First Look: Taurus Curve
November 18, 2014
Rather than developÂ another pistol that requires peopleÂ to conform around the dimensions of a gun, the new Taurus Curve conformsÂ around the contours of the human body.
In terms of its concept as "The gun you wear," Taurus has stepped outside the normÂ with itsÂ new Curve, offeringÂ aÂ non-traditionalÂ form factor that aims forÂ comfortableÂ and clever concealment. In the spirit of its name, its curved polymer frame housing is designedÂ to tuck up toÂ your body when carried on the right side. Taurus has even received approval from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on this arched-frame design, so if other manufacturers wish to adopt a similar concept, they'll needÂ to pay Taurus for the privileges.
This .380 ACP pistol is also heavily radiused at every corner, producing a carry gun thatÂ prints discreetly in your pocket or waistline like a smartphone. That's right, no holster needed. AÂ removable belt clip is also bolted to the right side of the frame, allowing the pistol to be worn inÂ your waistline for clever concealment with an includedÂ triggerguard protector.
The omission of an external safety, a slide release lever and iron sights also results in snag-free carry. Aiming the hammer-fired, double-action only (DAO) pistol can happen one of three ways. Some will want to simply point-shoot this pistol at close-range targets. Others will use the crosshairs etched on the rear of the slide. However, G&A anticipates that most will activate the on-boardÂ red laser and LED light module produced for the Curve byÂ LaserLyte. Why no iron sights on the slide, you might ask? One theory is that self-defense with a .380Â firedÂ from a sub 3-inch barrel resemblesÂ more of a point-and-shoot taskÂ than a bullseye competition. With a bit of practice, getting hits on torso targets positionedÂ across an average-sized room (15 ft.) was no problem duringÂ G&A's initial testing this summer.
Getting a grip of the slide is achieved by grabbing hold of the Curve'sÂ external snakeskin-like cocking serrations. Users will also find it easy to manipulate the slide. Because the Taurus Curve is a locked-breech pistol and not a blowback design, it is easy for almost anyone toÂ manipulateÂ including those with dexterity or strength issues.Â The necessaryÂ recoil spring weight of locked-breech pistols is generally far lighter than that of a blowback firearm.
Taurus lists that safety features of the Curve include a loaded chamber indicator atop the slide and a magazine disconnect safety.
The TaurusÂ Curve is expected to appear in stores during theÂ first quarter of 2015 withÂ an MSRP of $392. To learn more aboutÂ the Curve, readÂ our full review in the January 2015 issue of Guns & Ammo, available on newsstands December 2, 2014.
Until then, please enjoyÂ G&A'sÂ exclusive first-look photos of the Taurus Curve.