Taurus Raises Concealed Carry Bar with 738 TCP
In the concealed carry world, permit holders are always seeking out the perfect combination of stopping power, weight, and concealability. Carrying a large frame or large caliber handgun isn’t an option, so a series of compromises are generally made based on personal preferences.
Taurus Firearms is trying to change that with a weapon designed to chamber the large caliber .380 ACP round into a light, compact, and concealable firearm.
The 738 TCP is a semi-automatic with a 6+1 magazine weighing in at a mere 10.2 ounces.
Despite its small dimensions, the Taurus 738 TCP handles extremely well under fire.
In his article “Constant Companion: Pocketing the Taurus 738 TCP” at USConcealedCarry.com, author Todd Burgreen explains how the 738 TCP’s design has improved reliability:
“Most handguns of such small dimensions are blowback operated, but the Taurus 738 TCP operates via John Browning’s swinging link design as found in the 1911 and the Hi-Power pistols. Recoil is minimized and reliability is enhanced by using the Browning method.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
Additional specs on the Taurus 738 TCP further document its superior degree of concealability. The gun is only 5 inches long, 3 5/8 inches high, and .75 inches thick — a low-printing dream. The barrel is a miniscule 3 1/3 inches long.
Taurus lists the 738 TCP as a single action/double action gun but in reality the trigger pull feels like a double-action. The gun is actually fired via hammer, not striker. Another important feature on this firearm is that if there is a cartridge in the chamber, it can be fired without having the magazine inserted. This can be a potential life-saver in close combat scenarios.
Other features of the 738 TCP that enhance concealed carry capability include a serrated rear portion of the slide for tactile ease in drawing and slide operation, an oversized trigger guard that allows easier access to the trigger from concealment or while wearing gloves, and a loaded chamber indicator that can be assessed by touch while the gun is still pocketed or when entering an area where vision is minimized. Additionally, low-profile sights and rounded “snag” points make drawing effortless.
During range testing, the Taurus 738 TCP performed admirably with no malfunctions. Accuracy was excellent at close range with a variety of ammo and tapered off with distance. The gun fits easily into the palm and handles well with surprisingly little recoil or reduction in accuracy when firing multiple shots.
Overall, the 738 TCP lives up to the concealed carry hype from Taurus. It’s extremely light and extremely powerful for its size. It may turn out to be the ultimate concealed carry firearm and is available in several styles from Taurus including black, stainless, and pink. Pick one up for about $350.