus and that BATFE has approved it. I am putting this back up for now until things become clearer.
Now whether these rumors have anything do with legal requirements is a little unclear. The 28 gauge is “is a measurement unlike anything else in the firearm world.” This old style of measuring relates to how many lead balls in the shell it would take to make up a pound, in this case 28. In modern terms, the 28 gauge is equal to .550, or 55 caliber round – the standard Judge already available is .45.
Taurus 28 Gauge Raging Judge Revolver in Action
Apart from the fact that anything above .50 caliber can be labeled a destructive device, there are also importation regulations to consider. However BATFE are ‘working closely with Taurus to smooth everything out.