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Taurus Curve – Another Oddball Pistol

 

Taurus Curve 380 ACP

The Taurus Curve is the latest new pistol from our Brazilian friends. Taurus International is now making a pistol that is designed to be carried for self-defense, but could be one of the more difficult designs to shoot.

What makes this pistol different from other designs is that the polymer frame is curved – hence the name. In theory, this could make the gun more comfortable to carry though I have my reservations (more on that in a moment.)

The Curve is chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge and it holds six rounds in the magazine. The barrel is 2.5″ long and has a slant cut at the muzzle.

The gun has no traditional sights. There is a cross-hair drawn on the back of the slide that might give a shooter some crude visual reference to where the bullets might go. It seems the cross-hair even has its own trademarked name: the Bore Axis Sighting System. Pretty fancy for a pair of intersecting lines.

It appears that the only reliable way to aim the gun is through an internal laser provided by LaserLyte. The integrated laser module also includes a pair of LED white lights for illumination. I could not find any specific information on how bright those lights are supposed to be.

Taurus Curve

Taurus ships the curve with a removable metal clip so the gun can be carried without a holster. While this may be the easiest way to conceal the gun, I still recommend a holster for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is to cover the trigger. Interestingly, Taurus includes a Kydex trigger cover that can be snapped into place to prevent a negligent discharge. However, the cover must be pulled off manually after drawing the gun.

Personally, I think the gun looks like a Kimber Pepper Blaster, but it could just be me.

Taurus Curve Specifications

caliber380 ACP
magazine capacity6 rounds
barrel length2.5"
overall length5.18"
width (max)1.18"
weight (unloaded)10.2 oz
sightsno traditional; painted cross hair on rear of slide; integrated laser
slidecarbon steel
framepolymer
triggerDAO - 5-7 pounds

These guns will be made in the United States at the company’s Miami facility. The MSRP is set at $392.

Potential Problems

There are a slew of potential problems with this pistol. I do not want to be a Debbie Downer on this gun, but I definitely see a number of issues that have to be considered by anyone considering this pistol for anything more than a curio.

Taurus Curve holster

First, the curved nature of the pistol limits how the gun can be comfortably carried. If carried inside-the-waistband on the right side of the body, the gun might print a little less, and it could be slightly more comfortable than a traditional pistol. However, it would seem that this:

  • gun would print more – not less- if carried on the left side of the body (exception: cross draw), and
  • it might print more, or just be less comfortable, if carried in an appendix position since this area of the body tends to be flatter, not rounded like the hip.

A second problem with the design is the curved nature of the frame will likely make the gun harder to grip for shooting.

Taurus Curve angle

The third and fourth potential problems are with the magazine design. The magazines are necessarily inserted on an angle, likely making mag changes more difficult due to a lack of instinctive motion. If the magazines are curved, then you have an additional problem with how to carry them. (Update – the magazines are not curved. It looks like the curved mags will go with the curved gun patent mentioned below.)

Additionally, the magazine appears to be removed by pinching the base of it and stripping it from the mag well. It doesn’t appear that this would be a fast way to swap mags. This same style of magazine was used on the SW380 pistol from Smith & Wesson. Don’t remember that pistol? There’s a reason for that…

Something that I thought was telling was an observation from Guns & Ammo that reviewed the pistol prior to its announcement:

With a bit of practice, getting hits on torso target at distances across an average-sized room was no problem in G&A’s initial testing.

Considering it took practice to get shots on a torso target at a distance of 8-12′, I would say that accuracy is not this gun’s strong point.

Taurus-Curve-180CRV

Outside the Box Thinking

Taurus was thinking enough outside of the box to file and receive a patent on this design. The “Body Contour Handgun” patent most closely resembles this firearm.

Taurus Curved Gun

However, the company also filed a “Curved Handgun” patent application. The curved handgun appears to be mated with the curved magazine application referenced above. Based on the Curved Handgun application, it appears Taurus is looking at a developing a gun curved to the buttocks and carried in a back pocket. Insert crude joke here.

Taurus is one of those companies that I like, though I’m not sure that I should. Based on my experiences with the warranty department when reviewing the 709 SLIM and the general unreliability of the 740 SLIM, I would be hesitant to buy any new Taurus pistol.

However, I do like that Taurus is willing to think out of the box and try new things. For example, while I personally have no interest in owning one of the company’s Judge revolvers, I am pretty much astounded at how they developed a brand new niche in the market that has been emulated by Smith & Wesson. Even Charter Arms developed a prototype gun called the Big Dawg that did essentially the same thing.

Of course, the company has had its share of failures. The recently released View has not been getting rave reviews, and the 28-gauge version of the Taurus revolver was DOA due to US laws.

Taurus Curve open slide

Bottom Line

While I applaud Taurus for creative thinking, I just don’t see that this gun will fill a niche in the serious self-defense market. Yes, the company may sell a lot of them – or not – but sales numbers are not an accurate predictor of reliability or usefulness in a deadly force encounter.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

46 replies on “Taurus Curve – Another Oddball Pistol”

Any local shop should be able to order one for you. I know Taurus is already shipping these guns, so it should not be a problem getting one for you.

This is an interesting concept. It’s certainly not the best gun out there for self defense, especially being a .380. HOWEVER- if it’s compact, comfortable, and pretty much invisible under your clothes, it’s a lot more likely to actually be carried. And it’s a lot better than nothing. And I like the idea of integrated laser sights.

Why is a .380 not “the best” for self defense? Are you willing to be shot by one? If not it’s absolutely perfect for self defense.

Just got one, Grip seems fine, breakdown is easy. Cant seem to find and sellers for extra mags.

This is meant to be in the evwnt you ha e to wear say formal clothes and have a hard time concealing a typical CC firearm. It has a laser and light combo. Really not made for long range so stop complaining.

Also, we dont live in the wild west or on t.v. If some one pulks a gun on you, your already dead and if not, you will be if you try ro draw your weopon with a gun pointed at you

The point of conceal carry is the element of surprise. Someone comes in shooting up a place, you can duck down, draw gour weapon and take thw shooter down when they are not focused on you.

If your in a combat situation you would already ha e your gun drawn and a larger calibre.Plus concealment wouldnt be the problem.

This isnt combat but self defense. Your not going to face off someone with pistols at dawn like an old west movie.
If your too far to hit someone with this gun its because your far enough to get away and call police. To many people imagine that they are going to save the day and be a hero, charge into a shooting situation and save everyone.

Sorry but thats not likely going to happen. Not to mention others with CC may think your one of the bad guys running in and shoot you by mistake.

This is mesnt to be a small, ergo design for tighter clothing as a self defense in the highly unlikely scenerio where a bad guy is between you and escape and he hasnt already shot you first.

Argue all you want but I doubt anyone here has saved lives or stoped someone purely because they were the quicker draw with their concel carry.

Cheers

Hi Christopher,

Thanks for taking the time to read my article and share your comments. From my perspective with experience in multiple self-defense situations, I’m not sure I agree with you on several points, but that is ok. No one has all of the answers.

I do strongly encourage you to take a reality based training class with the Curve and let us know how it runs. I recommend those offered by any reputable instructor like Paul Carlson (http://www.safetysolutionsacademy.com/), I.C.E. Training (http://www.icetraining.us/), Massad Ayoob (http://massadayoobgroup.com/) or Tom Givens (http://rangemaster.com/training/combative-pistol/). There are others out there, but these are just a few that come to mind. As someone who likes the gun, I think it would be valuable for readers to get your feedback on how well it runs.

Thanks again for reading.

-Richard

Taurus is notorious for being hard to find magazines for, it took me almost 6 months to find factory magazines for my TCP 738 when I first got it. Even the manufacture constantly runs out and has things on back order. It’s a very popular manufacture so unfortunately it’s hard to find magazines.

Did try some third party for my TCP but they were crap and kept jamming again and again so I threw them out.

If you can find TCP 738 magazines they are identical to the Curve you just need someone to 3D print or mold the plastic end caps for you.

I own a curve and while it is right that because it sits so low you do not draw it like you would a regular pistol it definitely can be drawn with one hand if you simply get used to slipping your hand into the waist of your pants like you were trying to adjust your pants. I’ve had no problem with drawing the pistol at all and you almost forget your carrying because it’s so slim and contours to your body very well. My only concern is no iron sights, I understand they wanted a “streamlined” weapon with nothing to get caught when drawing but they have that stupid loaded chamber indicator that sticks out so I don’t see why they don’t have iron sights. Without a laser I wouldn’t feel comfortable firing this weapon except at point blank range because you literally have no way to aim the weapon, that drawn on “bore sighting system” is use a waste of a few cents of paint it has absolute ZERO utility and I feel it’s dangerous to give an impression you can use that to aim a weapon and fire it safely at your intended target.

It draws easily and I bought a $2 carabiner at Walmart to make it less difficult to take the trigger guard on and off my belt loop of my pants, I work for a public school system so I have to leave my firearm secured in my vehicle by law when at work.

My only big complaint is that the integrated laser sights made by laserlyte seem subpar, the one that came with the weapon couldn’t adjust it’s windage out of the box. They sent me a replacement that was supposedly tested before it left Arizona via UPS and it could be sighted at least but it would flicker and cut out and act up intermittently. Within a week the battery cap was stripped from having to use that stupid hex key they need to unscrew what cap to access the batteries. When I contacted them this time they insisted I pay shipping to return it to them and I told them they obviously didn’t want my business every again if I get two defective products back to back one out of the box and they expect me to be paying shipping costs to send it to them.

I’ve found another company Viridian that makes green dot laser sights that look much better and hopefully I can obtain one of those sights because this weapon is very unsafe without a laser sight since it have no iron sights.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with the Curve. Taurus upgraded the laser/light system to a Viridian unit. It is a much improved design and performed well when I shot it at the SHOT Show. It uses a red laser instead of the green, but was still fairly visible in the daylight. (Not as good as a green, though.)

-Richard

“you almost forget your [sic] carrying”

Dude. Seriously. Please. Stop saying things my first-time female students say on the first day of the NRA Basic Pistol course. I have a laminated poster I bring to class entitled “Top 10 Worst Reasons to Choose a Handgun”. Your brilliant utterance is #3.

You never want to forget you’re carrying. Ever. Valuing that idea and purchasing a pistol based on convenience instills entirely the wrong mindset, which is the false sense that you’re just a regular guy who has no duties, responsibilities or risks beyond what the average (unarmed) civilian has. It lets you be lazy and complacent instead of alert and with your head on a swivel. By walking around like that day-in and day-out, you’re indoctrinating yourself ever stronger that what you’re doing is okay and preventing the sensible behavior modifications that would allow you to employ that firearm quickly, reliably and effectively in a crisis (which is the whole reason you supposedly bought the thing).

“As you train so shall you fight”, and 99% of your training should occur in your mind and with your pistol in it’s holster (or, even better, locked in it’s case).

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