One problem about the Taurus Model 738 TCP, like many other 380 Caliber Pistols is that the grip of the gun is too small for the average hand. Unfortunately, neither Taurus or any other aftermarket company make a magazine extension for this model of pistol. My friend owns a TCP and decided to make one for himself. This is how he did it
MAKE YOUR OWN TAURUS TCP MAGAZINE GRIP EXTENSIONS
Since you can’t buy extended magazines or grip extensions for the Taurus TCP 738 you have to make them for yourself. Here are the instructions for making your own Grip Extensions. All you will need are a few simple tools, some epoxy glue and a “store bought” grip extension for theRuger LCP made by Pearce Grip, Inc.
|Standard Verses Extended Magazine|
The standard is shown on the left. The one on the right is one with a modified base plate providing room for a “pinkie” finger. It holds 6 rounds of 380 ACP ammunition.
MAKING A TAURUS TCP EXTENDED MAGAZINE
|TOOLS & MATERIALS|
|Order a Pearce Grip Extension for Ruger LCP|
Pearce Grip PG-LCP Grip Extension for Ruger LCP
See also Ruger LCP Grip Extension Review.
|Pearce Grip Extension for A Ruger LCP|
|Remove the Upper Lip From The Pearce Grip Extension (Ruger LCP)|
|Remove base plate from the magazine.|
|Align & Glue The Modified Pearce Grip Extension To The TCP Base Plate.|
|Pictures Showing Construction Stages|
|Before & After Pictures|
Taurus TCP 738 shown with the factory standard and the extended magazine.
TAURUS TCP 738 MAGAZINE EXTENSION – TEST & ANALYSIS
After the modification to extend the Taurus TCP 738 was completed, we tested it’s functionality at the range. Two people (myself and my friend) compared the feel and function of the new extended magazine against that of the standard factory magazine. We both shot the Taurus TCP with the standard magazine, then immediately with the extended magazine grip. We agreed on the following results.
- The Taurus TCP extended magazine provided a more secure grip on the pistol and made it easier to shoot and more accurate.
- The Taurus TCP extended magazine provided room for the pinkie finger on the grip of the gun.
- The small increase in height that the extended grip adds made no appreciable difference for pocket carry of the gun.
- Since the extended grip uses a modified factory magazine and magazine base, there is no “pinching” of the hand or fingers when the gun is fired.
THIS MODIFICATION OF THE TAURUS TCP 738 MAGAZINE BASE PLATE IS WORTH THE EFFORT. IT FEELS GOOD IN THE HAND AND MAKES THE GUN EASIER TO SHOOT.
EXTENDED MAGAZINE FOR TAURUS TCP
Why don’t you make and sell them? I would rather purchase then to make myself. It’s my wife’s gun and fits her hand but I shoot it as well and
would like the pinky extension and if she tried it I know she would like it.
Response – Bill, I thought about making them and selling them, but it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Too much work for too little profit. Besides it’s my friend that own the Taurus TCP. I have a Ruger LCP. But the extended magazine does make a big difference.
Follow-up Email – If you were to make them, how much would you sell them for? Would you ask buyer to send the clip from the gun to be modified?
Response – Bill, I don’t know. I would have to figure that stuff out and I don’t have the time right now. Sorry.
Very interesting, I’m online now purchasing one and thought about the grip when i saw this, so thank you! this was very good.