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Ruger LCP or Taurus TCP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by giggitygiggity, Feb 27, 2010.

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  1. giggitygiggity

    giggitygiggity Member

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    Which of these two pistols is better? Please comment on size, accuracy, reliability, dependability, and ergonomics. If anyone can do a side by side picture comparison, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
     
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  2. m2steven

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    I have both and I can tell you that I now carry the little TCP when I need a pocket pistol. It is a pleasure to shoot whereas the LCP is a PITA. I'd give the build quality nod to the Ruger, but that's just my impression. Functionality and design of the TCP are way ahead of the lcp. Both are very reliable and will be excellent carry pieces. Follow up shots are so much more easy with the TCP. I consider that very important for a 380.
     
  3. gwlammers

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    You won't notice a big difference in size or weight. The TCP is less expensive, locks back on the last round, has loaded chamber indicator and better sites. Mine is more accurate than the LCP I used to own. I can't wait to get the extended magazine for my TCP.
     
  4. SwampWolf

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    Because these two little .380s are so alike in features that really matter, for me it might come down to which of the two companies offers the best customer service(cs). My personal experience with Ruger with regards to cs has been stellar. Though I have no personal experience with Taurus in terms of cs, Taurus seems to have a checkered record in their dealings with customer problems from what I read on the internet.
     
  5. Macchina

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    I have handled my friends LCP and decided to get the TCP based on his so-so liking of the LCP (granted, he has several $2000 race guns, so pleasing him may be hard). I liked the feel of the TCP and the stainless slide was very nice to boot! After taking the TCP to the range, I was very happy with my decision. The trigger is quite nice on it and it can be shot quite well at 7 yards.

    Here is a review I did of the TCP. I have since brought it to the range once more and it performed flawlessly with aluminum cased Blazer rounds.
     
  6. Macchina

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    Do you know when that extended mag is supposed to come out? I've been wanting one myself...
     
  7. jon_in_wv

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    How is the LCP a PITA to shoot? I've put 150+ rounds in one session through my LCP and I find it to be a great shooter.

    The TCP looks like a very similar design, almost the same size and weight. I don't get it.
     
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    I just picked up a TCP last weekend and so far I like it. I was able to compare both and just liked the way the TCP felt in my hand. Only put 50 rounds thru and have had only one fail-to-feed.
     
  9. m2steven

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    my lcp is a pita to shoot because it hurts my trigger finger and other parts of my hand when recoiling.
     
  10. AJChenMPH

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    I have fired neither, so can't comment on that aspect.

    However, in handling both, the TCP ergos just felt better in my hand. I'll probably get one in the near future.

    I'd say that until you've handled and shot both, it's tough to say why they're different. Perhaps the bore axis is just a little different, or the material of the grip is different -- a lot can contribute to why similarly-shaped and -sized guns feel differently to different people.
     
  11. Ben86

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    I have not been able to do a side by side comparison myself, but I can tell you that I have and lcp and it is a great gun to carry but not pleasant to shoot. I hate how it tries to jump out of my hand, that little rascal. I doubt the tcp is all that pleasant but it does have a more comfortable feel and a better trigger.
     
  12. cskny

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    I can't comment of reliabilty, etc. I can say in my comparisons, the TCP has better ergonomics for my hands. I can keep both fingers on without an extension and it just generally feels like I get a much more solid and natural grip.
     
  13. vtbluegrass

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    The TCP ergonomics are better. Recoil is more controllable in my opinion. Last shot hold open is nice too.
     
  14. jon_in_wv

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    True I can't comment on shooting them side by side but I have had extended shooting sessions with my LCP and I can say without a doubt that not all people would have issues firing the LCP. I fired a P3AT on one occasion and actually, even though it seems it would be almost identical to the LCP, I thought it had more felt recoil than my LCP. I even had a little slap to the front of my trigger finger with the P3AT that I've never felt with my LCP. I've read other guys saying the LCP recoils MORE than the P3. It must be a very personal thing.
     
  15. herkyguy

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    No knowledge of TCP. But I just put another 25 or so rounds through my LCP yesterday. I have yet to experience any failure with the gun. The springs are a little weak, but the slide only locks back when I manually chamber a round. Once firing, it works like a champ. It's small, light, and reliable. 350+ rounds and it's still doing what it is supposed to do every time i squeeze the trigger. It will hurt the trigger finger after an extended session at the range. This is not to say any gun is better or worse, just my observations on my little LCP.
     
  16. pktrkt

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    Started out years ago with the Hard Chrome P3AT, carried it daily in a pocket hoster. When the LCP became available I changed over only because of the slide hold open, not after last round but you can manually. The LCP felt maybe some better but not lots better. Then I came in contact with the TCP and absolutly love it. Of all 3 I find myself going back to the LCP only because of the Crimson Trace I put on it. When the CT becomes available for the TCP it will be my daily pocket pistol. For my 54 yr old beefy hands the TCP seems to fit better. As far as shooting, the TCP seems to be more accurate out to 20 yds, about as far as I want to use the .380. After shooting about 100 rounds out of the TCP it seems to have less recoil than the P3AT or LCP. None of them are very comfortable to shoot gobs of rounds thru so when practicing remember after awhile you start jerking instead of squeezing. These opinions are just that my opinions in my pistols only. Try to shoot both before buying, if possible, and then decide. Everybody's hands are different and what works for me may not for someone else.
     
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    I love my lcp. It is scary accurate and 100% so far. It shoots different ammo, including reloads without a hitch. If it ever needs repair I know ruger will take care of it in short order.
     
  18. aliasneo07

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    My LCP has been flawless for about 350 rds. Its fed Magtech FMJ, WWB FMJ, PMC FMJ, 90gr Federal Hydrashok reduced recoil JHP, Speer Gold Dot 90gr JHP, and Remington 90gr Golden Saber JHP with no problems. I find the gun to be relatively easy to shoot. I mean its not something I'd go target shooting with. You feel it when you pull the trigger compared to a full size gun....but this gun wasn't built for range use. That being said I've put 100rds down range in one session and my hand didn't hurt when I left. Can't say the same for the S/W made Walther PPK I used to have.

    I vote for the LCP. Plus, crimson trace doesnt have an offering for the TCP as far as I know, if that is important to you.
     
  19. palabman

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    On the Crimson Trace websight the TCP version is listed as "coming soon"...
     
  20. Big Bill

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    I have an LCP. I wouldn't buy a Taurus, just because it's a Taurus. I wouldn't care if they were givin em away.
     
  21. cskny

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    If you "would never buy a taurus", why are you posting in a Taurus comparison thread?

    You obviously don't have any experience with the TCP, correct?

    He didn't ask "do you own an LCP"
     
  22. Ben86

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    Perpetuating the myth that Taurus is utter garbage. Very well, more for me.
     
  23. dom1104

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    Problems with Tauri is far from myth.

    That said, I might try out the TCP.
     
  24. GRIZ22

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    Both pistols have been out a short time. Any valid opinion would be from someone who has both and shot both a lot. I'd buy the one with the features I liked and take it from there.
     
  25. AJChenMPH

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    The TCP is made in the USA (vs. Brazil for most -- if not all -- of their other handguns), and apparently the quality control is better as I've seen much fewer initial complaints about it vs. their other handguns.

    I have a PT-709, and so far (~325 rounds) it's been 99.7% reliable (I literally have had only one failure to feed because I didn't have the mag fully seated...user error :eek: ).
     
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