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Old 04-07-2014, 11:59 AM   #1
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I shot one of these - Taurus 738 TCP .380 cal yesterday. It belonged to a girlfriend of our son.

It is very small and difficult for me with big hands to handle.

It failed to load (jammed) about 4 times within 25 rounds and was a little difficult to clear. The ammo seemed fine. We couldn't get the slide back to drop the un-expended round. Don't think I'd want this for a DC if it was life threatening.

The trigger draw seemed excessively long.

Pretty light recoil but I think I may recommend something different to her for future carrying.



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I shot one of these - Taurus 738 TCP .380 cal yesterday. It belonged to a girlfriend of our son.

It is very small and difficult for me with big hands to handle.

It failed to load (jammed) about 4 times within 25 rounds and was a little difficult to clear. The ammo seemed fine. We couldn't get the slide back to drop the unexpended round. Don't think I'd want this for a DC if it was life threatening.

Pretty light recoil but I think I may recommend something different to her for future carrying.


my wife had one of these also, and was the same way...... the TCP, is really picky on ammo choice.

I traded it in and got her a Ruger LCP, she loves it


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It is very hard to spot broken parts on a lot of 380 pistols. I found a broken extractor in a LCP. The part looked to be in good condition but the tip of the extractor was chipped. If the extractor had not jabbed me in the finger I wouldn't have noticed it was damaged.

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We didn't do any investigative check on the pistol, just cleared it and shot it some more.

Thanks for the info...I'll pass it on.

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It failed to load (jammed) about 4 times within 25 rounds and was a little difficult to clear.
I had the same experience with a TCP. It failed to feed hollowpoints. No amount of ramp polishing and other housekeeping made it any better. I was disappointed. The grip felt just right (for its size), and the slide locked back on empty. I think there has been a real problem with this gun after reading so many similar comments. I don't know if Taurus has stepped up to fix it.
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I have a D-series TCP that I bought a few months ago. It gave me no problems so far.

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I have one I carry regularly, and also shoot frequently. I've never had Ny problems with it.

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I also have a D series which is working out quite well. I'm using Fiocchi FMJ, Federal Hydrashoks and Underwood Xtp HP rounds without any cycling problems so far. I have about 150 rounds thru it, and going out in the morning to cycle some more. Anybody with problems should send them back for service. I know that A and B series were problematic until they were updated. I'm using mine to supplement my p238 and p938 when the situation is appropriate. The Taurus is lightweight and soft shooting. If you can get it to work, it's got a place in the arsenal.

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I have a .380 myself and it does the same thing. Except the clip pops out after every round. Very irritating

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Probably more your issues than the handgun or the ammo used . The last two series have been really great little pistols as good at least as any other small 380. Don't know what you expected for a strike r trigger on it . TCP has one of the smoothest lightest trigger around. Maybe you'll leave it to your son and his girl friend to enjoy it and break it in . The two we have in the family fired every make and bullet type tried even handloads and only a large handed husband of one of my girls had any issues .



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