I continue to be puzzled by the popularity of the Taurus Judge. This is not to say that I don’t see a value in the gun – if I lived out in the Antelope Valley and was still undertaking regular excursions into the Mojave desert, I would own one for no other reason than it would be a great against Mojave Greens, Diamondbacks, and the aggressive sidewinders that populate my native desert. That I get.
Beyond that, I just don’t “get” the Judge.
And yet, Taurus can’t make them fast enough, because they literally fly off the shelves. In fact, they’re so popular that Taurus is making a polymer framed Judge as well as a rifle version of the gun. The Judge has been truly successful; I have to eat some crow and admit that when it first came out my very first though is “who is going to buy that silly-ass thing”? Clearly, I was wrong in that a lot of people bought said gun; ultimately that’s why I want to award the Taurus Judge the prestigious and never before awarded “Gun Nuts Media Handgun of the Decade” award. Not because I think it’s a great gun, but mostly because Taurus did something that I love: found a product that sells and sold the snot out of it.
You see, regardless of how I may feel about the utility or usefulness of a gun, I love capitalism. I love the free market. That’s why the Judge is my Handgun of the Decade, it has captured in essence to the beauty and glory of a free market and a capitalist society. The fact that we exist in a world where product like the Taurus Judge can sell as well as it does is a truly shining beacon of the greatness of our consumer system.
So here’s to you, Taurus Judge. May you and all your weird, impractical offspring continue to thrive and sell like hotcakes into the next decade. Well played, Taurus. Well played.