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    Not much to add about my Spectrum except that it has been reliable after received it back from it's second trip to TAURUS for repairs.
    I repeat a bit on the repair history:
    1) Fail to Fire out the box after cleaning before use required multiple trigger pulls to fire a round (2 to 4 attempts). That was fixed that when it was returned the first time based on 68 rounds of use.
    2) Next time at the range had Lock Back While Shooting, noted the Lock Back lever did not have any spring tension holding it down in the non-lock back position (assume it was bouncing up during recoil and catching the slide). The gun came back with a new Recoil Spring (not sure what that was about), and also noticed the striker had been modified based on the color of the components (red to blue), and apparently fixed the spring on the Lock Back Lever as it has tension holding it down now.

    Anyway, the gun has worked since return the second repair cycle.

    PS: I did modify the Feed Ramp bottom edge by filing a slight "u" shape vs a straight across edge. That to correct a couple of Fail to Feeds I have had where the nose of the bullet (below the point of the bullet) wedged into the lower edge of the feed ramp. I repeat that the bullet below the point of the bullet was lodged into the feed ramp lower edge (actually can see a slight gouge in the bullet).

    One would think that a bullet making contact with the feed ramp below the point of it's nose would feed on UP the ramp and likely into the barrel. I thought a less flat straight sharp square edge on the feed ramp would help the bullet go on up into the barrel. So, I cut a slight "U" shape into the lower edge of the ramp (describe that - looking down at the ramp from the top, see a slight "U" shape).

    I like shooting the gun, like the feel vs other small guns, and I am pretty accurate (for me) with it despite the trigger pull (double action and a bit scratchy before the break point).

    BTW, the trigger pull seems to be less scratchy than when new. I did put a tiny bit of gun oil in the striker, and I suspect it has worn smoother from use.

    I am still not a 380 fan, mostly because of extra cost of AMMO. Typically $0.04 /$0.05 or more per round than say 9MM. That is $4 / $5 or more on a 100 rounds and irks me every time I shoot a box or two. However, at $129.99 (typical prices now), if you want a 380, I recommend it. The Lifetime Warranty and apparently TAURUS is giving service is a PLUS as well.
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    I see no use for a gun with that many issues. I do shoot and carry 380, I probably have a dozen pistols in that caliber. A Ruger LCP can be had for a little more than a Spectrum, and since the LCP II came out you can get a used one dirt cheap. Heck, I once bought a pink one for 190 bucks, with 8 mags included! Sold the gun and kept 7 mags.

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    Still seems 380 is $0.05 to $0.07 per round higher than 9MM - 100 rounds is $5 or $7. Sad, cause I like shooting this little 380 (I do, I just limit shooting it).

    Posted these pictures under a topic regarding Recoil Spring Installation. There is talk of more coils on some springs. The last repair TAURUS did on mine (for a broken Lock Back Lever Spring), they also replaced the Recoil Spring and a change to the Striker (had repairs to striker before due to Fail to fire). All been good now - runs good.

    Anyway, the new Recoil Spring seemed harder to install and some thought some springs have more coils. Mine has 18 which seems 17 or 18 is minimum seen.
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    Might as well show Grip paint Job -- don't recommend as paint wears or gets dirty (repainted it a few days ago and shot it once since then). It was black with grey grips before. At least it is different than any other Spectrum and I like the look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulTaurus View Post
    Might as well show Grip paint Job -- don't recommend as paint wears or gets dirty (repainted it a few days ago and shot it once since then). It was black with grey grips before. At least it is different than any other Spectrum and I like the look.
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    I don't know...before long, we might see Taurus offering that color combination. Your combination is pretty striking.
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    I would not recommend the Spectrum for various reasons: I don't care much for 380s (VS a 9MM), partly because AMMO cost is typically 5 to 7 cents more per round for 380; It still has some failures (more on that below) despite the fact it has been very reliable since the 2nd fix by TAURUS and my slight modification of the Feed Ramp. All those problems and repairs are discussed above and I will not expand on it here (except to say that TAURUS Customer Service was satisfactory).

    I will say, I like the feel of the gun for a small (pocket Carry gun) and it is fun to shoot, and I am pretty accurate with it (considering it is me shooting and I primarily use it as a point Aim Shoot gun.

    As I said, it has been very reliable since the second repairs, EXCEPT the last time at the range visits.

    Don't remember any problems this range visit, Jan 22, 2020

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    Then this on Feb 12, 2020. Tried to show that the Fail To Feed was due to the Bullet being wedged between the Slide and the Feed Ramp with the bullet making contact with the feed ramp at a point just above the center of the bullet (picture not real clear - so I marked the bullet point).

    No way it would slide on up the ramp. As a matter of fact it is so tightly wedged between the slide and the ramp that the MAG will not release. You have to pull the slide back and lock it to relieve the pressure to release the MAG. It is like the bullets comes out of the MAG to horizontal and hits the Feed Ramp.

    NOTE: the mid I did to the edge of the Feed Ramp was to allow bullets that hit below center point to go on up the ramp (and I have not had that failure since that Mod).


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    As far as shooting - not my best, but OK.

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    I'd thought that I read all the Spectrum threads before buying one but don't recall reading this one. Anyway, it appears that the problem is by design as I had to reshape the bottom of the feed ramp on mine also. I'm surprised that Taurus hadn't discovered this problem at some point and made a change themselves. I can't even imagine how much they've spent for shipping back and forth under warranty to fix problem Spectrums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by funflyer View Post
    I'd thought that I read all the Spectrum threads before buying one but don't recall reading this one. Anyway, it appears that the problem is by design as I had to reshape the bottom of the feed ramp on mine also. I'm surprised that Taurus hadn't discovered this problem at some point and made a change themselves. I can't even imagine how much they've spent for shipping back and forth under warranty to fix problem Spectrums.
    I imagine cost them a lot. The Feed Problem shows up on some U-Tube presentations and I think one guy had it on the nose: The bullet comes out of the MAG too "Horizontal", that is not sloped enough to let the bottom of the projectile hit the ramp at an angle.

    I wonder if there is a fix, seems would have to change the design completely, maybe just change the angle of the bullets in the Mag.

    I have had some Fail To Feed where the bullet actually wedged into the feed ramp at a point below the center of the projectile. I think that problem has been corrected on my gun by modification of the bottom of the feed ramp from a straight line to a slight "U". That makes it easier for the bullet to feed on up the ramp.

    Course that will not stop a Fail To Feed when the projectile hits the feed ramp above the center of the projectile (as it did in the pictures above). Actually, that is the first time that happened since the second time I got the gun back from Taurus and did my modification of the feed ramp with the "U". Their repairs BTW were not related to that issue but to Fail To Fire (1st return) and a broken Lock Back Lever Spring (2nd return).

    The gun has been very reliable (until the recent Fail To Fire and this Fail to Feed). Anyway, not reliable enough to want it for a carry gun, and AMMO is too expensive for just fun or target shooting. That said, I do like shooting it. I think when my supply of AMMO is gone, so will the Spectrum 380 be gone and Never Another 380 for me (stick to 22s and 9MMs).
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