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Why is Taurus making a TCP in .32?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by IdahoSkies, Feb 11, 2010.

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  1. IdahoSkies

    IdahoSkies Member

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    When another poster posted that Taurus has developed a TCP in .32 (to accompany its .380 version) I started to wonder what the purpose was. Are there that many people carrying .32s that Taurus saw a market for it, or is it simply a Kel-tec did it, so we should do it (since Ruger seemed to have that mindset with the LCP). Just wondering what everyone's thoughts on this are.
     
  2. essayons21

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    IMHO the size-power tradeoff between .32 and .380 is negligible. Anything smaller than a P3AT is nigh unshootable with those with average sized mitts, so I don't really see a market for micro-mini .32s. Time will tell.
     
  3. MCgunner

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    Well, Kel Tec still sells a few. I think the .32 KT is a little smaller than the P3AT, though.
     
  4. Volfy

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    Well, if you are an arthiritic elderly that can barely withstand the recoil of even .380ACP, dropping down a notch to .32 might just mean the difference between having the ability to defend yourself and not.
     
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    It is an easy barrel and magazine swap so why not.
     
  6. hirundo82

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    Plus you can find .32 ammo. I haven't seen .380 around here in well over a year.
     
  7. Kingofthehill

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    agreed... you can find .32 on shelf's all the time.

    pretty smart IMO.

    JOe
     
  8. Joe Demko

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    I've yet to hear of a even a single instance where a citizen armed with a .32 was defeated but would have prevailed if only he'd had a .380.
     
  9. CajunBass

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    Because they think they can sell them.
     
  10. harmon rabb

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    of 'even' 380? have you ever fired 380 out of a mouse gun? snaps about as bad as 45 out of a full size.
     
  11. 6x6pinz

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    you can sure tell who actually shoots .32 and who just reads post about them. .32 not my first choice in SD but still a more potent round than the 40 cal glock carriers would lead people to believe. Besides shooting any round is just plain FUN and the 32 can be fun all day long.:)
     
  12. PT1911

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    it is all about the recoil coming from such a small gun... Just because you and I can handle the recoil of a 380 out of such a small gun, doesnt mean those who arent avid shooters and older men and women with weaker or arthritic ands can handle it. I have seen many men buy their wives a P3AT only to come back the next week and get the 32 because it was just too much of a snap for them and they were afraid to shoot it. ANYTHING that will increase someone's confidence in their ability to use the gun when needed is a welcome product.
     
  13. swampboy

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    There is probably a good market for them. I owned a P32 back before there was a P3AT, LCP, etc. I shot it a lot for a number of years and it was very pleasant (and accurate) to shoot. Long story short, I wound up with an LCP. Sold the P32. I don't shoot the LCP nearly as much. I can shoot it o.k., but it's too snappy to be much fun.
     
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    They will probably sell a whole lot of them.
     
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    Taurus has made .32 pistols for a long time, including the Millenium series, that's right, the same size as the 9mm and .40 small guns. Why? Why not? Honestly I would probably get the .32 over the .380 TCP just because, and also just because I would most likely carry it on the left, which isn't as strong as my right.

    And then also because I like to be a little different. And I don't think the difference between the two is all that great out of those little barrels.
     
  16. R.W.Dale

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    IMO the 32 offers a better balance of shootability and power for these new micro pistols. It was nothing to shoot 100 rds in a sitting from my old p32 with surprisingly accurate results.
     
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    i really like the .32 sure it might be kinda weak but out of a walther ppk or something similarly sized its way more controlable and enjoyable to shoot than the .380 version and i can put more hits on target faster with the .32 than the 380.
     
  18. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Makes no sense to me, but I guess they think it will sell..
     
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    I assume it is the same reason why companies like XD/Sig/Glock/etc decided to release new gun models in 9mm despite all of the .40 and .45 fans out there telling us the cartridge is ineffective.
     
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    Recoil is a lot less my wife won't shoot my 380 KelTec but she will shoot her 32 all day long .If I was to buy enough ammo.
    None of my daughters really like any of my 380 except my Colt Mustangs They have little recoil So they enjoy shooting them. They will shoot a 1911 1 maybe 2 mags But again they don't like recoil . For get a lite weight snub in 38spl. let alone +P
    So I rather they shoot and carry a 32 than nothing. It won't be a Taurus been burnt twice won't try again.
     
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    I some countries, 32 acp is the biggest caliber a civilian may own.

    Also, there are a lot of aging folk out there that want to be proficient, but their health prevents them from shooting anything bigger.
     
  22. Volfy

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    Yes, I have a TCP. Just came back from the range as a matter of fact. Kicks nowhere near a FS 45. I shot FS 9mm right after the TCP, and the difference is significant.

    My only complaint with the TCP is not being able to wrap my pinky around something, which makes it a bit less controllable. That, however, is not the same as felt recoil.

    I guess I don't really understand the point of this thread, honestly. As long Taurus doesn't REPLACE the 380 with the .32, why would it matter to anyone NOT interested in the .32 if they make one?
     
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    I think Taurus is making the TCP in .32 because they have done their marketing homework and believe they can sell enough of them to cover their costs.

    Taurus sells concealed carry pistols in every caliber from .22 to .45 (including .32 in their Millennium Pro series). I expect they will sell enough .32 caliber TCP to make money.
     
  24. Prince Yamato

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    Yep. I own a Kel-Tec P32. I personally think .32 ACP is a great caliber and it's probably one of the most often over-looked. I wouldn't take it to war, but for self-defense in a civilian situation it's fine.
     
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    Because Taurus actually wants me to buy a gun?
     
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