At least it shows they’re thinking.

Okay, so the gunblogoverse is getting its jollies LOLing on the new, weird Taurus Curve.taurus_curve_22And 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.

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11 Responses to At least it shows they’re thinking.

  1. For those who truly need a completely concealable gun, and have strong, small hands, this might be a winner. Only time will tell. I would have no use for it myself. I conceal a full size SP101 .357m without any problems, and I absolutely hate to shoot a .380 or any of the mini guns. They HURT my hands and are very difficult to control. They universially have too small/short a grip, which is why they are hard to control. With 9mm+p JHP, this thing would be really nasty to shoot.

    And it is not for lack of practice. My first handgun was a .32 revolver. The grip is so small I can only hold it with two fingers on each hand. Good luck firing it accurately with one hand. I had that gun for many years, and shot it plenty before I got to Wyoming and started to buy other guns.

    Seems to me that the major problem with this “curve” thing is the lack of sights. The “red dot” is NOT a substitute for those. Now this gun would do the job at bad breath distance, just like any other gun that didn’t jam up, but we don’t get to choose the distance, generally speaking.

    Anyway, the curve is cute… but I’d have to try it to see if it was functional. Since I’m not about to lay out that kind of cash for a trick gun I can’t control… I’ll never know.

    But I absolutely agree. The more gun manufacturers innovate and try new things, the better. 🙂 And yeah, I want a plasma pistol like Lucy Kropotkin has….

  2. Kentucky says:

    I’m awaiting the introduction of a CONCEALABLE phased plasma pistol in the 40 watt range.

    😉

  3. Joel says:

    First, I want my flying car.

  4. Goober says:

    I don’t know. Jolly-ing up too much is a pretty good way to send the message to gun manufacturers that trying anything new, and innovating in any way, is a pretty good way to get the gun geeks to snark you into your grave.

    Probably not a real good incentive to put out there.

    Good on Taurus for being brave enough to try this.

    Still not gonna buy one…

  5. Keith says:

    OK, ‘fess up, who went and left their plastic pistol in the car on a hot day?

  6. Buck. says:

    I think this will end up being one of those to each his own and then by the wayside things. I have one Taurus handgun. It failed right out of the box with a broken firing pin spring. The warranty fixed it and did so most timely but shipping it was a drag and there’s no warranty that covers a “click” in a gun fight. I don’t carry the Taurus.

  7. Joel says:

    Given that my EDC pistol is a Taurus, I won’t complain. It needed some cleaning and a mainspring replacement and it’s not happy with hot loads, but other than that it has worked for me.

  8. s says:

    Taurus went on my “never buy” list after they joined the so-called “smart gun” effort. Let them sell their politically correct and unsafe products to the victim disarmers who demand them. Taurus chose that path in December 2003. Perhaps in another 10-15 years I’ll reconsider.

    So while I won’t be buying one, when I read a load of snark from Caleb and his ilk, people who have never touched the product, those people go on my “never, under any circumstances, read anything written by this irresponsible fool” list. I really hate reading stuff that makes me more stupid. I can’t afford it!

    Not liking the brand because of their politics or guns that go “click” is one thing. Deciding you hate something you’ve never seen or touched is another.

  9. abnormalist says:

    I like Taurus just because they will try things that others wont. Also when I make a list of features that I want in a gun, normally they seem to have a few entries in the list.

    While I am about as brand agnostic as anyone can come, I actually I have more Taurus guns than I have any other brand.

    I have one of their nice little winchester 1892 clones in 44 mag. Drops sub 1″ groups at 50 yards with iron sights (much better than I expect to do with irons)

    One of their 24/7 45acp service size double stack pistols that has run like a clock for around 5000 rounds so far. Its a daily carry in a cross breed supertuck

    One of their tracker 44 magnum 4″ barrel revolvers. Its a bit of a handful but as long as I do my part its done its. Only about 1000 rounds through it so far. Mind you, while its no Super Redhawk, its lock up is as tight as any gun I’ve used with no change todate, and its cylinder gap is as tight as any I’ve ever seen. Becauuse of that it it does require some careful cleaning to ensure reliability, but its never gone click when it should have gone bang.

  10. Buck. says:

    I would amend my remarks to say that I am not in the “never buy one, ever” category just yet. I like their pump action gallery guns. A friend has one that I covet a good deal. I also sort of, kinda, in a roundabout way, like the concept of the Judge, a little.
    I had an old 38spl. of theirs. It was an OK piece for what I gave for it. That being not much. The nickel plating was flaking, I suspect someone had been oiling it which is a no no for plated guns. Taurus refinished it for me under warranty. That impressed me.
    Sadly that one got sold. I have sellers remorse being it never gave me an issue.
    The guy who has the gallery gun also had one of their .357 revolvers. That one was a nightmare.
    It was kind of like the swamp castle scene in the Holy Grail to wit: “I built a castle, it sank into the swamp, I built another, it sank too….built a new one, it caught fire, fell over and then sank….”
    Once he had sent it back about half a dozen times he went code red and started making replace it demands, which they actually did, gave him a new revolver but he was done building castles.
    He traded it in on a Smith.
    That along with my .45 and it’s broken firing pin spring, I would have another Taurus, just not one I’d bet my life on.

  11. wyowanderer says:

    It’s funny to read the histrionic on other blogs about this pistol, nearly all panning it without having actually held one. It may well be a POS, but I think I’ll reserve judgement until I can actually use one in person. And like you said, at least they’re thinking.

To the stake with the heretic!