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Hi everyone. Second trip to the range with the TCP 380 and it shot great. The only problem I have now is the magazine. I have left the magazine full of 6 rounds for 2 months and towards the end of the range day, I was unable to add the 6th round in the mag and fully insert the magazine. After taking it home and doing a through cleaning, the mag spring was found bent. I called Taurus and they will replace the mag no problem but he said not to leave all six rounds in the magazine while inserted in the gun as he said "Taurus doesn't recommend carrying all six rounds in the magazine cause it bends the hell out of the spring" I was kinda floored by that statement cause I would think Taurus would have designed it to hold all bullets. Has anyone else experienced this as well?
 

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Magazines aren't Taurus's best thing. They tend to push the capacity to the limit, and when you insert a fully loaded mag the 'bar' in the middle of the slide pushes the rounds down even farther so the slide will clear them on recoil. That's why it's so hard to insert a fully loaded mag under a closed slide. Colt used to have problems with 8 round flush mount magazines - people would insert a fully loaded mag under a closed slide, and smack the bottom of the mag to get it in. Many times that resulted in broken welds on the magazine base plates. So it's not just Taurus.

I look at it like this - statistically most gunfights only last three or four rounds, so I'm much more concerned about the first three or four rounds than anything else. When I carry my Kahr CM9, I carry two spare 8-round magazines in a DIY pocket carrier. That gives me 23 rounds at my disposal - and that's 23 rounds to be used to break contact and do what on shepherd said to the other shepherd - get the flock out of there. I'm going to get some distance between me and a threat, if for no other reason than to facilitate reloading.

Here's a pic of the carrier. It goes in my back pocket with the leather out, and it prints like a wallet. The mags are easily extracted while the carrier stays in my pocket.

 

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Have to admit I'm a bit surprised and disturbed that Taurus would design a mag with this kind of problem. Even more so that they would knw about it and not fix it.
 
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