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Gun Reviews By Women – Taurus TCP 738 – Katie

Taurus TCP 738 Gun Review

By Katie

 

Specifications

Model: Taurus TCP 738

Caliber: 380

Barrel Length: 3 inches

Ammunition Capacity: 6 plus 1

Price: $355

 

Taurus TCP 738 Usage & Features

Primary Use:

Concealed Carry

Are you right handed or left handed?

Right

What features does this gun have that appealed to you?

Small and light weight, easy to conceal.

Tell us about shooting this gun:

I have had a lot of trouble with this Taurus TCP. It fails to feed. I have tried many different types of ammo all with the same results.

How does it fit your hand, how do you like the sights, how difficult is it to rack the slide, how would you describe the trigger pull, and how would you describe the recoil?

It fits very well in my hand.

How reliable is it?

It is not reliable because of the failure to feed problem.

Any problems with any type of ammunition?

Yes, all types.

Does this gun have any specific ammunition requirements? If so, please explain:

Not that I have been able to figure out.

What do you dislike about shooting this gun, if anything?

Unreliability.

Was it easy to take down and clean?

Yes, it the Taurus TCP is easy to take down and clean.

Would you recommend this gun?

No.

For someone considering this gun, what would you tell them?

Do not buy this gun. It has been nothing but a hassle. Read the reviews of other similar models and talk to people who own them before making a purchase. These are things I wish I had done. I’m so glad to see that TWAW has made this forum available to us.

Anything else you would like to share about the gun?

I returned this gun to Taurus and I’m currently waiting on the results. It cost me $50 in shipping to get it to them and who knows how much it will be to get it back. Yes it has a lifetime warranty, but that doesn’t cover shipping…

 

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2 thoughts on “Gun Reviews By Women – Taurus TCP 738 – Katie

  1. Swede says:

    I had the same problem with the TCP-738… The problem is: the slide stop on the TCP is a tiny piece of stamped steel with sharp corners. Depending on the shape of the bullet, the back corner of the slide stop catches on the nose of the bullet causing FTL’s. Pull the slide back and let go to chamber a round. Then eject the round and examine the “nose” of the bullet. You’ll see a gouge in the nose of the bullet. The solution is to CAREFULLY round or bevel the back corner of the slide stop with a jeweler’s file. You need to remove the slide but, don’t need to disassemble the gun. This must be done carefully in steps or, the slide stop won’t work. If this is scary, take it to a gunsmith!
    Some …hacks suggest bending the feed lips on the magazine. Don’t do it. This raises the angle of the bullet but, doesn’t always work and can cause other problems.
    I’ve put thousands of rounds through mine after this fix without a single problem and can “ring steel” with it at 20yds. BTW, my girlfriend HATES IT! …after she fired it once with her support thumb on the slide…. (slide bite!)

    1. Swede says:

      Sorry, also BTW: Garrison Grip makes a 1″ & 1.25″ grip extension for the TCP and Ruger LCP (about $12 on Amazon). I bought the LCP for my girlfriend and the TCP for myself. Both were virtually “unshootable” for anything beyond 10 feet. The crummy sights, short sight radius and tiny grips were huge strikes against these guns. (A dab of bright white fingernail polish on the front sight helps a lot) With the extensions, allowing a proper grip on the gun, the improvement was dramatic …almost like a “real gun”! I occasionally carry the TCP and usually carry a Taurus G2C. We’re both in our 60’s and have been shooting for a long, long time. I don’t want to subject our nicer guns to “IWB life” but, would never carry a gun if I wasn’t absolutely, positively certain that it would go BANG if and when it ever needed to.

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