Taurus TCP 380 or the new Diamondback DB 380 ?


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snooperman
March 4, 2010, 07:31 AM
What is your opinions of the two new pocket guns . Which one would you rather have and why?

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heeler
March 4, 2010, 07:54 AM
Unfortunately I never had the oppurtunity to see the taurus before I bought my Diamondback,which sadly needs to be sent back to the factory for repairs as I type this.
I was considering the TCP because it had the last round fired stay open slide,came with a second magazine,and came with a Bulldog PDA style conceal holster.
I ordered that same holster for my Diamondback last week.
And considering where you buy these pistols the TCP will be cheaper by at least $50.00.
Along with the extras the TCP offers that might be what tilts them in that direction.
Fwiw I paid $325.00 for my DB but my FFL asked me not to mention his place as he isn't likely to make that deal for everyone.
I have used him to transfer several firearms in the last year.

What I truely like about the DB is how ergonomically correct it fit MY hand.
I also truely like the ease in which it is field stripped.
Not to mention it's sights are certainly much beter than the LCP and P3AT from Kel-Tec.
Although I am certainly bummed I have to send my DB back in for repairs(magazine is popping out after every shot) I like it enough that I am actually considering possibly buying another one to have in reserve.
But I certainly would like to give the Taurus a try as well.
My two cents on the subject.

snooperman
March 4, 2010, 03:25 PM
I have read 2 very good reviews on the Diamondback DB 380 , but as you know many gun writers do this for most guns, hence I would prefer comments from honest shooters .

heeler
March 4, 2010, 03:31 PM
Snooperman, I have a range report posted in this forum of each time I have taken the pistol out.
Again I like it but I am not pleased that I have to go through the hassle of sending it back to the factory.

m2steven
March 4, 2010, 10:31 PM
My TCP is a very reliable pistol. The only so-called malfunction I've had is that when the thing gets dirty (usually around the last 10 cartridges out of 50) the slide will sometimes not go all the way forward and I have to nudge it closed to fire the pistol. When the pistol is clean it is reliable as rain and I carry it often as it's about perfect size.

The TCP has a very nice trigger and is easy enough to shoot that you won't believe you're firing a tiny 380. No pain, no bite, easy followup shots.

Enachos
March 4, 2010, 10:34 PM
I got to handle a TCP this past weekend but i didn't really like the grip. It had a weird little hump on it and it made the pistol a little awkward to hold.

PaladinTX
March 4, 2010, 11:01 PM
My DB380 trigger broke 3 times always after about 100 rounds. I sent it back to DB twice and now the third time they are going to replace the gun. I'm undecided if I will try the replacement or just sell it NIB. The gun feels great and is very accurate when it works and DB customer service is A+ but at this point I would have to run 300+ rounds through it before I would feel confident carrying it. DB insists that most of their guns work perfectly but I have seen numerous posts to the contrary. I should have waited longer before buying one to let them get the bugs worked out.

kokapelli
March 5, 2010, 01:02 PM
I usually never shoot more than 50 rounds per session with my 380 pocket pistols but did put 150 rounds through the DB yesterday to test out three new magazines that I just received from Diamondback on tuesday.

Shooting 150 rounds at one session with my P-3AT or my Micro would leave me with a really sore hand, but not so with the Diamondback.

My P-3AT and Micro are both 100% but they both are much more punishing to shoot than the Diamondback and the accuracy of the Diamondback amazes me.:)

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