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Last year at SHOT Show we saw an early version, essentially a prototype, of a new Taurus pistol. They have kept working on this idea and now have a model that is in production and will be shipping in the next few months. We put a picture of last year’s gun below so you can see the evolution.
And while we’re talking about last year’s prototype, I’d like to address a bit of the controversy surrounding the new incarnation of the TCP. We heard a lot of buzz about this gun, and some of it was dismissive. The wings, some had decided, were a gimmick. I wasn’t will to pass judgement on the gun–or the wings–not until I’d had a chance to work it out. But these seem much more useful. The prototype’s wings were pointed. These are really robust. They snap shut and stay closed during firing. If I had to guess I’d say this was yet another feature that Taurus is pioneering that we’ll see on a lot of guns in the very near future.
Taurus starts off with a TCP 738 in .380 and gives it wings. Folding wings to be exact. They are made of steel so they wont melt if you fly too close to the sun with this gun on your hip. The wings are made to be sturdy and strong. The representative from Taurus assured us that the engineers went over and over the design and subjected it to torture tests to make sure the wings were strong enough to hold up to repeated use.
The idea is to help users that have a weak grip manipulate the slide. Shooters with arthritis will especially benefit from the wings. The spring tension on most mouse guns in .380 is pretty strong, but using the wings really did make it easier to work. As we were checking out the winged Taurus we found that if you hold it right you can work the slide one handed. A pretty cool feature for a carry gun. Check out the video to see. The Taurus TCP 738, With Wings, will sell for slightly more than the standard model.