Taurus Throws Concealed Carry a “CURVE” With New Introduction

Taurus Curve handgun front black

Could this be the Holy Grail? A concealed carry handgun that is “print-free” as well as comfortable in any position on the body? Taurus is claiming its new CURVE will deliver just that.

Building a firearm with a curved grip frame is no easy task. Reported to be about the size of one of today’s smartphones, the USA-manufactured CURVE is a double-action only, semi-auto pistol, packing 6+1 rounds in a highly concealable 5.18-inch package. Weighing in at 10.2 ounces, the CURVE combines innovation with functionality for close-quarter, personal security confidence. The curved polymer pistol has a carbon steel slide and a stainless steel barrel for increased reliability.

Taurus takes safety seriously and incorporated a loaded chamber indicator as well as integrated the Taurus Security System for long-term locking storage. Taurus also provides a trigger protector that is fast and easy to deploy with a built-in lanyard for use when using the holster-free belt clip.

Another industry-first, an integrated LaserLyte LED light and laser combo system built within the frame makes for efficient target acquisition during most lighting scenarios. On the rear of the slide and designed for instinctual point shooting at close distances, is the bore axis sighting system. This subcompact handgun does not feature traditional sights to keep the concealed carry design smooth and snag-free. The textured grip and the low bore axis of this pistol deliver comfortable shooting and mild recoil.

Wearing the CURVE every day provides the peace of mind needed for protecting yourself and your family in these uncertain times. Have the CURVE on your side—it’s the gun you wear!

Taurus Curve, MSRP $392
Caliber .380 ACP
Action Double-action only (DAO)
Trigger Pull 5-7 pounds
Barrel 2.5 inches long, stainless steel
Slide Carbon steel; matte blue finish
Overall Length 5.18 inches
Overall Height 3.7 inches
Overall Width 1.18 inches (0.88-inch grip)
Weight 10.2 ounces, unloaded
Sights N/A
Lights/Laser Integrated LaserLyte system
Grip Polymer with metallic subframe
Capacity 6+1 rounds
Safety Devices Loaded chamber indicator; Taurus Security system
Accessories Trigger protector; integrate side belt clip holster

Cheaper Than Dirt! has managed to secure one of the first models from production. Once the coin toss and subsequent wrestling matches are finished and a winner chosen, we will head to range for a full report. Stay tuned to the Chronicle newsletter for a first look!

What are your thoughts on the Curve? Is it the Holy Grail to end printing or something else? Give us your early impressions in the comment section.

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Comments (124)

  1. Had a Taurus “slim 40” for a while. Not long, sold it before it completely tore up my finger and was not very accurate. Don’t believe I’ll buy another Taurus, even a bent one.

  2. I have had two Taurus semi autos pt24-7 40 and the 9mm. Both went bang until about the 700 round mark then the mag would drop out of the gun while firing. Embarrassing to say the least. I was not hitting the mag release after closely watching. And they weren’t very accurate. Even after send back for servicing it was hard to depend on them, both got sold. I have also read articles where the 45 Pro had the same issue. My father has two revolvers and they have been OK as well aside from a loosening cylinder. I want to like Taurus especially the 745 but my experience says stay away.

  3. it appears the shooter is slapping the trigger, like most Taurus’s does this gun also have a long, hard, ruff, trigger pull? If so, I’m not sure I would recommend it. Most shooters like a smooth even trigger not something that is so difficult it takes everything you have to shoot the gun….

  4. The curve seems like a good idea regardless of who makes it. It is purely to be a concealed weapon with its size and design……………….UNLESS YOU ARE LEFT HANDED!

    1. So Taurus, what are you doing about the left handed issue? I’ve had to deal with this for most things in my life and have adapted well, but I can’t say that I’d want to “adapt” to something as critical as a personal firearm.

      I can recall the very first time in my experience that a lefty was actually accommodated was with a Garcia Mitchell spinning reel (the 411 version of the right handed 410). They actually did offer a dedicated left handed model. Today most, if not all reels have the function to switch built into the base reel unit.

      Taurus, what are you going to do?

  5. My dad has 4 Taurus guns (one is my current carry gun) and only one has ever had issues, but it was fixed with some ramp polishing. I like the new design but I have a few issues/questions that keep me from buying one immediately:
    Will it be manufactured in 9mm?
    How durable/intuitive is the flashlight/laser?
    How do the sights feel? (I’ve looked and can’t find a pic)
    Hows the grip, it looks small?

  6. Brian,

    I know that quite a few people tend to make disparaging remarks about Taurus guns. Like you, I have two. The first was a gift from my brother-in-law (see why I like him?) and I purchased the second. It has been my experience that I tend to deal with several different gun shops or dealers. While my personal experience with Taurus has been just fine, I note that when I decided to purchase a new Taurus, I checked at 5 different dealers. What was unique about that purchase experience was that each and every dealer tried to talk me out of purchasing the Taurus. Each told the same story — that they had more dissatisfied customers from Taurus than any other manufacturer. As I say, my personal experience has been fine but the dealers all tried to dissuade me. One of the dealers I know well and we have been friends for years. I don’t think he would deliberately mislead me and he seemed genuinely concerned about my purchasing a Taurus. I did anyway and it has been just fine.

    1. MacII, well said. What many of these bandwagoners don’t know is that Taurus’s factory is a Beretta factory using machines Beretta used to make it’s weapons. I don’t own a Taurus, but I have friends who do. They clean it regularly and they’ve never had a single issue. It seems that 90% of the people commenting literally know nothing about weapons. I have seen too many of them leave comments. From caliber-divas to noobs who don’t understand the purpose of a CC. These are the idiots who leave their weapons out and raise kids like Adam Lanza. Taurus isn’t high point, heck even high point weapons work decent.

    2. I love guac,

      Thank you for the comments. One of my Taurus is a bit loose but remarkably accurate. It is like an old 1911 — shake it and listen to it rattle. But load it and shoot it and it is remarkable.
      It is an early model and looks like a small Sig. Functions like the Sig and is one of the most accurate guns I own. It is not like my Wilson, but then it did not cost over $3,000 either. And, you would not ever want to bet your life on the difference between that Taurus and my Wilson. The difference is so small, you would lose.
      I have well more than 1,000 rounds through the Taurus (could be several thousand, I just did not count) and it does tend to come up dirty and even leaves a few smudges on my hand from time to time, depending on the ammo. Still, it has never jammed and has digested premium and the cheapest ammo I could buy at times. It is very dependable and supremely accurate.

    3. I side with the dealers. sent my Taurus back twice. 1st time barrel replaced faulty ramp jamming issues, second time rear sights off they were replaced. turn around time is over a month. this was new out of box never again.

    4. Mark,

      Two dealers told me that Taurus had more returns than any other manufacturer. I know both dealers fairly well and think they are straight shooters. But, my personal experience has been different.

  7. way to go taurus the gun will sell, people will buy it , it will be comforable to wear and will there be other cals.avalible? I have two taurus guns and they are very reliable to shoot .

  8. And he spends his free time (which is a lot) at the gun shop bothering the sales people and customers with all his “supposed” gun knowledge.

  9. Hey guys REALLY??? I wrote in on a comments thing a while back and there was this INANE bickering going on then also? WHO CARES! We are commenting on a firearm PERIOD, I dont think anybody insulted somebodies Mom here, we are all entitled to our opinions and ideas, and none of us are right all the time!!! I must say that if the time comes when I attempt to make a comment on this site again and I run into this extreme level on NONSENSE it will be my last!!!

  10. I like the idea of somebody trying to come up with something new. Maybe it won’t work, but I don’t want people to stop trying. Personally, I kind of like the idea. Regarding caliber, I certainly would rather see it in 9mm, but I don’t think I would like getting shot with a .380 very much, even in the foot. Also, regarding the grip and change of how you hold it, they still make and sell derringers. You don’t hold them the same way either. I think I’ll buy one. If it does turn out to be a good idea, hurrah, I have one. If not, well they won’t sell many and I’ll have a rare gun that not many people own, hurrah. I win either way. And I bet that if they do sell these, lefties won’t be far behind.

    1. As an addition, I’ve never really gotten the whole idea of a laser, especially in a gun like this. If I’m pulling a gun like this, I’m gonna be close, real close. I am not going to take the time to turn on a laser or light, or try to make sure the little red dot is where I want it. I’m gonna be close enough that I’m drawing, pointing and firing.

  11. My concern is the LaserLyte built-in laser. I’ve bought two LaserLyte lasers in the past and neither worked right. I sent both back and received replacements, and neither of them worked properly, either. I gave up and won’t buy anything else from them, so I am really skeptical of how well the laser (or the light, for that matter) will work on the Curve. Since the gun has no sights, the laser has got to work and be dependable.

  12. Could Dude be any more insulting or narrow-minded? I don’t think so. I’m also a leftie, and all 1,000 of us are all “weirdos”? What happened to being respectful of others? I agree that we lefties live in a right-handed world, but Charles Bentley’s question is still a valid one. I bet if this catches on, Taurus at some point will make a version for southpaws.

    1. Have you read 95% of the comments on this article. It’s people bitching like little girls before they have even tested the product themselves. They sound like a bunch of liberals constantly complaining. A company has taken a chance with something new and innovative. And all many of these weirdos do is gripe. These are the same tools who think 1911s are still the greatest probably. They make the 2A community look like a bunch of backwoods idiots. Taurus is taking a chance and by the looks of the product it looks more comfortable. All of us gun enthusiasts aren’t the white trash type you see opening carrying. Or the idiots who think they’re conceal carrying their G26 but you can still perfectly see it bulging out. This Curve is a product that you can wear with a tucked in dress shirt and slacks and not notice a thing.
      And to all the idiots talking about 380s, it’s about shot placement, not caliber. Me shooting a .22lr is more dangerous than any of these commenters with a 45. No wonder why anti-gunners hate the 2A community so much. They whine like babies when a gun company tries to give them something NEW that can be concealed BETTER.

    2. Dude,

      I understand you’re upset, I am a bit too but take it easy on Charles, his question was valid and he wasn’t whining.

      It’s always better to be patient and gentle with all people when at all possible. I think all of us here are on the same side and we need each other so we should keep our emotions in check brother.

      Just my opinion,

    3. Dude,
      I can see that your “issues” are not about Charle’s simple question but you obviously have a problem with “95%” of the people that comment on this site. If you have that much of an issue then I am sure that the 95% would be just as happy as I would be if you would take your comments somewhere else. They have been uncalled for, unnecessary and completely out of line.

    4. Unfortunately I must wholeheartedly agree with you.

      Regarding this new Taurus product, I like innovation. I think this looks like an interesting firearm. I will probably buy one!

    5. Like conservatives don’t bitch and moan about everything under the sun. Which is what your doing with your post.

      Not my kind of size pistol and at the rage this pistol is for you don’t need the added complexity.

    6. Yo, man. I love my 1911 (used to it now at 70+ yrs of age and 50+ yrs of use). Tho I do think it’s the greatest (for me), I know it’s not the greatest for everyone. However, I do like the idea of the little “Curve” .380. Yes, it’s a bit geeky, but it immediately appealed to me. I’ll probably chase one when it comes out, and test it for me. What the heck.

      I’m not sayin’, man… just sayin’.

    1. Have you heard of supply and demand? If not you should learn to read. Maybe then you’ll understand that companies make decisions based on markets and profits. No dumb executive is going to cater to you and a thousand other weirdos. If you knew anything about weapons and/or combat you’d know that you should train to be highly proficient using both hands to shoot. Crybabies like you on here make the whole 2A community look like a bunch of whiney Huffington Post bloggers. Taurus is bringing out something innovative.

    2. Hey Dud,
      While there is certainly validity to your point of companies testing the market with what is going to sell first for them (vast majority of right handers, which I am), your response is that of a shallow flaming troll and useless. You sir, have issues.

      I’m sure if the product flies, there probably will be a reasonable run of guns for south paws.

    3. Hey Dude, some of us Lefties do train with both hands but a gun that is specifically designed for right hand wear leaves lefties not able to use it for our strong side so it is useless to us. And yes we know all about market and profits too. Making a comment that we are crybabies just because we would like the same product as well just shows your ignorance and lack of respect for fellow 2A supporters.

    4. Have you seen all the bitching. This company is TESTING a new product and is about to release it. And 99% of these comments are people crying or talking shit as if their mind is made up already. 2A people should be supporting the shit out of companies taking a GAMBLE to put money into new research and design for new products whether they are foreign and domestic. Holy shit I’ve never seen so many depressing and trashing people leaving shitty comments. It’s a curved conceal carry, and people are crying about everything from the lanyard to the caliber. So much estrogen in the 2A community these days.

    5. Who cares about their gamble? If they have a winner they’ll profit. If not, they won’t. I doubt it’ll bankrupt nor bankroll the company either way. Taurus makes a decent product, but I’d rather buy a more thoroughly tested and trusted firearm for personal defense, especially if we’re talking about a backup weapon! If I’m reaching for a backup, I want the best money can buy, period. After all, most micro sized backups are relatively inexpensive…. And oh yeah, your an ass hole.

      You should sell any firearms you may own and check yourself into some kind of facility, cause you need help. Anyone with your lack of control shouldn’t have anything to do with firearms. You damage the firearm community with your comments and possibly actions. Perhaps this is your goal? If the firearm community were an official club, where its members are able to dictate who is allowed to join or remain members, I’d say your out man. Go blog or comment elsewhere.

      (This was posted after reading only about 10-15 comments, where you and your infantile and inflammatory comments had hijacked the thread. With the deepest most sincerely heart-felt sarcasm, thank you.)

    6. Hey Dude, a lot of people are left handed. THAT DOESN’T MAKE US WEIRDOES!

      Yout attitude makes you sound like a weirdo ! Just CHILL!

    7. Hi Charles,

      I’m sure that if the product takes off they will gladly make a left hand version. Just think about all of the left handed rifles, and this is plastic. One mold will accommodate the manufacturing of many units in it’s lifetime.

      Hang tight brother and wait for it.

    8. By 10 thousand of them in one shot and they will make one just for you.
      Back to reality, they will need to first sell enough of the right handed before they will care to take a look at percentage of left handed people who actually want one.

  13. Bunch of brainless chatter, they the gun or wait for the stats on it. Taurus has a fine product. I will definitely look into it. Looks great for a close in defense weapon. Would be interested in one.

  14. Once again taurus innovation comes through.Another great idea for self defense.
    As usual the experts will talk crap about it. When s&w, ruger,or one of the other gun makers copy it, they will say “oh nice gun, good idea”.
    It’s not everyone’s cup o tea.IMO 380 is not a pistol to be aimed it’s point and shoot quick and fast the party’s over.
    This would make a good carry piece around the house and in my urban environment. I’ll have to try it out to see for myself.

  15. pure sales pitch disguised as a blogger’s opinion. he acknowledges there’s been no range test, yet uses words like ‘reliability,’ ‘innovation’ and ‘fast and easy.’ how stupid CTD must think we are.

    1. Agreed! While he trashes the community with his mindless banter, he damages it’s very image. Btw, I love 1911’s, 45’s (and many other calibers), open carry when appropriate, conceal the majority of the time, and just don’t see why “dude” would have a problem with that. He proposes that one should give support for manufactures who innovate, yet condones sharing his own reckless opinion about potential customers and fellow firearm enthusiasts. Three words come to mind here… Gun shop commando

    2. A “gun shop commando” is a self proclaimed wan-a-be gun expert who lives in his mother’s basement and thinks he knows everything there is about guns and shooting. His fiend’s neighbor’s uncle is in the teams so that makes him a bad a$$ Dude!.

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