Taurus Spectrum 380
Taurus SPECTRUM Pistol -Soft-touch proprietary polymers are used to improve grip retention in wet or dry conditions – providing a stable, firm grip and maximizing comfort. Unique to Taurus, this true double-action only trigger systemSHOP features a non-energized striker with no pre-cock or pre-load applied – ensuring no contact between the sear and striker.
- Enhanced Grip Design
- Extended Magazine
- Soft Edges
- Reversible Magazine Release
|SIGHTS||Integrated Low Profile|
|CARTRIDGE||380 Auto (ACP)|
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A long-term Taurus Spectrum review is something that I’ve wanted to do ever since the gun was announced. Unfortunately, this gun failed to deliver in the short term – never mind any lengthier testing period.
Taurus attempted to break the industry mold on .380 pocket pistols. So, they designed the gun with a smooth look and now offer it in a wide range of color combinations. Additionally, the Spectrum was hyped by many Taurus representatives as being part of a new era of quality and reliability for the company.
I hoped Taurus representatives were being honest, and I wanted to give the pistol a fair shake. If it proved reliable, it would be a welcome addition to the growing class of subcompact handguns for self-defense.
Unfortunately, my gun has not been reliable – even after a trip back to the factory for a rework. Reading a number of Taurus-friendly websites, I’ve seen many others have had problems with the Spectrum as well.
It’s too bad really. The general shape and lines of the gun suggest it might be a better shooter than many of the .380 ACP pocket guns that are on the market. Combined with the assurances that the gun represented a new era of improved quality at Taurus, I was intrigued by the handgun’s possibilities.
In this shooting review, I will detail my problems with the pistol. In all fairness, there are a number of things I really like about this pistol. I cover those as well.
If additional repairs and testing are performed, this page will be updated to show the most current information. Your experiences with this gun are welcome in the comments section below.