Taurus 905

Taurus 905

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  • Design Features
  • Build Quality
  • Recoil
  • Fun Factor
3.3/5Overall Score
  • Action: Double-Action Only
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 5 Rounds
  • Weight: 23.84 OZ
  • Price
  • Revolver Reliability
  • Double Action Only
  • Recoil

If you are in the market for a slick little revolver that shoots 9mm, Taurus has you covered with the Taurus 905 revolver.

This inexpensive revolver might serve you well if you are in the market for a new handgun.

taurus 905 stockphoto

Taurus 905

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Action: Double Only

About the Taurus 905

The Taurus 905 is a compact revolver produced by Taurus International, a Brazilian firearms manufacturer.

Taurus 905 range bag

It is part of the Taurus 900 series and is chambered in the popular .9mm caliber. The revolver is designed for concealed carry and personal defense purposes.

The Taurus 905 features a five-round cylinder, typical for most revolvers in its class. It has a compact frame and a barrel length of around 2 inches, making it easy to carry and handle. The revolver is made from durable materials such as stainless steel, ensuring its longevity and resistance to corrosion.

One notable feature of the Taurus 905 is its ability to fire the 9mm Luger (9x19mm) cartridge, a popular choice for self-defense ammunition.

This allows users to utilize the same ammunition as their semi-automatic pistols, providing convenience and ammunition compatibility.

The revolver has a double-action trigger mechanism, meaning pulling the trigger both cocks and releases the hammer for each shot.

It also incorporates a transfer bar safety system, which helps prevent accidental discharges and enhances overall safety.

The Taurus 905 is known for its reliability, ease of use, and affordability compared to other revolver options.

Its straightforward design makes it popular for those who prefer revolvers for self-defense or concealed carry purposes.

taurus 905 stockphoto

Taurus 905

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Action: Double Only


The Taurus 905 has a relatively small size and grip, making you wonder how it will shoot the 9mm round.

The overall weight unloaded clocks in at 23.84 oz, which is reasonable for a revolver of this size.


The frame features a black cerakote finish over a stainless steel frame. This frame feels solid and features the Taurus logo and information laser engraved on the frame.

The serial number is stamped into the frame and the barrel. The Model “905 CH” is also laser engraved below the frame serial number.


The grip panels are removable, so you can get a more suitable grip texture and feel.

Taurus 905 Grip

I don’t love the grip panels on this gun as they don’t add much to the handling of the gun overall.

Caliber Options & Barrel Length

This revolver comes in two flavors: the “CH” or concealed hammer model and the standard 905, which has an exposed hammer and a 1″ shorter barrel than the concealed hammer model.

taurus 905 stockphoto

Taurus 905

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Action: Double Only


The 905 is a 5-shot revolver, and all models of the 905 feature a 5-shot cylinder.

It would be nice to see a 6-shot version of this come to life eventually, but the 5-shot 9mm cylinder keeps the overall size and weight of the gun down.

Cylinder Latch

The cylinder latch is simple but very easy to use. I had no issues releasing the cylinder to drop the spent casings.

Taurus 905 cylinder latch

Most want a functional latch that’s easy to release, which is what Taurus delivered with this latch.


Revolver sights are notoriously awful and the 905 sights are also insufficient. To no fault of Taurus, though, they did what they could.

Taurus 905 sights

They made the front sight post entirely orange to try to help with aiming, but in my experience with the pistol, it still seems to fall short.

The low-cut rear sight didn’t work well for me, and it was hard to aim and be accurate repeatedly.


The trigger of this gun is double action only (DAO) and is probably my least favorite thing about the gun.

Taurus 905 Trigger

While I accept the reason for the DAO trigger, I still don’t have to like the overall function of the trigger.

To me, the trigger is a long, hard pull, and while I’m not used to it completely I think it causes me to miss my target from pulling or even pushing as I’m not used to the prolonged heavy pull of the trigger.

taurus 905 stockphoto

Taurus 905

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Action: Double Only


The hammer on the Taurus 905 depends on which model you pick up. The 905 CH model has a concealed hammer that lays flat and only exposes itself when you pull the trigger.


The bad news is the concealed hammer cannot be set to make the trigger single action.

The 905 with the exposed hammer allows you to have a single-action/double-action revolver, so keep that in mind while shopping.


The looks of the gun are solid. I like the solid barrel design and the shape of the frame.

The grips could be better, but the good news is they are changeable and easy to change.


Shooting the Taurus 905 is interesting; while I typically love an excellent revolver shoot occasionally with my Ruger SP101, but they aren’t my go-to range gun.

Taurus 905 shooting

This gun has a good bit of muzzle rise for its size and reloading takes some time, so you won’t be doing anything exceptionally quickly with the 905.

Other than reloading, the gun was fun to shoot for a little while, but the reloading does take its toll after a while, and there’s really no pre-loading a revolver for the range.

taurus 905 stockphoto

Taurus 905

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Action: Double Only


The price might be the most attractive thing about the Taurus 905. The gun comes in at around $369 in most places.

The price is highly reasonable for a gun that is probably considered a range toy to most people.

That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to carry it for concealed carry, but this wouldn’t be my go-to concealed carry revolver.

Taurus 905 Final Thoughts

This is an enjoyable range gun that could be concealed relatively easily.

However, given its slow reload and weight compared to other 9mm pistols, it probably wouldn’t be my choice for concealed carry.

taurus 905 stockphoto

Taurus 905

Caliber: 9mm
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Action: Double Only


Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Taurus 905.

What is the difference between Taurus 85 and 905?

The main difference between the Taurus 85 and the 905 is the caliber. The Taurus 85 is a .38 Special +P pistol, while the 905 is a 9mm.

Does the Taurus 905 require moon clips?

Yes, but it includes 4-5 moon clips. The Taurus 905 requires moon clips because the 9mm cartridge is a rimless casing, whereas most revolver calibers are rimmed cartridges.

What caliber is a Taurus 905?

The Taurus 905 is 9mm Luger.

Is 9mm better than 38 Special?

The 9mm round is better than 38 Special in every caliber comparison category, including penetration, velocity, and muzzle velocity.

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Michael Savage
Michael Savage

Michael is the President of Lynx Defense and an avid gun owner and outdoors man. He's passionate about helping find the best bang for your buck and helping others learn about firearms and the industry as a whole.

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