Taurus 738 TCP

Taurus 738 TCP

UPC: 725327610670

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Taurus 738 TCP Description

Make way for the lightest Taurus ever created. The 10.2-ounce 738 TCP is not only the lightest semi-auto in the Taurus line, it is lighter than any of the small frame revolvers too. The 738 TCP offers 6+1 shots of .380 ACP, a durable polymer frame and low-profile fixed sights. This model comes with 1 magazine and no case

Taurus 738 TCP Specifications

Brand Taurus
Action Double Action Only
Caliber .380 ACP
Capacity 6+1
Finish Matte Black
Gun Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Sights Fixed
Primary Uses
 
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Taurus 738 TCP User Reviews

Positive: 35 Mixed: 8 Negative: 25
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    I own two of these pistols and have never had a single problem with either one of them. I also own a Ruger LCP2. The Taurus has a much better trigger, has smoother edges and is thinner. I love the TCP.

    September 25, 2018
    Jim FL
  • 20

    One shot wonder
    Hand charge the first shot and it misfeeds all the next shots in the mag. Pretty much useless as anything but a single shot pistol.

    July 18, 2018
    chicago76
  • 60

    Poor quality control - Decent trigger
    I have mixed feelings about the TCP. On one hand it fits nice in the hand and conceals very easily. Reliability has been sketchy, however. Mine had issues out of the box. The feed ramp and a few other spots on the barrel... were machined poorly. The feed ramp in particular had a divot on it that would scratch a deep cut into the rim of any cartridge fed into it. The weapon would routinely have rounds jam on the feed ramp (both FMJ and HP). more

    June 7, 2018
    Angry Hippo
  • 20

    Dissapointed with this pistol
    I purchased this pistol as a summer pocket pistol. Price was an object in my decision which I now regret. The pistol is small and light which are positive features of the weapon but when I first test fired the pistol I g...ot off only one round as the firing pin/striker would not hold a full cocked position to fire the next round. I returned the pistol to the factory and upon return it fires reliably. Accuracy is very good at 10 yards but you have to do your part, the sights are small as is the grip. This along with a long stiff trigger pull makes it a pistol you need to practice with a lot to be proficient enough to depend on it for self defense. In doing my own target practice with the pistol in less than 50 rounds the take down pin slid most of the way out. I still have the pistol as it has little trade in value but you should spend the money and buy one of the Rugers. more

    March 25, 2018
    B52Hanoi
  • 100

    Nice gun+price
    This work and do the job for the price..Small and not heavy...

    February 2, 2018
    Pubu
  • 40

    An OK range firearm.
    I bought a Millenium Pro 9mm over 10 years ago. I've been so impressed I decided to buy this mouse pistol for concealed carry in summer clothing. My first time at the range I experienced FTF. I cleaned it, took it out ag...ain, and still; FTF. I'm on the phone right now with Taurus to see about getting it fixed. I'm at the point, though, that I can't rely on this for concealed carry. Such a shame... more

    January 22, 2018
    pachyderm68
  • 20

    Unreliable firearm, unhelpful customer service.
    Purchased October 2017. After a good cleaning, took it to the range. The gun failed to extract at least once per mag with 7 types of ammo. Went home, cleaned it again, polished the feed ramp, but still had a lousy perfor...mance at the range. Taurus customer service asked me to mail it in. They've had my gun for three weeks and haven't even started working on it. Customer service employees are rude and hold times are long. I spoke with a manager Tammy who was no better. Asked for a call back from her supervisor Jamie and have not heard back in 3 business days. The gun also had issues with the disassembly pin popping out when firing and magazine dropping out when firing. I would not recommend this gun and intend to sell it when and if I get it back from Taurus. Cabela's should at least offer an exchange on firearms if they are going to sell a garbage product. more

    November 13, 2017
    Mike1987
  • 100

    Had for years, no failures...
    Bought this gun a little over three years ago. Added a laser and bought a couple holsters and carry it all the time. It has a little over a thousand rounds through it (not a range gun so it gets 100 rounds at the range e...very few months or so) and I've never had a single failure with any ammo. I even leave all the pocket lint and stuff in it (collected from months of pocket carrying) when I shoot it and that's never caused a failure. I have nothing bad to say about this gun. more

    October 6, 2017
    AnswerPleaseThanks
  • 100

    best price
    Iove it any one who wants trouble will find it promise

    September 25, 2017
    rabbitthatboigo
  • 20

    Thumbs Down
    I like the small size but I have fired this gun less than 50 times and now it is jamming every single shot. It is very frustrating when the slide jams with such frequency that it is undependable. I really am disappointed... what do you expect for such a cheap price. DO yourself a favor and spend a little more and purchase something that "if needed" you can rely upon. I would hate to think that I pulled a gun to defend myself or family and it didn't fire. I personally thought it was a faulty magazine but I have tried three separate magazines and the same result. JAM JAM JAM. I DO NOT recommend buying this gun for personal protection!!!!!!! more

    September 6, 2017
    DisappointedinNC
  • 100

    Perfect Pocket Pistol
    This has been a great pocket pistol for me when paired with the DeSantis Nemesis Pocket Holster. Feels and looks like a cell phone in my pocket.

    July 19, 2017
    buckhunterhart
  • 100

    Taurus 738 TCP
    This gun performed great no issues, passed my reliability test.

    July 22, 2017
    Bowchamp
  • 100

    Great Pistol
    The .380 Taurus is great Pistol for a concealed gun. The only down fall is there's no case for it. Other then that I'm extremely satisfied with my purchase from Cabela's in Allen and the best part I had no wait time. Jus...t came in the store and out with in minutes best day ever! more

    July 12, 2017
    Mono2011
  • 100

    Taurus .380
    This is a great little gun. In It's class, I think that it is the top choice.

    June 25, 2017
    cardude
  • 20

    DO NOT BUY THIS!
    This is junk. I gave it all the second,third,forth & more chances i could.I had ejection problems at first and Taurus sent me parts and I had a local gunsmith install them and it will eject some rounds, but it still ...jams constantly.I have bought over $400 dollars worth of ammo trying to find some that it would feed and eject and it still is unreliable. The paper weight of a gun is so bad i do not have the heart to sell it to anyone or even trade it in for something different because I do not want someone to buy it and think it will protect their life. This Gun is cheap junk and I can't believe Cabelas is still selling it. Someone from the company should contact me and i will turn it into to them as long as they promise to have it destroyed because none should trust this firearm to save their life. I ended up buying a higher dollar pistol from Cabelas and now have something to protect me and my family. more

    April 15, 2017
    DustyDogDan
  • 100

    Great gun!
    Great gun for the money, I was a little worried about buying one with some of the bad reviews, I bit the bullet since its a decently priced gun which I will only use to pocket carry....took it home loaded it up with ammo... and put 100 rounds thru it without a flaw. more

    December 29, 2016
    Lintyler
  • 20

    Junk !
    First round and last round of every magazine failed to feed. Used 4 different types of ammo, 2 different FMJ round nose and 2 different hollow point. Used both US and Brazil mfg magazines. Result was always the same.I sh...ould have believed the reviews. I am a very sorry boy. This gun is complete JUNK ! more

    November 22, 2016
    F22designer
  • 100

    A fine little pocket pistol
    I added a pierce grip extender for a little extra grip. At the range the pistol performed flawlessly. I fired several mag through it.

    November 2, 2016
    PAH2
  • 80

    nice handgun
    fits real well in my hand, since i have large hands i usually like large handguns, but this one feels good and I think it feels like a 9mm when you fire it. Nice for concealing

    October 30, 2016
    remodeler59
  • 20

    fail to load
    I purchased this weapon on 10/31/16 and took it to the range after cleaning ect. and ran 6 rounds through 5 different times using the same magazine and the last bullet jammed half way in the slide every time, so needless... to say I am very disappointed in this gun! more

    November 2, 2016
    DoctorBill
  • 20

    Brand new - jams last round of EVERY magazine
    Purchased this as a pocket pistol (all my other pistols are just to big). Have had Taurus' in the past in larger versions and never really had any problems with them. This one is unreal..... Cleaned and lubed it per reco...mmendations before the first firing. Took it to the range and fired 6 fully loaded magazines and several partially loaded mags (various numbers of rounds). On EVERY MAGAZINE fired, the last bullet jammed the slide in the partially open position. The rounds were the recommended type and weight so it wasn't the ammo. The internet says to either polish the ramp or use a pliers on the mag's ears. Will try these ideas next time. If no luck, this thing goes. What good is a CC pistol that jams? more

    October 24, 2016
    OldGI
  • 80

    All good, now.
    Mine had issues right away. Was as if the trigger couldn't be pulled back far enough. Was lucky if 4 of 6 would fire properly. I called, 5 minutes or so on phone I was emailed a postal code. 2 weeks from when I sent it i...n I had it back and it has worked perfectly since. It's only been four mags worth so far but I couldn't get thru one previously. It was a little inconvenient to have to deal with a flawed one at first and mailing it back and all, but at the price and how how easy and fast it was. I'm just happy to have a reliable pistol at that price. more

    October 1, 2016
    Sherriffrosco
  • 100

    Great little gun
    The gun is great. We did have a problem with it jamming on the last bullet in the magazine. We adjusted the spring in the magazine, a little, and it works like a champ.

    October 3, 2016
    deeroll
  • 60

    Good for range, but...
    This gun is actually fun to shoot, and surprisingly accurate. I would not recommend for self defense due to, two separate falilures to fire within forty rounds.

    July 25, 2016
    Mebeforu
  • 100

    Great pocket gun.
    I got this gun for cc during the warmer months. Compared to a lot of the other 380's it feels good in my hands. I have to say for a pocket gun it's recoil is not bad. I have put around 300 rounds through it without any i...ssues. I've used cheap rounds to high quality and hollow points and it took them all. It's very easy to field strip for cleaning. One thing I really like about this gun is the slide stays locked back after the clip is empty. My wife can even handle the recoil on this gun and she's pretty picky when it comes to that. I did have my daughter put bright fingernail polish on the front sight which helps it stand out. I really like the trigger on this gun as well. Has a nice pull to it. It's a pretty accurate gun for a pocket gun. I highly recommend this gun. Can't beat the price either. more

    July 15, 2016
    Elcid1
  • 80

    great little gun......but
    This little weapon has fired well,no FTE/FTF...The only problem with this one is IF you fail to release the trigger all the way it will go in to "half cock" position and will have to be cycled manually before i...t will fire again.It is a common issue with this weapon and I'm surprised no on else has experienced this.If you train well with this weapon it will serve you well. more

    October 27, 2015
    takenotes
  • 100

    Great so far...
    I have only ran 50 rounds through it and number 3 jammed. Since i consider the first 50 rounds to be the break-in period i didn't mind.I love the size and shape, craftsmanship seems fine so far. If anything changes ill r...epost. more

    September 2, 2015
    Rick7
  • 20

    You get what you pay for NOT a good CCW
    I purchased the TCP 380 brand new thinking it was going to be a good little carry gun, I liked the size and price, but was very disappointed with the quality and reliability.During the initial break in period of fewer th...an 150 rounds fired the internal hammer started sticking causing a delayed in firing, (that’s very bad) and the magazine was falling out when the rounds advanced up it. So after what seemed like a hundred phone calls to get through to Taurus they had me send it back. After six months and a few more calls they couldn’t fix it so they issued me another brand new TCP (I had to pay the FFL transfer fee out of my own pocket). So the new pistol has about 300 rounds fired out of it and no matter what ammo I use the last round jams and the mag still releases now and then.All of the reviews I read and saw on you tube recommend this pistol. I don’t !Stay away and spend a little more money on a higher quality 380 pistol especially if you are using it for a CCW. Look at (Smith, Glock, Kar etc.).YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR !!! more

    August 10, 2015
    LBS12
  • 100

    A REAL SLEEPER - BEST VALUE IN 380 - Made in USA
    Owned mine for about a year. No jams after several hundred rounds. The bugs appear to be worked out as most negative reviews are not recent. Like it better than than the 380 LCP I traded.

    May 20, 2015
    Crowbranch
  • 100

    Nice little pocket pistol
    I got this pistol on sale and had points on my Cabelas card so it was a sweet deal. It only came with one mag and has almost no sights so that was the down side. As small at it was, I was concerned how it would function.... more

    March 5, 2015
    TTNWA
  • 100

    Phenomenal Pistol!
    First of all, I have rather large hands, but, even so, this pistol fits in my right hand just fine! I had an issue with the lack of white dots on the front, and, rear sights, so I bought me an oil-based fine pointed pen,... and, added my own White dots, onto the front and, rear sights on this Taurus TCP38, and, "wow," what a difference it made on the pistol's accuracy. As for the trigger pull, after checking a number of .380 caliber small pistols, this Taurus, felt the best, at least to me! For some reason, out of all the pistols that I own, my Taurus pistols shoot the most accurate? I plan to add a Red Laser attachment to the trigger guard as soon as I can for added protection, if and, when needed, especially, after the sunset hours. Now, if I can only find some spare magazines for this pistol (two of them, at least), and, I'll be one very happy camper! A great pistol! You can't go wrong with it. more

    October 12, 2014
    PablofmFLA
  • 80

    good gun
    me and my wife both carry these guns. extremly comfortable to carry inside the pants as we do. i have had no problems firing at the range. i only jammed once with foreign ammo. my wife is very comfortable shooting this g...un. i personally am going to purchase the carbon fiber stainless model because from carrying the black one i have collected a bit of surface rust from sweating. i do reccomend buying the stainless models. also they are very easy to take down and clean. purchase the extended finger grip on e-bay..great addition. laser is a waste in my opinion. more

    April 26, 2014
    25depotguy
  • 20

    Stay away from this dead stick
    The gun is not one you can trust as a personal defense gun. Do one thing and you will see why.If you go to a range that will let you try one or have a friend that owns one. Fire the gun, let the trigger out until you fil...l a reset of the trigger.( about half way out) then pull the trigger the rest of the way. You will have a dead gun. You will need to clear that unfired round before the trigger will reset. If you can keep prefectly calm and the the trigger all the way out you will be fine. In the heat of the moment not something you want to chance. more

    April 14, 2014
    Ig25
  • 40

    close carry
    Although I have owned several Taurus handguns, this gun is not what I would call dependable. While being very compact and light, being so makes it hard for it to handle the 380 shell. I will admit that when it is clean a...nd loaded with personal protection ammo, it will fire all rounds ok. That can get expensive for practice or understanding how the gun will act. That is if they are hollow point and more cone shaped at the bullet. It is not a practice gun. When loaded with round nose range ammo it tends to jam, at least twice through a clip. Clears easily, because it kicks the magizine out into your hand. My 45 nor my LC9 do that. I have mixed thoughts about this handgun,but I am going to keep working with it. Taurus builds a good handgun, (both revolvers function perfect), but I don't think they got it right with this one. I am not sure if it is just my gun or a nature of the design, but I will keep it in the glove compartment as a backup. If you know someone that has one, give it a try with several different types of ammo before you buy. My thoughts. more

    January 14, 2014
    rexbo
  • 100

    Nice gun
    Nice gun for its size.Light and small enough so the wife feels comfortble shooting it.Perfect gun for your wife or your self.

    December 7, 2013
    Geezer123
  • 80

    Very Happy
    Bought this as a concealed carry weapon. Wear it in a inside the pants holster over the wallet pocket. Very comfortable to wear. Upon purchase I disassembled the gun, cleaned it and the mag, polished the feedramp, lightl...y lubed everything and reassembled. At the range it handled hollow points and fmj with equal ease, and no problems. I have added a mag extension and grip jacket, these make it nicer to hold and fire. This is a well made handgun, functions well and is comfortable to carry. As noted by others it is a 10-25 foot center of mass shooter. Highly recommend. more

    October 12, 2013
    IMKRASSEL
  • 100

    Smooth Trigger * Eats Everything * SS Model
    This review is for the All Black Stainless Steel Taurus TCP 738, Made in USA. Bought this used from a fellow who claimed that he had put 100 rounds through without a hitch. Clean as a whistle. I put two mags each of WWB,... MagTech, Federal American Eagle, and Remington UMC with only one caveat. All 50-count boxes. Had one slow-burn with the WWB, but I'm fairly certain it was a failure on my part to reset the trigger fully. WWB has a flat head, as you know, and fed perfectly. I'm not reporting on several-hundred rounds; my hands can only take so much at one sitting. Gun shoots really great at 15 and 25 feet. Did not try beyond that range. Trigger is immaculately smooth--nicer than my wife's Ruger LCP, a gun I happen to like quite a bit. Reset is a little long IMO, but I knew this to be the case, and the Ruger LCP or the BG380 are no better in this respect. I highly recommend this particular Taurus. I shoot it better than the Ruger LCP, which as I said, I also like. more

    September 19, 2013
    kraml
  • 20

    Early Purchaser; Very Disappointed!
    I bought the TCP right after it came out. It has had problems from day one, and has been back to Taurus two times for adjustment, new ejector, etc. After I got it back the second time, and found it still failing to feed ...and/or eject, I put it away and forgot about it; I now carry a SCCY 9mm or XDS .45, and almost forgot I bought a Terrible Cheesy Pistol. more

    August 11, 2013
    SummerMummer
  • 100

    great lil gun
    Had mine now 6 months put about 700 rnds thru it and no problems.only problem with this gun is getting ammo for it.....

    August 10, 2013
    SR9and40
  • 100

    Very good quality compact gun
    I have had this gun now for about 1 year and it is my concealed carry weapon. I have shot it several hundred times and it has always functioned perfectly. I have never had a jam or misfire. Before I bought it, I had read... reviews saying that ammo would sometimes not feed correctly because the feed ramp needed polishing. So, before I ever shot it, I took it apart and cleaned it very good and I polished the feed ramp. The gun it light weight, so light that I sometimes forget that I have it in my pocket. I would definitely buy it again. more

    July 19, 2013
    Markmmg
  • 40

    Broke out of the box
    Day I purchased the gun, took it to the range, it would not fire nor eject, very disappointing. I took it to a gun shop, I was advised to send the gun in for repair as the problems were gun related (not ammo). I called T...aurus, they emailed me a label to FedEx the gun to them, entire process took 7 days (I'll say this, Taurus was great and a very fast turn around. I shipped on a Monday, got the repaired gun back the following Monday). The firing pin and ejector were replaced as they were found faulty. Now the gun fires fine, no further issues as of today. I'm disappointed that the gun had issues out of box so I wonder about quality control in Taurus. This will likely be the first and last Taurus I purchase. more

    July 18, 2013
    DentonPilot
  • 80

    Love the Taurus TCP .380 SST
    I gave it a 4 only because initially I had some feed problems with round ball and hollow points jamming up on the feed ramp. 5 minutes with a light duty dremel brush and a little TLC, it shoots great. No more feed issues... so far. Most likely had I just shot it more it would have been fine without the little bit of ramp work. I have put approximately 300 rounds through it now.It fits my hand much better than the Ruger .380 compact. I also bought mag grip extenders for 2 of my 4 mags. I carry it using the mags w/out the extenders added. The little Pachmayr grip is a nice addition for shooting and looks.It does shoot a little low (good groups at 20 ft or so). Saving up for a laser sight to solve that issue. more

    March 19, 2013
    Hawken54
  • 100

    excellent gun
    Zero issues. Have fired a couple of hundred rounds through this with no issues. No hang-ups, feed problems, nothing. It performed flawlessly. Use this as my primary cc, and would trust my life on it. Taurus comes through... again. more

    February 24, 2013
    goldwing88
  • 80

    Good budget gun, disapears in your pocket.
    I too had issues with the gun jamming until I did a lot of research. I found out that if you do not have a clean trigger pull & release (not letting go of the trigger immediately after firing a round), it will jam on... occasion which is unacceptable for a CCW! But once I realized this was the issue & practiced a clean fluid trigger pull & release, I have not had a single jam yet. Remember, this is a budget gun, for the price, I love it. more

    January 19, 2013
    pepperspray
  • 100

    Excellent gun!
    I bought this gun this past Saturday and took it to the shooting range later that day. Put 100 rounds through it with no problems.I have shot a sub-compact Glock 9mm before and this gun was much more accurate... I was su...prised because this gun was a good bit smaller than the Glock.Def going to be my concealed weapon of choice! more

    July 16, 2012
    wvuski420
  • 80

    Good Buy
    Purchased a TCP 738 last Friday. After reading the Owners Manual I see why some people had trouble with the 738. It says that after each round to allow the trigger to return completely forward or the round might or might... not fire. As for the break down pin, I had no trouble with it at all. Put it back in just as the manual instructed. Took it to the range Monday evening. It worked flawless through 50 rounds. Would bet my life on the little sidearm. more

    July 1, 2012
    webe
  • 60

    Many Issues
    This is the only sub-compact that fits my arthritic hands. On other similar guns, the trigger is moving when I insert my finger between the trigger and guard. The gun is ambidextrous and the trigger pull, while somewhat ...long, is consistent and easy. Shot patterns are grouped well considering what you’re shooting with. That’s the good points. more

    June 11, 2012
    RenoJim
  • 20

    I'm selling it!
    Issue #1. I tried to carry critical defense loads in it but by chambering a round in it everyday it pushed the bullet back into the case and failed to feed. If you only fire hardball this will not be a problem.Issue #2. ...After using the gun for about 6 months (I had previously fired around 300 rounds through the gun) I tried to fire the gun at the range and the trigger would not pull the hammer back far enough to release the hammer. The trigger pin worked out and contacted the frame not allowing the trigger to be pulled all of the way. I pushed the pin back in and it worked out again.Since I carry this gun for defense there will not be an issue #3 because I'm selling it! more

    May 30, 2012
    1DCS
  • 100

    Bet your life...
    This is my 2nd TCP. First one (silver slide B) ran flawless out of the gate. Shoots a hair low and to the left....... 2nd one (bought from cabelas black slide C) i had to polish the feed ramp, and use white lithium greas...e on the rails. Runs flawless like the first one. Shoots dead on. Would bet my life on either. more

    April 16, 2012
    Xrider
  • 100

    Great gun great price. Zero issues!
    I put 100 rounds through my 380 today and had 0 problems. I read the reviews and was worried that I would have jams or ejection issues but did not. Out of the box the slide was a little stiff but like with any new gun I ...cleaned and oiled it before I used it. Cycles perfectly and after 100 rounds is very smooth. Small frame took some getting used to, but the light weight makes it an awesome ccw gun. more

    March 14, 2012
    Griz4705
  • 100

    good quality
    I have not run any rounds through my pistol yet. I can say this though, after reading all the negative reviews I have gone through my pistol and have found most of the negatives unfounded. The slide staying locked back w...hen only the clip is in, there is a small lever on the inside the clip pushes up on that allows this to happen, hence why it has to be manually locked back without the clip in it. Rounds not feeding up, yes it does have an issue here but I have found by dry running round into the chamber repeatedly it gets better. Also I have a good friend who told me to use valve lapping compound to polish the load ramp. So in all do not these two issues suede you from purchasing this firearm. more

    March 2, 2012
    brokenwrist24
  • 20

    dont know yet
    bought the taurus 380 a week ago, next day i was going to the range when i noticed the slide wouldnt stay locked back without the mag in. already had to ship this gun back to taurus for repair, should never have left the... factory with this kind of malfunction. slide locks with mag in, but as soon as you drop the mag the slide lock disengages... dont know if it jams or if it even fires... first taurus ive bought and possibly the last. will post follow up if i ever get it back more

    January 17, 2012
    lightemup
  • 60

    I'd rate it higher but...
    It has a good trigger draw. Unlike most other light pistols, the draw of the trigger is steady and smooth. It is easy to shoot and easy to recover the sites back on the target. I kept my grouping within a 6" diamete...r immediately upon firing and there was no getting used to the recoil of this. My biggest concern is that it does tend to jam up if you use the low-end ammo. Use only brass cartridges and pay the extra dollars for the better brand rounds. Even then it tends to hesitate as the first round is entering the chamber from the clip. more

    November 10, 2011
    FormerNinja
  • 60

    Ok Gun
    I bought this gun around a year ago. I've shoot several hundred rounds through it and had only a few jams. My only real complaint is when I hit the release to release the slide, you have to hit the back of the slide to m...ake it close. Other than that it is fun to shoot and is very easily concealed. more

    November 3, 2011
    LittleEinOk
  • 20

    Yet to prove a reliable carry gun
    I read a review that said Federal American Eagle was the most dependable ammo for the Taurus TCP.I went out and purchased 4 boxes thinking this would be the best for the gun. I have shot 3 boxes and have had 2-3 jams per... clip and one dudd. I hope someone out there has a better idea on what to use for ammo in this gun. Federal American Eagle is not it.Disappointed, with no confidence in this gun. more

    May 9, 2011
    JackPine1
  • 40

    Unreliable
    Only shot about 300 rounds... had many FTE's. The slide would lock back before last round fired almost every time. Some say its because its in break-in but I want more reliability.

    May 6, 2011
    Texride
  • 100

    Zero malfunctions! Great pistol for the money!
    I recently purchased this gun like about three months ago. I have never shot it untill three weeks ago or so. I have read all the reviews about this gun after i bought it. Not knowing what other people are saying about t...his gun. But it seams to be half and half or so. Saying good things and bad things about this pistol. So i was a little worried about shooting it or having this pistol as a back up. So i went out to the open range, aka "middle of no where", shot 100rds of winchester white box FMJ 95grs. and a mix of 50rds of old and cheap hollow points made out of aircraft aluminum, and some winchester rangers SXT LEO ammo. And not one FTF, FTE what so ever ZERO! Yeah thats not a broken in gun, But i have to say that i am very impressed with this gun! Trigger pull is great, locks back after every last round, sights are better than rugers, and shot it at 25 yards and had very good accuracy! The recoil was very manageable, felt great in my hands and winchester white box are dirty rounds, and those SXT's are very high powered bullets. If a gun cant shoot dirty, than dont trust your life on it. This gun shot everything, DIRTY! I Have shot my uncles ruger LCP, hurts to shoot after extended periods of time, sights not that good, not stainless steal, it rust during summer, or when ever you are very active with it on your person, trigger pull is very hard, But it does shoot everything you put thru it! And is a up close and personal gun as with the TCP! Im not a ruger basher! But as for the taurus tcp, overall it is a great gun for the money! If you can find it at a reasonable price. And yes i would trust my life to this taurus tcp that i own! Please read the manuel, follow instructions! Read warnings! And its not a +p gun. And safe shooting! Hope this review helps you decide on purchasing this gun or deciding on passing up on this gun! Thanks for reading this short review and safe shooting again! more

    April 15, 2011
    K33PINGitREAL
  • 20

    TCP 380 WORST EVER
    This was my first handgun purchased after getting out of the Marine Corps 20 years ago. I've been disappointed with gun ever since. The darn thing jams all of the time. I've tried different ammo's different grain weights..., clean the gun before every outing. I can sometimes get off a whole clip of 6 before the next clip jams. I've even had 2 smiths look at it and they couldn't fix it. I still carry it because I haven't been able to sell it. I hope others don't have these problems. more

    March 28, 2011
    Anonymous
  • 100

    Great little gun.
    I was a little hesitant to buy this. It was my first 380 and my first Taurus. I have put 200 rounds through it in less than a month. They have been FMJs. Traditional hollow points that were several years old and some Hor...nady Critical Defense. Everything I ran through shot flawlessly. I had one FTF but I am positive I limp wristed it. Great Gun, and Great value. The only catch is you can't get extra mags yet. more

    January 8, 2011
    TeacherJoe
  • 20

    Failure to eject, extract and misfires
    I bought the Taurus TCP .380 brand new a few months ago. The Taurus TCP .380 is very easily concealable and very lightweight. It is for that reason I purchased the gun. It is also decently accurate. Fit and finish is nic...e. HOWEVER, I cannot get through a magazine without at least 1 failure. Sometimes, 2 failures in the same mag. In other words, 10-15 jams out of 60 shots. I have tried two different mags and different brands of ammo, gun still "jams". I am glad that some of you are enjoying your TCP, but mine is worthless. If my life depended on it, the Taurus TCP .380 cannot be trusted. Maybe I got a lemon, but for now I would not recommend this gun to anybody. more

    January 8, 2011
    McDan
  • 100

    PT738 380
    I bought this pistol after seeing it advertised in Cabelas 49 Anniversery flyer for a great price. For concealed carry I believe this pistol is about perfect. Reliable, lightweight and good looking, it fits in pockets an...d is so light I can forget it is there. With around 200 rounds through it so far I have had only 2 malfunctions and they were early on. Twice the slide locked open with one round left in the magizine. A quick hit to the slide release and the pistol chambered and fired the last round. No other trouble occured. The low profile fixed sights cause it to shoot low at extended range but this is not a long range pistol. A reliable pistol, two magizines, 6+1 capacity , a belt pouch and a great price, what more can we ask. more

    December 7, 2010
    wvrifleshooter
  • 100

    Taurus TCP Great Concealed and Carry Handgun
    Taurus TCP This is a great gun for CCW use. The small size is great for front pocket carry. The gun is easy to load so far. Just pull the slide back and let go, The spring has enough power to load the cartridges I have h...ad trouble with the L&B cartridges stove piping on me, but no trouble with USA made ammunition. I had trouble with the Take Down Pin at first. Then I started putting the pin in the frame before putting the slide and barrel back on the gun. Made it a lot easier to put back together. This gun does not have Ambidextrous Magazine release. I'm Left Handed and that was one of the selling points that I liked. After getting the gun home I couldn't change the release. I called Taurus and they said that it is not Ambidextrous. I still like the gun. I use the Galco Pocket Pro Holster ( Ruger LCP w/CTC } is the size you need if you have the Crimson Trace Trigger Gard Laser on your gun as I do. This holster has no padding so it is slim looking and the leather rib at the top of the holster helps to break up the out line of the gun. The Crimson Trace Laser is a great add on. You can keep the gun close to you body and still make a good shot. And the Bad Guy can't push the gun away while your trying to aim the gun with arms out in front of you. Can't go wrong buying this gun. Made in the USA. more

    November 28, 2010
    billty99
  • 100

    great little gun
    I was buying the pink framed one for my wife and the black one came in so I decided to go ahead and keep it for myself and get the pink one reordered and boy o boy am I glad I did. I love packing this gun as my cc gun, t...he holster that comes with it is good for keeping the gun protected but kind of awkward and a little difficult to get the pistol out of I would recommend a different holster. The gun shoots great not real accurate after about 20 yards but that’s to be expected from such a small frame gun. Not a real good gun to just go out plinking with cheap ammo because it does jam quite often but with good quality ammo it does a great job. The trigger pull is definitely long but smooth and consistent; the recoil is a little rough for my wife but great for keeping in the night stand or glove box. more

    November 20, 2010
    WyomingShooter
  • 100

    Not disappointed
    I haven't had a chance to shoot this gun too much yet but I wanted to get another review out there (only 4 so far) to help others in deciding between this and the Ruger LCP.I was able to compare this to the Rugur LCP at ...the store. I'm glad I got to see them both because I went in planning to get the Ruger based on reviews. After handling them both there was no question I preferred the Taurus.For me, the Taurus had sights that were easier to see, a much better trigger pull, and felt slightly better in the hand.I have shot about 50 rounds thru this gun so far. Three different brands and three different bullet designs. Not a single fail to fire or loading or ejection problem yet. Not a very extensive test but off to a good start.I was shooting at about 12 feet and was hitting about 1 inch to the right and 1 inch down from point of aim - probably due to the way I was holding to manage the long trigger pull. Group size was about 3 inches with any of the ammo (not being expecially careful - just plinking).The only problem I can see so far is that it seems a little bit difficult to get the first round to chamber after inserting the magazine. I takes a decisive snap of the slide to get the shell to chamber - sometimes a second attempt was needed. I hope this will improve with use. My wife has not tried this gun yet - I'm afraid she may have a little trouble with getting that first round chambered.This gun is very small but still easy to handle. I have large hands and I think my wife will find it a good fit as well.I have carried this constantly since purchase (in the bulldog holster that came with it) and hardly know I have it.I recomment this in spite of the chambering issue which I think will improve over time. more

    October 15, 2010
    passinthru
  • 100

    NOT a mouse gun!
    Best pocket pistol ever!!!! True, sights are trying, but better than the competition. If you think your Taurus 738 is a "mouse gun", go buy yourself some Buffalo Bore .380+P rounds (Cabelas sells them). You wil...l think again, my friend! If your .380 can take them (the Taurus 738's LOVE them!), Buffalo Bore rounds make your little .380 ROAR! 267 FPE! & the Taurus loves them! Accurate to boot! Super neat little pistols! None better, none equal. This line of pistols deserves far more than 5 stars. more

    September 15, 2010
    PearlRiverSwampFisher1
  • 100

    Great little pocket pistol
    I purchased my TCP 738 on Saturday, even after reading many of the negative reviews on other websites.Once home, I tried to cycle some Winchester SuperX JHP’s through to make sure they would feed. Instant jam.I polishe...d the feed ramp slighly, chamfered the leading edge of the take-down pin (to make it easier to get it past the spring that holds it in place) cleaned everything up and reassembled.At the range on Sunday, 100 rounds of MFS FMJ and 20 rounds of the Win Super X JHP. NO failures, whatsoever. The slide did lock back on every empty mag. After dropping the spent magazine, placing the 738 on the bench hit the slide release enough to release the slide.The sights are small and difficult to see, but good enough to hit the aimpoint at 20 feet. The trigger pull is long, but consistent. Recoil is about what you can expect from a sub-3 inch barreled gun that weighs 10 ounces.My wife enjoyed shooting it as well, despite the recoil.Overall, the TCP738 will serve nicely in a pocket holster or ankle rig. more

    August 20, 2010
    MP45nXD9
  • 100

    Taurus TCP .380 Outstanding
    I recently purchased a Taurus TCP .380 to be used as a concealed carry defensive weapon. I own pistols of almost every caliber and have purchased Taurus handguns for several years. I researched .380's and after having ch...ecked all of them out in person, I decided I liked the trigger pull of the Taurus better than the others, plus the very reasonable price and of course the lifetime warranty. I took it to the range and put a couple of boxes of .380 FMJ through it with no problems and less recoil and more controllability than I had anticipated. I then tried critical defense rounds which are optimized for short barrel autos with more velocity and less recoil and of course the flex tip which improves penetration especially through clothes.I was very pleased with this gun and believe that with this ammo it will be an easy to carry and effective defensive handgun. I saw recently in a major gun magazine that a well known company has come out with a laser sight custom made for the Taurus TCP making it an even more desirable purchase. more

    July 1, 2010
    RicardoTPA
  • 100

    Perfect Concel Carry Gun!
    I was trying to decide between the Ruger LCP, the Micro Eagle and this gun (Taurus TCP). First off this is the only one of the three that has the action open up when you have spent all of your bullets. I think is an impo...rtant feature when you are in a self defense situation. I also liked the trigger which is very smooth, much smoother then the other two I was comparing it to. The weight is almost identical to the LCP you can barley feel it in your front pocket. The sights are still not that of a full sized gun but they are better the the LCP and about the same as the Micro Eagle. (they take a little getting used to) The other thing I liked is that it was made here in the good ole USA! more

    June 2, 2010
    Stewski

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