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Smith & Wesson Governor a Taurus Judge Clone?

| History | January 10, 2013

Taurus Judge and Smith Wesson Governor Revolver Size Comparison

We wrote this article for Robert Farago and his Blog, The Truth About Guns. In this article we dove into the history of the Shotshell Revolver and why it would not be fair to say the Smith & Wesson Governor is just a Taurus Judge Clone.

Let’s start with this: is Ruger’s new 1911 a copy of Smith & Wesson’s budget-minded 1911? More likely, Ruger’s copying the original Colt m1911 patented by John Moses Browning designed on February 14, 1911. While reviewing modern firearm patents you will find many, or most, reference previous designs in their work. They may have used the safety mechanism or possibly the firing mechanism from a previous design and adapted it to their current design. The truth about guns is that most of them are copies. One could even argue they are all copies. Now about the Smith & Wesson Governor . . .

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Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 ACP Size Comparison

| Comparisons, Product Info | September 24, 2011

Smith & Wesson has done a great job with the Bodyguard .380 ACP pocket pistol. They created a highly concealable and reliable pistol to compete in the extremely competitive .380 pocket pistol market. Doing your best to compare apples to apples you will see the Bodyguard is close to, if not, the best priced .380 pocket pistol on the market. In pricing this pistol you need to remember it comes stock from the factory with a laser.

Here is how it compares in size to the Diamondback DB380, Kahr P380, Kel Tec P3AT, Ruger LCP, Sig Sauer P238, and Taurus TCP.

Smith & Wesson Governor or Taurus Judge Public Defender

| Comparisons, Product Info | July 26, 2011

For years the Taurus Judge was in a category of it’s own.  This wasn’t because it was so superior to the competition, but instead because there was no competition for shotshell revolvers!

Well a good thing can only last so long for Taurus.  Smith & Wesson designed the first competitor for the Judge in the shotshell revolver market.

Smith & Wesson has a history of quality especially in the revolver market, so what do they do when they design a shotshell revolver?  Well, simply put, they improve upon the existing options.  So what did they do:

1.  S&W Governor is .5 inches shorter in length compared to the most compact Judge.

2.  S&W Governor provides the additional option of .45 ACP with use of moon clips.

3.  S&W Governor most importantly made it a 6 shot revolver rather than Taurus’ 5 shot option.

So should we expect to see everyone buying the Governor from now on?  No, the Judge still offers many more models to choose from.  They offer the Judge at a lighter weight in ounces and dollars.  Their lowest MSRP is over $100 less than the Governor’s.  We also expect Taurus to hit the drawing table and come out with a 6 shot option.

Personally, the Governor does win in my book, but that’s solely on the 6 shot capability for now.

Here are a few size comparisons that we did on the Smith & Wesson Governor and Taurus Judge Public Defender:

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