I had a lady bring one to a class we had for self defense with handguns. As a matter of course, when there is any question if the student has any questions about the weapon they have provided, I or my partner examine the weapon and when satisfied that it is safe send a few rounds down range to confirm its' working condition. In this case, the husband had decided that this is what his wife would deal with for home defense as well as concealed carry. As to the weapon, first the action felt a little cobby and ratcheted the cylinder rather than a smooth feel. This can be due to several things and to give everyone a chance to shoot well, we sometimes clean the handgun prior to the student's use of it. A little Machinegunner's Lube and some cleaning did a noticable job of improving the perceived feel of the handgun, not a lot though. Upon examination the cylinder lineup was not perfect and it shaved some lead from the 158 gr. wadcutters used, spitting it to the left side. I am pretty sure this is not indicative of all Taurus Model 85's, but this ond did. The roughness of the action led her to shoot poorly at any range over 7 yards and not that well at 7 yards. She shot the S&W M&P 40 very well and had no trouble with it so we had a benchmark for her entry skill level after 100 rounds through a Ruger 22/45. Long story short, she traded the Taurus on a 9mm M&P Compact and did a great job. Just my experience with the 85.