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My new Taurus TCP

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Well as some of you guys may have read I bought a new Taurus TCP last week. I finally got to the range today to shoot it. I got through about 3 or 4 mags or American Eagle FMJ rounds with no problems. And the the SHTF. It started with failure to eject about once per mag. I thought this could be from me limp wristing but no matter how tight I held it it seemed to happen about once per mag. After fighting through box 1 of ammo, I swapped to Magtech FMJ rounds. It got worse. I started having failure to fire issues. The firing pin would strike the primer but not with enough force to set off the round. I could reload the round and it would go off. Still had problem with ejecting and returning to battery.
I loaded up a mag of Federal Hydra-shoks and the first mag went through with no problems. After that it was the same thing again. This finally ended with the gun not firing at all. The hammer doesn't seem to be falling hard enough to set off the primer.
When I pull the trigger slowly you can hear 2 clicks. I field stripped the gun to watch the hammer fall. The first click I hear is the hammer falling back to where it sits at rest. The second click is the hammer actually falling to strike the firing pin. Occasionally the hammer will fall in a normal manner.
I think that's the basic summary of my problems today.

So, I will be calling Taurus on Monday morning and sending the gun back to them. I've heard horror stories about their customer service so I've got my fingers crossed that it goes smoothly.
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From what I've read, their service is a lot better than it used to be. Give them a chance, because I think you'll like the little gun once it's reliable. I had Shoeshooter's for a while and shot it a lot while I had it. While it was a little harsh to shoot, it never did anything it wasn't supposed to do. Never even hinted it wanted to jam. One thing I did learn, though. You can tame the little gun quite a bit by adjusting your grip a bit. It likes to be held pretty tightly. Another thing is to keep it clean, because like all of the little pocket .380s, it gets dirty pretty quickly. I was impressed by this little gun compared to the others.:)
I think they should be able to address your particular problem. As a matter of fact, it's a fairly common one that probably could have been fixed by yourself, but why bother when they'll pick up the tab and make it right. I read about the problem and the fix on the Taurus forum. There's a half cocked position on the sear that actually doesn't have anything to do with the full cocked position, but can interfere with the process. It can be filed down and rounded slightly, which is probably exactly what the smith will do, unless he decides to replace the part. I looked at what was involved on the one I had and it looked to be a PITA to do in place. One person gave instructions as to how he did it, but it involved getting a file into a very confined area. I don't doubt he did it, but it was hard to see how. The only other way to get to the part is to disassemble the trigger group which is very difficult without a couple of special tools. Mouseguns have mechanisms that are similar to other guns, but they are much smaller and go into much tighter cavities. Not a job for the faint of heart, for sure. Quite a few of these have been sent back to the factory for reassembly after someone got in over their head.
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