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Two years ago, the acquisition of Rossi firearms production by fellow Brazilian gunmaker Forjas Taurus S.A. ushered in a new chapter in the history of Rossi. The company now produces the classic firearm designs many shooters expect, with a subtle blend of innovative features many of today’s shooters demand.

In an effort to expand Taurus’ popular Judge series of revolvers, the Circuit Judge carbine brings new meaning to the term “long arm of the law.” Designed in the spirit of the great revolving-style carbines of the past, the Circuit Judge adds a twist by serving double-duty as a shotgun and a rifle, given its ability to fire 2 1/2” and 3” magnum .410 shotshells or .45 Colt cartridges. The rifled barrel is backbored and, when used with the straight-rifled choke, delivers tight patterns. With .45 Colt, the bullet obturates in the bore and grips the rifling, and a thread guard protects the choke’s threads.

Features such as fiber-optic sights, an integral scope base and the enhanced safety of the Taurus Security System make the Circuit Judge suitable for a variety of uses -be it on the range, in the woods small-game hunting, or even in the home for self-defense. The combination of a glossy blued finish and a rich hardwood Monte Carlo stock adds a touch of classic elegance to this modern revolving carbine.

In addition to its appearance and features, which clearly illustrate the Circuit Judge’s lineage, such an innovative firearm selling for slightly more than $600 will appeal to those shooting enthusiasts who subscribe to the “do more with less” philosophy of multi-caliber designs.