yeah, I figured Taurus couldn't be the only revolver that suffer from this malfunction. I wasn't aware of any recalls, maybe mine was one that was recalled? Either way, the pistol is long gone. You're story seems to validate my dislike for revolvers all together.
I pulled up Taurus's website and what I had was exactly like their 608, although I don't know if that's the same model I had.. 8 shot, ported, rubber grips, stainless. I also found an older post of mine saying how I liked it based on my experience up to that point, haha.