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    Bought a Curve today!

    Got to finally handle and evaluate a Curve today... Was pleased with the feel and function while at the LGS... So I bought it!

    I had done much reading about it and wanted to ensure I liked it and it "fit" me before buying... I was surprised to find one and surprised how much I like it!

    Full pics and range report to follow but here are my initial impressions...

    - as advertised... It is a comfortable gun to carry IWB right handed
    - the on/off switch for laser/light combo is easy to manipulate (a small spring loaded switch you push forward to turn on and forward again to turn off... It is simply a spring loaded toggle)
    - the trigger guard stays on nicely- will not inadvertently come off... It takes a nice hard pull on the gun as you draw it to make the lanyard (which attaches to belt or belt loop) pull off the trigger guard
    - the cross hairs on the rear of slide (vs regular sights) don't seem to detract from point and shoot (will know more once I get to the range)
    - comes with two mags (but a bit unusual method to release them... Have to pinch the lower portion of mags to make them release
    - unique small orange case

    * Model: Taurus Curve
    * Caliber: .380 ACP
    * Action: Double Action Only (DAO)
    * Capacity: 6+1 rounds
    * Barrel Length: 2.5 in
    * Overall Length: 5.18 in
    * Overall Height: 3.7 in
    * Overall Width: 1.18 in (0.88 in grip)
    * Sights: N/A
    * Lights/Laser: Integrated LaserLyte System
    * Trigger Pull: 5-7 pounds
    * Weight: 10.2 ounces (unloaded)
    * Materials: Slide: Carbon Steel
    * Barrel: Stainless Steel
    * Grip: Polymer with Metallic Subframe
    * Safety Devices: Loaded Chamber Indicator; Taurus Security System
    * Accessory: Trigger Protector
    * Holster: Integrated Side Belt Clip
    * Slide – Finish: Matte Blue
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    You are the first here if I am not mistaken.

    We will thank you kindly for a thorough range report!

    GW

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    You'll have to give us a rolling report here.

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    Work on your presentations with it. You'll need lots and lots of practice.

    The Curve's waistband clip is very badly placed, making it impossible to achieve a full firing grip before beginning a presentation.
    Therefore, you have to first extract the pistol, and then shift your grasp into firing mode. That permits Mr. Murphy lots of opportunity to work his magic.

    Also, I hope that Taurus's quality-control gremlin has never touched your new pistol.
    I suggest that you need to put at least 500 rounds through it, before you can confidently carry it for defense.

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    I just knew that sooner or later, someone would buy a Taurus curve.

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    I wish you good luck with it.

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    Nice to see someone take a chance on a unique and unusual product, especially a Taurus. Get ready for the blitz of Taurus haters! I bet your post turns into 4-5 pages at least!

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    Range report (be advised I'm a Taurus lover... 8 Tauri in my family)... But oh.... Read on

    I took her to the outdoor range with some Winchester "train and defend" D 380 95 gr JHP ammunition. I set up at 21'

    Of course I broke down the gun and cleaned and lubed it. It was surprisingly clean and lubed lightly when I broke it down... Not full of gunk at all

    After only 17 rounds I noticed the extractor retaining pin was coming out of the top of the slide (see pics)

    I called Taurus, a nice gent emailed me a fedex shipping label and off it went back for repair.

    I have five Taurus revolvers and this is my fifth semi-auto (I've sold a couple)... And this is the third gun to go back to the factory.

    Still love 'em but it's getting a bit old... Range report later! Once I have a chance to really try it!

    Oh... And yes... They said they forgot to stamp the caliber on the barrel and they will be giving me a new barrel! Whoops... At least they knew about that

    Enjoy the pics! (Yes... The plastic case is curved too)










    Also-- it (the curve) fits in my Ace pocket holster (I usually carry my keltec p-32 in it) but it fits the curve quite well... This is a stock pic only but the holster I have

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    Extractor retaining pin, I think you mean. . If I were Taurus I'd look into a roll pin, or staking slots.

    You seem to be handling it quite well. I've seen other reviews and the little pistol did quite well for it's intended purpose. The shots you did get off look pretty good, let us know about a further range review when you get it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denner View Post
    Extractor retaining pin, I think you mean. . If I were Taurus I'd look into a roll pin, or staking slots.

    You seem to be handling it quite well. I've seen other reviews and the little pistol did quite well for it's intended purpose. The shots you did get off look pretty good, let us know about a further range review when you get it back.
    Yes... Extractor

    Taurus fixed mt TCP 738 firing pin retaining pin (was also coming out top of slide) and my PT709 for a pin (can't remember which pin)

    Seems they do, indeed, have a pin problem

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    I want to know about the vertical stringing of your shots.
    Is that you, or is it the pistol?

    At seven yards, there shouldn't be that much vertical dispersion.



    I'm sorry for you, that the Taurus gremlins seem to have gotten to your pistol.
    That pin should not have come out.
    In a perfect world, the pin would be tapered, and inserted from the bottom of the slide so it couldn't rise up like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    I want to know about the vertical stringing of your shots.
    Is that you, or is it the pistol?

    At seven yards, there shouldn't be that much vertical dispersion.
    ....
    I'm right handed, left eye dominant trying to "unlearn" a bad habit (shooting with only one eye open)

    I'm trying desparately to learn to shoot with both eyes open (and not have to shoot left handed)

    I also was shooting with my EDG (every day glasses) with bifocals... vs my shooting glasses (which have different prescription in bifocal... To give me arms length focus for the front sight)

    So... I believe it is me... It's me

    I will sight-in laser later... I was just hoping today to put 50 rds through it to begin breaking in.

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    Thanks for the photos, good luck with the fix.

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    2a: No matter what you do about your handedness versus your eyedness, do not use different, shooting-specific glasses when practicing with your defensive weapon.

    When the save-your-life moment comes, you will be wearing your everyday glasses, so it is best to train with what you normally wear.


    If you practice the Weaver stance (rather than, for instance, the isosceles), you can shoot right-handed and left-eyed by just pressing your right cheek (or ear) hard against your right shoulder.
    This brings your left eye down, in line with your pistol's sights.
    Try it. It may work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    When the save-your-life moment comes, you will be wearing your everyday glasses, so it is best to train with what you normally wear.
    You are right, of course, Steve, but it's hard to do. I have the same problem 2a describes with focal length (but not dominant eye), and I do try to get by with my regular glasses. But, lately, I spend more time teaching new shooters, and I want to demonstrate to them that you actually can hit the bulls eye consistently, if your fundamentals are good. So, I tend to cheat, by using reading glasses with the proper focal distance.

    Fortunately (I think), my focal length is changing enough lately that my next pair of bifocals may actually work for shooting, too.

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    hud35500:
    After only 17 rounds I noticed the extractor retaining pin was coming out of the top of the slide
    And this is the third gun to go back to the factory.
    Haters? It's rather obvious that this company has some serious quality control issues. What if the damn thing comes apart while your life may depend on it? Sorry not for me. Why even take that chance? If they made such a great product there wouldn't be that many issues with them and or so called "haters". People have the freedom to buy what they choose, let the buyer beware. Forums such as this are kind of like a "consumer reports" on firearms. I own many different brands of handguns. Yet, I would never buy one that is of dubious quality. Or recommend that others do so. Kind of like buying a vehicle with faulty wheel studs. This is not intended to be a tit for tat argument or a "my gun is better than yours" type of thing. Buying a firearm for personal self defense is a serious thing. I guess what it all boils down to is how much do you really value your life or that of a loved one to depend on something that has a questionable reputation?
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    1. People use the term "haters" when they don't have a viable rebuttal to the criticism offered. Rather than support the criticized object, which they can't, they descend into an ad hominem attack against the persons who see real flaws and who point them out.*

    2. About glasses: At close, save-your-life range, you do not need to see anything clearly! This is not a "hit the bullseye in the X-ring" game. You're going for a generalized, slightly-higher-than-center-of-mass area. Your normal glasses are good enough for self-defense, no matter what they are. Myopic eyes with no glasses at all are sufficient for close-range self-defense. (And while you're at it, I strongly suggest practicing at seven yards with no glasses at all.)


    *There is, of course, another layer to this story: "When you criticize the gun (car, house, vacation) I've chosen, you are criticizing me! You are attacking my ego. And since my gun is so tied up in my own concept of my masculinity, you seem to me to be criticizing the size and functionality of my, um, male member."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    1. People use the term "haters" when they don't have a viable rebuttal to the criticism offered. Rather than support the criticized object, which they can't, they descend into an ad hominem attack against the persons who see real flaws and who point them out.*

    2. About glasses: At close, save-your-life range, you do not need to see anything clearly! This is not a "hit the bullseye in the X-ring" game. You're going for a generalized, slightly-higher-than-center-of-mass area. Your normal glasses are good enough for self-defense, no matter what they are. Myopic eyes with no glasses at all are sufficient for close-range self-defense. (And while you're at it, I strongly suggest practicing at seven yards with no glasses at all.)


    *There is, of course, another layer to this story: "When you criticize the gun (car, house, vacation) I've chosen, you are criticizing me! You are attacking my ego. And since my gun is so tied up in my own concept of my masculinity, you seem to me to be criticizing the size and functionality of my, um, male member."


    Sorry Steve, this is a civil forum. NOBODY wants a Phallic analogy made with a Taurus Curve. To avoid a blood feud you should retract and redact and beg forgiveness!

    GW

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    Do they all curve in the same direction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    Do they all curve in the same direction?
    Phalluses?
    Or Taurus pistols?
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