Taurus PT738 TCP Range Report

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    Taurus PT738 TCP Range Report

    Well I broke down and bought a TCP this week. Academy had them for 259 or so. Wife thought the pink one looked good but I convinced her we didn't need to spend the extra 20 bucks since the stainless and black were on sale. Whew, don't think I could carry a pink micro gun. I decided to get a pocket pistol since I am selling my Bersa Thunder to my brother. Probably the only pistol I will ever sell, but he is looking for a gun and likes it, so I am letting him have it the various holsters and 4 mags for 200 bucks. The Thunder isn't small enough for pocket carry, and I have plenty of other things to carry on my belt.

    Overall, I was pleased with the fit and finish of this little pocket pistol. I took it apart, cleaned it up, worked the action the first couple of days probably a hundred times or so.

    So today after trying to get out of town for close to an hour and an half, I finally headed to the range. I picked up some Remington Sureshot 95 gr on the way out there. I also had a few hundred Georgia Arms with me.

    I started out by shooting the course of fire for the Texas CHL, 20 rds from 3 yds, 20 rds from 7 yds, then 10 rds from 15 yds. Below is that target with the first 50 rds through the gun.



    The failures that I had were:

    Rd 11 ftf, rd 44 ftf, rd 49 ftf. First fifty were the Remington Sureshot.

    Rd 68 fft, rd 80 ftf, rd 99 ftf, rd 101 ftf, rd 143 ftf, rd 168 ftf. Rds 51 through 168 were Georgia Arms factory reloads, pretty dirty stuff.

    Then I set up another target and ran through the course of fire again for the Texas CHL.

    Rd 180 I had a failure to go into battery fully. Rds 169 through 218 were Remington Sureshot. Below is the target for the second course of fire.



    I did not change my point of aim on either the first of second course of fire. I simply kept shooting with the sights zeroed on the X ring. Personally I think that the shots being low left are a result of the short distance to the trigger and the trigger almost being at the second knuckle of my shooting finger. I did experiment a bit, during the session and tried to place just the first portion of the trigger finger on the trigger, that seemed to help a bit.

    After those 218 rds I shot 50 more GA rds and had a few failures to fully go into battery and a couple of failures to eject. The gun was really dirty by this time. Then I field stripped it and cleaned it up a bit with some FP10 and qtips, dried off that, then lubed it slightly and reassembled it.

    I then shot 50 rds of GA with zero failures. Then I loaded 5 rds of Remington JHP, and 5 rds of Cor Bon JHP. There were no failures on the Rem, but one ftf on the 3rd rd of Cor Bon. The 10 JHP's were the only ones that were in the .380 ammo can. I wish I had checked for more before heading out.

    Overall I was happy with the first 300 or so rds out of this thing. I was anticipating that my hand would be suffering after that many rounds, but honestly I didn't notice any sore spots and I am no worse for the wear. The P3AT's and LCPs that I have shot previously were not so kind to my hands for some reason. The sights on the gun are minimal, but for a pocket pistol and the close range shooting what it was designed for they are ok. The carry case that came with it, well I haven't made up my mind as to whether I will ever use it or not. It is kind of big, but would do in a pinch if you had no other way to carry the gun.

    I am not ready to call this one good for carry yet, I will have to run some more rounds through it and find out if it is going to be picky with the type of bullet it likes to digest. From what I have noticed the GA reloads are a pretty varied bunch of casings. I don't think that they are nearly as uniform as genuine factory loads or even my own reloads, and some of the failures may have been due to this ammo.

    I hope this helps anyone who is looking at the TCP to make a decision as to buy one or not. I didn't expect it to run flawlessly right out of the box, especially with a couple of hundred rounds of GA ammo.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    Nice report and thanks for telling us which rounds that failed. I have had two Taurus' (92 and 709) and I haven't had any problems with them, but you had too many failures to use it as a self defense gun in my opinion. I would call Taurus and let them know so at least they have a record of it. They might be aware of the problem and fix it for you. They also might recommend certain ammo for you.

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    I have a PT111 and a 24/7 that have had zero issues. I am not ready to call Taurus on it yet. Having failures with dirty factory reload ammo from GA is not the ideal test method but it got me some range time.

    I will reload 4 or 5 hundred rounds next week and then see how it does.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    Several months ago I purchased the TCP and after 300 or so rounds I decided to send it back to Taurus. I was having many FTF's with all ammo I used except Cor Bon Power Ball. Service was great, I followed their instructions as per the Owner Manual on how to return the gun. Fed EX picked up gun and returned gun in 8 days from pick up. They replaced the slide and once again I had to break in the gun. After about 200 rounds I had just a few FTF but gun was 100% better than before. I need to put about 300 more rounds through this gun but the Power Balls that I carry in this gun were trouble free. This gun is very easy to shoot, trigger is good and it is very accurate within the self defense distance which it was designed for. It is now a keeper. //END//

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    Last night I made a couple hundred of my own ammo for the TCP, went out today to see how it would shoot with my own loads. It was much better than the GA factory reloads.

    I had done a little bit of polishing on it earlier this week to smooth out the sticking spots on the feed ramp. My loads were with Magtech 95 gr fmj, half of them were with 2.3 gr of 700x and half were with 2.5 gr of 700x. Both worked equally well.

    I then ran some Rem. 102 gr. Golden Sabers through it, and they ran fine as well. I think with a bit more range time with the gun without any troubles I will be able to call this one good.

    I guess I am one of the luckiest Taurus owners there are, 3 of them now and no real issues with any of them. The TCP having a few feed or extraction issues at first, the PT111 and 24/7 Pro DS having zero issues at all.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    'Glad to hear it. Back when I worked in the software industry, it always amazed me that the computer-literate people all had great running machines, and all of the problem machines belonged to the dummies.

    Not to say that there aren't just plain ol' lemons out there (I own two), but I'd own more if I didn't take the time to break them down and fluff them up.
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    Glad that you like the TCP. Enjoy.
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    The trigger reset is a little different on the TCP. When you rack the slide the hammer goes into a half cocked position. After pulling the trigger slowly release it, you will feel TWO clicks. The trigger is not reset on the first click. If you pull the trigger after only one click the hammer will drop from the half cocked position, This will often result in a light primer strike, Releasing the trigger to the second click then pulling will draw the hammer fully back.

    P.S My TCP has been flawless.
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