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Taurus 856 Problems

The Taurus 856 is a semi-automatic revolver that was first introduced in 2019. It is chambered in .38 Special +P and has a 6-round cylinder capacity. The 856 is an updated version of the popular Taurus 85 revolver and features a number of improvements over its predecessor.

However, despite its many improvements, the 856 still suffers from a number of common problems. These problems can range from minor annoyances to major malfunctions that can render the gun unusable.

Here are some of the most common Taurus 856 problems:

1. Light Primer Strikes

One of the first and most common problems that owners of the 856 report is light primer strikes. This problem can cause the gun to misfire or fail to fire altogether.

The light primer strikes are usually caused by an issue with the hammer spring. But light primer strikes can also come from a defective hammer strut or hammer spring plate.

Taurus 856 Defender Revolver

How to Fix It

The best way to fix light primer strikes is to replace the hammer spring with a new one. You can also try replacing the hammer strut or hammer spring plate. But if those parts are not defective, then there is likely something else wrong with the gun that is causing the light primer strikes.

Unless you are skilled in gunsmithing, it is best to take the 856 to a qualified gunsmith or gun shop for diagnosis and repair or send your Taurus 856 back to the manufacturer.

2. Cylinder Stop Binding

The cylinder stop is the part of the revolver that keeps the cylinder from rotating when the hammer is in the rest position. This can be a common problem with first-run Taurus 856 models, as the stop may become binding due to wear and tear. This can cause the revolver to malfunction, as it will be unable to rotate the cylinder correctly.

In most instances, the cylinder will continue to spin when it should have stopped. This can cause misfires, as well as other potential problems. The best way to fix this particular issue is to take the revolver to a gunsmith or qualified technician and have them take a look at it.

How to Fix It

There are a couple of potential ways to fix this problem. The most likely is the cylinder stop plunger itself. To gain access to this component, you’ll first need to take off the cylinder assembly. 

You can find the stop below the gun’s frame hole, which you can access using a small screwdriver. Simply push down on the cylinder stop to actuate the release mechanism. If it works as intended, you’ll need to lubricate the stop to keep it from binding again.

If the stop doesn’t push down and release like it’s supposed to, there’s likely something wrong with the spring. Replacing it may resolve your cylinder stop problem. 

But if it doesn’t, you might need to replace both the spring and the stop. Any further complications may warrant contacting the manufacturer or a licensed repair shop.

Black Taurus 856 with bullets

3. Cylinder Ceasing

Yet another one of the foremost problems with the Taurus 856 is that the cylinder may cease to revolve. When this happens, the cylinder will act as if it’s jammed. 

The most common culprit is a faulty lock spring. When this component malfunctions, it can cause the cylinder to freeze in place. The good news is that this is a relatively easy fix, as outlined below.

Another potential cause of this problem is dirty or damaged ammunition. Over time, buildup can occur inside the cylinder, preventing it from moving as smoothly as it should.

How to Fix It

Inspect your ammo and give the cylinder a good cleaning to see if that does the trick. You’ll also want to lubricate the cylinder to help get it functioning properly again.

If this doesn’t work, you may need to replace the lock spring. You can do this yourself if you’re feeling handy, or you can take it to a gunsmith to have it done.

4. Front Sight Cocked

The front sight can get cocked to one side on a Taurus 856, making it more difficult to aim. This is typically caused by the gun being dropped or banged around.

However, there have also been instances where the gun’s cylinder was installed incorrectly. This results in the cylinder being out of alignment, which in turn causes the front sight to be cocked.

How to Fix It

The good news is that either issue can be easily fixed by a qualified gunsmith or by the company. It’s best to leave this type of repair to a professional, as it can be difficult to do correctly on your own.

Proper Care Guide for Taurus 856

Taurus 856 revolvers are designed for shooters who demand the very best in a revolver. With its smooth trigger, comfortable grip, and outstanding performance, the Taurus 856 is hard to beat. But like all firearms, the Taurus 856 needs proper care and maintenance to keep it running like new. Here’s a quick guide on how to take care of your Taurus 856 revolver.

Cleaning and Lubrication

Cleaning and lubricating your Taurus 856 is essential to keeping it in good working condition. After each shooting session, be sure to clean the revolver inside and out. A good cleaning will remove any dirt, grime, or other buildup that can affect the gun’s performance.

To clean the revolver, first remove all ammunition from the gun. Next, disassemble the revolver by removing the cylinder and barrel. Once disassembled, use a brush and some solvent to clean all of the parts.

Once clean, apply a light layer of lubricant to all moving parts. A good general-purpose gun oil will work fine.


When not in use, it’s important to store your Taurus 856 properly. First and foremost, always store the revolver unloaded. Store the revolver in a dry, cool place away from direct sunlight. A gun safe is the best option, but a lockable cabinet or drawer will also work.

Black Taurus 856 with a sleeve case

Regular Maintenance

In addition to regular cleaning and lubrication, your Taurus 856 will also need periodic maintenance. At least once a year, take the revolver apart and thoroughly clean all of the parts. Inspect each part for wear or damage and replace any worn or damaged parts.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your Taurus 856 revolver in top working condition. With proper care, your revolver will provide years of reliable service.

Taurus 856 FAQs

What action is the Taurus 856?

The Taurus 856 is available in either double-action-only or double-action/single-action.

How many rounds does the Taurus 856 hold?

The Taurus 856 holds 6 rounds in the cylinder.

What caliber is the Taurus 856?

The Taurus 856 is available in .38 Special +P.

What is the barrel length of the Taurus 856?

The Taurus 856 has a 2-inch or 3-inch barrel.

Does the Taurus 856 have an internal lock?

No, the Taurus 856 does not have an internal lock.

What is the weight of the Taurus 856?

The Taurus 856 weighs 22 ounces unloaded.

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Terry skinner
Terry skinner
5 months ago

Great info, thank you very much ,to bad owner manual not much on maintenance, safety is important, also is your life if weapon is ever needed,

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