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Review: Taurus Tracker 992 Convertible

by Bart Skelton   |  February 1st, 2012 17
Taurus Tracker 992

The Taurus Tracker 992 is a novel DA revolver that's fun to shoot and offers the option of switching from Long Rifle to Magnum with the push of a button.

There are few things I enjoy more than spending a little time with one of the most interesting and useful tools the world has to offer: a good revolver. Whether it’s for self defense, hunting, plinking or collecting, it’s tough to beat a wheelgun. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the Taurus Tracker 992, and have found it to be a nifty piece of machinery.

 

I’ve long touted .22 revolvers. They’re great for economical practice and small game hunting, plus they’re just a heck of a lot of fun to shoot. Taurus has done very well with its line of Tracker revolvers in centerfire, and for good reason. The Tracker was conceived as a revolver to be carried in the field, and the new 992’s big brothers have proven themselves to be up for that job. The Taurus Tracker 992 is no different.

 

The great thing about this new Taurus? It converts from nine-shot .22 LR to a nine-shot .22 Magnum in a matter of seconds. It’s no secret that Taurus has offered various rimfire calibers in the Tracker, including the seven-shot .22 LR and the seven-shot .22 Magnum versions, but the 992 combines the two—giving shooters a really flexible and affordable revolver with two extra shots in the cylinder.

 

Taurus Tracker 992 conversion button

imply push a button in the right side of the frame to switch from Long Rifle to Magnum. The change takes just seconds.

Taurus engineered the exchangeable cylinder feature in an interesting fashion. The revolver is fitted with a button on the right side of the frame, just forward of the trigger guard. With the cylinder open, the button is engaged and the entire cylinder, crane and ejector rod assembly are simply pulled forward and removed.

 

The replacement cylinder is easily installed in the reverse order, and in seconds you’re shooting .22 Magnums or Long Rifles, whichever. A quick adjustment of the rear sight is needed as the points of impact aren’t going to be exact, but the inconvenience is minimal.

 

The 992 is built on the same frame as the steel Tracker centerfire models (some Trackers revolvers are offered in titanium). The 992 also has the full-length ejector rod lug, giving the revolver some weight, particularly on my 6.5-inch test gun. The centerfire Tracker models are made with ports at the end of the barrel, which are absent on the 992, but the revolver does sport the full-length ventilated rib. The nine-shot cylinder is non-fluted.

 

I like the 992’s sights, the front sight being a fixed, ramp style with an orange insert. The rear sight is adjustable, with a deep notch outlined in white and a matte black finish on the face to cut down on glare. The sight is pinned in a slot in the topstrap, making it relatively low profile. A base that connects to the ventilations on the Tracker’s barrel is available from Taurus if the shooter wishes to install a scope.

 

Taurus Tracker 992 grip

The 992 employs the same Ribber grips you find on other, more powerful members of the Tracker family.

The Tracker’s grip is Taurus’ Ribber, is a serrated rubber set of stocks. I’ve fired the .44 Magnum Tracker, which uses the same grips, along with the 922, and have found them to be quite comfortable and tacky, making it easy to get a solid hold.

 

The 992 is available with either a blue or matte stainless finish. My test gun came in blue, which is a deep, almost black finish. The revolver’s topstrap and the top of the ventilated rib bear a matte black finish in order to cut glare. I put the gun through some use in the field, and the finish seemed to hold up nicely.

 

The Tracker’s hammer is case-colored and features a wide, checkered spur for ease of cocking. The hammer also features a hex screw at the rear, which, when engaged, locks the hammer, cylinder and trigger as a safety feature. The 992 comes with the hex key with which to activate the safety.

 

The Tracker’s double-action trigger pull is a bit on the heavy side, but the weight and balance of the revolver makes up for the long pull. The single-action pull is good and crisp and weighed out at four pounds on my RCBS trigger pull scale.

 

Right after receiving my sample 992 Tracker, I left for a hunt that would also offer a chance to shoot some prairie dogs, so I took the Tracker along. I was immediately impressed with the revolver and was successful at reducing the prairie dog population in the immediate vicinity.

 

Taurus Tracker 992 cylinders

Both Taurus cylinders hold nine shots and disassemble complete with crane and ejector rod.

The 992’s balance was perfect, and with the long barrel I was able to get an excellent sight picture. Sighting was quite easy with the orange insert on the front sight. Before long, one of my hunting partners got curious and wanted to shoot the Taurus and had a great time shooting at prairie dogs at distances out to a hundred yards or so. Both of us were pleased with the accuracy and balance of the revolver.

 

During accuracy testing, I discovered that .22 LR ammo printed six inches lower than .22 Mag. at a distance of 25 yards. The 992 much preferred the .22 LR cylinder and ammunition over the .22 Mag. Since there was some deviation in the group sizes produced by the .22 Magnum loadings I used, it’s likely that more experimentation could produce a more accurate load.

 

Overall the 992’s quick change cylinder concept is a great one. Switching cylinders/calibers is a snap, and once the shooter knows the number of clicks it takes to adjust the rear sight to compesnate, the change-out is simple.

 

 Fast Specs

  • Type: SA/DA rimfire revolver
  • Caliber: .22 LR/.22 Magnum convertible
  • Capacity: 9
  • Barrel Length: 6.5 in.
  • OAL: 13.75 in.
  • Weight: 55 oz
  • Finish: Blue
  • Trigger:
  • Sights: adjustable rear w/white outline notch; ramp front w/orange insert
  • Price: $545
  • Manufacturer: Taurus USA

Accuracy Results

  • Smallest avg. .22 Mag. group: 33 gr. Remington AccuTip—3.9 in.
  • Largest avg. .22 Mag. group: 40 gr. Federal Champion—4.1 in.
  • Avg. of all .22 Mag ammo tested (3 types)—3.9 in.
  • Smallest avg. .22 LR group: 32 gr. CCI Stinger—1.3 in.
  • Largest avg. .22 LR group: 37 gr. Winchester Super-X—3.5 in.
  • Avg. of all .22 LR ammo tested (3 types)—2.6 in.
  • Notes: Accuracy results are averages of five-shot groups from a sandbag rest at 25 yards.

 

 

 

  • Will Carry

    55oz! That is 3 oz heavier than the Taurus 454 Casull Raging Bull 6". I guess it's to soak up that ferocious recoil of the 22 magnum. I still like it but it seems to be heavy for a trail gun. I still want one just for chits and giggles.

    • Lou Newton

      I have one and it does not weigh 55 oz. The 55oz includes the weight of both cylinders. The Tracker with one cylinder weighs 44 oz which is about the same as my Ruger single six convertible.

  • doggy dog

    small bore diameter makes for a heaviers barrel

  • bart gilmore

    what is a 9 mm parabellem ?

    • Larry Hunter

      Hi Bart
      It is a center fire cartridge developed in europe so the bullet is measured in milimeters
      and it is 9 (MM) MiliMeters in diameter.
      Parabellum is latin and translated it means "FOR WAR".
      It was designed for semi automatic pistols so it has a rimless case.
      It has the approximate diameter of the popular American bullets .38 Special and .357 Magnum
      calibers that are measured in tenths and hundreds of an inch.
      The .38 Special and .357 Magnum cartridges are designed for revolvers and have rimmed cases

    • tom

      same as the 9mm luger

  • Lavafish

    I have one also and love it!!!! Yes it is heavy to pack around but i think the weight makes it easyer to hold and shoot accuretly .

    • Terry Gizzmo

      Same here
      great fit and finish
      Accurate to a inch from rest 25 feet
      and that 22 mag – 22 RF ability beats anything Smith has IMO

  • Frank C. McLean, Jr.

    I have a Taurus 627 Tracker, 357 Magnum, with a 4 inch barrel. It is a terrific revolver that can also handle 38 special loads – it is actually more accurate when using .38s! The 992 also looks like a terrific handgun, and I would like to have a double action revolver that uses wheel cylinders for both .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum. The Ruger Single Six (also a great handgun) I own also has these two cylinders, but it is a single action only cowboy type revolver. It is light weight, however, I would love to have a heavy weight rimfire revolver to help me get ready to use my Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull when I'm at the range!
    P.S. For Bart: a 9mm parabellem is just a 9mm; probably the most common of all centerfire pistol bullets/shells.
    Frank C; McLean, Jr,

  • David Molt

    Just purchased a 922 tracker, tried to adjust the rear sight. the screw broke. Called taurus service, sights are not covered under warranty. No screws available. What a poor policy. Never buy a Taurus!!!

  • Lou Newton

    I have a Tracker convertible and it does NOT weigh 55 ounces. The 55 oz includes the extra mag cylinder. The revolver with one cylinder installed weighs 44 oz. That is close to my Ruger single six convertible. I have 5 Taurus handguns and love all of them.

  • John Douds

    Be very careful buying Taurus. The last two I had had horrible machining. The older models I've owned and seen were much better than the sloppy junk Taurus is currently manufacturing.

    • Terry Gizzmo

      I always read this but have never seen one , in fact the ones I have seen have been really sharp

  • LarryC

    If it weren't for all the negative comments that I have heard and read about Taurus products, I would have already purchased one of these. S&W seems to believe that their .22 revolvers are worth their weight in gold (alright that is a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much)! And if Ruger would offer their Super Single Six with that wonderful Bisley grip frame I would buy one of those. I just don't like the grip on most Ruger single actions.

    • Terry Gizzmo

      Smith is way out of line on their pricing IMO — Ruger makes a nice 22 RF revolver DA but you can’t find them anywhere and when you do the LGS wants an arm and a leg for them

  • ron

    9X17= .380 ACP
    9X18= Makarov
    9×19= Luger/parabellum
    9×23=Largo
    9×28= 38 Special
    9×33= .357 Magum

    • http://www.facebook.com/NCC0514 Mike Kelly

      I’m not sure why you listed all those, but I want to play as well…
      9×25= Dillon

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