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Old September 13, 2018, 11:49 PM   #1
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Taurus M380 revolver

Does anyone have one of these, or is anyone familiar with it? It's a small, lightweight, snubnose revolver chambered for .380 ACP. It holds five rounds, and uses moon clips. Taurus still has it in their catalog, but I haven't found any user feedback on it. Are they any good?

A big question for me is: As sold, the hammer has no spur and Taurus calls it DAO. I would like to know if a spur hammer from some other Taurus model can be swapped in to make it DA/SA.
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Old September 14, 2018, 04:03 AM   #2
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I owed one .. Great for pocket carry .. Trigger was pretty heavy .. Not like the 85 .. I think was designed that way , because of hard primers on the 380 acp ..
Overall a great carry revolver



This is a pic of the one I owned
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Old September 14, 2018, 05:40 AM   #3
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I had one. It was a great little concept......but with a trigger that was ridiculously heavy and the gun shot groups far larger than it should at the close distances I was shooting at.
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Old September 14, 2018, 04:15 PM   #4
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I notice that both of you speak of your ownership in the past tense. That doesn't sound like a sterling recommendation.
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Old September 14, 2018, 04:28 PM   #5
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When I had one (yeah, another *former* owner) I had the same idea. I called Taurus and they said yes. They wouldn't sell the part but they'd do it for me. You can't get parts for Taurus guns except from them, and they restrict a lot of them. You often end up having to send it in which of course can get expensive on the shipping.

I got rid of mine because I quit carrying, and it's hardly a fun range gun. Shot fine for me but it ain't easy with that heavy trigger pull. Which could be improved I'm sure. It's got to be the most compact center fire revolver around. The frame is shorter than the .38 special Model 85.
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Old September 14, 2018, 05:58 PM   #6
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Traded it off ASAP.
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Old September 14, 2018, 06:54 PM   #7
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Mine was a solid little revolver ... But ( always a but) my TCP was lighter , smaller & and had more capicity.. and the TCP was and is as realiable as any pistol I have ever owned ...

Also Charter Arms alumium framed 38spl revovlers weigh less than the M380 revolver ...and I have two of them ...
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Old September 17, 2018, 05:31 PM   #8
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I've been tempted by them in the past and likely will pick one up one day, simply for the sake of satisfying my curiosity.

Handled one extensively in a pawn shop I frequent, didn't pull the trigger, but it was a nifty little wheel gun from my impression messing with it.
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Old September 17, 2018, 06:06 PM   #9
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I had the 9mm version and it was a nice carry gun but the screw that held the crane stripped itself out one day. I pulled the gun out of the safe, opened the cylinder to make sure it was loaded and the cylinder dropped out into my hand. Upon further inspection I found the screw hole was stripped right out and after shipping it back for repair on my dime I decided to sell it off once it got back and moved on.
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My local gun shop will sell Taurus revolvers only on special order and with a notice to the purchaser that when it breaks deal with the factory direct not through the shop.
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