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Taurus Spectrum .380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by DPris, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. DPris

    DPris Member

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    For them what's interested in little blasters, working on a 3-gun piece with Smith's Shield EZ, Springfield's 911, and the Taurus Spectrum.

    The first two have large visible sights, and SA triggers.
    The Taurus has almost no sights, and a 5-mile DAO trigger.

    Off a rest at 10 yards, the Taurus with "You call those nubs sights?" and an all-day trigger pull was the most accurate of the three.
    I was quite surprised.
    Couple 5-shot groups under an inch, one group was a large ragged single-holer.

    If anybody's interested in the new Taurus, it's not a long-range driller, but it had no malfunctions & even fed Black Hills' X-nose bullets perfectly. That one choked a Kahr I had here.
    Five different loads, five different bullet weights.
    No lube out of the box.

    An odd-looking little duck, but I'm impressed.
    Just FYI.
    Denis
     
  2. VoodooMountain

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    A friend picked up a spectrum and I was skeptical given my history with Taurus. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the it.

    I may have to pick one up. They are cheap enough.
     
  3. DPris

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    Just about perfect as a lightweight no-snag get-off-me pocket blaster.
    I was quite surprised myself.
    Denis
     
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    is the trigger reset also 5-mile? this one sounds interesting.

    murf
     
  5. DPris

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    Yes, since it's a double-action with second-strike capability.
    Denis
     
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    I had been thinking about one when they were first announced. But then, I came across a TCP of recent-production (likely 2016) that runs well and shoots pretty straight for its mission. However, I find myself with little use for it now, all of my other carry modes already being covered by other models.

    If the Spectrum runs as well as late-production TCP guns, it should do just fine.
     
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    I'll take a look at them. I shot a friends LCP II Sunday, and it shot low and to the left for both of us. He kept ejecting the mag with his thumb, I had no problem. Brass went every which way. I wasn't as impressed with it as I was before I shot it.
     
  8. Jeb Stuart

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    As a pocket gun enthusiast, I am a huge fan of the Pico.Especially with the all Stainless Steel build quality. However, to add to my collection, I am thinking about the Taurus Spectrum. I shot one recently and much better shooter than the LCP's. Not really interested in any more "aluminum" sub chassis guns, but I think this one may be different. I like the way they copied the take down procedure from the Beretta. That was a smart move. Will be a big asset if the grips crack like the Rugers are known for. Also small parts can be replaced by end user rather then sending in the gun. I liked the trigger. I am a advocate that small pocket guns do perfectly fine with a longer trigger. In fact, I do NOT want a light crisp striker fired trigger on one. And for me personally I have proved that they can shoot just as well and even better than a light trigger for fast action shooting. And for a pocket gun I believe the restrike capable is a must. It would have been better if they had the ability to add night sights. And yes, with proper point and shoot skills, night sights work great.
    The Spectrum has a lot going for it. Looking forward to adding one to my collection. The Pico will remain as my main carry. (I have one for range work and one for CCW). They get regular range work each week. Love hot ammo and Plus P.
     
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  9. DPris

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    When I first pulled it out of the box, I laughed.
    But, in shooting it & getting a feel for it, kinda like it, especially with the grip extension for the pinky.

    If I weren't already invested in a couple little Bodyguard .380s (with second strike capability), I think I'd keep this Spectrum.

    That second strike thing, coupled with not being able to keep a magazine seated in a pocket, are what killed off the LCP.
    Denis
     
  10. bannockburn

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    Denis

    Thanks for your review and insight. Like the DAO design with second strike capability and the easy take down. Not crazy about the long trigger pull or the minimalist sights. Will have to check this one out when I see one.
     
  11. DPris

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    It's definitely a quick-reaction close-in deal here, but no sharps on it, no snags on it, no rough spots anywhere, bar-of-soap feel, reliable out of the box with no prep, and feeds even that Black Hills X-tip stuff.

    If this had come out before I spent money on my Smiths..... :)
    I don't normally say that about Taurus.
    Denis
     
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