Taurus Model 992 Tracker Revolver with Interchangeable 22 Long Rifle & 22 Magnum Cylinders

by Jeff Quinn

photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn

December 27th, 2011




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Taurus Model 992 Tracker 22 Long Rifle / 22 Magnum nine-shot revolver.



Cylinder crane release button makes switching cylinders quick and easy.





Accuracy testing was done at 25 yards from a Ransom rest, with the results shown here, including the worst group fired.



Cylinder release latch.







22 caliber rimfire revolvers with interchangeable cylinders have been popular for decades. Most of these are and historically have been single-action revolvers of the Colt Single Action Army lineage. The most popular is the Ruger Single-Six (and their new Single-Ten), with companies such as Cimarron, Uberti and Heritage offering such revolvers as well. However, double-action switch-cylinder revolvers are pretty scarce, with only a few manufactured since the introduction of the 22 Magnum cartridge in 1959. Switching the cylinders in a double-action design usually requires the use of a screwdriver, but still only takes a couple of minutes. It would be nice if more switch-cylinder rimfire double-action revolvers were available, and using a screwdriver to switch them out is not bothersome, but still few have been offered on the market. Now, featured here, is the new Taurus Tracker Model 992, which comes with both 22 Long Rifle and 22 Magnum cylinders. The Long Rifle cylinder can also fire 22 Short and 22 Long ammo, as well as 22 shotshell ammunition for snake and small pest control.

The Tracker 992 is built on the medium-frame Taurus double-action revolver. It wears a heavy-profile barrel, and carries nine cartridges in either of its cylinders. Taurus has designed a push-button release for the cylinder crane, eliminating the need for any tools to switch from 22 Long Rifle to 22 Magnum, or back again. As can be seen in the chart below, the 22 Magnum cartridge offers significant velocity increase compared to the 22 Long Rifle, offering greater power and a flatter trajectory.

The Tracker 992 is relatively heavy for a rimfire revolver, but balances very well, and would make for a dandy hunting revolver. Taurus shows a weight of fifty-five ounces on the Taurus website, but the 992 shown here weighed just under forty-six ounces, with only one cylinder. It has a capacity of nine cartridges with either cylinder, and the Tracker 992 is more accurate than I can hold it. The sights are very good for a hunting or target revolver, offering a large and sharp sight picture. The front sight has an orange insert for visibility in low-light conditions, or against a dark background. The 992 shown here is built primarily of stainless steel, but a blued carbon steel version is also available.

Specifications are listed in the chart below. Weight is listed in ounces. Trigger pull is listed as pounds of resistance, as measured using my Lyman digital scale. Linear measurements are listed in inches. The cylinder length does not include the ratchet star. The external cylinder dimensions are the same for both cylinders. Height includes the sights, with the rear set at its medium adjustment. DA is the double-action trigger pull. SA is the single-action trigger pull. The barrel/cylinder gap was consistent for both cylinders, and is ideal. A tight barrel/cylinder gap contributes greatly to higher velocities from a revolver, compared to a wider gap. Sadly, some major manufacturers allow a gap as wide as .01 (ten one-thousandths of an inch) to be within specifications, which is grossly oversized. The tight gap on this Taurus is perfect for high velocities, but still allows the weapon to function without binding.

Overall Length 11.625"
Overall Height 5.3"
Weight Unloaded 45.6 oz.
Barrel Length 6.51"
Cylinder Length 1.575"
Cylinder Diameter 1.528"
Barrel/Cylinder Gap 0.002"
Trigger Pull DA 8 lbs., 8.1 oz.
Trigger Pull SA 4 lbs., 7.6 oz.
Cylinder Capacity 9 cartridges

I tested the Tracker 992 with several brands of 22 Long Rifle ammunition and four types of 22 Magnum for velocity and function. The results with each brand and type of ammunition are listed in the chart below. HP is a lead hollowpoint bullet. Solid is a lead roundnose bullet. Velocity readings were taken at an elevation of 541 feet above sea level, with an air temperature of 46 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity in the fifty-seven percent range. Velocities are listed in feet-per-second (FPS), and were recorded ten feet from the muzzle of the revolver. Bullet weights are listed in grains.

Ammunition Bullet Weight Velocity

22 Long Rifle

Federal Bulk HP 36 976
Winchester DynaPoint HP 40 1010
PMC Match Solid 40 911
Wolf Match Solid 40 1024
CCI Mini-Mag HP 36 1071
CCI Mini-Mag Solid 40 1009
CCI Velocitor HP 40 1137
Remington Yellow Jacket HP 33 1192
Remington Hi-Speed Solid 40 1143
American Eagle HP 36 1012
PMC Zapper HP 38 1090
Olin Solid 40 1032
Winchester XPert HP 36 1071
Hansen Solid 40 1041
Remington Bulk Solid 37 1029

22 Magnum Rimfire

CCI Maxi-Mag HP 40 1501
PMC Predator HP 40 1385
Winchester HP 30 1762
Winchester HP 34 1702

There were no malfunctions of any kind. Two types of ammunition exhibited sticky extraction, and ejecting a cylinder-full of them required a tap on the ejector rod with a block of wood. These were the 22 Long Rifle Wolf ammo and the 22 Magnum Winchester 34 grain load. All other ammunition ejected easily from the cylinders of the 992 with just a push on the ejector rod. The trigger pulls were very good, especially for a rimfire revolver. The double-action pull was smooth, and the single-action released crisply and cleanly, with both being near perfect for a hunting revolver. The Taurus Ribber grip is hand-filling, and very comfortable to hold.

Accuracy was superb! I tested for accuracy with all nineteen types of both Long Rifle and Magnum ammo listed above. Accuracy testing was done at twenty-five yards, with the Tracker 992 secured into my Ransom Rest. The worst group fired measured an even two inches across, with the best groups cutting that group size in half or less.

The Taurus Tracker 992 is a very well-built revolver. The satin finish is well done, with the nickeled hammer, cylinder release, and trigger closely matching the stainless finish. The push-button release for the cylinder crane makes switching cylinders the easiest system on any production revolver of which I am aware. I hope that Taurus will offer this same system on their smaller-framed rimfire revolvers as well.

Check out the Tracker 992 and other Taurus firearms and accessories online at www.taurususa.com.

For the location of a Taurus dealer near you, click on the DEALER LOCATOR at www.lipseys.com.

To order the 992 online, go to www.galleryofguns.com.

To order quality 22 rimfire ammunition, go to www.luckygunner.com.

Jeff Quinn

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Taurus' Ribber grip is very comfortable to hold.





The Taurus Security System key lock renders the revolver safe from unauthorized use.



The 992 has an excellent set of target-grade adjustable sights.