Taurus Model 62 Pump Action .22 Rifle Review

Those who know me are well aware of my adoration of the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The reasons are many, but among them is the fact that .22LR is about the least expensive of any ammunition you can buy. It’s light, so you can carry a supply of it on your person. It’s compact, so a lot can be stored both in your home and on your person. When fired, it’s more quiet than most other rounds. There’s barely any recoil either, so both new and seasoned shooters enjoy it from that aspect. When a buddy invited me over to his place for an impromptu session of .22 shooting, I didn’t hesitate to accept. When I got there, he brought out the Taurus Model 62, and I was intrigued.

The Taurus Brand

What does the firearm maker Taurus have in common with the .22 cartridge? Both are relatively inexpensive.

Taurus has been making firearms in America for years, and also importing them from Brazil. My experience with Taurus has been positive over the years, as I’ve owned a number of their firearms and all were of good quality. Taurus has gotten a bad rap from some of the shooting community, but I’m not quite sure why this is. We have to bear in mind that every manufacturer has some guns that have issues in their production. I’m sure Taurus is no exception.

Taurus also offers a lifetime warranty, which adds peace of mind when buying their products. They’ve been in operation for decades and offer everything imaginable, including pistols, revolvers, and rifles, both centerfire and rimfire. You name it, they make it.

Model 62 Pump-Action

Before my friend introduced me to it, I had never heard of the Model 62 rifle from Taurus. He simply handed it to me during one of our shooting sessions, and I began plinking away happily at little steel silhouette targets. After I’d emptied the magazine, I began looking over the rifle and was a little shocked when I saw that it was Taurus; I didn’t realize that they make rimfire rifles. But make them they do!

Taurus Model 62 in nature.
Taurus’s Model 62 is a handsome rifle that works well. The Brazilian hardwood is nicely done and pretty to look at. Photo: Jim Davis.

Let’s take a little closer look at Taurus’s Model 62 and see what makes it tick. According to Taurus, this rifle is a reproduction of a rifle that John Browning invented many years ago. The differences, Taurus says, are the addition of modern safety and manufacturing. Since I don’t have an original Model 62 on hand for comparison, I’m going to take their word for it.

Tech Specs

The 23-inch barrel is button-rifled with six grooves. It weighs five pounds, so it’s not a heavy rifle at all, and it’s well-suited to being carried around the woods or the farm.

The rifle is mostly made of steel and feels sturdy in the hands. Its height is 4.315 inches, and its width is 1.45 inches. There is a manual safety. This is a pump action rifle with an under-barrel, tubular magazine that holds 13 rounds of .22 Long Rifle ammunition.

The front sight is a fixed post, and the rear sight is an adjustable, buckhorn-type notch. As this is written, Taurus lists this rifle on their website for sale (with cosmetic blemishes) for $219.99. To me, that seems like a major bargain.

Stocks

The wood that Taurus uses on this rifle is medium to dark and appears to be Brazilian hardwood. I have to say, they’ve done a really nice job with the furniture on this rifle. I’ve always thought that Brazilian hardwood looks nice, and this example is no exception. From this aspect alone, the rifle is swinging above its weight class. The proportions were good and I had no trouble working the action or operating the rifle.

Trigger

I’d estimate the trigger pull was probably about four pounds, though I had no way to confirm this. The break was crisp enough to allow decent accuracy, and we had no complaints with the trigger.

Action

Although the rifle had several hundred rounds of .22 ammo through it, the action still was reasonably smooth in operation. One of the only downsides of .22 ammo is that it is notoriously dirty when fired. Yes, it’s painful to admit that the beloved .22 LR cartridge does have a few flaws, but it is what it is. Consequently, many .22 firearms will become gummed up with powder residue. But the Model 62 seemed to weather that fairly well. Then again, pump actions are widely known for their reliability, so this should come as no revelation.

.22 caliber Taurus Model 62 on the rocks with snow.
The under-barrel tubular magazine holds 13 rounds of .22 Long Rifle ammunition, giving the little rifle a decent capacity. The action worked smoothly and was fun to run. Also, note the external hammer. Photo: Jim Davis.

The action is more robust than we’d expect, and certainly more so than on many other .22 rifles we’ve operated over the years. It’s far from delicate.

Finish

The Model 62’s metal parts have a standard blued finish. I must say, though, that Taurus did a remarkably decent job on the finish, better than we’d have expected.

Close up of the Model 62's rear sight.
The rear adjustable buckhorn sight can be seen here, along with the nicely done blued finish. The Brazilian hardwood adds a nice touch as well. Photo: Jim Davis.

As mentioned, the finish on the wood furniture was really nice.

At The Range

To put it plainly, we had tons of fun with this little rifle at the range, hitting the steel targets like they owed us money. It was an unceasing series of “tings” and “clangs” on those targets. And with 13 rounds in the magazine, we felt as though we were getting our money’s worth.

There is a loading gate underneath the magazine toward the muzzle end where rounds are fed into it. It’s not my favorite method of loading a magazine, but it works smoothly enough.

The action cycled quickly and smoothly. Any time a rifle action reliably feeds the .22 Long Rifle, I have to marvel at it because the rounds are so tiny!

On the range with the Model 62 after a snow storm.
We had a great time at the range with the Model 62, finding it to be very reliable and pleasingly accurate. Photo: Jim Davis.

Recoil and muzzle blast are basically non-existent, which is a huge selling point for the .22. This rifle would be right at home in the hunting field for those who are after small game. Given its pump-action operation, it would be legal in every state that I’m aware of.

For plinking, it’s more fun than you can imagine. Even Though I’m not a huge fan of buckhorn-style sights, the sights worked well enough to hit small, steel silhouettes from 35 to 50 yards out, which added to the fun.

Normally, whenever I shoot a pump action, it is a 12-gauge shotgun. So, operating this rifle felt a bit funny at first, given that I normally receive 12-gauge recoil instead of the minuscule recoil of the .22 LR. It didn’t take long to get used to, though.

For this range session, we used mostly Aguila and CCI ammunition, both of which performed well.

Final Thoughts

While it may be in vogue among the gun culture to criticize and talk smack about Taurus’s quality, I really couldn’t find anything wrong with the Model 62. It functions perfectly, runs smoothly, and does what it’s supposed to without failures of any kind. And it is accurate enough for any task that one would reasonably expect from such a rifle.

We found the hardwood stocks to be attractive and sturdy enough to stand up to hard use. The finish of both the stocks and metal on the rifle is also of good quality.

The Model 62 in the woods.
The Model 62 in its natural element. For the modest price, it’s hard to go wrong with this rifle. Photo: Jim Davis.

As a survival rifle or truck gun, the Model 62 may have some merit. No, it’s not a tiny rifle, but it’s inexpensive enough to have one around and not have to worry too much about it being beaten up or stolen. And there’s a lot to be said for the amount of ammunition that can comfortably be carried or stored with this rifle.

For hunting small game, it would be a solid choice. As a plinking rifle, it can’t help but bring a smile to the shooter’s face. Used for pest control, it would be stellar.

You can’t help but feel nostalgic as you heft this rifle that was designed so long ago. In fact, the more I handled it, the more it grew on me. It functions great and simply looks old and neat.

Taurus seems to be onto a good thing here, and the design’s enduring appeal lends to its credibility.

Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities. He is a dedicated Christian and attributes any skills that he has to the glory of God.

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