DOUBLE IDENTITY

Taurus’ Hefty Tracker Rimfire Puts Both .22lr and .22wmr Rounds on Target!

This is one impressive handful.

The Taurus Tracker weighs in at a hefty 55 ounces with a 6.5-inch full lug, vent rib barrel and chambered for .22 Long Rifle or .22wmr (it has interchangeable cylinders).

 

Taurus Hefty Tracker Rimfire

That full lug vent-rib barrel is thick and all steel, and helps a handgunner take steady aim on any target. Photo by Taurus

Certainly one of the most handsome rimfire double-action handguns I’ve handled, the Tracker Model 992 is available in either stainless steel or deep blue, with a click-adjustable rear sight and ramped blade front sight. It has a checkered wide target hammer and wide, smooth trigger, both with a color case hardened finish.

The good news is that the weight of this revolver virtually eliminates any recoil, even with the magnums. It was a delight to shoot, and my guess is that anyone shopping for a versatile rimfire is going to have a hard time beating this one. The bad news is that once you start shooting, it is difficult to call it quits, and before you realize it, you’ll have shot through a couple of hundred rounds of rimfire ammunition.

Doesn’t that just drive you crazy?

 

An Interesting Rimfire

The Model 992 Tracker is definitely what one of my old pals would call a “lead hose,” meaning that you’ll put lots of rounds through it, and quickly. That’s an affectionate criticism, because this revolver is not only accurate, it is just plain fun. To paraphrase the late, great Townsend Whelen, “Only accurate firearms are interesting.” The Tracker is most assuredly interesting.

Double- and single-action cycling was smooth and trigger let-off crisp with no discernible creep, and this revolver, at least in my hands, hit everything it was aimed at. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves.

There is a lot more to it than accurate plinking and smooth cycling, of course. A step up the evolutionary ladder from the Taurus Model 990, which was also convertible from .22lr to .22wmr, the Model 992 has unfluted cylinders in both chamberings, and they swap out in seconds, thanks to a push button mechanism built into the lower front of the frame. Push in from the right side and it releases the crane assembly, which remains with the cylinder. Replace that with the crane assembly and alternate cylinder, and you’re back in business.

The Model 992 Tracker’s cylinders hold nine rounds in either .22lr or .22wmr, and I found that on my test revolver, each chamber was nice and tight, with no cartridge slop. The gap between the cylinder and forcing cone was also tight, meaning that you get the most out of every round fired.

I was particularly impressed with the rear sight, which appears to be tough as nails, all steel, with positive click adjustments that honestly work. The ample rear sight square notch has a white outline, and this contrasts very well with the front sight, which has a red insert and is highly visible.

Taurus incorporates its superb locking safety system in the Tracker design, activated by a small hex key (two are supplied with each gun) that turns in a slot at the rear base of the hammer. The cylinder release is on the left side of the frame, and the revolver features a transfer bar firing pin system that prevents accidental discharges in the event it is dropped and lands on the hammer.

 

Story & Photos by Dave Workman

 

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