Long story short, I've been wanting a 12ga. home defense shotgun for a while but didn't have the extra $. I also didn't want to sell either my G23 or S&W 642 since they both filled an important niche in my arsenal. Then I realized I could sell the 642 and use the $ to buy a Hawk 982 and Taurus TCP thus giving me the shotgun I've been wanting while still having a pocket pistol.
I have to admit, although I've owned two Taurus pistols in the past (nether of which gave me any problems at all) I was still a bit hesitant due to the awful reviews Taurus guns seem to get by folks online. I ended up finding the all black TCP w/one magazine at Palmetto State Armory for only $180. Took it home, cleaned it up, loaded the magazine, racked the slide and...FTF. I then dropped the mag, cleared the jam and tried slingshotting the slide to load another round. Another FTF! Ugh... I cleared the jam again and decided to lock the slide back before inserting the mag while using the slide lock/release lever to load the first round. Worked like a champ. Repeated the process several more times and the gun loaded every time without fail.
I was able to make it to the range the following day and put 50 rounds of Blazer Brass through it. The gun performed flawlessly. Recoil was obviously snappy, but the trigger was pretty good (long but smooth) and I was able to keep all my shots in the 9 and 10 rings at 5 and 7 yards.
I want to put another 100-150 rounds through it before I feel comfortable carrying it, but I must say we're off to a great start. Very happy with my Taurus TCP purchase!