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Talk me into a TCP...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gator1gear, Feb 2, 2011.

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  1. gator1gear

    gator1gear Member

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    I have been thinking about getting a Taurus TCP 738 lately. I have spent weeks going back and forth between the TCP, The LCP, and the P3AT. My fiance went to a gun show, held them all and left with the LCP. We did the unthinkable, and wiped the excess oil off, and headed straight to the range. We then proceeded to send 150 rounds of ammo through it without a single hiccup ( I really look good shooting a Rasberry LCP too). After all this, I'm still trying to make up my mind. It seems like Taurus bashing is common, but I have read some good reviews about the TCP (along with a few not so good). If you have one, let me know what you think good or bad.
     
  2. klash545

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    i'd rather carry a slingshot than a taurus.....there's no one who could ever talk me into owning another taurus. i've given them chances over the years and have owned several. never again....:barf:
     
  3. Nushif

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    My friend has a TCP she's fed with fifty rounds per week on her shooting trips with no problems whatsoever. She's owned it for a few months now.

    Of all the little true pocket .380s I do have to admit the Taurus has the best trigger. But personally, I was more accurate with the S&W flavor. Much to my dismay.
     
  4. gator1gear

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    I definitely understand how you feel, but I have heard the same about Kel Tec, Ruger, heck even Kimber. I had a bad experience with a Taurus in the past, years later I bought a PT140 and I didn't have a bit of trouble with it. I wasn't really crazy about it, but it helped me to rest easier than my slingshot did in the area I lived in at the time.:D
     
  5. gofastman

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    just get it, you will like it!
     
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    Magazines are hard to come by, just go check Gunbroker.......
     
  7. kokapelli

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    I have a TCP and like it. It has been flawless and is a better shooter than either the LCP or P3AT but my favorit pocket 380 is the P238 that outshoots them all by a big margin.
     
  8. schmeky

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    I don't like Taurus, so I do understand klash545's comment.

    But . . . . I love my TCP. It's very well made (in the USA), has been 100% reliable, has big gun features (slide lock), and for a mouse gun, is actually kinda' pleasant to shoot. The early ones had mag issues, but the newer mags are very good.

    Still can't believe I like it as much as I do . . . .
     
  9. Just One Shot

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    :uhoh: After what I witnessed at the local gun store I wouldn't even try to talk you into a TCP.

    Brand new and the thing wouldn't feed a single round no matter how you tried to do it. :eek: They even took another mag out of one they had in the case and it still wouldn't feed. Needless to say, the guy turned it back in for a refund and purchased a different brand.

    I know all brands have problems from time to time but Taurus seems to be one that it happens to more than most. Do what you want, it's your life. Who knows? You may get one that never has an issue.
     
  10. Holgersen

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    I'll try and talk you out of a TCP.
     
  11. Janos Dracwlya

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    I have had one since early July 2010, and I don't have any real complaints, except I'm just not that accurate with those flat sights yet.

    The only problems I've had in 300+ rounds were one failure to extract and one failure to feed. The first was early on my second day at the range with it and may have been due to not cleaning it well enough after the previous 150 rounds and then polishing the feed ramp. The second may have been operator error - it was during the first magazine my wife fired with the gun; this also occurred early in the second 150 rounds fired.

    And yes, you heard that right - 150 rounds fired per session. I can shoot the TCP all afternoon without it hurting my hand; I can get through maybe 25 rounds before I get tired of shooting my wife's Guardian (fine gun though it is).

    Let me also mention that during that first 150 rounds, it fed not only UMC full metal jacket, but Remington GoldenSaber hollow points without fail.

    I, too, was going to buy a Ruger LCP; it fit my hand better than the Kel-Tec, but the TCP fit my hand better than the Ruger. That decided me. The fact that the TCP comes with a spare magazine (the Kel-Tec and the Ruger don't) and a useful belt pouch (mine is now further camouflaged with a famous-name label) are icing on the cake. For me, anyway.
     
  12. Ben86

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    Compared to the LCP the TCP has better ergos, a better trigger, somewhat better sights and a grip extension built into the magazine so you don't have to buy extra grips for extra magazines. I plan on making it my next pocket .380 purchase.
     
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    SIG P238. :evil:
     
  14. sho'nuff

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    I paid about 220 for one. I've sent it to miami once already...I would say money is better spent elsewhere.
     
  15. Johnny Lightning

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    Don't do it! I purchased a TCP about a year ago as a pocket carry gun and it was a jam-o-matic! I wanted to get an LCP at the time but the shop did not have one so I figured I would give the TCP a chance since it had a couple of extras that the LCP didn't have. I shot 3 different brands out of the TCP and all of them jammed after a couple of shots. I cut my loses and sold the TCP since I did not trust the gun and didn't want to deal w/ Taurus...not a good track record. I reciently purchased a used LCP and shot the same ammo that I had used in the TCP and not ONE jam...so there you go, don't make the same mistake I did!
     
  16. gator1gear

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    I REALLY appreciate all the replies, and I wanted to let you guys and girls know that I ended up getting a blued LCP. The fiance thought it would be good to carry the same pocket gun. That and the fact that I REALLY WANTED to like the TCP, but I think the Ruger is more of a proven thing right now. Not bashing the Taurus by any means.
     
  17. Johnny Lightning

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    Good call...glad you didn't make the same mistake as me! :)
     
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    After a 1000 rounds, no problem at all.
     
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    I have a Kel Tec P3AT, a Ruger LCP, and a Taurus PF-738 TCP, and the TCP is the daily carry. I have fired all 3, and I have had many of my firends try all 3, and the unamious decision has ALWAYS been the TCP. Nice trigger, good feel in my hand, and they gisve you a cool carrying pouch too. I carry it in a modified Bianchi size 3 pocket holster, and it is always in the front right pocket.

    dachief156
     
  20. Safetychain

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    Bought my 738 last spring and put 200 rnds through it without any hiccups. Have carried it either in my pocket or the cell phone holder that it came with ever since. Tried the ruger, the keltec and the NAA, and the Taurus is the only one my trigger finger would easily fit between the trigger and the trigger guard. The NAA made me feel that I'd eventially lose some thumb webbing. I'm very happy with my Taurus.
     
  21. gohogs93

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    No. Get a sig P238 or a S&W bodyguard.
     
  22. wally

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    The SIG P238 weighs as much empty as the Bodyguard 380 does fully loaded with 102gr Golden Sabers.

    The fully loaded LCP is lighter still but lacks the laser.

    My Kahr PM40 comes in at 21 oz fully loaded and its a lot more powerful.
     
  23. gofastman

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    when (if :mad:) they come out with the 8 round magazines, im guessing the TCP will make a fun little plinker for a mouse gun
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  24. AJChenMPH

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    Enjoy your LCP! It's got a good reputation for being reliable.

    No grip extension on any of my stock mags...? I can just get my ring finger on the grip, and I don't think I have large hands.

    I've had mine since April 2010, got it in a trade. It had to make a trip back to Taurus once for a bad trigger/light-strike issue, but it's been fine since I got it back last July. I've never had an ammo problem with it (feeding/firing/extracting of FMJ or JHP).

    I liked the ergos and trigger better than the LCP. It stings my hand pretty good when I shoot it, but then again I tend to shoot S&B FMJ ammo for practice (which I think is known for being on the hotter side).
     
  25. 10mmGlock

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    After shooting several mouse guns, I went ahead and bought a TCP for pocket carry. Its been 100% reliable over the 600 or so rounds I have fired. As mentioned above, I found the trigger action better than the LCR. The sights are small but work well in daylight. I added a crimson trace for nighttime accuracy. I would certainly recomend buying one if you are looking for a small pocket gun.
     
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