Taurus 738 TCP Problems & Jams
Does Taurus 738 TCP Jam Or Have problems? One of the first things you investigate when buying a
new gun is whether the gun has a history of jams or other reliability or
safety problems. If you search the internet you will probably find many
comments that the
Taurus 738 TCP has frequent jams and may be finicky with certain
ammunition. This review describes the problems that my friend had with his
Summary of Taurus 738 TCP Problems
Not a good track record so far. After buying his brand new Taurus 738
TCP, my friend had to polish the ramp to prevent jams, send it back to the
factory TWICE to get two new replacement guns in lieu of repairs and replace
a broken magazine release.
New Taurus 738 TCP - First Day Of Shooting
Shot fine with commercial target ammunition.
Jammed with reloads and certain defensive hollow-point ammo. Polishing
the feed ramp seemed to fix the problem.
After A Few
Months Of Shooting His Taurus 738 TCP
More jams occurred so he sent it
back to the factory for inspection and/or repair. Taurus couldn't fix
the problem so they sent him a new replacement gun.
After A Few
Months Of Shooting His "NEW" Taurus 738 TCP
When cleaning his gun my friend
noticed a crack in the slide rail of the gun. See the below pictures. He
sent the gun back to the factory. They sent him a new replacement gun.
After Shooting A
Couple Hundred Rounds The Magazine Release Of His Taurus TCP Broke
Inserting the magazine into the gun caused
the plastic magazine release of the Taurus TCP to break. The are sending
him a new magazine release. Read more below.
Discussion of the Taurus 738 TCP Problem
Subject: Another Taurus 738 TCP Failure
I have another TCP failure. This one is a structural frame problem.
Yesterday I was cleaning guns and decided to strip and lube the TCP after
cleaning the ones I use at the range. Upon close examination, I found one of
the frame rails that support the slide is cracked! I called Taurus this
morning and they are sending FedEx to pick it up tomorrow. I have no idea
how long or what kind of an adventure this will be. It appears that the rail
subassembly may be a permanent part of the frame, if so, it cannot be
repaired and the entire gun will have to be replaced. A few more rounds and
the slide might have come off and that could hurt! It will be interesting to
see what the Taurus response is going to be.
Wow and bummer! Good thing you are observant and maintain your guns well.
Another person might have just kept shooting the gun till failure. I just
looked at the rails on my Ruger LCP and they are also part of the plastic
frame structure. Being all black makes it hard to see. Is the crack in the
frame rail easy to see or do you really have to look closely? How long is
the crack? Which frame rail, left or right? Can you feel the crack if you
run your fingernail over it? Their response is probably going to be, yes
there is a crack in the rail and here is another gun for you. No further
explanation offered. It seems like the
Glock 26 Safety lever might come into use faster than expected. I was
thinking about this before, but it might not be a bad idea to have a spare
back-up pocket gun to have on hand. If I could afford one right now, I would
take another look at the little 9mm pocket gun.
The crack is about half the length of the rail on the mag release side of
the gun. The rail moves inward as side force is applied. I am very leery of
these little guns especially of the light weight variety. I would not think
a higher caliber would be a good investment but the higher forces would make
it more prone to a failure of its weakest part. I will bring my Walther PPKS
380 next time and see the difference. The problem with it is that because of
its construction, itâ€™s too heavy for a pocket gun. I do not think the light
weight ones are reliable as a carry gun only as a last effort backup. We
must come up with a better solution.
If I remember correctly, the little 9mm gun was a bit heavier and resembled
the design of a Glock. It seemed more like a â€œreal gunâ€. I agree that the
lightweight pocket guns are flimsy in comparison and are more prone to
breakage and failure. They seem more like a toy as compared to a real gun. I
donâ€™t think there is a better solution though, if we want to carry it in our
Attached are two photos of the rail failure I took for you before FedEx
comes to pick up the TCP. Let me know if you can see the failure OK.
Thanks for the pics. I tried to brighten the pictures and zoom in, but I
can't really see the crack or identify it as a crack. Itâ€™s hard taking
detail pictures of these black plastic parts. It looks like you are trying
to show a bunch of small striations or wear marks on the inside surface
immediately below the left rail (viewed from the right side). I also see a
long horizontal gouge or deformation that runs all the way to the front edge
of the rail. I assume this is the crack. I just compared your picture with a
corresponding view of my
Ruger LCP. The corresponding surface of my LCP is pristine and looks
new. Yours looks really bad. Is my interpretation of the photos correct?
Also, can I use the photos and the information and correspondence and add it
to my Taurus TCP web page?
Yes use the photos on your website. I do not know why you are having
difficulty seeing the crack. They are very high resolution and are crystal
clear when I view them. Also the surface with the crack that is visible is
not a wear surface.
For some reason I received your pictures and they were very dark. I donâ€™t
know why. I tried to brighten them up the best I could and they came out
fine. Here is a picture of my Ruger that I will include on the web page for
comparison purposes. I agree that it is not a wear surface but it sure looks
messed up. It almost looks as if someone took a rough file or rasp to it.
You been filing on your gun?
Our computers may be set to different color reproduction standards because
your picture is very light and washed out. The rough mark you see is the
result of poor machining by the Brazilians. The slide support rail on the
failed side was not properly machined and resulted in a very thin wall
between the groove on the outer side and the side you see in the photo. That
condition combined with a very sharp 90Âº corner at the base of the groove
causes a high stress concentration thus resulting in failure. The FedEx guy
just left with the TCP and said it will be there in the morning.
Thanks for the explanation.
Taurus TCP 738 Magazine Release Broke
My friend brought his Taurus TCP 738 to the range for
some target shooting. He loaded the magazine, inserted it into the gun,
aimed and fired. After firing one round the magazine popped out by itself.
Along with the magazine came a little piece of plastic. He reinserted the
magazine into the pistol but the magazine wouldn't lock into place. The
plastic piece turned out to be a broken piece of the magazine release. No
more shooting his TCP that day.
Why the Taurus TCP 738 Magazine Release Broke
When he inserted his magazine into the Taurus TCP, my
friend didn't depress the magazine release button. He just pushed it into
the gun. The action of inserting the magazine into the magazine well caused
the plastic magazine release to break.
Page 18 of the Taurus TCP Owner's Manual states
"2. Hold the MAGAZINE with one of your hands and with the other one
insert the cartridges one at a time, pressing them down and to the rear.
Insert the MAGAZINE into the pistol until it is held by the MAGAZINE CATCH.
If the MAGAZINE is not correctly inserted into the pistol, it can be dropped
when you intend to shoot." It does NOT mention having to depress the
magazine release button while inserting the magazine into the well. Research
on the internet shows that some owner's of the Taurus TCP, Ruger LCP and the
Keltec P-3AT recommend depressing the magazine release button each time you
insert the magazine because it is a plastic part that is susceptible to
Later that day my friend called the Taurus company and
told them the problem with the magazine release.
"I called Taurus regarding the magazine release and they said I could send
them the TCP or they would send me the part. I asked for the part and I will
install it. There is no charge. I will probably not have it by next week."
Feedback Comments & Questions
Taurus 709 "slims" have gone FULL AUTO!
March 27, 2013
Watch out! Several Taurus 709 "slims" have gone FULL AUTO! Dumping the
entire mag! Another 9mm (I don't remember th model) shot "doubles". No data
on possible recall. Check your sears for defects. Busterandbailey
Sharp Edges On Taurus 738 Slide Cut Finger
May 29, 2012
I received the Taurus 738 for a Christmas gift. I have been really satisfied
with its performance and accuracy for a "pocket pistol." I did, however,
discover the razor sharp edges on the end of the slide as it recoils. The
problem of having my left hand with thumb exposed to close to the action and
it cost me 3 stitches (I readily admit this is my fault). I am contemplating
taking it to a smith and having these edges removed. I don't believe this
will interfere with the action of the pistol, but I would ask whether you
would suggest contacting Taurus first?
Response - Chuck,
Sorry for the delay in responding to your message. It doesn't really sound
like it is your fault that you got cut. My left thumb rides up pretty close
to the slide edge and sometimes rubs against it, but I have never been cut
like that by my guns. The edge of the slide shouldn't be sharp enough to cut
you like that.
I would suggest that you contact Taurus first. It may save you some money.
The will probably tell you to send It back to them for them to fix the
problem or tell you what to do. If it were mine, and I didn't want to be
without the gun for a few weeks, I would probably try removing the razor
edge with careful application of an emery cloth or fine grit sandpaper (of
course be careful not to do any damage). Good luck,
New Taurus Gun Jams
March 7, 2012
I have a new torus gun it jams after 5 shots what do i need to do to get it
Response - Richard,
Guns jam for many reasons. You didn't say how it jams or what type of jam.
The first thing I would do is to clean, lubricate and inspect it. Then I
would try different types of ammunition, preferably round nose, full metal
jacket ammo. Then I would try polishing the slide. You could always take it
to a gunsmith or send it back to Taurus for repair.
Taurus 738 Not Designed For Plus Ps Or Hollowpoint
August 19, 2011
The Taurus 738 TCP pistol is designed to shoot round ball ammo and not
Hollow points, and 95 gr 1000 fps. I have shot a dozen boxes of shells
through mine and have not had one single jam. If you buy a handgun, shoot
the right ammo and their probably won't be a problem. The Taurus 380 TCP 738
is a great handgun. If you want to shoot Plus Ps then or hotter ammo then
what's recommended then buy a heaver frame gun.
Taurus TCP 738 Problems
July 15, 2011
My Tcp 380 seemed really nice. I have not fired it thru winter. I
took it to the range, and it would not fire. Pull trigger/no click// Dead.
So i took it apart, and there is some debate on when you put latch pin back
in during assembly if it should be framed back, as it was when it was
dis-assembled, or put pin in as when it looks lined up ? So either way
worked, and still no fire. Is spring pin in correct. Yes. At Gun shop we
compared it to a display gun. Sent it back to Taurus today thru gun shop. If
i had known this trouble would brew. I would of steered clear. My Big Taurus
.480 with the warranty enticed me to buy this mini....
Taurus TCP 738 FTE Issues
June 23, 2011
Hello, I'm debating between the KelTek P3AT and the Taurus 738. I've read
several complaints on the Taurus having FTE issues. However, most of the
complaints I read end with dates around 10/2010. Do you know if Taurus has
addressed any design issues with the TCP 738? I've new to the handgun realm
and need all the guidance I can get. Thanks! Lyn
Response - Lyn,
My friend has a Taurus TCP 738 (I went with a Ruger LCP). During the first
few months that he owned it he too had a couple of FTE problems and
eventually sent it back to the factory for inspection and/or repair. After
waiting over a month for his TCP to be returned he decided to call and find
out the status of his gun. If my memory serves me right, they told him that
the gun was in their research/design department and that they couldn't find
anything wrong with his it and that they were â€œmakingâ€ him a new gun. Why
they just did not replace his gun with one from stock, we don't know. My
friend sees to think that maybe (or hopefully) they were incorporating a
design change to fix the problem.
A few weeks later he received his new gun. He has shot over 500 rounds
through it with no problems at all. He is now happy with his gun.
The only way to get the real answer to your question would be to contact
Another thing to consider when buying your gun is how it fits in your hand and
whether you will be using magazine extensions to get a better grip on the gun.
Both my friend and I agree that these small pocket guns need them. Be aware that
you cannot buy magazine extensions for the Taurus (you will have to make your
Good luck in your decision.
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