$199 Taurus TCP at Gander Mtn...is it worth taking the chance?


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wnycollector
May 6, 2012, 01:48 PM
I just stopped by my local Gander Mountain and checked out the Taurus 738 TCP they had on sale for $199. The trigger was decent (long but smooth) and the fit and finish looked very nice (actually better than my KT PF9). Since I done own a micro .380, the TCP would fill a niche in my collection. My problem is that I'm worried about Tauruses "hit or miss" history of QC. Any input from owners would be greatly appreciated.

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wally
May 6, 2012, 02:43 PM
I paid a little more for mine a while back. It was fine with brass cased ammo but useless with steel cased so I consider it having small operating margins.

I keep mine in my pocket while doing yard work, I've no worries about it going through one mag of brass cased JHP ammo. I got it for the low price and stainless slide as I knew it'd see more sweat than actual use.

NMGonzo
May 6, 2012, 02:55 PM
yup

I would not mind a 2 shot .45 derringer in lieu of a mouse gun.

But I got it from a friend, I did not want to turn it down KNOWING that he might want it back :D

harmon rabb
May 6, 2012, 03:09 PM
So you trust KT but you're worried about Taurus? :rolleyes:

Taurus has better designs, much higher build quality, and their QC is at least equal.

The Lone Haranguer
May 6, 2012, 03:17 PM
Is it new for $199?

Josh45
May 6, 2012, 03:34 PM
TaurusArmed.Net might be a good place for you to check out and see what others have said about it. I don't have one personally but at that price, I don't think I would be to concerned about it and give it a try if you really wanted to.

wnycollector
May 6, 2012, 03:36 PM
So you trust KT but you're worried about Taurus?

Nope, I sold my PF9 after a trip back to KT and things still did not improve.

Is it new for $199?

Yes.

tlmkr38
May 6, 2012, 10:30 PM
Should you trust it? yes. I paid more for mine as they went on sale about 6 months later but... It feeds and fires everything I put in it, including some reloads using 105 gr lead semi wadcutters made for a 38 Special and sized down.

Now I figure any mouse gun that will feed semi wadcutters without an problem should be a good buy.

I looked at Kt, Ruger, S&W, All of them. All nice guns however the Taurus had the best feeling trigger and the one that you had to pull back the shortest distance. Recoil is not bad at all and the trigger, on mine at least, is a whole lot smoother than any of the others

arizona98tj
May 6, 2012, 10:46 PM
One of my co-workers that I occasionally shoot with picked one up a couple of months ago. He likes his a lot and has shoved a variety of ammo through it including steel cased Herters (Cablea's). He claims it is reliable.....I've seen a few targets and it is certainly minute of bad guy at a reasonable distance.

pdosh
May 6, 2012, 11:12 PM
I bought mine at Buds a while back for the same price. For that price it only came with 1 mag. I think the slide is blue. At first it wouldn't feed Winchester White box, but after 50 rounds of ball ammo it started eating the WWB too. Was really impressed wit the accuracy at 7yds. Non existent sights as you know, but the trigger on mine is pretty good. It carries very well in my jeans pocket in a Desantis holster.

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exavid
May 7, 2012, 12:45 AM
I bought a TCP and enjoyed shooting it. It was accurate and ate everything I fed it. I was content with it until the slide blew apart. It was with Winchester white box ammo, nothing high powered. A friend wanted to try the gun out and I handed it to him with about half a magazine full. He fired the gun once and the front half of the slide flew forward while the rear half flew into his face cracking a tooth. Upon inspection we could see the slide broke in two right at the front edge of the ejection port. I know it was a fluke, probably no one else has had such an occurance, at least they didn't when I talked to Taurus. Taurus offered to replace the pistol or give me just about any other pistol they make. In the end I got a refund and bought an LCP which has never failed to work right. As I said I think the problem was a fault in the metal, I really liked the pistol but wouldn't have felt as comfortable with a replacement TCP even though I know it wouldn't happen again. Just one of those psychological things.

kokapelli
May 7, 2012, 11:33 AM
The TCP is second in my stable of pocket 380 pistols with the P238 at number one.

docsleepy
May 7, 2012, 02:15 PM
I've got one, shoot only somewhat underpowered hand loads, works great, fun to shoot (underpowered!) and carry factory in jeans pocket in simple holster. Almost undetectable. You must let the trigger go all the forward to reset. Love it

JoeMal
May 7, 2012, 02:47 PM
I wouldn't spend $99 on a Taurus...just don't trust 'em and wouldn't want to send my gun out-of-country for warrant repair if needed

TennJed
May 7, 2012, 03:56 PM
i got one for $199 from the Sportsman’s Warehouse in December. IMHO the best deal in pocket 380s. No failures on mine, good egros, and a slide lock back

jon_in_wv
May 7, 2012, 04:19 PM
But it if you can afford to throw away $199.00. Taurus' customer services is abysmal. If it doesn't work right I would rather throw it away than send it back to those people.

Keltecs' customer service is amazing. I've had nothing but great experiences with them and their products.

kokapelli
May 7, 2012, 04:54 PM
I wouldn't spend $99 on a Taurus...just don't trust 'em and wouldn't want to send my gun out-of-country for warrant repair if needed
Your a little behind on Taurus since the TCP is made in the US and serviced in the Good Old US.

One of the two magazines mine came with would not lock the slide back on the last round so I called customer service and had a new one in four days.

I doubt you can find better service than that.

jon_in_wv
May 7, 2012, 06:27 PM
Yeah, you don't have to send it out of the country, Taurus will fail or refuse to fix it right here in the good ol USA.

meanmrmustard
May 7, 2012, 06:34 PM
Yeah, you don't have to send it out of the country, Taurus will fail or refuse to fix it right here in the good ol USA.
That ain't no kiddin. Doesn't help that the only specimen I've experienced couldn't run without a hitch to save MY life.

460Kodiak
May 9, 2012, 09:46 AM
Nope. Not worth it based on my experience.

kokapelli
May 9, 2012, 09:54 AM
Yeah, you don't have to send it out of the country, Taurus will fail or refuse to fix it right here in the good ol USA.
And you know that because……..

drsfmd
May 9, 2012, 10:15 AM
Would you be willing to drop $200 on the ponies at the track? Or in a casino?

If so, go for it.

If not, don't.

Aahzz
May 9, 2012, 10:25 AM
I had one, and it was great. Only reason I sold it as that I liked the sights on the Bodyguard better, and needed the funds to pay for it.

HGUNHNTR
May 9, 2012, 02:11 PM
For $100 more you get the LCP. "Don't chance yer hide on Taurri" my great grandpappy used to say.

JERRY
May 9, 2012, 02:21 PM
Taurus makes a descent gun, its their poor C.S. when you need it fixed that gives them a bad rap.

gamestalker
May 9, 2012, 03:32 PM
I have a number of Taurus handguns, both AL's and revolvers and they are pretty good pieces. I've never had any function issues with any of them, and they produce respectable accuracy. They are what they are for the money, and have a legendary CS reputation. Who else offers a no questions asked fix it or replace it warrenty?
$199 NIB, not a bad deal!
GS

The_Armed_Therapist
May 9, 2012, 04:34 PM
The TCP is the toughest pocket .380 on recoil that I have experience with... (TCP, LCP, P380, P3A-T, and BG380). That said, tougher recoil in a pocket gun THAT cheap is definitely worth it. Clean it often if you carry it daily and it will be very reliable!

PCFlorida
May 9, 2012, 10:20 PM
I've had mine since they first came out. Once it was broken in at ~ 100 rounds it has been totally reliable. I put about 50 rounds a month through it, clean it and stick it back in the pocket holster. No complaints, more than accurate enough.

TennJed
May 10, 2012, 12:28 AM
For $100 more you get the LCP. "Don't chance yer hide on Taurri" my great grandpappy used to say.
IMHO for $100 more you can have a gun that is not as good. I have shot a LCP quite a few time from a shooting buddy (also own the original P3AT) and I own the TCP and the TCP (IMHO) wins in

Tigger
Ergos
Accuracy
Recoil
Slide lock on last round

Ruger wins in
Customer Service

I am a Ruger Fanboy. I own far more Ruger than any other maker. I also make my living in customer service, so I that CS very seriously. But I honestly think the TCP is a much better gun. I only have 500 or so rounds thru is, so how well it holds up in the long run is to be determined, but for $200 - $300 i say go for the one that wins the categories I listed above
Price

NG VI
May 10, 2012, 07:42 AM
Is the slide particularly weak where it broke exavid? I mean by design and construction.

Taurus, whatever you think of their products, I've only had a PT-22 and I loved it, thing was actually reliable and if you could possibly correctly use the sights and handle the trigger smoothly, it was pretty accurate. I was expecting and looking for a toy when I bought it, but I eventually started carrying it in my pocket some, usually with the Aguila 60 grain SSS.

I used them because I figured the only variable you can control is the bullet and testing for function and accuracy, so I went overly heavy and they are loaded with full-power .22 Short brass I believe. Seen two or three smaller animals hit with them, and they appear to have plenty of juice left after leaving. By bullet type I wouldn't expect them to slow down much until they encounter something like bone or wood.

But Taurus is a large and active presence in the U.S. shooting community, they sponsor shooting teams, largely composed of non-Brasilians, provide sales for the stores that stock them, which are generally in the U.S., and appear to be doing a lot of heavy lifting in the advertising world trying to get new shooters into the marketplace to begin with. And they are building innovative designs, whether they're nothing I hope to ever receive as a serious gift like the Judge or competitive micro-.380 and 9mms that would be pretty neat, which stands out with so many companies either too busy or small to handle the volume people want made or just continuing to make what they make like Glock or generally innovate by outright pillaging a smaller company's design.

I don't think Taurus is a bad actor for the U.S. shooting community. I also don't hold their home country against them at all, seeing as they are providing everything our native companies are except the top money goes somewhere else. Brasil, or the Caimans? I honestly don't care as long as the gun is good and what I was looking for and the company is at least somewhat reputable.

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