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Taurus 738 TCP?

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  1. FLA2760

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    I am thinking of buying a Taurus 738 TCP for a BUG or primary when circumstances require stealth. Has yours been reliable? Alternatives? I would most likely keep it loaded with Fiocchi FMJ. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. powwowell

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    NO! Ruger LCP!
     
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    you'll have to explain more as people seem to like the taurus. I was talking one of the guys working at the range rental desk and he carries the TCP himself because of its reliability. They also have the ruger LCP2, bodyguard and some others I forgot (those were the three I'm going to test drive when I get my renewed permit back to possibly replace my gen1 p3at).
     
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    I've had the tcp, lcp gen 2 and lcp2. All were reliable and shootable. I would go with what fits your hand best and which sights you prefer.
     
  5. LiveLife

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    When wife wanted a BUG to Glock 27, we did a thorough evaluation and ended up with Stainless Slide TCP made in USA with lifetime warranty.

    After several thousand rounds, TCP remains reliable and constant companion for wife. It has been quite accurate with my range practice reloads - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/380auto-x-treme-100-gr-rnfp-range-test.748320/

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    Here's the article of range rental TCP 738 with 10,000+ rounds without breakage when all other 380 rentals experienced failures - http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/05/jeremy-s/gun-review-taurus-738-tcp/

    I got extra magazines made by OEM CPD 2 for $29.95 with free shipping - http://www.shop.northriverllc.com/2...ACP-Taurus-PT-738-TCP-Magazine-C06380SBO2.htm'

    For me, M&P Shield 9 bought for my birthday has become my constant companion but for pocket pistol, I definitely recommend the TCP 738.
     
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  6. MedWheeler

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    From what I hear, the ones with letters after "B" in the serial numbers are the ones to get. I got mine earlier this year, with an "E" in its number, making it a 2016-production gun (actually, I think it might even be an "F"; I don't have it on me right now.) It appeared in like-new, perhaps even unfired, condition, but was gun-only (no box or other "comes-withs".)

    Mine has admittedly only had a few dozen rounds through it, but all ran well.

    I feel the grip offers slightly more purchase than the P3-AT or the LCP. The Ruger was kind of what I was looking for, and was on sale at the time, but was sold out locally. I bought the Taurus when I came across it in a pawn shop. As it feels, I'm glad I ended up with it instead (nothing against the Ruger; I own six Ruger firearms... but also six Taurus firearms.)
     
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    I have 250 rounds through mine. Had a few ftf with my first reloads but all is good now! I really like mine. It is "f" model.
     
  8. dieselscout80

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    The stainless steel version of the TCP is really great!!
     
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    Bought two TCP's, gave one to my daughter. Both have functioned flawlessly through several hundred rounds, almost all of it Fiocchi FMJ.

    Very pleased with them and I am considering picking up another for a spare.

    The sights are somewhat small, if you want larger/better sights I would look for an LCP custom. Otherwise, they are great little pistols.
     
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    I like the gun but mine has only reliable with ball ammo. Handloads Berry's 100g HBRN, Dardas 98g LRN & Commercial WWB 95G FMJ is what i have had success with.
     
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    I had a TCP a couple of years ago. It was not reliable with hollow points and some of brands of fmj would cause the slide to lock back. I was able to fix the lock back problem by filing the last round hold open bar down, but never got it to feed hollow points reliability. Also, the gun I had rattled unless the magazine was completely full.
     
  12. LiveLife

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    It's interesting to note when people buy higher end or popular brand pistols like Colt, Wilson Combat, S&W, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Glock, etc. and things don't work well, they contact customer service and get those issues fixed instead of trying to fix the issues by themselves.

    All Taurus pistols come with lifetime warranty on the pistols, not the owners; so even if you are not the original owner, lifetime warranty is extended to buyers of used Taurus pistols.

    After decades of owning various brand pistols, I have sent only two pistols for repairs and they were Glock 30 and Mil Pro PT145. Both Glock and Taurus were high round count pistols with over 10,000+ rounds. Both Glock and Taurus repaired the pistols to like-new conditions and to my satisfaction. After I got married, wife disliked the bulky grip of Glock 30 and it was sold and Taurus PT145 was kept as wife liked the grip size (She also likes Glock 22/23/27, M&P45 with small grip insert and particularly TCP 738).

    Yes, I am aware of the lawsuit settlement for PT145 and I want to keep it for now as I like the pistol. If it ever breaks, I could probably ask Taurus to replace it with Taurus pistols currently on CA roster - maybe Model 65 or M444.
     
  13. FLA2760

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    Thank you everyone for your input.
     
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    I've owned a TCP and was very pleased with it. Mine was the least expensive version that came with 1 magazine and blued slide. I purchased it years ago primarily because I liked that it had last round slide lock when other similar .380s did not. I found it surprisingly shootable and accurate in my hands for its size. My wife and I experienced no malfunctions with it, though one inexperienced shooter that used it had a malfunction on every magazine. It was certainly a case of limp wristing, but just wanted to make you aware. I would recommend it based on my experience without reservations, and have heard Taurus has excellent customer service if you do have problems.
     
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    Because the Ruger doesn't have the false trigger reset problem that can drop the hammer from precock in a stressful situation. The TCP does have this problem, and yes I am a TCP owner so I know first hand.
     
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    Taurus = spotty quality and poor customer service. I avoid them after several unacceptable experiences with their customer service.
     
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    whatnickname, do you even own a TCP 738? If so, how long and how many rounds?

    I also didn't care for Taurus pistols in the past, especially with DAO triggers but Mil Pro PT145 with SA/DA trigger changed my opinion of Taurus pistols.

    TCP 738 is made in USA and perhaps US manufacturing is producing better quality product as I have been very happy with the reliability and accuracy of my stainless steel model.
     
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    I want 1 before they are all gone.
     
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    No and I'm not going to either. I've had just one too many "do it fast...not right" experiences with Taurus' customer service. Any of the top manufacturers can produce an occasional weapon with a problem. The service I've gotten from Taurus has been poor. I'm done with them.
     
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    The 738 has been discontinued in favor of the new spectrum. Dunno when those will be in stores.
     
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    I would compare the Taurus with the KeltecS, and LCP's, Cheap aluminum frames. Mostly just throw away guns, shoot them until they break down and get another one. With that in mind, I would go with the cheapest, and that right now seems to be the Taurus. Sounds like a good buy. However, I would consider investing in a good quality gun, one that has a all stainless steel frame, able to handle plus P ammo and last you a life time. The quality alone will make the guns shoot much milder/pleasant etc. LCP's make good truck guns, as long as you do not shoot them past around 1500 or 2000 rds. All of these guns have recoil on the high side.
     
  23. LiveLife

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    Really? TCP 738 has polymer frame.

    Here's an article of range rental TCP 738 with 10,000+ rounds without breakage when all other 380 rentals experienced failures - http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2013/05/jeremy-s/gun-review-taurus-738-tcp/

    My TCP has stainless steel slide and has been reliable while producing these shot groups - https://www.thehighroad.org/index.p...o-has-one-and-how-is-it.825002/#post-10618178
     
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    I have one. It's been a good gun. The first day I had it, I ran 260+ rounds through it, including a box of Golden Saber hollow points mixed in with the FMJs. Not a single malfunction. It fit my hand better than the Keltec, Ruger and the Diamondback, all of the little .380's I could try at the time.
     
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    No, it has a polymer grip, NOT frame or chassis. Sorry, generally I like "Truth about guns", but not buying for one minute the nonsense about the gun rental. If the TCP has a stainless steel slide then good, much better than the carbon steel as in, say the LCP. But what material is the "Frame/Chassis?

    For instance, look at the Military/Police guns that are designed for heavy duty use and now very popular. What common denominator shares these guns?
    STAINLESS STEEL BARRELS, RECIVERS, CHASSIS. I believe the New Spectrum will be a stainless steel chassis as well. And they seem to be copying many of the features of the Pico. Like the modular design and the easy take down, with the beefed up take down pin.
    The Pico can handle any Plus P ammo you feed it, I shoot a lot of hot ammo that I would NOT shoot shoot with my aluminum chassis LCP. The gun will not handle it.

    The Sig

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    The Ruger American

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    The Beretta Pico-all stainless throughout the gun with a metal trigger, stainless steel guide rod, stainless Steel chassis etc. *Note-pic is the original version, not the upgraded version with single recoil spring.

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