Besides The Taurus Curve, which we reported on in November, Taurus has some other curious firearms at its SHOT Show 2015 booth.
Its new guns for 2015 consist of only four firearms: the Curve, TCP With Wings, convertible Model 85 revolver and the Non-View.
If you missed our announcement of the Taurus Curve, it is a .380 ACP semiautomatic pistol with a design unlike any seen before. The entire grip area is curved. Yes, curved. It is supposed to conform better to your body for comfortable concealed carry. It has an integrated pocket clip and includes a trigger-protector holster alternative so you can carry The Curve safely. Learn more by reading “Taurus Throws Concealed Carry a “CURVE” with New Introduction.”
TCP With Wings
The new TCP is the same .380 ACP Browning short recoil-operated with last round bolt hold-open pocket pistol but now with retractable wings. For those with compromised upper body or hand strength, Taurus developed these wings to work much like a charging handle. Mounted on the back of the slide on either side are two metal serrated flaps. They are attached by hinges and fold down flat against the slide when not deployed. The wings do make racking the slide easier; however, only time will tell how well the metal flaps stand up to numerous openings and closings. It’s a great idea—I’m just not sure how well executed. The TCP With Wings will be available in a black or stainless finish.
Model 85 with Convertible Hammer
This gun has made everyone I know immediately ask, “What?” Taurus explains the Model 85 with convertible hammer is made to go from the range to concealed carry with the removable hammer. For pocket carry, twist the exposed hammer a quarter turn and remove it. This turns the Model 85 into a double-action only revolver. Then for training and practice, twist the hammer back in and use the Model 85 in single-action. Yeah. I’m not sure either. Taurus did say they will have replacement hammers in case you lose yours.
The extremely small Taurus View was discontinued from the company’s line up due to “issues” with the clear Lexan side plate. The not-so-new Non-View is the exact same revolver without the clear Lexan side plate. The replaced side plate is now a standard side plate. The Non-View still weighs only 10 ounces.
Taurus line-up for 2015—gimmicks or valid? You tell me in the comment section.