Taurus First 24 Kits

First24 Judge

Taurus has introduced a pair of survival kits that feature the company’s handguns.  According to Taurus, the kits are “designed to assist you for the first 24 hours of a horrific catastrophe.”  One kit is built around the Taurus Judge, while the second features the model 617 revolver.

The First 24 Judge Kit comes with:

  • Taurus Judge (XCOAT Tan) .45 Colt/.410
  • AimPro Tactical Enhancement Package
  • I-Series SKB Case (FDE)
  • Bianchi Speed Strips-Qty 2
  • CRKT Sting (FDE)
  • Brite-Strike® ELPI (FDE)
  • Brite-Strike® APALS (green/red/white) 1 of each color
  • Hogue Inc. Mono-grip
  • Zippo Fire Starter kit
  • Suunto Compass
  • Energizer batteries (AA)-Qty 6
  • Slim Line caddy for batteries
  • 550 Para cord bundle (20ft)
  • MSRP: $1499

First-24 617

The First 24 Model 617 Kit comes with:

  • Taurus Model 617 (X-COAT Black) in .357 Magnum
  • AimPro Tactical Enhancement Package
  • I-Series SKB Case (Black)
  • HKS Speed Loader-Qty 2
  • CRKT Sting (Black)
  • Brite-Strike® ELPI (Black)
  • Brite-Strike® APALS (green/red/white) – 1 each color
  • Hogue Inc. Mono-grip
  • Zippo Fire Starter kit
  • Energizer batteries (AA)- Qty 2
  • Slim Line caddy for batteries
  • 550 Para cord bundle (20ft)
  • Survival blanket
  • Suunto Compass
  • MSRP: $1399


Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • iksnilol

    No .460 S&W? That ruins my plan to hunt bears for sustenance in case of a plane crash.

    Aren’t the kits a bit expensive? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to make your own?

    • WaltherJJR

      It would be cheaper to carry a bodyguard around in a papoose.

  • Nicks87

    Pretty cool but I agree, the price is a bit too much. You could probably make your own for cheaper and with better gear options. They might be useful for someone who doesnt want to take the time to put something like this together.

    • smurf

      …and if they can’t spend the time choosing gear, they certainly don’t have time to practice with it

  • SD3

    “$1499”

    Is it 2011 again?

    • Seth Martin

      That’s MSRP. Street price will probably be $1100-$1200. Still expensive though.

      • WaltherJJR

        I wouldn’t give you $1200 in Monopoly money for this kit!

        • Seth Martin

          I wouldn’t either. I don’t have a problem with Taurus firearms, but this is marketed toward people with more money than knowledge.

  • Nimrod

    I think there are a lot of people with money who don’t have the time or inclination to sit down and put together a “survival kit”. They will read something about needing a gun, knife, light, etc in a yuppie magazine and will grab something like this and feel good about being prepared. They probably also bought the JIC shotgun in a tube thing from Mossberg.

    These things are novelty and 100 years from now you will see it on Pawn Stars as Rick the 4th tries to screw somebody out of this unique antique cased set.

    • dan citizen

      everything you just said.

  • Joesco

    I am always traveling in and out of the country, i want one in my house and my car that way I am prepared! Also a little more at peace if I am not there with my wife and kids that they have something that they can grab on the go and defend themselves. The time and thought of what you would need has been taking care of for you. Can’t put a price on it.

    • iksnilol

      I get that, but you can make a better kit for less money if you are willing to research a bit.

      • WaltherJJR

        SO much better! SO much less money!

    • smurf

      If you can’t spend a couple hours piecing together a 24 kit, how little time are you spending practicing with it’s contents?

      e.g.
      range time with the gun
      practice knot tying with the paracord

      snubnose revolvers are some of the most difficult types of guns to shoot well.

  • john huscio

    “Taurus: if you can survive the first 24 hours of using our kit, youll be ready for anything”

    • Emir Parkreiner

      If you don’t survive, your loved ones will know why. You can’t put a price on closure.

    • WaltherJJR

      “Taurus”… when you ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY have to save some money!

    • Steve Truffer

      Taurus: if you can survive the first 24 hours of using our kit, you didn’t need one”

  • Tom – UK

    Question. Is there a single recorded instance of someone ever using one of these kits (or similar “ready made” kits) in a “horrific catastrophe”?

    I have never seen a single picture or video of someone using one or really having the need for one. With things like Katrina and Sandy for example many had already left and those who stayed behind already had their entire homes resources at hand for days before anything occurred.

    • Emir Parkreiner

      USAF pilots have been issued survival kits for decades. What constitutes a “horrific catastrophe” varies from person to person. For some people a “horrific catastrophe” could be their car breaking down miles in a remote area w/o cell phone service. Partying with your friends in the same remote lakeside cabin where, on that same night years ago, a seemingly invincible serial killer systematically murdered an attractive group of teenage stereotypes is another example of a “horrific catastrophe” (especially if you’re the token black guy or the slut). Based on the price, contents, and manufacturer; this survival kit was developed for the catastrophe of having more money than sense.

    • There are documented cases of kits or kit guns being used in Alaska. One was a small plane that went down in the deep woods.

      • Bayer Grillz

        Link, you know, to the documents?

  • santi

    Great Idea. Everyone should be prepared but this is something one can build themselves if so inclined. This has definitely inspired me to build one for myself and my loved ones. I would actually enjoy doing that. That price tag is a bit expensive for me to consider buying that and I would search out additions that could be put into it.

    • santi

      I just realized the knife does not have a sheath. That is a major concern of mine. What if one needed to ditch the case?

      • Markus

        That’s what the paracord is for. You can macormae a sheath for knife and string the revolver around your neck like a good luck charm! 550 is pretty sturdy ya know!

  • JohnnyBGood

    can i get the .357 kit in FDE? that would be clean and uber tacticool

  • WaltherJJR

    OK!!! First step in an catastrophe…

    1. Throw the Taurus in the garbage
    2. Go out and buy a real gun from a company with some sort of Quality Control (S&W, Ruger, Sig, etc.)
    3. Continue as you would normally during a catastrophe

    Of the three Taurus’ I have owned, two went back for severe factory defects (revolvers basically exploded) and one was sold for accuracy issues.

    NO THANKS!

    • Markus

      Yeah and so have my rugers, my S&W’s, and all the rest. Everyone has QC issues from time to time. Taurus is no different than any other. Being an import and lower priced doesn’t make them worse, of course it also doesn’t make them superior as some Taruri aficionados would have you believe.

      • Cymond

        There are imported guns with good reputations. There are inexpensive guns with good reputations. Taurus doesn’t fit into those categories. Certainly, every company has some problems, and a fair number of Taurus guns do work. However, I see far too many reports and reviews of people having trouble with their Taurus guns for me to gamble when purchasing one, or to trust one in an emergency.

        • Markus

          I’ve been shooting Taurus firearms for nearly 20 years and have never had any serious issues. Multiple makes, calibers, and from different eras. Some are better values (better options, more accurate, feel better, etc) than others,but all have been acceptably reliable but perhaps my experiences have been the exception.

        • Bear Hunter

          I will rate my experience with modern South American guns as overall good+. Early Rossi’s is where the term Saturday night specials came from but current models are very nice in appearance and functionality. I also had an alloy frame Taurus M92 pistol that functioned very well even though worn out, and I am especially pleased with my aged Bersa M382 but wish I had one like it but with the wide magazine.

      • Bear Hunter

        I didn’t and don’t like my Ruger self loading 9 mm at all and it’s leaving soon. Note-It’s one of the first DAO models and I think Ruger just didn’t have that down yet… note-it has not failed to function correctly for me or the guy that stole it and used it for armed robbery. Second note to all-please be sure your modern firearms are securely stored. No one was shot or harmed with my stolen weapon, but when it’s gone you have absolutely no control over how it’s used. (sometimes [this time] they come back to you though.)

    • Bear Hunter

      I had to send my Taurus 44 spec. back twice and they took good care of the problems during storm Andrew cleanup. Also I own two Rossi products and they are both first class stuff a 44 spec revolver and a M92 rifle. The complaints with the Taurus revolver were quality control severe, but I wish I had kept the repaired version as it would group 1 & 1/2 ” at 25 yards on a rest.(with a hand lapped bore).

    • A.D. Hopkins

      I blew up a friend’s Taurus 9mm pistol by using reloads the supplier had loaded hot with salvaged component, in the not-so-wise pursuit of making 9s qualify for major caliber in practical pistol events. I compounded this nonsense by leaving the ammo in glove compartment an entire triple-digit day before going to range where blowup occurred. In other words, this pistol was wrecked by operator dumbass error, not bad quality control. Yet Taurus repaired the pistol, free, without argument, and it worked perfectly afterward.

  • WaltherJJR

    OMG! I just saw the price……..$1400 for $295 worth of stuff….WTF????

  • Graham2

    Stupid marketing bullshit

  • Martin M

    Two major problems with these kits. No sheath. No holster. So in an emergency you are forced to run around with a knife in one hand and a pistol in the other.

    Never go full Re-Taurus.

    • Vhyrus

      I agree about the knife sheath, but considering I already pocket carry a 617 without much trouble, and since most pants have at least 1 front pocket, I don’t see a lack of a holster as a significant hurdle

      • Cymond

        On the other hand, a cheap nylon holster would cost them virtually nothing to add to the kit. It speaks to the form vs function of these kits.

      • Bear Hunter

        Mexican carry your revolver takes up the whole pocket you could carry something else necessary and Cymond (following post, is right)

    • LMAO at “full Re-Taurus”. Don’t know if people caught that…

    • Trevor Chadwick

      just like a video game! LOL

  • eye5600

    If they were serious, they would back the contents into half the space or less.

    • MrApple

      And add more ammo.

  • Vhyrus

    Here’s my biggest gripe about this kit:

    How many people that would ever hear about this kit don’t already carry around at least a gun, knife, and cellphone (which works as a flashlight and compass) everyday anyway? If that’s the case, why do I need this kit? I already have the three most important things from it. I can just buy a paracord bracelet and a lighter and be done with it.

  • Lewis Mienheartt

    This could be really good for a non-gun enthusiast family survival emergency situation.

    • Billca

      I think you nailed it. This is a kit for the non-enthusiast folks who want to buy something without having to do all the research and shopping for it. It’s sort of a convenience item for those who want some level of prep for a short-term bad situation.

      • n0truscotsman

        Eh I don’t agree.

        “non enthusiast” means they are too lazy to do the homework and get some training before they find themselves in a bad situation. Particularly in Alaska, it is undoubtedly your responsibility to do some homework before you live there and pack accordingly.

        With credible training one can assemble a survival kit or bug out bag really easily.

        • Billca

          Well, we’ll disagree then. I see this as something most likely to be purchased by someone who isn’t “into” guns as a hobby or enthusiast in any way. They likely have other priorities in life but realize there is a need for some kind of “emergency kit” like this. I’m not thinking someplace like Alaska, more like a city/suburb dweller, maybe busy building a professional career (long hours) with a young family who has just realized the need, buys one to tuck away while it’s on the radar and funds are available.

  • MrSatyre

    Thanks for the idea, Taurus! Now I’m going to go make my own for half the price and with better gear.

  • Gungeek

    So I was at the NRA show and spent time checking out the First 24 kit. They had it displayed in a plexiglass along with a tricked out 617 package that was very similar but with a matte black/grey finish to it. I did get to talk with Mike Shain more about the gun and he shared with me the the work he did to the gun. Besides the obvious FDE finish on it, green fiber optic front sight, jeweled hammer and trigger (the 617 had a matte black trigger and hammer on it.) he did a chamfering of the forcing come and cylinder. He gave the gun a trigger job and a few other wizardries. I tried both the single action and double action of the gun and was very impressed with just how smooth it was. This really did not come as a surprise since I have a few of his shotguns.

    So…when I added up the RETAIL prices of ALL of the components, individually…as well as getting the prices from Aimpro on their custom work and finish to the gun, their custom built knife (yes, there is a sheath) and the XCoated EPLI flashlight, the retail amounted added up to the $1499. Now, what the actual street price is going to be is a different story.

    At the end of the day, I could go without the jeweling on the gun…but that is just me. From the reaction of some of the folks checking it out, many liked it…different folks for different strokes.
    Now…hard case versus bug out bag…. The SKB iSeries case is claimed to be Mil-Spec. The foam insert is laser or water cut to fit all of the enclosed gear. So…if you are looking for the best protection of the gear, I would lean towards to hard case versus the BOB. Again, different strokes….

    what i do know is there was a bunch of folks looking at the kits…including the other gun companies

  • Ryan M

    So I just did the math and even if Tuarus was paying what we would pay for tall these items the max cost is arond 850 for the Judge and 700 for the model 617 So why on earth are we paying 1400 for that shit? With that extra money I can build my own with a better gun and knife. Not to mention a real pelican case.

  • Pig Farmer Bill

    I have all this stuff already. Nice perk for deep pockets.

  • neangler

    This sort of stuff is so bizarre. Same with the Nighthawk gun website, which says:” We live in a world of uncertainty, where conflicts can ignite overnight. We face uncertain days with new challenges thrust upon us like never before in the history of this country.”

    Where are these people living?

    Com’ on guys, don’t be afraid to think, and don’t by (buy) into these scare tactics.

  • Mike Laidlaw

    Not enough ammo.

  • n0truscotsman

    I can put together a Glock 10mm with two spare magazines, a holster, riggers belt, gerber infantry knife, 50′ of 550 cord, a casevac blanket, army poncho and a Wetsu survival kit for far cheaper than I can buy this…and NOT have a Taurus (which is a good thing imho).

  • whaaa…?

    $1400 is a fair price for this kit, as long as you’re okay paying $560 for a Pelican case.

  • Dr. Daniel Jackson

    $1,000-$1,200 is the street price on these,at that price I would rather buy an S&W Revolver or an H&K than worry about a Taurus handgun malfunctioning at the worst possible moment.