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Taurus M380IBULB M380 UltraLite 5RD 380ACP 1.75"
by Richard A Date Added: Thursday 26 July, 2012
I have to say right off that I am not impressed with this product. I saw one at a local gun dealer and, after looking the piece over a couple of times, said, "I've gotta have one of these!". So off to Bud's I went and ordered one. I did examine the gun at the FFL dealer but it wasn't until I got it home that I saw exactly what I had.

After I had cleaned off the oil (packing grease?) I discovered several scratches on the gun frame, residue at the top of the rubber grips where they meet the frame, and just a generally dull finish on the revolver -- nothing at all like the "cold blue steel" effect from the display model or the photos. The display gun I had seen was pristine; the one I received had, I believe, been used as a demo or something. Nothing at all like the display or like the photos in the Taurus catalog or even on the front of the owner's manual. In addition, the cylinder release was very stiff -- almost inoperable -- and the cylinder swing-out had a rough "metal on metal" feel to it, as if something wasn't aligned quite right. Overall it looked like a cheap Saturday Night Special, not the Taurus product I was expecting.

Bud's assured me that the gun I received came straight from the manufacturer in that condition, as Bud's does not have any reason to handle the guns. I then called Taurus and explained the situation, and Taurus sent me a Fedex prepaid shipping label to send the gun back to them for examination.

So, I had the pistol less than 24 hours and it's already gone back to the manufacturer, and I haven't even got to fire it yet. I had hoped to take it on vacation with me next week up in the mountains to break it in, but Taurus says it's going to be at least 3 or 4 weeks at the earliest to get it back.

Frankly, I'm hoping Taurus just replaces the gun with another one that has been finished properly, and that they don't make me keep the one I received. Very poor workmanship on that one, but I know they can't all be like that because of the display gun that I first saw -- it was beautiful, and everything on it worked very smoothly.

I'll post a follow-up after I find out which way this is going to go.

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars! [2 of 5 Stars!]
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