SHOT 2015: Taurus Curve

20150120_113242We’ll start with what I liked.  The trigger was surprisingly good for a compact .380, and the gun was sized right for its purpose.  In lieu of sights the Curve has indexing marks on the rear of the slide.  To properly use the gun, you center the back of the slide on your target and press the trigger.  In defensive shooting we call this “meat and metal” and at close range, the technique works pretty well.

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On the other hand, the Curve had some things I could do without.  First on this list would be the curved handle.  Completely useless and did not appear to make the gun any easier to carry (I’d argue that any gun that small should go into a pocket rather than a waistband anyway).  Taurus did make an accessory holster which covered the Curve’s trigger guard, making it safer for pocket carry.   Attached to the Curve is a removable belt clip so it can be carried without a holster (not recommended!)

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Other anti-features of the Curve were the LED light (too small to be useful) and laser which were difficult to operate, and a superfluous magazine disconnect safety.

The magazines had a cumbersome two-sided clip-in design that would make carrying spare magazines bulky to carry.  If the gun has a malfunction, you can forget about being able to clear it because of the lack of operational slide release.

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I did my best to give the Curve a chance.  The lack of sights, poor magazine design, and lack of slide release, coupled with superfluous accessories made me want to hate it, but some of the innovations made me simply not like it.  I wouldn’t recommend it for serious use without some revisions.  To me, it’s another example of a gun that’s meant to be carried but never actually used.

Erik is the owner and founder of QSI. He has over 35 years of experience as a firearms instructor, including military, security, and law enforcement.