Educational Zone #145 – Product Evaluation – The Taurus PT 738 TCP .380 Semi Auto Pistol

A friend recently sent me an ad from Gander Mountain where they had the new Taurus .380 Semi-auto pistols on sale for $199. That seemed to be a mighty good price, so I went to the local store to see if they had any. They did not, and could not tell me when they might get some in. “Just call every now and then and we will tell you if we get any.”

That didn’t sound very promising to me.

So, I went to the local Academy to see if they had any. They also had them for sale for $199, but again, did not have any in stock and were not able to tell me when they might get some in. They told me to just check back now and then.

After checking several times, I walked into Academy yesterday, and they had one on the shelf. I asked to see it and then told the guy, “I’ll take one.”

He looked in inventory and told me that the display model was the only one he had.

I said I’d take it.

Here it is, in the original box.

Here it is, in the original box.

It has a useless locking device and a pretty good instruction manual.

It looked nice, but how will it shoot?

We took it to the range today and shot it with several brands of ammo.

It is a .380 ACP, so it is not a big “kicker”, but shot well and ran 100% today.

It also shot to POA (point of aim).

And, it was impressively accurate.


I tried both Remington ball, which is a round nose jacketed bullet, and the Winchester ball, which is a truncated cone type jacketed bullet.

I do not carry JHP ammo in these pistols, as they do not always make the FBI minimum penetration standards.

I usually carry the Winchester ammo to assure maximum penetration.


My wife had had trouble with my Kel-Tec .380 ACP, as the trigger is very stiff and makes accurate shooting difficult.

We were amazed at how much better the trigger pull is on the Taurus.

It has a MUCH lighter trigger pull.

It only weighs 10.2 ounces and is very light.

Here’s the TCP in my hand.

Here’s the TCP in my hand.

It is very similar in size to the Ruger .380 and the Kel-Tec .380.


Another view.


It comes with one standard magazine that holds 6 rounds, plus one in the chamber for a total on 7 rounds.


The sights are very rudimentary, but this is not a target pistol and big sights would make it harder to draw and use.


The take down is similar to the other small .380 pistols and it is easy to take apart and clean.


My wife found it fit her hand very nicely and she thinks she will just take this one for herself, for her carry piece when “smaller” is required.


I noticed that it fit in the front pocket of my summer shorts without leaving any imprint.

It is very easy to conceal.


All in all, it is a very nice little pocket pistol and at $199, the price is hard to beat.



If you want a pocket .380, give this one a good look.

10 Comments on Educational Zone #145 – Product Evaluation – The Taurus PT 738 TCP .380 Semi Auto Pistol

  1. Hugh G White // February 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm // Reply

    I agree with you 100%, I have owned Taurus pistols since they were manufactured in Brazil BUT as you remark, they are hard to find at that price. I have tried the same stores with the same results, and basically am about to give up buying another .380 because nobody seems to have it. Any ideas?

    • Paul Milholland // March 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm // Reply

      If you haven’t found one yet You can find quite a few at byut they are in they $200-$300 range

  2. Taurus PT 738 is a great pocket pistol. I have had it a year and it always operates flawlessly. Great value and a dependable firearm in a tight spot.

  3. Vance outdoor has the TCP on sale for 180 frequently

  4. Laura Leeds // May 3, 2016 at 7:39 pm // Reply

    Hello, I was combing the Web researching smaller semi-automatic hand guns for small hands. Myself and my daughter both have little hands and even though I still carry a Flock 23 as my concealed handgun it is really too big and heavy for my purse. It didn’t seem to be that heavy when I was Deputy Sheriff. Ok, my question is do you still have any of these smaller handguns left for sale? And would any of them come in Pink?
    Thank You for your time

  5. Cabelas has them for 189. Just got one.

  6. James Vassil // July 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm // Reply

    I do want one. It should fit a ABDO or a Desantis holster

  7. Robert Pierini // October 29, 2016 at 5:52 am // Reply

    call academy find out there delivery days and call the next morning was at one in fla but did not buy lost out they said check morning after there delivery days got 1 quickly after that worth it

  8. Just got one failure first time out. It won’t feed any ammo gets hung up on slide stop. I had it sent back to the factory. This is my 3rd Taurus pistol and the 3rd one that I have had problems with. Won’t buy another Taurus.

  9. I just bought this 738 for my son and his future wife. I liked the compact size, but the reviews are about 70/30 as far as the reviews go 70 being positive. I have only heard horror stories, from by gone days of how crappy taurus semis are , but the price was right as well as the reviews…hopefully it will serve them well

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