Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
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  • Note the complete lack of any safety -- a major problem for people who want to carry this pistol cocked and with a bullet in the chamber
  • A fixed barrel locked into position is the preferred design for pistols this small
  • One complaint about this pistol is that you must use a tool -- such as the flat-head, jeweler's screwdriver shown on the right -- to pry out a pin in order to disassemble the pistol
  • The recoil is comparable to what you'd experience with a snub-nose,.38 revolver -- it's manageable, but can take you by surprise if you don't expect it


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    The Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol is commonly referred to as a “mouse gun” — a small pistol that can easily be concealed in a pocket. In the past, so-called mouse guns were often produced in diminutive calibers such as .22 LR, .25 ACP and .32 ACP.

    The Taurus 738 TCP ups the ante by producing a mouse gun chambered for .380 ACP — a considerably more powerful caliber than what was standard in mouse guns not that long ago. The Taurus 738 TCP is reliable and happily gnaws through even hollow point bullets and other defensive rounds. This small pistol features metal construction in the parts that count such as the barrel and slide mechanism, so it should last for a long time with proper care.

  • Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
  • The Taurus 738 TCP is quite small. How small? This pistol weighs 10.2 ounces unloaded and only 10.5 ounces when fully loaded with 6 .380 ACP bullets in the clip. The pistol features a 2.84″ barrel, is 5.2″ long, 3.75″ high and 0.87″ wide. The pistol features fixed sites that work well enough, but let’s face it — you won’t be using sites much on one of those “point and shoot” pistols that are designed with close range combat in mind. Note the complete lack of any safety — a major problem for people who want to carry this pistol cocked and with a bullet in the chamber.

  • Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
  • The Taurus 738 TCP comes with only one magazine at a time when it is increasingly popular for manufacturers to provide at least two of them. The magazine holds six .380 ACP bullets and can even be taken down and cleaned if it fails to function reliability.

  • Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
  • Here is a shot of the pistol with the slide pulled back and the barrel exposed. Have a close look at that barrel because it does present a bit of a problem — the barrel is not fixed, and that means it does float a bit. A small, light, 2.84″ barrel with the ability to float means it can rest right, left, north or south of center and that can throw off the accuracy of the pistol a bit. A fixed barrel locked into position is the preferred design for pistols this small.

  • Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
  • One complaint about this pistol is that you must use a tool — such as the flat-head, jeweler’s screwdriver shown on the right — to pry out a pin in order to disassemble the pistol. It is a bit tricky to put together again as the internal hammer must be pulled back in order for the slide to fit back into the frame of the pistol (and the instructions don’t mention that fact at all). Most semiautomatic pistols can be taken apart without tools, so it would have been nice if Taurus had kept that in mind when designing the 738 TCP.

  • Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
  • The 738 TCP compared to the the size of a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. If you can find room in your pocked for the S5 Active, you can carry a 738 TCP. And, of course, this gun can easily slip into a purse.

  • Taurus 738 TCP .380 pistol
  • The 738 TCP fits a bit small in the hand as is to be expected by a pistol this small. The fit is fairly comfortable, but the pistol does kick a bit more than one might expect. The .380 ACP round is not known for being exceptionally powerful, but it does kick this small, light gun pretty hard. The recoil is comparable to what you’d experience with a snub-nose, .38 revolver — it’s manageable, but can take you by surprise if you don’t expect it.

    Is the Taurus 738 TCP a perfect mouse gun? No — it does have its flaws, such as the fact that it has no safety and that is a real problem if you want to carry it cocked and with a bullet in the chamber. Also, it has no magazine disconnect safety — a common safety feature on automatic pistols — which would prevent the pistol from firing when the magazine is not in place.

    Still, it has the reliability and punch that won’t let you down if you are in the market for a small pistol that you can count on when you need it.



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