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    Taurus TCP

    Would like to hear the good and the bad on the TCP, if you would not mind posting. Would really like to have 1st hand experience replies, and share the ammo used. If you have tried, would be great if you can compare the experience to a KEL-TEC P-3AT or Ruger LCP.

    My older and wiser brother (no sarcasm, he knows more about firearms then I do) has a longing for a Titanium Slide Taurus TCP. One on order, with a long back order. I have my doubts, there are other posts on the TCP, but few make it sound like the Taurus has the bugs worked out. Maybe you just hear the bad more than the good.

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    I do not own one nor have I fired one but I can say that I have read both positive and negative results.My personal expirence with Taurus is not so good. My advice to you would be this - I would never buy a first generation gun. I think that holds doubly true for Taurus pistols. The Rugert LCP is the same size, only about 30 bucks more and has been out long enough to have the bugs worked out. Save yourself the potetinal headache and go with a LCP.
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    I got one.

    I own a TCP. I had a little trouble disassembling it when I first got it for the initial cleaning. The disassembly pin would not come out. I ended up prying it a little too hard and bent the polymer frame.

    Sent it back to Taurus. Got it back, free of charge, 6 weeks later.

    Just went to the range with my father 2 weeks ago and shot it for the first time. 50 rounds of Magtech FMJ, 50 rounds of Aguila FMJ, and 7 rounds of Federal HS JHP went straight through it with 0 malfunctions.

    I was impressed with it. Both magazines were flawless. Even the slide lock functioned perfectly!

    Other than the initial bump-in-the-road, I'm very happy with it. The only thing left to test is longevity. That, I cannot vouch for at this time.

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    I purchased a TCP roughly a month ago. In that time I have put just under 100 rounds through it. I have not had a failure to fire or FTE, but I have had several instances of the slide locking open on the last round in a magazine. This has happened with both mags.

    Apparently what happens is the cartridges have just enough room to bounce around in the mag that the nose of a FMJ bullet can catch and lift the slide stop.

    I don't know if Taurus has a fix out for this yet. I am moving this weekend and don't have time to mess with it right now.

    It's accurate for what it is, and except for the failure to feed the last round in a mag every once in a while, it has functioned well.

    The tear down does suck. Whatever engineer thought that stupid pin was a good idea needs to go back to school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spwz99 View Post

    The tear down does suck. Whatever engineer thought that stupid pin was a good idea needs to go back to school.
    ditto! I'm debating on trading mine for LCP or trade up for a Kahr . I'm giving it one more range trip!
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    My TCP has been flawless for over 500 rounds it shoots 102gr goldensabers best out of all i've tryed. I can break it down with just my finger nails after about 200 rounds.It has replaced my lcp.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    When I look or read and compare the TCP vs P-3AT or LCP, or for that matter any .380, TCP has a little something in the offering / description that is closer to what you want in a CC handgun.

    Problem is, there is a gut check based on some reviews. The same thing happens with the LCP, but just seams to be less often. Then there is the P-3AT, that has the occasional negatives, but overall has the bugs shaken out.

    IDK, is my bros purchase, but it is hard to talk to him about because I would not yet have the confidence in the TCP to make the purchase (and certainly would not have enough confidence in it to use as a CC).

    It is always a wierd feeling to have buyers remorse for a purchase another is making, while hoping you ar wrong and they are right. Proof is in the pudding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I do not own one nor have I fired one but ... go with a LCP.
    Jeez, the poster asked for first hand experience. You have NONE when it comes to this pistol.

    And you IMPLY that you may own the Ruger LCP but you never say whether you do or not.

    Do you own a Taurus TCP, Rollo? Do you own a Ruger LCP, Rollo? Do you own any of the pocket carry .380s, Rollo?

    Sit down please, sir. You have nothing to offer here.

    I have owned both pistols. The Ruger LCP first and the Taurus TCP second. I tried out aTCP at the range. Then I bought one for myself and sold the Ruger.

    The Taurus TCP is the better pistol of the two, hands down, no contest.

    This is not to say the Ruger LCP is a "bad" pistol. It is not a bad pistol. But the fact is, the Taurus TCP is easily the better pistol of the two.

    The Taurus is less expensive AND you get more for your money than you do with the more expensive Ruger.

    I cannot think of one advantage the Ruger has over the Taurus. Not one.

    Here are the obvious advantages of the Taurus TCP over the Ruger LCP:

    TCP has much nicer, lighter, smoother trigger pull.

    The sights on the TCP aren't much, but they are bigger than the LCP's sights.

    Taurus TCP, at least mine, is noticeably more accurate to shoot at 15 yards compared to the Ruger LCP.

    I don't know if this is relevant though. I think these pistols are designed to be used only out to 7 yards max. At distances of 3 - 10 FEET, the TCP and the LCP seemed about equally accurate. Hard to miss center mass, or even head shots at 3 -10 feet, sights or no sights.

    The TCP locks back after the last round in a mag is fired. The LCP does not.

    The TCP comes with 2 mags (The Ruger comes with one mag).

    The TCP grip is little larger so you have more to hold onto when firing.

    The TCP recoils is milder than the LCP's. (I'm not saying the LCP's recoil is unmanageable, but simply that the TCP has less recoil).

    TCP comes with a BullDog belt clip carrying case.

    So far I have put 250 rds of MagTech 95 gr. FMJ through it. No problems whatsoever with the FMJ. I have put 50 rds of Remington Golden Saber 102 gr. JHP through it. No problems whatsoever.

    Disassembly and reassembly are a snap. I'm not sure why some folks have problems with this. The mags come apart easily for cleaning too.

    Some guys love to bash Taurus. I have owned a few over the years an have had no problems with them. Maybe I've just been lucky.

    Oh yeah, Taurus now has a lifetime warranty on their firearms that extends to "used" firearms. In other words, you don't have to "register" your firearms with them. If they made it, they will fix it free of charge.

    They will not fix firearms that have been "abused" by their owners. They will fix everything else.

    I don't think the Taurus owners are just nice folks who like fixing guns. I think they have confidence in their products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augrunt View Post
    ditto! I'm debating on trading mine for LCP or trade up for a Kahr . I'm giving it one more range trip!
    I had no problems field stripping or reassembling mine. I did read the directions and looked at the illustrations. They help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick53 View Post
    Jeez, the poster asked for first hand experience. You have NONE when it comes to this pistol.

    And you IMPLY that you may own the Ruger LCP but you never say whether you do or not.

    Do you own a Taurus TCP, Rollo? Do you own a Ruger LCP, Rollo? Do you own any of the pocket carry .380s, Rollo?

    Sit down please, sir. You have nothing to offer here.

    I have owned both pistols. The Ruger LCP first and the Taurus TCP second. I tried out aTCP at the range. Then I bought one for myself and sold the Ruger.

    The Taurus TCP is the better pistol of the two, hands down, no contest.

    This is not to say the Ruger LCP is a "bad" pistol. It is not a bad pistol. But the fact is, the Taurus TCP is easily the better pistol of the two.

    The Taurus is less expensive AND you get more for your money than you do with the more expensive Ruger.

    I cannot think of one advantage the Ruger has over the Taurus. Not one.

    Here are the obvious advantages of the Taurus TCP over the Ruger LCP:

    TCP has much nicer, lighter, smoother trigger pull.

    The sights on the TCP aren't much, but they are bigger than the LCP's sights.

    Taurus TCP, at least mine, is noticeably more accurate to shoot at 15 yards compared to the Ruger LCP.

    I don't know if this is relevant though. I think these pistols are designed to be used only out to 7 yards max. At distances of 3 - 10 FEET, the TCP and the LCP seemed about equally accurate. Hard to miss center mass, or even head shots at 3 -10 feet, sights or no sights.

    The TCP locks back after the last round in a mag is fired. The LCP does not.

    The TCP comes with 2 mags (The Ruger comes with one mag).

    The TCP grip is little larger so you have more to hold onto when firing.

    The TCP recoils is milder than the LCP's. (I'm not saying the LCP's recoil is unmanageable, but simply that the TCP has less recoil).

    TCP comes with a BullDog belt clip carrying case.

    So far I have put 250 rds of MagTech 95 gr. FMJ through it. No problems whatsoever with the FMJ. I have put 50 rds of Remington Golden Saber 102 gr. JHP through it. No problems whatsoever.

    Disassembly and reassembly are a snap. I'm not sure why some folks have problems with this. The mags come apart easily for cleaning too.

    Some guys love to bash Taurus. I have owned a few over the years an have had no problems with them. Maybe I've just been lucky.

    Oh yeah, Taurus now has a lifetime warranty on their firearms that extends to "used" firearms. In other words, you don't have to "register" your firearms with them. If they made it, they will fix it free of charge.

    They will not fix firearms that have been "abused" by their owners. They will fix everything else.

    I don't think the Taurus owners are just nice folks who like fixing guns. I think they have confidence in their products.

    Mickey
    No, I do not own the TCP. I do own the LCP. I have however owned 2 Taurus pistols (one of which was a first gen, JUST like the TCP is) From owning 2 Taurus pistols I can make the following statements. Their turn around time on warranty repairs is at least 6 weeks. That aint to good. Their overall quality control is not exactly what I would call top notch. That aint good either.Their customer service is known as one of the WORST in the business. Having never owned OR fired a TCP I am still VERY comfortable in not recommending it as I have PLENTY of first hand knowledge dealing with Taurus as a company.

    There is more to purchasing a weapon then just the weapon. What type of service and support can expect if the need arises? And seeing how it;'s a Taurus there's a decent chance the need IS going to arise. What is the company's reputation? These are all things we take into account when purchasing any item, not just a weapon. For example.

    I may tell a friend that I am interested in purchasing a ford F150 truck and ask him his opinion. He may state "Well, I dont own a F150 but I own a F250 and it's been a great vehicle, the f150 is probably a good choice". Should I discount his opinion just because he doesn't own a F150? He has first hand knowledge of the company. He owns one of their products. His knowledge is plenty valuable even though he doesn't own the specific product I am interested.

    So in closing I would suggest YOU sir sit down.
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    More than the normal buzz (I'm guessing 50/50 atm) of early adopters (who have been kind enough to provide a review) feel TCP is an example of Taurus not getting it perfect before being shipped. It might be nothing, but three local gun shops I visit refuse to buy a used Taurus, and did not want to even order the TCP for my brother. This is proof of nothing, just a little scuttle, and maybe something to note for those who want to limit the possibility of buyers remorse, even if the pay off might be great. Most of all, this is not first hand experience with the TCP, so that top tier of review goes to those who have put the money down and taken the chance.

    Quote Originally Posted by mick53 View Post
    I had no problems field stripping or reassembling mine. I did read the directions and looked at the illustrations. They help.
    I have heard that many of the problems from the TCP come from not fully understanding how to break it down.

    mick53 thanks for the 1st hand report. I can't disagree the on paper, the TCP offers a lot, more then others, and a lower price. It is also fair that you point out I asked for first hand experience. It is good to hear from those who have had a good experience.

    Rollo, like many people have been burned a few times by Taurus. They want to like what they see on paper, but they keep getting burned. For all we know, Rollo is tempted by the product, but just does not want to be fooled again. I think he summed up his feelings on Taurus, without turning this into a Taurus rage thread. I actually want very much to be wrong about my gut feeling, and I think Rollo and I are on a similar page.

    So long as it does not turn into rageontaurus.com, I always keep in mind most of us may be one bad experience from feeling we have a lemon, or in the case of a new product, a white elephant.
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    I read a lot of first hand TCP accounts from ACTUAL OWNERS (not negative sentiments about the pistol from Taurus bashers who never owned one) before I bought one.

    It's a great little pistol. The Ruger LCP I had before I bought the Taurus just wasn't up to snuff.

    Oh yeah. Didnt' Ruger put out a recall on the LCPs?

    Please don't talk to me about Taurus quality control when in the same breath you knock the TCP and praise the LCP.

    There haven't been any recalls on the TCP, have there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mick53 View Post
    ...There haven't been any recalls on the TCP, have there?
    So when and if there is one, what will that prove?

    I had an opportunity to purchase the LCP early, and I passed, because something about the initial reviews had me concerned. Same with 4th gen Glocks, and I love Glocks. The early reports had me concerned, and there are a few problems out there. I just don't have the funds to be an early adapter given the overall feedback so far on the TCP.

    I appreciate the 1st hand report, would love to hear updates, sincerely hope the TCP becomes a gem in the Taurus line. It offers many features at a great price.
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    Bought a TCP new. 30 rounds and several FTF's later, the mag catch broke in half. Got it back from Taurus 5 weeks later, and now the mags don't drop free. Got rid of it. Should have known better.....heck, it says "Taurus" right on the side! Gun companies earn reputations for a reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    I do not own one nor have I fired one but I can say that I have read both positive and negative results.My personal expirence with Taurus is not so good. My advice to you would be this - I would never buy a first generation gun. I think that holds doubly true for Taurus pistols. The Rugert LCP is the same size, only about 30 bucks more and has been out long enough to have the bugs worked out. Save yourself the potetinal headache and go with a LCP.
    Couldnt agree more...I know some people have had great Taurs experiences....I am not one of them and really think a better tiered gun will serve you better.
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