Taurus .380 Mini Revoler Review


February 7, 2012, 11:42 AM
Looks like they did a nice job with it. Tiny thing, smaller than a J-frame:


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February 7, 2012, 12:07 PM
I handled one yesterday and the trigger is absolutely horrific. It's as bad as taurus's 22 mag revolvers. I like taurus but that trigger has got to go. How are you going to use it to defend yourself when you can't even pull the freakin trigger? But whatever floats your boat I guess.

February 7, 2012, 12:57 PM
I could see its usefullnes in certain applications. As an example: a friend of mine has a S&W Bodyguard .380 for CCW. His wife doesn't like semi-autos so she has a S&W Model 638, but she's not thrilled with the heavier recoil she experiences with hotter SD ammo. This leaves her pretty much limited to light wadcutter loads to use at the range and when she's carrying. The .380 Taurus would save them money by only having to buy .380 ammo for both guns, and would give her a revolver that she would be less recoil sensitive to and more confident in using all the time.

February 7, 2012, 01:25 PM
DAO, snub revolvers can be an excellent choice for both beginners and experts alike, but they IMO they are almost ideal for a certain subset of the CCW crowd - folks who are not really into guns, who are intimidated by any sort of complexity, who just need something simple and instinctive to use at close range.

Any semiauto pistol has complexity... don't put your thumb behind the slide, remember that the chamber may still be loaded when the magazine is empty, remember that the chamber might still be empty when the magazine is loaded... does it have a safety, a slide release, a take-down lever, a decocker? How badly will this gun respond to a momentary lapse of trigger discipline under stress?

DAO revolvers are like windex bottles. Grab, pull, squirt. That's it. Lapses in trigger discipline are not likely to result in discharge. There is a lot of good there, for this particular subset of people.

The main problem is bulk - size and weight. A tiny, light gun with a good trigger will fill a real need, I think. Too bad the trigger is not good, it really needs to be. Maybe they can get it fixed in the next batch.

February 7, 2012, 01:31 PM
By leaving the grip and lower the same size, they didn't seem to do too much to aid in concealment. By leaving it as a 5-shot, they didn't do too much for firepower either. BUT, I suspect it will have decent dales only -as mentioned above - there are a lot of 380 semis out there among non-reloaders and this gives them a wheelgun option

February 7, 2012, 03:37 PM
I haven't seen anyone mention that one cool aspect of this revolver is that you could really play with the .380's potential using hand loads. You wouldn't have to worry about long OAL's and non-feeding bullet shapes. I imagine you could probably get it to do a little better than the old .38S&W loads using ~150gr bullets. 147gr wadcutters at ~800 FPS out of a gun shorter than a J frame sounds like a good idea to me.

February 7, 2012, 03:46 PM
The case has been made for the m380.

February 7, 2012, 07:29 PM
Meh, I'm still thinkin' about the new 405 in .40 S&W. I'm thinkin' it might give short barrel .357 performance with less flash bang and moon clips for reloads. Have to see one to know, though.

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