Some of you may play the "I told you so" game. Feel free. I just posted this on TaurusArmed.net:
I had been looking around for a pocket .380 for the last few weeks. I always swore that I wouldn't carry a .380, but I've been pocket carrying a PT145 on my own property after dark (in a pocket holster, of course). It's really just too much, even at home.
Anyway, last Saturday I decided that I was going to bust a move, so I went to a gun shop that had the TCP, Ruger LCP, and Kel-Tec P3AT in stock. After holding them all, I decided on the TCP. Two reasons: The slide locks back and it has a spare mag.
So I spent last week racking the slide and breaking it in somewhat, dry firing with snap caps, cleaning, oiling, degreasing, etc... So I headed to the range on Friday after work. I loaded her up and fired away. On about the fourth round of the first mag, it went "click" and.... nothing. I assumed that it had stovepiped or that the slide hadn't gone back into battery fully. Nope. It was completely closed. So I unloaded, reloaded, and finished that mag. Loaded the second mag, took about two shots and then....nothing. Again, the slide was fully forward. I unloaded, reloaded, tried again, and...nothing. The trigger would "click" but no "bang bang."
To make a long story short, one of the employees there stepped in because they had seen me retrieving a round that had fallen about a foot past the line on the security camera. I should have known better, but, you know...
Anyway, I told him what was going on and he said, "Hang on a minute," and took it to the gunsmith.
(brace yourself) He came back and said, "this gun's broken."
No kidding. This brand new TCP had a BROKEN TRIGGER MECHANISM.
So, I can't begin to tell you how angered I was at this point. I took it to Gander Mountain and came within half an inch of accepting the $91.00 they offered me, one week after paying $325.00 plus taxes, and washing my hands of Taurus for good. Yes, I was that upset. I had already started formulating in my head the really nasty e-mail I was going to send to Taurus. But I finally cooled down a bit and let Gander send it in for repair. Ironically, I had just ordered a pocket holster for it, and...tada!...it was in the mail when I got home last night.
So that's the story. I went back to the range today for the express purpose of firing the PT145, which I hadn't done in a while, just to see if it would reaffirm or dispute my anger with Taurus. It shot fine. Not to bore you with this here, but it was a total dog until I replaced the mags. I made other threads about this before.
When this TCP gets back in a month or so, it will be the LAST chance I give Taurus. If there is anything wrong with it when it gets back, it will be traded for whatever pittance I can get against a Sig P238 or possibly even a Micro Desert Eagle.
I understand that "anything mechanical can fail" and I'm okay with that. What I'm NOT okay with is the fact that it'll take at least a month (according to GM) to get it back and the fact that a brand new gun should have some better QA.
So this is it for Taurus with me. The PT145 straightened out after I bought new factory mags out of my own pocket. I won't be doing such a thing again. The TCP will either come back right or it, and probably the PT145 also, will be history and so will Taurus as far as I'm concerned.