SHOT 2015—New From Taurus

Taurus TCP handgun with wings mounted to the back of the slide

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.

Taurus Curve 380 ACP
The innovative Taurus Curve .380 ACP has been specially designed for concealed carry. No bigger than a Smartphone, it follows the contour of the body so it will be “print-free.”

The Curve

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.”

Taurus TCP handgun with wings mounted to the back of the slide
For those with compromised upper body or hand strength, Taurus developed these wings to work much like a charging handle. Photo courtesy of the Gun Show Podcast

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.Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

Taurus line-up for 2015—gimmicks or valid? You tell me in the comment section.


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Comments (6)

  1. Hi, I own several Taurus handguns, TCP .380, 1911 45, 9mm millennium pro, 357 revolver, etc. I have shot many, many rounds thru them all and have never had a problem with any. In my opinion Taurus has the best trigger pull of the majority of stock handguns. Their machining is as good as any stock reasonably priced handguns. I buy good quality inexpensive ammo for target shooting and have no more issues with carbon, etc. than any of my other handguns. I have my 65 year young wife shooting the 9mm Millenium pro and she does very well with it. I also own S&W, Beretta, Walther, Ruger, etc so i feel i can make a fair comparison.

  2. I need help. My brother-in-law gave me a Taurus PT940 and I know very little about it. I have shot it and it is amazingly accurate. I like how it functions. It carries well. I know very little about Taurus guns and it seems like there is a lot of controversy about them.
    But, the fit of the various parts is not really tight in comparison to other pistols I own. Further, after I shot it, it seemed excessively dirty and the powder gases got outside the chamber and bolt face, down into the magazine and in the dust cover where the recoil spring is located. There was powder gas all through the gun. Should it do that? If it is just a case of somewhat loose tolerance and is still safe to shoot, I would like to keep it.
    I think I really like the gun and will not be shooting it a great deal, if I keep it. But, I might carry it on occasions. If it is unsafe, I do not want it.
    Please advise.

    1. I know little of taurus except for the same controversy you speak. I had a taurus 85 on my list of carry guns for the mrs. to try,but after some research I decided it was worth the extra 100 to go with a ruger lcr. My only opinion is that you would want to train often with the weapon you carry and have 100% confidence in it and your ability to operate it. If you aren’t going to do/have any of that than I wouldn’t keep it for anything other than some plinking. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t buy a taurus, but I wouldn’t carry one without putting a lot of rounds through it first.

    2. Bjl4776 ,

      Thanks for the comment. I train frequently with my Smith & Wesson 1911 Sci, trying to shoot at least every other week, if not every week. I also practice alternately with an all steel Colt Combat Commander, Series 70. I generally carry concealed either my Smith, or a Kahr PM40 and, once in a while, a Ruger SR40C. I shot them regularly, too. I also do dry fire drills with snap caps in those guns. I am 72, retired and have the time and money to do what I believe is necessary.
      I have more than 50 years of shooting experience, in bullseye or competition, IDPA or IPSC. I may not shoot as much as some but do practice regularly with the weapons I carry.
      I know little of Taurus, other than hearsay, which is not evidence I would ever rely on or accept when I was trying cases.
      I was concerned about what I have heard about Taurus and did not buy one — but, I am close to my brother-in-law and am positive he meant absolutely nothing but the best for me. He is a retired college professor and knows less than nothing about guns in general or specifically. He meant to do something nice for me when I pointed out that he probably was not entirely safe with a loaded handgun and suggested he resort to a home defense shotgun. Some dealer sold him a Taurus, probably because he did not want to spend a lot of money and he had it in his house for at least a year. It was then he gifted me the Taurus. I would not hurt his feelings, knowingly, for anything but I also do not want a potentially dangerous gun in my safe.
      I am seeking actual evidence, either of a technical nature, or experiential, concerning the quality and durability of my Taurus. I have written to Taurus and several blogs that I believe are read by responsible individuals. Yours is the first reply. Thank you for your thoughts.

    3. If I offended you that was not my intention. I hope you find the information you are looking for.

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