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Taurus TCP 738; Reliable or Not?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Soldiernurse, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. centermass

    centermass Well-Known Member

    I have had my 738FS for about two years now. It is my go-to pocket gun. It is so light and unobtrusive that it almost disappears in my pocket with a cheap neoprene pocket holster, even in shorts (Florida standard equipment). I have run many many rounds of good and crappy ammo through it, including qualifying with it as my backup gun at work (LEO) with ZERO issues. The trigger is awesome for this type of gun. The recoil is snappy, but no more than anyone should expect from a ten ounce pocket gun with a two inch barrel. I did add the Pearce magazine extension for about $8, which seriously improved the feel of the grip for me, but it does add a little to the length of the grip. I was never really a .380 fan before, but I think Taurus did this one right. IMHO, having compared the three, the build quality seems a bit nicer than the Kel Tec and Ruger offerings in the same category.

    Long story short, I'm happy with it.
  2. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    Kinda reluctant to comment on the reliability of a pistol I don't own. But the lady I was partnered with at my ccw class over a year ago had a brand new one she was qualifying with. I had to load her magazines and she mine. She was a LEO, by the way.

    Her gun continually failed to return to battery, but never really jammed, as I recall. She just had to push the slide forward a few rounds per magazine. Many Tauruses need to go through a break in period - more so than some other brands. You might want to be prepared for that. But once they do, they tend to be quite reliable.

    All she really needed to do was take a power drill (in the absence of a dremel) put a bore cleaning fitting in the chuck with a cloth on it and some polish and really buff the feed ramp.
  3. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

  4. glove

    glove Well-Known Member

    TCP has been 100% for me.:)
  5. YZ

    YZ member

    Mine did not feed hp reliably. I kept trying, polished the dickens out of the ramp, and traded it with a disclosure. Probably hit and miss, like many other small 380s.
  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    If it does not work with the ammo used change ammo brands!!
  7. YZ

    YZ member

    Aw shucks, Your Honor, I had indeed tried several defensive HP loads. Now seriously. The TCP is a last resort weapon. When the hornadys the feds and the corbons did not cycle 100%, I made a personal decision to move on. Was fun to shoot though, nice grip. Glad to hear the TCP has performed well for others.
  8. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    I have not had a single failure with my TCP, but I must admit that since I believe JHP is not the best way to go in these short barreled 380 pistols I have only used fmj and mostly Winchester truncate bullet.
  9. returningfire

    returningfire Well-Known Member

    I carried a P3AT, traded it. Carried an LCP, put a laser on it carried it a while longer, traded it. I bought a 738 two and one half years ago and it is still in my pocket. Polish the ramp a little and they will eat anything.
    Yes they are all small and lightweight and pop pretty hard with SD rounds, but the 738 is easier to keep on target than the other two for me. Not that any of them have real sights, it is more like a suggestion.
    But I can bust a watermelon at 20 paces with it, that's good enough for me.
  10. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    yz I can now see your smarter than the average donkey . As you did not say what ammo you tried in your first post how does any one know or what series you had as early series had some issues later series did not have to deal with. Since you did not send it back for cs to fix I doubt any one realy cares..
  11. YZ

    YZ member

    I did not mean to offend you by mocking your advice. I thought it was done in good jest, because you had come on strong, stating something trivial. But ok I am changing my name to Jack S.
  12. Headerpipe

    Headerpipe New Member

    TCP, LCP or Body Guard?

    After spending some time comparing the 3 guns side by side, I was absolutely impressed with the TCP. Better trigger action, tighter gun, and of course somewhat better price which was the last criteria I used. No problems with the gun as of this writing. I know that DB-Tactical in St Louis has one of each at least in stock
  13. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

    Welcome aboard, Headerpipe.

    The 738 is a fine gun.
  14. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Mine will not digest Tula steel-cased ammunition. Aside from that it has not had a failure, but it's still too new for my assessment to be complete.
  15. kokapelli

    kokapelli Well-Known Member

    Of the three, absolutely the TCP.
  16. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Tula steel cause problems for many handguns in diffrent cartidges. I here enought bad news about it from area shooters to avoid it completely.
  17. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    My BDA doesn't mind it.

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