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    My Spectrum Experience since Purchase late Dec 2018

    My Story. Traded a Hi-Point 380 ($75 allowed - had added one extra MAG, had case also) in at Smoky Mtn Gun&Ammo for a TAURUS 380 end of Dec 2018 cause they were on sale then at $169.99 plus a $35 Rebate (now the guns are seen for $129.99 or even $119,99).

    Summary: (I wrote this in a reply to a U-Tube Poster regarding his Spectrum).

    Like you (referring to the poster on U-Tube), I like the look, feel, and shooting (when it is OK) but at same time I don't have much use for a 380 (AMMO Prices, etc.). I went with it cause thought might want to Pocket Carry sometime and did not have a use for the Hi_point 380 (too clunky to carry and AMMO to expensive to target shoot).


    PROBLEMS with the Spectrum (NOTE: Resolved now it appears).

    First shoot, I estimate 40% of rounds took 2, 3, or 4 trigger pulls to fire (as well as some feed problems like yours where bullet jammed into feed ramp - not so much extract or eject problems you have). TAURUS took it back (paid shipping also) and seemed to have fixed the Fail to Fire problem - I shot 68 rounds the day I got it back, but still had two Fail to Fire.


    Then couple shoots later (maybe another 30 rounds a few days later), it started locking back while shooting. It took me a couple more shoots (days later) to realize that the Lock Back Lever was moving up and catching the slide (no spring tension to hold LBL down). TAURUS took it back (paid shipping also). It came came back and has worked good since. I don't think I have had any failures except one fail to feed - bullet wedged on ramp (more on that later).

    The second trip to TAURUS - It appeared they had installed a new recoil spring (stiffer and very hard to install it and the rod when reassembling - I actually use a 22 cleaning rod fed thru the front into the spring to keep it straight while pushing the rod fwd to where it needs to be).

    It also appeared they installed a new striker at least parts of it (spring) is different color than before.

    As I said - all worked OK except the one fail to feed (bullet wedged at base of ramp, actually the bullet contacts the wedge below the center point of the bullet - seems should load). So, sort of like you modifying the bottom of the Feed Ramp, but I went a bit more extreme. I modified the bottom of the fed ramp by thinning it and actually making it a bit "U" shaped (very slight 'U") VS straight across. Maybe help understand if I say - looking down at the ramp from top of barrel, see slight "U".

    I probably have ran 100 or maybe 200 thru it since with no failures. That includes some aluminum case, and some flat nose (stuff I bought from a friend that sold his 380). Anyway, lately I am satisfied with the gun and find it fun to shoot.

    Biggest problem now is that it is a 380 and AMMO is more expensive than 9MM by $0.05 or $0.10 a round (shoot 100 rounds, talking $5 or $10 - Ain't worth it to practice). And, I am not sure I want to mess with pocket carry -- trade it when AMMO is gone (Maybe trade, doubt get more than $50 out of it).
    Last edited by PaulTaurus; 08-19-2019 at 11:20 AM. Reason: Minor Corrections.
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    I don't have a Spectrum (never liked the looks of it) but I do have several other Taurus .380's. I purchased a bunch of .380 ammo from Cabelas when they were phasing out the Herters line for $9.55 per 50ct box (.19 per round). Those prices included sales tax (shipping was free). There can be some cheap .380 ammo out there from time to time but it takes patience. The worst part about it is not wanting to buy in bulk when you haven't run that brand through at least once.

    If I could only get $50 out of a gun, I'd keep it, even if I never purchased ammo for it again. I can't imagine ever selling a gun I purchased without thinking some day I would regret it. If one of my Tauruses ever breaks down, I will reluctantly exchange it for the replacement-of-the-day, but I'll still be wishing I hadn't parted with it.

    (Of course, both you and my wife might want to say I'm a hoarder).
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    Sad thing that got me started with 380s (the HI-Point) to try a 380 was price of $129.99 or was it $119.99 for gun, and $8.99 for box of 50 rounds of 380 AMMO at FLoyd's Golf and Guns in Sevierville, TN. I decided $8,99 was cheap as most 9MM I buy, so might as well buy the gun.

    BTW, it was Browning AMMO (Brass 95gm FMJ), add sales tax of course (near 9% here). I might add Floyd's often has pretty good AMMO Prices ($7.99 to $8.99 for 9MM, have bought some 22LR (Remington Thunderbolt and Blazer for $12.99 for 500 rounds - usually $14.99).

    I had some of the $8.99 380 left over when I traded the Hi-Point for the Spectrum. Floyd later ran out of the $8.99 and set a new supply out (same brand) for $12.99. JUST GUESSING, but I think they erroneously priced the first batch.

    I did pick up 5 or 6 boxes to start with and maybe 2 or 3 more later (for the Hi-Point 380). Beyond that the best I have done was a 300 round order on Target Web Site (not the Target Stores). I don't remember the price, but thought it was better than the $12.99 plus tax per 50 rounds.

    So, not often beat the $12.99 for 50 rounds (add say $1.20 tax). Be about $0.28 a round (380s not worth it --rather shoot 9MM at $0.17 a round or $0.20 per round). Get more practice with your carry gun or just target shoot if that is whet you do.

    I do like this little 380 (fun since it shoots) and might keep it if can buy AMMO reasonable. Recent bought 5 boxes (50 rounds each) at $10 a box from a friend that got rid of his 380 (no tax on that, so $0.20 per round). About same as 9mm.

    As far as keeping a gun that I don't use, one that is new for $119 or $129 plus tax and background check, I just as soon sell it for $50 as to let it set. I don't collect guns, rather use $50 to buy AMMO or a different gun. To Each His Own on keeping or selling.

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    I used to have a Taurus PT-738 TCP that shot .380. It was a good little pocket-carry gun. Then it started to have failure to eject (FTE) problems. I sent it back to Taurus, and they said that they couldn't fix it. They offered me a new Spectrum as a replacement, but I didn't like what I had read about the Spectrum on this forum. I asked if I could get a G2C instead, and Taurus approved.
    I did get a Ruger LCP-II to replace the 738 as a pocket pistol. It's almost exactly the same, but has much better reliablilty.
    Then this last February, I picked up a Bersa Thunder 380. It's a clone of James Bond's Walther. My wife likes that gun.
    Other than those two, most of my handguns are 9mm.

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    Two words; start reloading.
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    Heard to many bad things about the Spectrum that I never had any interest in buying one. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHorse View Post
    Two words; start reloading.
    ahh yep!--IF you have the time to do it!
    380-9 MM -38 Super runs me right about 6.00-6.25 per box for FMJ loads, self defense ammo is about 10 Bucks or so a box of 50, depends if its regular JHP or all copper.
    and you can load them closer to SAAMI pressure like the cartridge was designed to operate on.
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    Reloading for me is part of the sport, prefer my ammo over commercial, I can reload for recoil and accuracy. Far too many unreliable commercial ammo out there in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldtimer View Post
    Reloading for me is part of the sport, prefer my ammo over commercial, I can reload for recoil and accuracy. Far too many unreliable commercial ammo out there in my opinion.
    I've got it backwards

    I shoot, to support my reloading habit.

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    I have two G-42's in my even dozen pocket 380's all the rest are different makes and models including a Spectrum. I have shot my Spectrum enough to trust mine to work. I like it, but I love my Springfield 911 (Three times the price, I should) and it is hard to beat the LCP II. My Son EDC's a J-Frame or a Spectrum, mostly the Spectrum, he has shot his a lot.
    I don't shoot a lot of 380, but not because of cost. With most guns it just becomes painful after several magazines. Pain does not cause me fun. I pay about 21 cents a round currently for 100 Gr flat nose FMJ from LAX Ammo, yes that's 4 cents a round higher than 155 Gr 9 MM FMJ. Let's do the math on say 200 rounds $8 more. I can afford that as little as I shoot.
    I also shoot a lot of 40 and less, but more than 380, of 357 Sig and 10 MM.
    I'll try to shoot the Spectrum more just to get a higher round count, but right now I am happy enough with it.
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