I finally got my hands on the Taurus TCP. Many who are looking for a pocket gun will certainly be looking at this as one of the options. The design of the gun is solid. The Titanium slide option is certainly a plus. The design, somewhat modern, but functional.
Coming in at about the same price as the Ruger LCP, it is designed to compete in the small .380 market. At first site, it seems they may have a winner. 6+1 in the standard mag, and 8+1 with the extension. It feels good in the hand. The controls are all in an easily accessible spot. So far so good.
At the range, unfortunately, it jammed with a FTE on the first shot. That didn’t bother me too bad, I thought I would oil up a bit before continuing. From there it did much better. I got some additional FTE’s, probably 5 out of 50 shots. That is not very exciting. I think it jammed more than I prefer. Some will say it was the ammo, but I used the same reloads I shoot successfully in the Ruger LCP and Kel-Tec P3AT. This review is certainly from a perspective of comparing the Taurus to those two guns.
There is something about this gun I like, and something I hate. It looks cool, but it doesn’t perform that well. It might do better with other ammo, but the other .380’s perform fine with the ammo I was using. I do like the loaded chamber indicator. And I also like the Taurus security lock system. Overall, I would rate this firearm a 7 out of ten. Because it looks so cool, and comes with a cool pouch, I wish I could rate it higher, but the FTE’s are a serious problem.
Taurus TCP vs. the Ruger LCP vs. the Kel-Tec P3AT: Now you know my feelings on the Taurus. You can read my other review about the Ruger LCP as well. Because I had to send it back, I notched the Ruger down a bit. All in all, I am still a fan of the little Kel-Tec P3AT. It’s a bit cheaper than the other two, but a bit uglier also. Sure the P3AT isn’t a highly machined and refined pistol, but it performs very well. If I were in the market, I would buy Kel-Tec P3AT first, the Ruger LCP second, and the Taurus third. Sorry Taurus, I have always been a fan, but this gun needs a bit of refining on the performance side.
Due to the high demand of these types of guns, there should be plenty of buyers. the P3AT and LCP are flying off the shelves as quickly as they arrive. Now there will be another competitor. That’s always a good thing. This one is a bit larger than both the other two. And as a conceal weapon, size does matter. The smaller the better. The Kel-Tec is still the smallest and lightest of the 3. Other than the FTE’s I experienced, this weapon handled and shot well. As long as it does not jam, it should be fine. And after it gets 300-400 rounds it may do better. But do you want to risk your life on a gun that has a higher risk of jamming?