The following warnings occurred:
Warning [2] Illegal string offset 'birthday' - Line: 105 - File: inc/plugins/imagebirthday.php PHP 5.5.38 (Linux)
File Line Function
/inc/plugins/imagebirthday.php 105 errorHandler->error
[PHP]   imagebirthday_profile
/inc/class_plugins.php 100 call_user_func_array
/showthread.php 394 pluginSystem->run_hooks
Warning [2] Illegal string offset 'birthday' - Line: 105 - File: inc/plugins/imagebirthday.php PHP 5.5.38 (Linux)
File Line Function
/inc/plugins/imagebirthday.php 105 errorHandler->error
[PHP]   imagebirthday_profile
/inc/class_plugins.php 100 call_user_func_array
/showthread.php 1245 pluginSystem->run_hooks





 We have received 33% of our goal
Server costs


Forum Affiliates

Your banner here / Tu banner aquí

Tags: Blog, Review, Taurus,
Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
[EDC Blog] Review - Taurus 738 TCP
07-21-2011, 03:39 PM
Post: #1
[EDC Blog] Review - Taurus 738 TCP
0
0
Review - Taurus 738 TCP

Last time, we talked about Pepper Spray for self defense. I mentioned that it is important to have the ability to defend yourself. Often self-defense is overlooked, leading to tragedy. Going along that same topic, I wanted to write about a favorite defensive firearm of mine, a firearm being one of the most effective defensive tools available. I'm actually very excited to do this review.

This firearm takes up no more room in the pocket than a standard-sized wallet. Its size and weight allow you to carry it comfortably in all conditions. The firearm is none other than the Taurus 738 TCP.

The Taurus TCP is a truly palm-sized pistol.
The Taurus TCP is called a pocket pistol. This means that it can easily and unobtrusively be carried in the pocket. The fact that it can be carried so discretely should give you some idea of how small this firearm actually is.

Size & Weight

The Taurus TCP weighs 10.1 oz with an empty magazine and just 12.5 oz with seven rounds of 95gr, JHP (Jacketed Hollow Point) Winchester PDX1 ammunition, seven being the maximum amount of rounds that the TCP can hold with a full magazine and one in the chamber.

The barrel length is 2.8" long, the slide length is 5.3". The height of the pistol is 3.7" and the thickness is 0.78". If you can visualize that, the Taurus TCP is palm-sized. The size is amazingly small, if you haven't seen other pocket pistols such as the Kel-Tec P3AT or the Ruger LCP.

To keep weight down, the frame is made of polymer with adequate texturing on the grip. The steel slide rides on steel rails that are held onto the frame by two metal pins. The slide has serrations at the back which provide adequate traction to cycle the slide fairly easily. The recoil spring is actually has two integrated springs that are kept in place by a steel guide rod.

The Taurus TCP comes with 2, 6-round magazines, a PDA-style carry pouch
and 2 keys for the built-in hammer lock, which disables the pistol.
In terms of fit and finish, I have no complaints on the Taurus TCP. It looks very nice, with attractive machining that flows from the slide, throughout the frame. From a company that is often known for poor quality, the TCP really sets that bar high. I would not call this a poor quality firearm in any way.

Sights & Fire Controls

The sights are small and definitely designed not to snag on clothes when the firearm is drawn from concealment. They are non-adjustable milled out of the slide but, surprisingly enough, they are adequate. With some practice, I was able to have acceptable groups at realistic self-defense distances (10-20 feet).

I must say that I am very pleased with the TCP's trigger. It has a long, smooth, double action only trigger. When I say smooth, I mean smooth. The trigger has no staging or noticeable increase in the weight of the trigger pull throughout the movement. After some practice, you will remember where the breaking point of the trigger is, and be able to more or less know where it goes off. The nice trigger definitely helps shoot the pistol more accurately. I should also mention that there is no second strike capability on this pistol, so every time you want the hammer to hit, the slide has to cycle.

Rapid Fire: 5 shots at 10 feet within 2 seconds
out of the Taurus TCP, shows good "real-world" accuracy,
which is accuracy you would need in a defensive situation.
This firearm is somewhat unique when compared to other pocket pistols by the fact that it has a slide stop. The TCP's slide is held back on the last round, giving you a clear indication that the pistol is out of ammunition. This is a major plus in my book. In a self-defense scenario where you might be using a pistol, it is absolutely critical to know if you are out of ammo. With a firearm like the Kel-Tec P3AT or the Ruger LCP, you do not know you are out unless you count your shots, or hear a "click" when you should have heard a "bang". While I do not know how likely it is that you would be requiring more than 6 or 7 shots in a defensive scenario, it provides piece of mind to know that the TCP gives a signal when it is out of rounds.

The slide stop on the TCP is Glock-like in that it protrudes very little from the side of the pistol. When I reload after slide lock, I like to rack the slide manually rather than push the slide lock down with my thumb, since the slide stop does not offer very much traction, making it difficult to actuate manually.

Slow Fire: These 5 shots at 21 feet show that
the Taurus TCP is capable of accurate fire.
The last fire control, the magazine release, is also very trim. At first, it is hard to get used to, since it is so small, but with practice, it is more than adequate and ejects the magazines consistently.

The single-stack magazines on the TCP hold 6 rounds of .380 ACP ammunition. The TCP comes with two of them. The magazines have red followers and witness holes to see exactly how many rounds are in the magazine. The base plate on the magazines is extended about 1/2" to allow for a fuller grip on the pistol. I would have rather had a slightly longer grip and magazines without the extended base plate, since the extension makes reloading a little more difficult. When you hold the pistol, your fingers are holding onto what little grip there is, holding onto the extended floor plate of the magazine in the process. Then, we pulling the magazine out, you have to loosen your grip to make sure that you're not holding on to the magazine. That being said, the magazines have worked flawlessly for me and are of high quality.

Shooting

Slow Fire: At 50 feet, the group sizes of the Taurus TCP
open up to nearly that of the whole sheet of paper due to
difficulty in using the small sights.
You might think that such a small pistol must be incredibly difficult to shoot. I have large hands, and even so, shooting the Taurus TCP is not too difficult, definitely more enjoyable than I thought it would be. With an inserted magazine, I can grip the pistol comfortably, with only my pinky finger hanging off. Of course I prefer a full length grip, but with portability of the TCP come some compromises. Overall, it's a good compromise and I'll accept a slightly less comfortable grip for the ability to carry my pistol comfortably anywhere.

Those that have never shot a .380 ACP pocket pistol before might be surprised by the snap of the recoil. Recoil is less than that of a 9mm pistol, but due to the small frame of the gun and the fact that you cannot have a full grip, the pistol wants to snap up with every shot. This takes a little time to get use to, but once you do, follow-up shots are very manageable.

Reliablity

I have fired about 300 or so rounds through the TCP thus far and have had no failures at all. I have shot both Full Metal Jacket rounds and Jacketed Hollow Point rounds, with no issues. It's just a very dependable pistol. I have read about some people having issues with it, but I have had absolutely none.

Conclusion

Overall, I really like the Taurus TCP pistol. It is small enough to carry comfortably in almost all situations, but still shoots well. The trigger pull is great, with a very functional slide stop. If any of you are looking for a defensive pistol, maybe you are looking for the Taurus TCP. Check one out at your local gun shop and see if it fits you.
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread Author Replies Views Last Post
  [EDC Blog] Review - Cold Steel Urban Pal bot 0 1,767 08-03-2011 04:32 PM
Last Post: bot
  [SHTF Blog] Book Review – The Prepper’s Pocket Guide bot 0 586 08-01-2011 08:59 PM
Last Post: bot
  [The Modern Survivalist - Blog] Review: Glock 17 gen4 bot 0 706 08-01-2011 08:59 PM
Last Post: bot
  [EDC Items] Lifesaver Bottle Review bot 0 773 07-28-2011 01:08 AM
Last Post: bot
  [Suburban Survivalist] Review: DuraCoat Shake N Spray bot 0 814 07-28-2011 12:49 AM
Last Post: bot
  [Suburban Survivalist] Review: Kel-Tec SU-16C Carbine bot 0 784 07-28-2011 12:49 AM
Last Post: bot
  [Suburban Survivalist] Book Review: Survivors bot 0 422 07-28-2011 12:49 AM
Last Post: bot
  [Suburban Survivalist] Book Review: Tooth and Nail bot 0 423 07-28-2011 12:49 AM
Last Post: bot
  [E.D.C. Central Blog] American Kami Ti Spork Review bot 0 547 07-28-2011 12:49 AM
Last Post: bot
  [CandlePowerForums - Blogs] Review: The NiteFLUX RedZone 4 bot 0 803 07-28-2011 12:49 AM
Last Post: bot

[EDC Blog] Review - Taurus 738 TCP
Current time: 07-16-2019, 12:06 PM
User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)
Author: bot
Last Post: bot
Replies 0
Views 851


Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Welcome, Guest
You have to register before you can post on our site.

Username
  

Password
  





Links
Budget Light Forum

Search Forums

(Advanced Search)

More
Gearoo - EDC Shop
Gearoo - Tienda EDC

Latest Threads
Happy New Year
Last Post: tam
01-03-2019 10:57 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 0
Caravan Designs Brand Sug...
Last Post: Caravan-Designs
11-05-2018 09:34 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 0
Hello From Caravan Design...
Last Post: Caravan-Designs
11-02-2018 01:54 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 0
Hello Everyone
Last Post: KenkoyCreator
10-07-2016 12:21 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 0
Hello everyone
Last Post: eirselloo
03-08-2015 05:57 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 1
Greetings fellow EDCeers
Last Post: tam
01-02-2015 07:17 AM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 4
Greeting from Virginia
Last Post: Gsd2012
07-08-2014 10:14 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 4
Wenger Evolution ST 10 mi...
Last Post: tam
03-07-2014 05:10 PM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 10
Which one from Maglite li...
Last Post: tam
03-05-2014 04:52 PM
» Replies: 1
» Views: 7
The falshlight batteries ...
Last Post: Tibo
01-14-2014 06:19 AM
» Replies: 0
» Views: 107

Online Users
There are currently 16 online users.
» 0 Member(s) | 16 Guest(s)