Okay, so the gunblogoverse is getting its jollies LOLing on the new, weird Taurus Curve.And while I hereby cheerfully join the chorus of people saying they’d have no use for this gun – ever, under any circumstances – I don’t like the rush to scornful laughter that I’m hearing everywhere.
It seems to me (he said from the depths of his huge knowledge of economics and marketing*) that pistol manufacturers are just now trying to catch up with the still fairly recent boom in the CCW market. There’s been quite a gush of new, light, itty-bitty pistols lately, and what they have in common is…everything. Other than tiny semiauto vs. tiny revolver, they all look alike. If there’s a substantive way to choose between them, I don’t know what it is. Gunmakers hot to find some way to stand out are busily looking for ways to, you know, stand out. So we get the unfortunate R51, the even more unfortunate Boberg XR9, and now this. Okay. I know nothing about the actual shooting qualities of the gun except that Guns & Ammo gives us the following less-than-glowing report…
With a bit of practice, getting hits on torso targets positioned across an average-sized room (15 ft.) was no problem during G&A’s initial testing this summer.
…which in case you didn’t know is gunragese for “GAD this pistol sucks.”
And maybe it does. In fact I’ll go with probably it does. But none of this is new, or necessarily bad. When I first heard about it yesterday, I was reminded of a couple of recent Forgotten Weapons videos, featuring tiny little pocket pistols – both innovative and distinctly weird, and no doubt justifiably forgotten – from the turn of the twentieth century.
Maybe pistol design has reached a climax state, and the only way to substantively improve on them is to make something totally different like particle beam weapons. Given the rash of failed innovation, I suspect that may be the case. But they keep trying, and that’s probably good.
I’m reminded of something the older brother mentioned below once said to me, when I was a young boy and had just said or done something wrong but not completely moronic: “At least it shows you’re thinking.”
*Yes. That was meant to be ironic.