Taurus 738 TCP

With its 2.84-inch barrel and weighing only 10.2 ounces, the Taurus® 738 TCP is Taurus’ lightest pistol. Designed to be a quick-draw pocket pistol or a back-up service pistol, the .380 ACP Taurus 738 TCP pocket gun is also easy on your pocketbook. For around $250, you get an accurate and reliable self-defense weapon that will conceal just about anywhere. Along with a traditional black or stainless finish, the 738 TCP also comes in pink and bright, safety yellow. Personally, out of all the mass-produced, commercial pink pistols and revolvers available, I do think the 738 looks the best.

There are plenty of little polymer pocket pistols to chose from, but the Taurus 738 stands out because its slick feature of a last-round bolt hold open, which you won’t find on other pocket .380s. Another unique feature to the Taurus 738 TCP is its utilization of the Browning short recoil operating system. Most pistols of this caliber operate on the blowback system.

The controls are minimal and easy to use, with no manual safety. It has a double-action only trigger, with a slightly longer pull than what you might expect, but with practice, the trigger travel will not bother you.

As a bonus, Taurus throws in an extra magazine, so included in the box is two, six-round magazines. The magazines have an integral floor plate that extends the grip. You will like this feature, because the grip size on the 738 TCP is tiny, even for my small hands.

Other design features of this little pocket powerhouse include a curved trigger guard that makes pulling it out of a pocket in a hurry easier, as well as smooth operation of the gun while wearing gloves. The sights are minimal at best, but the Taurus 738 TCP is not a target gun. These purposely fixed, low-profile sights will not snag on clothes as you draw. If you are worried about the sights, Crimson Trace® makes a Laserguard® laser for the little 738 TCP.

The gun also features a loaded chamber indicator and an ambidextrous magazine release.

You can carry the Taurus 738 TCP safely with a round in the chamber. They come with an unlimited lifetime repair policy.

At the price point and the unique features, you will find only on the Taurus 738 TCP, it is not a wonder that it is one of our top-selling guns.

Click here to check out the different styles of the Taurus 738 TCP we carry, extra magazines, and holsters.

Specifications and Features

  • Taurus 738 TCP semi automatic handgun
  • .380 ACP caliber
  • 3.3″ barrel
  • 6-round magazine
  • Double action only
  • Compact pink polymer frame
  • Blued slide finish
  • Fixed sights
  • 5.25″ overall length
  • 10.2 oz
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Comments (2)

  1. I bought the Taurus 738 about 8 months ago because I wanted something small and compact with a little punch and the 738 had received some very favorable reviews. Shortly after getting the pistol home I found that one magazine could not be fully inserted unless the magazine release was depressed. I saw no visible defect with the magazine so I contacted the Taurus service department. I was told that I could send the magazine back but there would be no guarantee that the replacement magazine wouldn’t do the same thing. I asked the technician if he preferred I send the entire pistol back but he felt that would serve no purpose and instead suggested I carry the pistol with the defective magazine inserted and use the second magazine as a back-up. Didn’t exactly instill confidence in Taurus’s service department and wasn’t what I would call good customer service.
    The pistol shoots well, easy to control even during rapid fire drills and punches pretty tight groups during aimed fire drills up to 15 yards. I though it would be difficult to maintain a solid grip during rapid fire drills but have had no problems. The trigger pull is long but smooth and breaks cleanly and the reset is quick. I have found my pistol to be ammunition sensitive. It will not shoot Herter’s ammunition with any reliability but shoots TulAmmo with no problems. My first few boxes of Hornady’s Critical Defense were hit or miss but the pistol seems to have settled in and has been digesting the ammunition without complaint lately.
    Content with the pistol but not impressed with the Taurus Service Department.

  2. I have had the stainless 738 for about a year now. At first it was a rocky relationship, out of the box it was a love at first sight… but that quickly changed. Took it out the same day to a friends range and on the second shot it failed, would not fire! Called Taurus CS first thing Monday AM. Explained the problem to a very attentive rep and he said that he would send FEDEX (on their dime) to pick it up the next day (impressive). Sent it off on Tuesday and got a confirmation via email, checked it the next day and it said that I should expect delivery by Thursday… the very next day. True to their word my pistol was delivered around 10AM on Thursday! It had a repair slip with the problem described and initials of the technician who fixed it. I dry fired it… a lot, and then took it out on Saturday to my friends house. Put over 100 rds with NO jams, FTF, or FTE. The slide stayed back after every last round, and this little gun is a tack driver! Although the sites are minimal to say the least, it shoots were you point it up to 25 yds. Couldn’t be happier, and this is my constant pocket companion for summertime cargo shorts. Highly recommended, and Taurus CS is incredible! p.s. forgot to mention that Taurus sent me an additional magazine when it returned the pistol 🙂

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