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    Taurus PT 138 Pro vs Taurus PT 638 Pro

    I have a chance to purchase a PT638 "new in box" for around $330 or a PT 138 new in box for $349. If the 638 is a better firearm I'd buy it but would either have to drive some 178 miles to Youngstown to pick it up, or I can buy the 138 locally. Of course I could have the 638 shipped through an FFL but that would add about $30. What I really want to know before deciding on either is how they compare to each other. It appears they are configured the same so I am assuming the 138 is an improvement--but I am asking about these pistols in this forum because I really don't know and any sort of attempt on getting any detail on the Internet has not been fruitful.
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    I'm sure someone will be kind enough to correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the PT638 is a newer model than the PT138 Millennium Pro.

    Speaking from personal experience of owning the PT138; and will give it a double thumbs' up as far as reliability and being a dream to shoot. I never had one issue with it, and it now stands home defense duty at one of adult son's house.

    I feel that you would be well-served with either one you end up with.
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    i have the 638 and it is built more on a pt-145 frame as far as like for holster fitting and it also carries 16 rounds the 138 does not...

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    Thanks for the info. It looks like it will be the 138 for me. I did read that it's discontinued. The 138 I'm looking at is 'new' old stock.
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    Both the 638 and the PT138 Mil Pro are things of the past according to Taurus USA's site. So are the 24/7s!!
    The 2011 series has taken their places, but the 2011 haven't been seen out for sale yet. In stock at some online places, but not for sale just yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand_cru View Post
    Thanks for the info. It looks like it will be the 138 for me. I did read that it's discontinued. The 138 I'm looking at is 'new' old stock.
    Actually I went to my local source today and handled a PT 138 and passed on it. I was surprised at how big and bulky it was--not that I should be surprised since it has a double-stack magazine. In any case I didn't think it was suitable as a pocket carry. So I will continue to use my Sig 238 and just carry an extra magazine.
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    You need to consider the TCP 738 for pocket carry. The PT138, PT638 and the MilPro's are a bit to big for pocket carry, IMO.
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    I too was very interested in the 638. I liked the adjustable sights and ambi safety of the 638, but for the size, you can get a larger and cheaper caliber to carry.
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    I have decided to continue using my Sig P238 as my pocket carry pistol:
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    I put it side by side with a Smith & Wesson 380 Bodyguard and they were both the same size as far a length and height goes. Of course the Bodyguard had the laser whereas I won't put laser grips on this gun. I've had it for about two years and only put about 200 rounds through it--no FTF or FTE problems. So I guess if it ain't broke don't fix it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand_cru View Post
    I have a chance to purchase a PT638 "new in box" for around $330 or a PT 138 new in box for $349. If the 638 is a better firearm I'd buy it but would either have to drive some 178 miles to Youngstown to pick it up, or I can buy the 138 locally. Of course I could have the 638 shipped through an FFL but that would add about $30. What I really want to know before deciding on either is how they compare to each other. It appears they are configured the same so I am assuming the 138 is an improvement--but I am asking about these pistols in this forum because I really don't know and any sort of attempt on getting any detail on the Internet has not been fruitful.

    I can only speak on my experience with the 638 Pro. Mine has been a tack driver. I've shot some crap bullets through it and have not had a malfunction. It took me minutes to sight it in. I've not shot the PT138. I've shot the PT145 and really like it. I've been split between keeping my 638 or selling it and buying a PT145. My other handguns are 45acp. My wife has a 738 which prompted me to got with the 638 again.

    Problems about the PT638:

    1. It is no longer being imported to the US, as far as I know.

    2. You only get two mags with the 638.

    If you want more you have to go through Taurus and they aren't cheap. There are mags available for the PT138.



    The 638 fits right in the Springfield XD/Millenium Pro Fobus holster (SP11BRP, SP11BRB).

    I don't know if taurus came out with the DT series yet or not. I have only recently become acquainted with the Millenium Pro and PT series pistols. I like them and would like to see them stick around a while longer.

 

 
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