Taurus 738 TCP

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Summary: The description, specs, photos, pricing, user ratings and user comments for the Taurus 738 TCP pistols.

Manufacturer’s Description

The 738 TCP with the stainless finish.

The Taurus 738 TCP (Taurus Compact Pistol) series pistols are double-action-only subcompact semiautos built on a black or lime polymer frame and chambered in .380 ACP. The 10.2-ounce 738 TCP is not only the lightest semi-auto in the Taurus line, it’s lighter than any of our small frame revolvers, too.

The 738 TCP offers 6+1 shots of .380 ACP, a loaded chamber indicator and low-profile fixed sights. Available slide finishes include blue, stainless steel and titanium.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity BBL OAL Width Weight
.380 ACP 6+1 2.84″ 5.25″ .87″ 10.2 oz.


MSRP: $336–$453


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The blued 738 TCP.

The 738 TCP with the titanium finish.

The 738 TCP with the titanium finish.

7 thoughts on “Taurus 738 TCP

  1. EdH

    I found the PT738 to have a smoother trigger then the LCP and Smith&Wesson. Its real light and that can be a drawback. The grip is very small for average hands but for smaller hands it is adequate. I had no problem findiing the sigth picture and once I got my grip I had no problem hitting 10 rings from 15. 125 rounds through the pistol with 3 stovepipes that cleared easily with a rack/tap. I like that the slide locks back on an empty mag. The loaded chamber indicator is a plus.

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  2. Chris

    Very good micro pistol. Extremely lightweight and surprisingly accurate for its size. Fits nicely into small to medium hands wth pearce mag extender. Did not bother to clean it upon delivery and weapon performed nearly flawless. Only issue was magazine related (1 good mag, 1 not good mag). The bad mag consistently failed to chamber 2nd round. Long trigger pull without resistance, however shorter pull than the Ruger LCP.

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  3. RobG

    I really like this little pistol. Purchased in November 2012 at my local store for under $180.00 it truly is a great value. I put only one box of shells though it at 30 feet it hit consistently in a 5 inch group. That’s good for a gun this size. I now carry it daily in the hip pocket of my jeans and I’m confident that it will perform if ever needed. I carry it using one of those flat holsters that allow the pistol to be aimed and fired without removal from the holster – very neat lightweight package.

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  5. steve arbes

    Magazine drops out after every round fired.
    Only one way to hold this gun — perhaps the mag ejector spring is way too light>
    Ideas please……

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  6. BM

    Stock, the grip on this gun is way too small for large hands. I would say that even medium hands would have a problem getting a good grip. My female shooting partner, with medium hands, who shoots regularly on different handguns (with full-sized grips) shot this one time, and immediately set it down on the table and stepped away. She would not shoot it again, as she said she felt she could not “control it” as she could with her .38 and full-sized .45.

    I have very large hands. I shot at 7 yards with stock magazines (no extensions) and was all over the silhouette. I could only fit 1.5 fingers underneath the trigger guard on the grip (ring finger would slip off with each firing). Thinking this was leading to accuracy problems, I actually hooked the index finger of my off hand through the trigger guard and pulled down as hard as I could to stabilize while firing. This brought the groups back in the 9 circle at 7 yards. Not applicable for real-world shooting, and the firearm was not carried.

    Have since purchased mag-attached grip extensions and hogue sleeve that allow all fingers purchase. Will determine if accuracy is improved during the next trip to the range.

    Pros: slide lock on last round is great, price is right. Had no FTEs or FTFs during usage (~ 20 rds).

    Cons: can’t shoot accurately at ALL in large hands with stock grip, at even short distances. Build quality is what you’d expect for the price, and I actually had to do some filing of the slide lock on the inside to prevent rounds rubbing against it during feeding.

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  7. Lvgambler

    Trigger is infinitely better than the competition, really no contest. My hands are big but with the extensions on the mag it’s controllable, and reasonably accurate. Of course it can’t be held like a Kimber but then it is a Micro pistol! Sent hundreds of rounds down range without issue. Sights are almost non-existent but it still makes nice little holes where I point it. It’s pretty snappy on recoil but that’s expected with such a light pistol, physics is a bitch isn’t it.

    Disappears in a pocket with a sticky holster, and I usually forget it’s there. For penitration and cavitation I use Lehigh Defense XP rounds. Hollow points are useless with the .380. The gun is well built and sturdy, and dare I say fun! I have other guns for carry, but Vegas in the summertime requires something that doesn’t print as readily as my Kimber or Sig. I think my wallet prints through my jeans more than the TCP does in the sticky holster.

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