Gun Review: Taurus 738 TCP

By Jeremy S.

Summer’s coming this weekend. You know what that means. Shorts. T-shirts. Lighter clothes. And concealment issues. The time of year when even the most ardent caliber warriors make compromises. If you’re in the market for something smaller and lighter than your usual 1911 carry piece, you need to check out the Taurus PT 738 TCP. No, it’s not the first .380 ultra-compact that comes to mind. But despite being on the very bottom end of the MSRP scale of pocket .380 mouse guns – with a price ranging from $199 to $249 – it’s at the top end of the scale for reliability and quality. A Taurus? Yes, a Taurus . . .

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My local range rents basically all of the .380 micro compact pistols on the market – Kahr, Diamondback, S&W, Kel-Tec, SIG, Ruger, AMT, Magnum Research, Colt, etc., etc. They’re popular rentals and popular sellers. Some of them have been trashed and replaced with new ones due to extreme wear and breakages. One had gone back to the factory a dozen times for repairs and had also been fixed in-house at least as many times before they just trashed it. In fact, they’re on their third example of that same gun and the same parts continue to break every thousand rounds or so (and weird parts, like the trigger return spring).

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I’m telling you this because they tell me the TCP is the most reliable pocket .380 in their rental case. Their renter has over 10,000 rounds through it with no breakages. None of the other contenders can claim that. The SIG P238 is, however, a close runner up (one in-house repair). The Ruger LCP, known as a stout little gun, comes in third (with a warranty trip or two). But the others don’t seem to like high round counts and rental-type abuse.

Obviously that kind of feedback is great and it bodes well for the little pistol. That said, I wasn’t actually in the market for another carry gun, and I had basically chosen never to carry a gun in a caliber smaller than 9×19. After all, I can comfortably and properly conceal my Beretta Nano under just a light t-shirt and have been doing so almost every day for the past year. So why go .380?

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I didn’t. Well, not to carry. Not on purpose. I bought the TCP just to do some .380 ACP ammo testing. However, the day after I brought it home I went out on a long bike ride with some family on a hot day. The Nano wasn’t going to work IWB under any shirt I wanted to wear — not hunched over the handlebars. While it would fit in the front pocket of the shorts I was going to wear, it wouldn’t be comfortable after 40 miles on a bike. And carrying it off my person isn’t something I’m interested in.

So…the TCP went in a Sticky Holster and into my front pocket (Yes, untested. You can yell at me about that later.) and, I’ll be darned, it was like it wasn’t there. Just 10.2 ounces of gun weight plus a few .380 rounds is nothing. And its scant 0.87” width and 3.75” height (with magazine) fits in just about any pocket with room to spare. I have since carried it all day long about six times. IWB, in a front pocket, or in a cargo pocket; it definitely gets an A+ for concealability and ease of carry.

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Three main things clinched the Taurus over its competitors as my tiny .380 of choice: price, a slide lock, and an excellent trigger. Most pistols in this category don’t lock back after the last round is fired, and some that do still don’t have a manual slide lock. Check and check for the Taurus.

Most pistols in this category have extremely heavy, often gritty, stagey triggers. The PT 738 has an absolutely amazingly smooth trigger, measuring just a hair over four pounds on my example. The pull is long, but it’s super smooth with only a little bit of pre-travel and a nice, tactile and audible reset. Taurus says the gun is double-action only, however the slide must reciprocate in order to reset the trigger. I really cannot emphasize enough how smooth and consistent this trigger is. For a $200, polymer, micro-compact gun it’s just ridiculously good and I would not change a darn thing about it.

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Also of note: the pistol is hammer fired. The hammer is hidden from fingers, but visible in the frame under a channel in the slide. The pistol has a loaded chamber indicator – a small blade that sticks out of the right side above the extractor – and the Taurus Security System, which allows the gun to be rendered inoperable by turning a security bolt with a special tool. No thumb safety or trigger safety.

Fit and finish is every bit as good as the competitors’ offerings. One detail that might help with the TCP’s reliability (and likely with accuracy as well) is its near-full-length metal guide rails rather than small inserts as you might expect.

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50 rounds of Blazer Aluminum, 50 rounds of Blazer Brass, and 4 rounds of Buffalo Bore .380 +P loaded with the Barnes TAC-XP 80 grain bullets later, I can report 100% reliability in every way (November, 2013 edit & update. Over 300 rounds through my example without a single stoppage). Despite extremely small sights, which are machined into the slide and therefore not adjustable, I was more than sufficiently accurate with the TCP especially at the distances the gun is intended for. The front sight will certainly be getting a dab of white paint to make it more visible, though, as I chalk up most of my misses to not seeing it properly.

Recoil is, as you’d expect, a bit on the stout side. Even a .380 cartridge can push a 10.2 ounce gun around and a lack of surface area on the grip doesn’t help. Because it’s as svelte as Alessandra Ambrosio at the beach, your hand doesn’t really contact the side of the grip under your palm very much – mostly just the front and back. In the first couple dozen rounds, I found the gun was actually rotating in my hands from the recoil. A little tweak of my grip – squeezing harder with my support hand – fixed that right up. All this said, because the TCP is a locked breech design and not a straight blowback pistol, recoil is much more comfortable than many other small .380′s that you might also consider. I found it more comfortable and controllable than I anticipated.

Possibly my only nitpick on the gun is the corners of the slide lock are sharp, and that’s right where my thumb wanted to be. This was kind of ‘pokey’ during recoil and it was fixed by lowering my strong hand thumb right into the oh-so-convenient thumb relief that’s molded into the frame. Who would have guessed?

With a street price of about $225 for this base model, high quality extra mags available for about $24, good looks, ease of carry, nice features like a slide lock and great trigger, a lifetime warranty and build quality capable of exceeding 10,000 rounds without a failure, I definitely think that Taurus has a winner on its hands here. Oh, did I mention it’s actually made in the U.S.A.?

Specifications:

Caliber: .380 ACP
Capacity: 6+1
Barrel Length: 2.84”
Overall Length: 5.2”
Width: 0.87”
Height: 3.75” (w/ standard magazine)
Weight: 10.2 oz
Sights: Fixed
MSRP: $249 (blued steel slide) or $362 (stainless steel slide, either matte or blued)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Accuracy: * * * *
Micro sights don’t help, but the gun shoots straight. It was better than minute-of-bad-guy rapid firing off-hand at 12 yards.

Ergonomics: * * *
A pinky extension would help with control, but the gun feels comfortable in the hand and is easy to manipulate. The thin grip (which is also a selling point) and the sharp slide lock knock it down a star.

Reliability: * * * * *
Yes, I only have 104 rounds through mine. However, I know and trust the owner of my local range and fully believe that they have 10,000+ problem-free rounds through their TCP. (11-2013 update: over 300 rnds w/ no stoppages)

Concealability: * * * * *
Doesn’t get much better.

Customize This: * *
Pinky extensions for the mags, grip tape for the frame, at least one laser, quite a few holster options…that may be it. Certainly no new sights.

Value: * * * * *
Solid features, lifetime warranty, free 1-year NRA membership (or 1-year extension), and an average sale price of about $225. Hard to beat for a reliable, nice little gun.

Overall: * * * * *
In the .380 mouse gun category, the Taurus PT 738 TCP beats most on function, many on looks, and nearly all on price. It’s a lot of little gun for the money.

 

108 Responses to Gun Review: Taurus 738 TCP

  1. avatarLucubration says:

    After buying a 1911, I sort of got stuck standardizing on manual safeties on my guns. The Sig P238 is about as small as I go, now.

    Still, this looks like a most excellent little machine. For the price, I may try to find one at the next gun show I attend.

    How is the height? I have major issues with accuracy and ‘the draw’ when my pinky doesn’t rest on the grip, and since it’s shorter than my P238 I’m guessing it’s strictly a two-finger gun. Does Pierce (or Taurus) make a magazine extension for it?

  2. avatarPulatso says:

    I intend to pick up a .380 sometime in the next year. Having experienced an LC9, I was thinking of and LCP or LC380, but I might give this a closer look. My EDC is a Taurus PT-111, and it’s never given me grief.

  3. avatardlj95118 says:

    This sounds like a great match for my wife’s first hand gun.

    Two things of concern:
    1 – recoil, as mentioned
    2 – “stopping power” of .380 ACP caliber

    Can anyone enlighten me? Thanks.

    • avatarSome Other Guy says:

      My family has two of these, one for the daughter and one for the wife. Neither one complains of any noticeable recoil. It is a tame round in a sturdy and controllable pistol.

      Stopping power? Two .380′s in the chest and you wouldn’t have to tell me to stop walking. A .45 in the shoulder and you might.

      Any pistol round that starts with a number bigger than, say, .32 fore the sake of argument, is more than enough to touch a vital organ or an artery. Bigger numbers make bigger holes, and more bleeding, if you miss something important. If you’re waiting on a baddie to bleed out you’ve likely got problems that bullets alone aren’t going to solve.

      • avatarNick C says:

        I own a P3AT and love it! Carry it everyday. Thinking about also getting this Taurus for my wife as well. As for the .380 stopping power dispute, I’d like to add my 2 cents. I have a full size 9mm that would be difficult at best to conceal carry let alone take it on my motorcycle etc. My little .380 goes everywhere I do and I don’t even know it is there. As for size of the round, my brother joked with me the day I showed him my Kel-Tec .380 about how small it was and that a .380 round could not drop an attacker. I asked him if I could test it on him to see if he was right. ….Silence.
        At the range, my groupings were far better than with his Tanfoglio 40 or his Shield 9mm. The point is that with practice, and I practice a lot, you can easily place a smaller caliber round just about dead on anywhere. Anyone who carries a small caliber pistol for self defense should be very comfortable with it and that simply comes with practice. To me, that is more valuable than boasting that you have a big caliber gun. Sure, that’s great, I have plenty of big caliber guns too…at home. But they cannot deter an attacker or save my wife’s life if they never leave the house.
        The .380 is a very useful and deadly round, just as a .22 caliber is. The only real complaint I have about it is that the price is more than my 9mm rounds and the local shops are always out of stock!

    • avatarLucubration says:

      Addressing your concern about stopping power, I would agree that the .380 is a less efficient round than the combat calibers (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP). Depending on the ammunition you go with, it may have trouble penetrating or expanding through clothing or other barriers.

      Still, the gun you bring is better than the gun you leave at home; putting a few holes in the cardiovascular system of a bad guy will cause them to rethink their actions, whether it’s a .380 or 9mm. They just might be slightly smaller and shallower holes.

      I’m of the opinion that a .380 is entirely appropriate when it’s not possible to conceal anything else, but if you can bring a slightly larger subcompact 9mm instead then you should do so. Generally you’re carrying a smaller .380 only because you’re wearing very light or tight clothing, in which case your potential attacker will likely also be wearing lighter clothing.

      In any case, regardless of caliber whatsoever, I believe the most important things are:
      a) Situational awareness (so you can avoid the situation or at least not be caught flat-footed)
      b) Reliable firearm and ammo (so it doesn’t go ‘click’ when you want it to go ‘bang’)
      c) Practice moving/drawing (so you don’t fumble, trip, drop the gun)
      d) Shot placement

      Caliber choice can make a difference, but it comes farther down the list. No handgun cartridge really has “stopping power”; generally of more importance is everything functioning correctly and the round ending up where you need it.

      If you do go with a .380, Hornady Critical Defense is my ammo of choice. The brand is very reliable and consistent, the bullet is well-designed, and the polymer inserts help prevent ‘clogging’, which is really important for the .380′s effectiveness.

      • avatardlj95118 says:

        @Some Other Guy and Lucubration –

        Thank you for the input, very informative.

        I guess the first question I should have asked was whether or not this item is available in Kalifornia. I wasn’t able to quickly determine that via the Taurus website.

        • avatarMark N. says:

          No, it is not, unless through SSE, which is hardly worth the trouble. Go to the California Roster to find out quickly. http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/
          PT945 (if you can find–I’ve been told it’s out of production), PT92, PT 98 (full size 9 mms) and the PT 940, midsized .40, are our only pistol selections.

      • avatarWilliam says:

        Old form but what a great response! To many people go into a tuff guy bigger bullet scenario…. Key words above were practice and shot placement!!!

    • avataruncommon_sense says:

      dlj95118,

      The tiny .380 pistols definitely have some recoil simply because they are so light (around 10 ounces plus the weight of any ammunition in the magazine). The recoil is snappy but nothing like shooting a magnum gun or anything like that. In a true emergency, I don’t think your wife would notice the recoil at all. I hear many people say about these small .380 pistols that they are meant to be carried a lot and shot a little. I also have to wonder if your wife might perceive less recoil than men if her hands are smaller which would grip the gun more securely.

      As for “stopping power”, the .380 ACP is a little light, but so are just about all other handguns. Remember, an attacker can continue to function for at least 10 seconds after a perfect heart shot even with a larger caliber. What is most important is that your wife can produce a gun that goes bang if an attacker strikes. Very few attackers will stick around after a victims starts shooting back, regardless of what caliber handgun the victim has.

      In my opinion the simple way to compensate for the .380 ACP cartridge’s modest characteristics is to use hardcast lead bullets. Such bullets do not deform like hollow points. That means they penetrate much better — a serious concern for .380 ACP hollowpoint cartridges. And yet hardcast lead bullets make a permanent hole that is considerably larger than the bullet itself. For example the BuffaloBore 100 grain hardcast lead bullets should make something like a .45 caliber hole in an attacker at close range. One extra .45 caliber hole in an attacker’s center of mass is going to ruin his/her day. They will definitely need to go to a hospital if they want to survive. And that means they will be captured, even if they managed to inflict serious harm on your wife before going to the hospital.

      • avatarJMS says:

        “In my opinion the simple way to compensate for the .380 ACP cartridge’s modest characteristics is to use hardcast lead bullets. ”

        I go back and forth on this. Worrying that a .380 hollow point won’t penetrate sufficiently but knowing for sure that a .380 FMJ or hard cast bullet will grossly overpenetrate. Some people freak out about it, but I don’t mind carrying multiple loads in a single magazine. In a pocket .380, the last two rounds for me are usually FMJ. The one in the chamber and the first few (usually 4) rounds in the mag are HP.

        “I guess the first question I should have asked was whether or not this item is available in Kalifornia.”

        No. Not by normal means. There are ways to get around the Roster (a grandparent, parent, or child gifting a gun to you from out of state… doing a “single shot exemption”… buying it from somebody who already owns it in the state), but in terms of buying a handgun from a store, it must be on the approved Roster and there are only a couple .380′s of any sort on it. Search for yourself (you can search by caliber, by manufacturer, etc): http://certguns.doj.ca.gov/

    • avatarIdahoPete says:

      Three things to have your wife try before you folks buy one:

      1) Can she rack the slide back to load it from the magazine? Lightweight .380s have a fairly stout spring in the slide, to help tame the recoil and feed reliably, so she will want to make sure she can get a firm grip on the slide and has enough hand strength to rack it easily.

      2) Can she get enough of her trigger finger on the DAO trigger to have sufficient leverage to pull it smoothly? Best would be if she can get the first “crease” in her trigger finger on the trigger, and not just the tip of that finger.

      3) Is she willing to practice with it enough to be good at the somewhat complex mechanical tasks of safely loading, reloading, unloading, and clearing jams? if not, she might want to look at a small-frame revolver. Simple to use, and the clearance drill for a jam is “pull the trigger again”.

      Just some thoughts – glad to see she is willing to take effective steps for personal safety.

      • avatarRobert C. Hall says:

        “the clearance drill for a [revolver] jam is ‘pull the trigger again’.”

        No, that’s the drill for a misfire. The drill for a revolver “jam” is take it to a gunsmith.

        • avatarArdent says:

          I actually chuckled on that one. Agreed with everything you said pete, then frowned at the ‘jam’ while thinking ‘he means “misfire”. Mr. Hall however you have taken the cake with that. Indeed, the failure drill for a jammed revolver is either a NY reload, or seek a qualified repair professional.

    • avatargloomhound says:

    • avatarKCK says:

      I agree with Idahopete
      Most mouse .380′s are a little snappy.
      My wife carries the Walther PK380. Which officialy is off topic because it’s not a “mouse” but is the same size as a Ruger SR22. BUT… because of the full grip and the weight is in the slide, the recoil is minimal.
      The PK is locked breach and does not need the stiff recoil spring of a blow back which makes it very easy to rack the slide. She could shoot it all day except for .380 ammo cost. The SR22 feels and shoot so similar, she does the functional drills with the SR and .22 bulk ammo . They make a good training pair as would the Wal P22.
      The PK380 is not in the same concealable category as the T738 but consider the shooter may be or become recoil averse.

    • avatarRKflorida says:

      These two videos are pretty impressive:
      .380 90gr Hornady Critical Defense 11+ inches
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H9M6cZGd18
      .380 90gr Federal Hydra-Shock 10+ inches
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ6PgHhNYg0

      Hope this gives some further insight into the modern .380 cartridge.

    • avatarStinkeye says:

      If by “first hand gun”, you mean “gun she will learn the basics of shooting with”, I’d suggest a bigger gun (not necessarily a bigger caliber, though – a .22 is a great learning tool). A micro pistol with a three-finger grip and tiny sights is not a great gun to learn the fundamentals of trigger control, aim, etc, on.

      If she already knows how to shoot and you mean “first gun she’ll own that will be all hers”, then ignore my previous paragraph and carry on…

      • avatardlj95118 says:

        All – thanks again for the input. It’s caused some thought of things I hadn’t considered before.

        @Stinkeye – your evaluation is correct, this is probably not the gun on which my wife is to learn; aside from the fact that it appears unavailable in Kalifornia. But I’ll heed your assessment about learning on a “micro pistol”.

        Regards.

      • avatarJohn D says:

        You guys amuse me. Do you not realize that a .22 cal handgun is the weapon of choice for most assassins? I have a Kahr CW9 that will stop any attacker in his tracks , but I also have 6 .22 cal handguns that will also stop any attacker. With a 10 round mag, no one is going to get close to me if I’m carrying a .22. I am a Marine trained marksman. If you can shot a gun accurately, you can stop any attacker.
        If you can’t shoot with accuracy, you shouldn’t carry a gun.

        The other thing overlooked is the willingness to use it. And I mean shoot to kill. Wounding someone and hoping they run away is a fools delusion.

        • avatarGolfr says:

          John, in my opinion you hit the nail completely on the head…”willingness to shoot to kill”. without that, everything else means naught.
          If a person is not willing to take another life to protect their own or family, all they will do is give an attacker another weapon…
          Go big or stay home.

    • avataramie says:

      This recoil is nothing a woman of decent strength cant handle .im 5’3″ and 108lbs and i have no problem maintaining a decent grip and keeping a nice target pattern . I will never own anything other than a Taurus. This little ruby jewel is perfect carry it all day every day.

    • avatarBig AbdTasty says:

      She is “snappy”, but nothing an experienced shooter can’t handle. If you limp wrist your guns, you won’t like it. If you know how to grip and fire, there is no problem.

      It’s a small, light weight gun. But recoil will NOT surprise you. What will, is accuracy. There are few weapons in it’s class that do so well.

      I carry this gun without hesitation. If your worried about stopping power, think about this: gangbangers have been killing eachother with .380′s for 30 years. Trust me…they work.

    • “1 – recoil, as mentioned”
      Snappy, but the shape of the grip and trigger guard make it the best of the .380 Kel-Tec copies, IMNSHO. I hated my P-3AT because it stung my trigger finger every time I fired it.

      “2 – stopping power of .380 ACP caliber”
      It put Trayvon Martin where he belongs… Yeah, I said it. Deal.

      I’ve owned all of the small .380 ACPs, and the PT738 is my favorite. It’s also the best price and comes in stainless! It’s also abundant. You won’t have to look far and wide to find it. I have yet to step into a gun shop that doesn’t have at least one.

      100% reliable with everything I’ve fed it. from my weak and improperly re-sized reloads to factory P+ of any brand. I carry it every day.

      While I do have bigger “better” guns, this is the one I always take with me. Anything else I might carry is “in addition to.” When other guns annoy you, they do you no good because you leave them behind. Full of a few months of pocket lint, no lube, just pull it out and empty the magazine, no problem, every time…

      Taurus should encourage prospective buyers to peruse all of the other .380 pocket guns. This is the one experienced buyers will pick. Even the Bodyguard isn’t as nice in the fit and finish as the PT738. If my Mom wanted a .380 pocket gun, this is what I’d get for her. But, she already commandeered my Glock 32… Dammit…

      • avatarJeremy S says:

        @ Dustin Eward: I saw your comment farther down first, but I thought I’d mention again here that besides obviously being pretty crass, your statement about Trayvon being shot with a .380 is completely inaccurate. George Z was carrying a Kel-Tec PF9, which is only available in 9mm.

        I’m not suggesting I think the result would have been different. But using a 9×19 shooting as an example of .380 being effective is just completely and totally misguided.

  4. avatarjwm says:

    I have found rental ranges to be a great source of info. If a gun gets good review after being pounded by the public and haphazardly cared for by the range staff it’s a good bet that make will work well.

    • avatarAccur81 says:

      I thought that as well, until one range guy said gun X was reliable, and one said the same gun was not. Both worked at the same range. Incidentally, I think they were referring to a Ruger LCP .380. Since there are variations within guns just like variations within cars, I don’t deem anything reliable until I’ve tested it personably. I though TTAG standard reviews about reliability were only given after 200 rounds were fired through the sample piece. I also thought they had to include photos of actual targets shot with the tested gun.

      I enjoyed the review, and I’m not saying this to be a jerk, I just thought those were TTAG review standards because I was considering a few gun write ups. The process definitely takes time and energy to do a good write up – which is why I haven’t ever done a review. I definitely appreciate those who have.

      • avatarJeremy S. says:

        My fault entirely. It is admittedly not a full, proper review.

        Due to the cost and availability of ammo, 100 rounds has been all I’ve had a chance to put through this thing. Hopefully the video gives some indication of accuracy — hitting that small steel plate consistently at 7 yards and fairly well at 12 yards. The truth is, the sights are so dang hard to see on the gun that I don’t think I could do it justice in a real accuracy test. It wouldn’t show the gun’s accuracy, it would just show my ability to align the sights. I don’t have a Ransom rest, and if you wanted to know how accurate the gun itself actually is, I think I’d need one. My confidence of hitting center mass on a zombie at up to 7 yards? About 100%. In a mouse gun, I think that’s sort of the accuracy litmus test. Kind of a pass/fail scenario ;-)

        I have known the owner of the range & store in question for a long time and trust him on this completely — not to mention that I didn’t purchase the gun from there and didn’t even tell him I owned one before soliciting the feedback on their .380 experience. I’m not a normal “customer” to him, so he doesn’t have an agenda when speaking to me (not trying to sell, doesn’t sugar coat things, etc). He is not just an employee there and personally signs off on purchasing the rental guns (they have about 140 rental pistols, from STI’s to Glocks to you name it) and is certainly aware of any that require shipping for repairs or enter his gunsmith’s queue for repair in-house.

        So…. hope that helps a bit.

      • avatarRalph says:

        A81, a standard TTAG handgun review requires 500 rounds, and some of the reviewers will shoot more than that.

        Due to the ammo shortage, we’ve had to cut down a bit. Once DHS stops contracting for all the ammo in the world, you’ll see at least ten boxes of ammo expended for each test.

  5. avatarDougieR says:

    As an owner of a TCP and former owner of an LCP and a kel-tec I can attest the TCP is the winner hands down. I’ve been carrying mine for 2 years now in a wallet holster and it digests everything I feed it including +p rounds that I’ve seen other .380 guns be finicky about. Good review!!

  6. avatarLauderdale Vet (@lauderdalevet) says:

    Love my PT-709. Love the direction Taurus seems to be going these days. Just sayin.

    • avatarMax says:

      Agreed. I currently own 4 Taurus pistols and they are all 100% reliable. I wil continue to look at them when the budget allows. Anyone know if they make a .22 plinker? And not that single shot thing, but something like a Walther or Sig Mosquito?

  7. avatarAnrev says:

    Cant be any worse than my buddies Diamondback. Spring is stiff as hell and ball ammo gets stuck on the feed ramp. BALL AMMO! We’ve put 100-200 rnds through it and he’s sending it back. Its crap.

    SOOOOO….. Definitely going to look at this one for my wife (and me).

  8. avatarJR LORENCZ says:

    Have one in yellow (it makes me happy). Amazingly comfortable and concealable slipping into cargo pant pocket or inside sport jacket inner pocket. Planning on getting a Crimson Trace laser, just in case…those sights are very minimal, and my eyes aren’t what they used to be. I’m not a ‘carry guy’, but this, I could get used to.

  9. avatarjwm says:

    Isn’t the Taurus .380 what the old guy in the cybercafe in Florida used to shoot those 2 wayward yutes with and end the robbery?

  10. avatarShire-man says:

    Ive been carrying one daily for a year and a half or two years now in my front pocket. Holstered of course.
    Tried the LCP but the TCP just felt better in my hand.
    Have maybe 2,000 rounds though it without a catch.
    Gets mighty filthy in my pocket and even packed with lint and crap around the hammer it still goes bang every time.

  11. avatarRalph says:

    There was a time when Taurus’ guns were good and so was their service. Then, quality declined a bit and the service went straight to hell, which made the quality issue seem worse that it actually was. It’s good to see Taurus in the market with quality. I just hope that the company also has a strong commitment to service. If it does, then Taurus will be a winner.

    • avatarGov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      Their reputation right now seems to be that they’ll take care of you but you have to send it in twice for them to get it right. I guess that’s OK as long as you have other carry firearms.

    • avatarJim says:

      I made the mistake of buying a 740 slim Taurus this year. It couldn’t hit anything. 13 weeks of waiting for a part I finally raised enough hell to get another sent to me and had to go through the paperwork again. During the 13 week wait I experienced customer service worse than anywhere else from some of the reps at Taurus. Lies, excuses, bs etc. The replacement had issues as well. It was my first and last (two) Taurus’s

  12. avatarmediocrates says:

    The 738FS (not TCP) is even cheaper, less than 2 Benjamins, I understand. The reason I chose an LCP is because of the reset issue on TCPs where if you didn’t let the trigger all the way out after a shot, the pistol wouldn’t fire without re-racking the slide. I suppose this is more of a training issue, and I have no idea if its a problem in the current crop of TCPs.

  13. avatarColby says:

    I’ve owned every pocket .380 available and I’ll add that the Taurus TCP has been the most absolutely reliable model I have yet owned and the price is great. I’ve had 2 TCPs. My wife took one, a police buddy purchased my last one off of me. Each of them have been boringly reliable. Best deal in 380s on the market right now.

  14. avatarWillie says:

    Thank you for a great write up, I’ll link to this whenever discussing my own Taurus 738TCP .380. I’ve CC’ed with it since Nov 11 when Sconi’ decide to allow us to conceal carry and I have no complaints. I can carry it many different ways and it is always comfortable and easy on the body. Being a little guy, having much bigger a handgun is a hassle to carry.

    It also shoots great, takes the dirt and grime from my job like a champ and hasn’t had a problem since owning it.

  15. avatarTim says:

    funny, because I had the opposite experience with my TCP. it broke on me needing repairs not once but twice. And my total round count was for sure under 100.

  16. avatar"lee n. field" says:

    Thanks for the review.

    I was looking for a micro .380 last summer, and wanted to get a TCP. Alas, my FFL couldn’t find one, so I ended up with an LCP, which I am reasonably happy with.

    Is the chamber wall on the TCP as thin as it is on the LCP?

    • avatarJeremy S. says:

      If you measure yours I’ll measure mine ;-) …the barrel, for sure, is quite thin. Looks odd to me but I haven’t owned a tiny .380 before, and it isn’t a high pressure cartridge obviously.

      • avatar"lee n. field" says:


        “If you measure yours I’ll measure mine ;-) …the barrel, for sure, is quite thin.”

        Fair enough. My LCP chamber measures out to .036 at it thinnest, just over the feed ramp on one side. Slightly more on the other side of the feed ramp.

        • avatarJeremy S. says:

          Hey sorry this took so incredibly long to do, “lee n. field”! (btw I have a .303 Brit Lee Enfield that my grandfather got or for some reason was issued in WWII)

          Interestingly enough, I got exactly 0.036″ on the chamber wall at the ‘bottom right’ just over the top right corner of the feed ramp. The wall is thicker near the top left of the feed ramp. Interesting that it appears to spec out exactly the same as your LCP!

  17. avatarSaul Feldstein says:

    Meh, .380 is a little better than throwing a rock. A little.

    • Tell that to Trayvon Martin…

      • avatarJeremy S says:

        Um… not that it was an appropriate comment even deserving of any sort of response, but TM was shot with a 9mm (GZ was carrying a Kel-Tec PF9). So… your statement is just totally irrelevant on any level.

    • avatarJoshua says:

      Accuracy over caliber. I would prefer an accurate 22 over an inaccurate 40 or 45 any day. As a marine and my added on training with weapons through the military i have a firm belief that the power of a weapon is not as good as accuracy. Any bullet has killing power in the hands of someone who can aim well and is willing to kill so if this weapon is accurate and reliable it is worth the money of purchase and upkeep.

  18. avatarChas says:

    I agree with Nutnfancy – The .380 sucks.

  19. I can actually confirm the reliability of this gun. My lgs has one on their rental counter as well, and just like the store you mentioned, it has never had an issue. It goes out for rental a few times a day, and keeps going. The employees of the store were shocked. Then they started recomending them to customers.

  20. avatar5spot says:

    What’s that famous military or combat saying…”all personal defense cals. should start with a 4.” Just saying..

    • avatarint19h says:

      Given that most militaries of the world use 9mm in their handguns, it’s probably not all that famous.

    • avatarJoshua says:

      That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard. One in the marines we use the Beretta M9 its a PoS due to reliability and accuracy but most members i cant speak for all but a vast majority would prefer 380 and 9mm. Both calibers can be small light and out of the way, which is very necessary in both combat situations and every day carry. Accuracy is key we would rather have 3 shots of 380 hit a target where we aim than 1 shot of a 45 hit a target even a quarter of an inch off of where you aim.

  21. avatarAZ47 says:

    BEWARE!

    despite this review somehow being positive, I have my own review having owned this gun. first and foremost, this gun was terribly unreliable. it only fed the most expensive ammo I tested and even then had a 90% feed rate. in the worst case, it locked itself closed. not simple range fix and sure as hell not a adrenaline dump fix. I WOULD NOT TRUST MY LIFE WITH THIS GUN.

    second of all, it’s hilariously inaccurate. I’m no competition shooter, yet I’m considered the most accurate in my circle. I’d feel lucky to even land half my slow focused shots on the target in a controlled environment.

    last of all, some of you seemed to think this would be a good gun for your wife. if you hate that dirty bitch, by all means.. but if you adore that lovely women, get her something that won’t break her wrist. the recoil is absurd. this coming from a 6′ 220lb guy who carries a Glock 20. I’m willing to bet that wife of yours wouldn’t take any interest in training with this gun even if it did manage to feed the target ammo.

    be rational.. go with the LCP, or hell, even the KelTec .380. and if you want a small, inaccurate, low capacity gun that’s easy to conceal, why not go with a reliable-as-a-hammer snub nose wheel gun?

    • avatarChas says:

      As someone who had a catastrophic failure on the range with a Kel Tec P3AT, I would NOT trust my life to that particular model, nor would I even own anything in that caliber unless it were just for plinking.

      • avatarAZ47 says:

        agreed. reliability is top priority. comfort and concealability are last on my list of priorities.

    • avatarint19h says:

      >> and if you want a small, inaccurate, low capacity gun that’s easy to conceal, why not go with a reliable-as-a-hammer snub nose wheel gun?

      Revolvers are nowhere near as flat – the typical width of a pocket snubby is in the ballpark of 1.2″, whereas this gun is 0.85″, and you can get ones as thin as 0.75″. This directly translates to how comfortable it is to pocket carry.

  22. avatarCameron S. says:

    The only thing I wish my LCP had was a last round hold open like the TCP.

    My LCP has had a perfect track record *except for one failure to feed with cheap aguila JHP. A slight tap on the slide sent it home*

  23. avatarPhilthegardner says:

    I have found this review to be extremely helpful. Thanks! I don’t normally trust any Taurus, but from what I have been reading here and in various gun forums, the people in charge seem to have been making positive changes of late. I have only had experience in this caliber with a Ruger and this review has made me seriously consider broadening my horizons.
    On a different track, I have been EXTREMELY happy with DRT frangible ammo. Very little recoil and scary terminal effects. Youtube is your friend…

  24. avatarDouble A.D. says:

    I own the two tone TCP, which I purchased about 3 years ago. The recoil is a little stout, but most experienced shooters should not be bothered by this. The gun is not designed for bullseye competition shooting, but rather for situation at “bad breath” distances, where it does and adequate job.

    My one gripe with this gun is that I keep accidentally hitting the mag release button with my palm when I am shooting. This causes the magazine to drop just enough to make the gun go out of battery and lock up. This also happed once while holstered in my IWB holster. I removed the gun from its holster and I noticed the mag had dropped just a little. This kind of scares me a little because God forbid I ever have to draw for a defensive situation and my magazine is out of place, I don’t know if I’ll have the presence of mind or the time to correct the problem.

    Perhaps this is a training issue or it might be a design flaw, but I’m not sure that I fully trust it for carry.

  25. avatarTZH says:

    the Kel-Tec is the oldest model of its kind, so its logical to expect the most number of reported reliability issues.

    issues aside, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the TCP. You can’t beat the price and it works great from the past 2 years I’ve been reading up on it.

    I own a good P3AT, but the slide lock is something I’ve always been a bit envious about. Triggers are similar, but noticeably “different” from the LCP.

    Any S&W Bodyguard owners out there who could chime in? Thanks.

  26. avatarsmead says:

    (it’s always fascinating to read the opinions, especially the very strong ones.)

    It’s a bit late, but I’ll chime in as I’ve had the three most popular .380 carry guns… in descending price order, oddly enough. Started with the Sig P238, then got the LCP… and now I’m on to the TCP.

    The Sig was friggin’ beautiful and clearly the best made. Mine was a later model and I had no surprises or glitches in 1500 or so rounds. It was comfortable, accurate, and actually fun to shoot. My only complaint was that it was pretty heavy, and after a while it was hard to justify $650 for a 6-shot .380.

    At less than half the price of the Sig, the DAO Ruger LCP was a no-brainer. Simple, tough, noticeably lighter and easier to carry, but not nearly as fun to shoot. A cheap Pachmayr grip pad helped the comfort factor tremendously, though the trigger always felt gritty. But it worked well… 1000 rounds and zero surprises. Did what it was supposed to do without question. They’re wildly popular for a reason, and that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

    But then I made the mistake of renting a TCP. I wanted to compare the LCP to what I assumed would be the cheapest of the cheap. Size and weight differences were negligible. Surprisingly, QC seemed about the same on both (which is to say not Sig level, but acceptable for the price). Then I shot it.

    First I noticed the magazine smoothly engaged with a precise “click”, rather than the rattly “clunk” of the LCP. The trigger pull was slightly longer, but was butter-smooth all the way through. The grip lacked the annoying bite of the stock LCP, and was slightly longer, aiding in control. Those all combined to make the TCP noticeably more accurate out of the gate. I began seeing my LCP in a different light… and as the last round was fired, the slide lock engaged on the TCP. I had missed that.

    It was a tough call… both guns ate about 200 rounds that day, but the TCP was on my mind from then on.

    The range attendant said they’d had the TCP for a few months and it’s had a lot of interest and use – so far no issues to speak of. The internet reports mirrored those of the expensive and vaunted Sig – early ones needed work, but eventually they got it right.

    Then I found out it was $50 less and included a second magazine as well.

    … well, 500 rounds into my new TCP and no surprises.

    The Sig’s a great gun. The Ruger’s a great gun. Turns out the Taurus is a great gun, too. After a lot of time with all of them, I’ve stayed with the Taurus.

    • avatarFrank Williams says:

      That gives new meaning to the old Mae West line “Is that a pistol in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?”

  27. avatarBig AbdTasty says:

    I overpaid for my TCP. I spent $300 + tax about 2 years ago. I DO NOT REGRET IT!

    Before I stuck it into my pocket with a DeSantis G3 holster, I shot 200+ . ThIs is one of the most reliable guns I own. I bet my life on it!

    There is no external safety. There is no mag disconnect. It has a 1″ trigger, about 3.5#. Stainless bbl and ejector, 160° breach. You couldn’t find a better pocket gun, that hits hard.

    She is UBER accurate, with a bit of a kick. Forget the pinky well and short sight plain.
    Its NOT gun fighting tool. It’s the kind of gun you stick in a bad guys face and shoot. If he moves 20′ away…you can still hit dead nutz!

    I am a well dressed man, with a gun for every occasion. I can carry a lot, but only a few get serious pocket time. The TCP 738 is near the top.

  28. avatarArdent says:

    It seems as if it is a good gun in its category, thanks for the review.
    If you’ve read all the comments to this point this will make sense:
    Training new shooters on a mouse gun is ill advised.
    Any shooter who isn’t going to put in the time to really learn the manual of arms until it becomes automatic should probably be offered a revolver.
    A .45 in the gut beats a .380 in the chest.
    Anything with sufficient penetration (.380 included) is deadly with sufficient accuracy.

  29. avatarDAVID says:

    Just purchased 738 TCP and love it. Having problems finding spare magazines for it. Can any one help with that.

    • avatarChris says:

      Yea…mags?! I bought a few before the Sandy Hook buying spree. I found mine on either CTD or Brownells…can’t remember. Probably because I recovering from the cost. Those little buggers were about $35 ea.

      • avatarJeremy S says:

        Hmmm… my local range has always seemed to have the factory mags in stock at about $24. Even last spring when things were still a bit crazy. They were all over gunbroker at ~$24 a couple months ago, but right now I only see two. Interesting. I’m sure they’ll become more available again soon… Taurus can pump ‘em out.

        • avatarJay M says:

          I just bought 3 Taurus TCP 6 rd factory mags at http://www.macesports.com. They were $21 a piece. This store in on I-85 in Mebane, NC, but they have good service, so I wouldn’t hesitate to call them. Their website isn’t much, but they have alot of stuff in store.

  30. avatarBobbyV says:

    Glad to know I bought s good weapon in the Taurus !

  31. avatarBettyM says:

    I purchased this gun Labor Day weekend and I love it. I am normally a revolver only woman and I normally only conceal North American mini revolvers because as a woman I find it harder to conceal most guns in a readily available spot. I bought a very cheap pocket holster for it. I was visiting four different family members today that all knew I had purchased it. I had on jeans and a clingy tshirt with it in the front pocket of my jeans. None of them were able to tell where I was carrying at. Also, I usually don’t have enough hand strength to slide a automatic but it is smooth as butter. It was very accurate at 21 feet. My first carry gun was a S&W body guard .38 special. I soon discovered it wasn’t very accurate or concealable for me. Very pleased with this purchase. I find the recoil very manageable. I am a big fan of Taurus customer service. I bought a revolver at a pawn shop and it turned out to have some damage. They repaired everything without question. This makes my fourth Taurus and I am pleased with all of them. Would definitely buy again.

  32. avatarSamuel says:

    PLEASE READ,

    I bought this gun out of impulse. I was looking for a Kel-Tec P3AT. Recently moved to Indiana where buying a gun is so much easier than in Massachusetts. After searching for the Kel-Tec I found that it was not within my very small budget and without reading reviews I bought the Taurus PT 738 TCP .380 acp.

    After my purchase (which I never recommend. Always do your research first) I decided to look up reviews. To my luck (I’m never this lucky) I read some excellent reviews. I was excited for this new purchase and then….. I came across some not so good ones. In fact, some people even trashed the gun.

    Some quick background. I have never owned a gun. Prior to holding my new gun I probably held a gun twice in my life and never had fired one. When I got my Taurus it was the first time I had fired it. In comparison to shooting and the ergonomics to other manufacturers I cannot say. What I can say is that I have already put nearly 250 rounds to this baby and boy has it lived up to all the good reviews. All the bad reviews that people have put up basically has to do with a lack of reading the owner’s manual, bad posture and gripping (limp wristing) and basic research which as an amateur gun owner I can at least say I appreciate the fact that the responsibility that comes with a gun should encourage anyone to research everything and anything about what you are holding in your hand for your protection and your families.

    I haven’t had this gun jam, break, not shoot, back fire or any other speculation because I read exactly how to prevent such things. This is an excellent gun. I would recommend it to my friends and family. In my book even though I haven’t tried the other conceal carry guns I will stick to this one until my budget allows for something bigger and badder. But for now I love my compact .380 Taurus.

    What to expect from this gun…

    The recoil is pretty stout. For a beginner like me you must grip it firmly. If you don’t it will cause the slide to lock back before you run out of bullets. In which case you just release the slide and work on your gripping. Trust me if I didn’t have that present every time I shoot it would happen more often which leads me to…

    For noobs like… the trigger pull is roughly 4 lbs. Which is not hard at all. However, you will have to pull that trigger all the way back before it goes pop. So you may flinch when it does. And you may flinch before it does and make you shoot off target because you are expecting it before it actually goes off. Its ok and normal. Work on it.

    Also… I haven’t tried them. Some people say they have used them and it works just fine but there is plenty of ammo out there at least for target practice that you don’t have to worry about finding some. What I’m talking about is using full metal jacket (fmj) ammo. Hollow points according to some users will get jammed and its basically standard for any micro compact .380 pistol. It is the best bet for self defense so I do recommend trying your defense ammo.

    In my opinion there are plenty of people who will argue that a bullet has to expand for protection etc etc. but coming from Massachusetts where guns are hard to come by and your life is put in danger by someone weilding a knife (knives don’t expand upon impact or penetration) as someone who hasn’t been convinced by gun nuts (don’t mean that offensively. I’m slowly becoming one) any bullet that makes a loud noise draws attention and psychologically scares people and hurts.

    Hope this helped someone make a decision. Please let me know if it did. :-)

    • avatarJeremy S says:

      Thanks, Samuel. That’s a great post. You’re right that small guns like this are harder to shoot properly and are much harder for new shooters to figure out. It sounds like you’re doing great with it, though. Same for the long trigger, just like you said. Anticipating recoil is always an issue and almost everybody that I see shoot a gun with a long trigger pull shoots it low until they figure it out (due to pushing forwards to compensate for recoil before it has happened). If I could change anything, I would probably make the trigger even heavier on the TCP — I think it’s just a touch light for a self defense gun with no safety. Definitely make sure it’s always carried in a holster that covers the trigger guard.

      As for ammo, it seems like most TCP’s will run anything on the market, including any brand of hollow points, without issue. I have heard reports that some don’t like certain hollow points but that the owners fixed this by polishing the feed ramp and chamber (dremel with polishing buffer and some polishing compound… takes like 2 minutes). Overall, it seems to be one of the least ammo-sensitive pocket guns on the market, where the norm is that a gun will only run reliably with a handful of ammo types. Kahr, Kel-Tec, Kimber Solo, and many many others are known to be picky about ammo choice, and most of these will benefit from chamber polishing as well but still not end up as reliable.

      At any rate, there’s no gun that isn’t trashed in some reviews or internet posts. People are very sensitive about brands and brand loyalties and about their choices when it comes to guns. They are large investments and nobody who spent $550 on one gun wants to hear that another gun, especially in the same price range, is as good or better. So the combo of people being a bit defensive about that and then also just ‘the internet’ in general brings out kooks who talk crap but have no actual experience or idea of what they’re saying. It’s possible that early versions of the TCP weren’t as good — that’s often the case. For instance, the Beretta Nano is a GREAT gun, but early versions didn’t reliably cycle low power target/plinking ammo. The Remington 597 rifle has been around forever, but recently had some upgrades, including to the magazines, and is more reliable than it used to be — but you’ll still see people trash the gun because of their experience with one from 30 years ago. I don’t know anything about the TCP’s history at all in this regard… just saying something along these lines is possible and could account for early negative reviews that no longer really apply.

      Jeremy

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  34. avatarShotgun18 says:

    Wife has the carbon look Taurus in .380. It has proved a much nicer firearm than her Ruger .380 and all who get to try both agree. The Ruger has the worst trigger of any handgun we own. As nice as the Taurus .380 is, we both prefer our Taurus PLYs in .22lr as daily carry; super convenient, cheap to shoot and, in our belief, with sufficient punch for close up use. All the debate over caliber aside, we have great respect for the proven capacity of the .22. We keep Glocks in 9mm close at hand along with a variety of other makes. Over time, however, we have become more enthused with our range of firearms by Taurus. Price, reliability, user friendliness and fit convince us Taurus has come a long way.

  35. avatarVaughn says:

    I have several semi-auto pistols, including a pair of Sig P226s in 9mm and .40 caliber, a S&W M&P 40C and and S&W Shield in 9mm. I really love both platforms. Following this pattern, my first .380 mouse gun was a S&W Bodyguard 380. It was a handy size, and utterly horrible to shoot. It had the absolute worst trigger I’d ever felt. In a strange twist of fate, it was stolen from my car one night. (Long story.) To replace it, I looked hard at the Ruger LCP, but ended up buying the Taurus TCP instead, mainly because the slide locked open after the last round. I’ve been VERY happy with my decision. It’s a dream to carry when I’m wearing light clothes. (My other carry weapon is the Shield 9mm, but the TCP is easier to conceal.) I’ve run over 1,000 rounds though the TCP, and so far the only thing it didn’t want to eat was Tulammo steel cased junk ammo. No big loss there. As noted in the review, it’s surprisingly accurate (due largely to the smooth trigger, I’m thinking) and has been very reliable as long as I’m not feeding it crappy Russian ammo. If I were to somehow lose the TCP, I’d be buying another to replace it in a heartbeat.

  36. avatarJohn B. says:

    I like the video presentation. Jeremy could you email on which of the .380′s was the one with all the malfunctions that the range quit using. I might own it? And, I wouldn’t want to be in a situation where my life depended on it.

  37. avatarart brilliant says:

    I need a trigger bar and a sear for my 738. Can you supply? It is a great gun!

  38. avatarR Jackson says:

    Thanks for the review of the PT738…haven’t taken mine to the range yet, but will look forward to it.

  39. avatarDave says:

    I think if .380 were actually cheaper or at least the same price as 9mm I’d probably buy the TCP. Right now they are $199 at my LGS. I don’t know, may buy one anyway. I carry a PT145 most of the time or a 9mm. The TCP could be a nice back up gun considering it’s so light and tiny.

  40. avatarJoshua says:

    Whats the accuracy at ranges 25-50 yds 10 to 24 yds and 0-9 yds? How fast can you get a accurate follow-on shot with the TCP? I look forward to buying this weapon if its accurate enough haha

  41. avatarGreg Metcalf says:

    I was very disappointed after I purchased a 738
    The FTE and FTF are very common.The first test at the range . The FTE was so bad, that the guys (Pros) at the range had to take it in the back room to get it freed up.Then the slide got stuck or jammed partially back.
    I am now finding out that the gun needs several hundred rounds to break in.
    Plus it may need other modifications to shoot reliably.

    Over all I would pass on this gun, I guess you get what you pay for and a $200.00 gun just isn’t worth the time and effort to make it reliable.
    I will try to make the gun work, but I am very disappointed that it will take this much work. At the end of the day if it continues to FTE or FTF after the 100 rounds and the custom work and what not, I will just have to sell it

  42. avatarCharles P says:

    I recently purchased my tcp and today was the first time to the range I was not impressed with it the recoil is not bad fits In my hands well being 6.2 and 270 but the FTF rate was rediculous it had 1 every 6 rounds and a few times 2 in the same magazine granted it was the first 50 rounds through the gun to me it will be hard for me to justify depending my life on it

  43. avatarKingNine says:

    Was shooting 3″ grouping right out of the box at 9′. Two handed grip. One handed grip. It didn’t matter. I even show a 5″ or less grouping at 21′ with it. Easy to shoot with less snap than you might think from a gun this size and this light. Fits great in my pocket. Would HIGHLY recommend this gun if pocket carry is for you!

    • avatarKingNine says:

      Wanted to add on to my previous comment. I read a lot of older comments and there sure seems to be some mis information about .380 rounds. .380 and 9mm are the same size rounds and make the same size holes. One tavels a little faster and can go a little deeper. That’s pretty much the difference between the two. If you stand them on end the 9 is longer but it is no bigger around than the .380. It’s real name is 9mm kurz, or 9mm short. Kurz means short in German.

  44. avatarShyla says:

    My husband purchased this gun for me for our anniversary. I have to say that I love it!! I’m pretty tiny, only 4’10 and the recoil on this gun is much better than my husbands Ruger LCP. The LCP feels much more violent in my hand than my Taurus and I feel more comfortable shooting it than the LCP. Just my preference but I saw a comment about this gun “hurting a woman’s wrist” and for me that’s incorrect!

  45. avatarDoug Jeffreys says:

    I had my daughter buy one of these as I wanted to teach her to shoot. In retrospect I wish I had recommended another gun. After spending an afternoon getting hit in the head with hot brass she now refuses to use the gun. Also, you may have noticed the polymer cap on the magazine spring. Well that melted and deformed. No, we were not using ‘hot’ reloads. we were using Speer Gold Dot .380 ACP 90 grain rounds. Has this happened to anyone else or did we just get a lemon?

  46. avatarIdahoJon says:

    This is a great little gun. I used to be a caliber snob, and refused to carry anything under 9×19. Then I did some ballistic research on the newer .380 rounds. It really is an effective round. I’ve tried the P-3AT, S&W Bodyguard .380, Ruger LCP, and the Taurus 738 TCP. The Taurus was hands-down the best of the bunch. The S&W is a good gun, but the Taurus trigger is much better. A light, smooth trigger leads to much better accuracy. My TCP eats any ammo you can put in it without a hiccup. I have never had a single mechanical issue with this gun. I load with Hornady Critical Defense 90 gr, and do not feel underpowered. The comfort and concealability of this gun is great. I rarely carry my larger guns any more.

  47. avatarfranco says:

    I have really struggled with the decision on a pocket gun. There is just no gun that fits the pocket in the 9mm and over category. I feel the loaded gun has to be less than 16oz to be comfortable in the pocket. I have carried my s&w 360 but dimensionally it is too big and the recoil is a bear. Just got one of these used for a great deal. I had a keltec P3AT and it did ok but hated the fact of no slide lock for cleaning and inspection. I did the famous fluff and buff and it was very reliable until one day it broke the firing pin. That bothered me and I traded it to a friend after replacing the FP. I have been pleased with the TCP so far and it has been 100% reliable and pretty accurate. It also handles recoil so much better than most 380s and the trigger if very nice.

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