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TCP vs. LCP: How will I ever call myself a "gun snob" again?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by PlayboyPenguin, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Well, I went out today and put the Taurus TCP and the Ruger LCP side by side and gave them the once over.

    I am almost ashamed to admit that I like the Taurus better. Here is why...

    Build material: The TCP felt more substantial, the slide was stainless which made it feel better made than the LCP slide, and I thought the polymer on the TCP felt less plastic like and slick than it did on the LCP.

    Appearance: I thought the TCP just looked nicer. I liked the stainless slide a lot. I did like the shape of the LCP a little better but it had kind of a cheap look to it overall.

    Comfort: The TCP just felt better in my hand. The slightly longer grip frame allowed me to get two full fingers on it opposed to the "almost two fingers" on the LCP. The extra tang at the back of the TCP also felt better in my hand.

    Mechanics: I preferred the TCP here also. I like how the slide locks back when the magazine is empty and I thought the trigger on the TCP was lighter and smoother than the trigger on the LCP. I also felt that the slide moved more fluidly on the TCP.

    Overall Quality: In the end I had to chose the TCP over the LCP. I just liked almost everything about it better. When stripping both I did not see any substantial differences internally. They both seemed pretty well put together for what they are. The kicker was when I discovered the TCP was not made in Brazil ike other Taurus guns. It is made right here in the USA. Maybe that is why it seems a little better made than some other Taurus.

    Like I said, I am almost ashamed to admit I chose a Taurus over a Ruger, but I have actually never had a bad experience with any Taurus I have owned (even though i do not own any now). I have a feeling this gun will be no exception. Besides, since it is a gift for my friend, I will never have to be seen shooting it anyway. :D

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  2. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    Playboypenguin to TCP:

    "You had me at Stainless"

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  3. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Hey! I am not that easy, ya know!

    It was a bit embarrassing when the sales person told me to take my tongue out of the barrel though. :eek:
     
  4. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    :bluelaugh::laugh::bluelaugh::thumbup:
     
  5. VW_Factor

    VW_Factor Woodburn Oregon Active Member

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    Your friend should enjoy it. :)
     
  6. atypicalparkie

    atypicalparkie sowfeast poetland, ohraygun Member

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    Cool, man! Funny coincidence, I was gonna do a compare/contrast of these 2 myself for a friend. Though my own ccw is a Ruger, just based on price & the fact that the slide locks back I'd been thinking that the Taurus would be a better choice for what my buddy wants... I'm gonna send him a link to this thread. And it is cool that they're both (TCP and LCP) made in the U.S., so I might have to get a TCP myself too after all. I've been seeing them for crazy good prices. Daaaaang yoooooou Pennnnnguinnnnnn!! :p
     
  7. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    Were I in the market for one of these guns (I am not) the deciding factor would be which company offered the better customer service in the event that the gun needed to go back for repair. On that basis alone, the LCP or the KelTec 3AT would be far better options than the Taurus.
     
  8. chris61182

    chris61182 A little west of Portland Active Member

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    When you were doing your research did find out where in the US is the TCP made?
     
  9. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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  10. donovan

    donovan Eugene, OR Member

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    ruger is definantly a better quality firearm. as far as taurus is concerned, you can polish a turd all you want but it is still a POS. with all the taurus firearms I have owned I have never owned one that I didnt have to send back for repairs. if you want to trust your life on the TCP thats your choice.
     
  11. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    It seems lately that Ruger has had more quality recalls than any other manufacturer. When you stripped and inspected the TCP what was your impression?