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Warmer weather is upon us, which means lighter clothing, so I've been looking at getting a little .380acp pistol for the pocket. I had the opportunity to try out a S&W BG380 and the Ruger LCP. The BG380 had a smooth, easy to rack slide that locks back after the last shot, but had the worst trigger I've yet experienced in a small pistol, and I don't feel confident I would ever be able to activate it's built-in laser in a stressful up close and personal defensive encounter, which is what this type of gun is designed for in the first place. I felt that the extra bulk and heft the laser added to what should have been a small, easily concealable pocket pistol was more of a liability then what offered in return. It also had a manual safety I would never use, just one more useless thing that could possibly go wrong.

The LCP was OK but I found it very difficult to rack the slide, so the fact that it won't hold open on the last shot was a deal breaker for me. Again, I don't feel confident I could reload the little beast in a stressful situation with sweaty hands, etc. These little .380's need to be racked vigorously to chamber the first round correctly, so a last shot hold open is a must have in my opinion. The other .380's on the market, such as the Kahr P380 and Sig P238, are just simply too expensive. If I'm spending $500-$600+ on a handgun, it's definitely not going to be on a little .380 pistol.

The Taurus TCP 738 on the other hand had everything I wanted in a .380 pocket pistol. No frills, no external safety, a superior trigger and last shot hold open, all for considerably cheaper then the competition. Once I found out it was made in the USA, there was no question which one I would choose. The TCP's chiseled looks with it's wider trigger guard was more appealing to me aesthetically as well. When handling each of the three pistols, I found no noticeable qualitative difference between them.

I haven't taken the TCP to the range yet, but I'm expecting it to behave similarly to the other small .380's I've shot. I will report back on my experience.
 

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Welcome to the forum. I too have a TCP, and it's my EDC. Very concealable in Southern AZ when I'm usually in a t-shirt and shorts. Get out and break that TCP in!
oh and post some pics!
 

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Welcome to the forum. I too have a TCP, and it's my EDC. Very concealable in Southern AZ when I'm usually in a t-shirt and shorts. Get out and break that TCP in!
oh and post some pics!
Thank you. I posted a pic of my 738 in it's case on another thread I just started.
 

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Welcome to TA from Minnesota
 

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Congratualtions, the TCP should serve you well! I chose the LCP over the TCP just because I liked
the asthetics better. Both guns make fine pocket pistols and backup guns.
 

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Already disassembled, cleaned and ready to go. I will probably take it to the range this weekend.
If you can I would suggest a few different brands of ammo the first day, just in case it doesn't like a particular brand. I really like my TCP, at first it did not like WWB but now it eats everything fine.
 

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Congrats on the new TCP. I picked up one recently too as a backup to my 709. It has been very reliable, as has the wife's pink and black stainless model. I find I grab the TCP more now that weather is warming up. The size makes it perfect for conceal carry.
 

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Once I got my 738, I haven't carried my P250 40C in awhile..
 

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Congratulations on your new firearm.
 

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Congrats.....I love my TCP and it is my EDC. I believe I am going to pass it on the the wife now that I found a S&W M&P Shield .40cal. It fits in the back pocket as well. But I like the TCP since it weighs a lot less.
 

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After extensive research I decided on the Taurus TCP 380 for my EDC. Picked up yesterday, brought it home to clean it and prep it for the range. Something wasn't right. Had difficulty reassembling the slide. The barrel seemed to be catching on something. After about a half an hour got it back together. Took it to the range every round failed to feed. Brought it back home to break it down again. This time the slide wouldn't come off. Stuck. Went back to the factory today. They told me 4 to6 weeks. I couldn't believe this company sent this gun out of the factory. It was dysfunctional right out of the box. Made a bad choice and should have went a different direction. I understand that Taurus now makes quality firearms. I'm not convinced, their quality control must be non-existent. I'm comfortable after one day to wish I had purchased a Kahr or Sig.
 

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dang, thats a long time to wait! It seems there is a way to make em work. Iam gonna see if i can buy the tcp rental at jims range. It works ever time i shot it. No-joke! LMAO. You know if ya have a keltec or db you can walk in set and wait and leave with fixed pistol. CAN'T do that if your in miami. Iam just sayin, taurus has commi policies in the good ole USA.
 

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If you can I would suggest a few different brands of ammo the first day, just in case it doesn't like a particular brand. I really like my TCP, at first it did not like WWB but now it eats everything fine.
That's what I plan on doing, if I can find the ammo that is. Easier said then done nowadays! I have some Federal 90gr Hydra-shok JHP's to try out. I've shot Speer Gold Dot, Hornady CD and PMC Bronze FMJ in the Ruger LCP with no problems. Anything over 90gr that I tried in these little guns seemed to cause issues. A box of 95gr Federal FMJs I once tried in an LCP caused a jam on nearly every full magazine load, so whatever I get I'm sticking with 90gr bullets.
 

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After extensive research I decided on the Taurus TCP 380 for my EDC. Picked up yesterday, brought it home to clean it and prep it for the range. Something wasn't right. Had difficulty reassembling the slide. The barrel seemed to be catching on something. After about a half an hour got it back together. Took it to the range every round failed to feed. Brought it back home to break it down again. This time the slide wouldn't come off. Stuck. Went back to the factory today. They told me 4 to6 weeks. I couldn't believe this company sent this gun out of the factory. It was dysfunctional right out of the box. Made a bad choice and should have went a different direction. I understand that Taurus now makes quality firearms. I'm not convinced, their quality control must be non-existent. I'm comfortable after one day to wish I had purchased a Kahr or Sig.
i had all the same issues as you, and resolved them immediately. with respect to breaking the gun down and putting it back together, refer to this guide:
<--great tip about reassembling towards the end of the video that should resolve your problem.

as far as failure to feed goes, it could be one of two things. you may have an early model that just sat on the shelf for ages before it got sold. if that's the case, that may be your issue. regardless, refer to this guide:

the last piece of advice, which i'm embarrassed to admit may have been my issue, for all these mouse guns, you really need to rack the shit out of them when you cock them. try pulling the slide back all the way very quickly, and letting it quickly slide lose from between your fingers so that it slides forward very fast and hard. guns are violent, and they rack a lot better when you rip the slide back hard. i don't have a video for this, but i'm almost positive that's the problem you have. a good friend of mine has a ruger LCP and he had FTF issues all the time until i showed him how to rack it proper.
 
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