Taurus Spectrum Review (Taurus 380 Pocket Pistol)

Taurus Spectrum Review (Taurus 380 Pocket Pistol)

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Welcome to Firearms of America! Today I have another Taurus review for you guys and this is Taurus Spectrum 380 review.

As usual, let’s start with this Taurus Spectrum specs:
FAMILY: Spectrum Series
MODEL: Spectrum
TYPE: Semi-Auto Pistol
ACTION: Semi-Auto
FINISH: Black Melonite Stainless Steel
FRAME: Polymer Frame
STOCK/GRIPS: Black Soft-Touch Overmold
BARREL: 2.8″
MAG DESCRIPTION: (1) 6 rd. & (1) 7 rd.

So, overall, this is a great little 380 pocket gun. My Taurus pistol does not look any sort of special, but check out Taurus Spectrum colors and you will see that there is indeed a full spectrum of different colors for this gun.

This 380 Taurus is very easy to conceal carry. Is this the best pistol for concealed carry? Well, if your priority is the size and the ease of carrying, then you should definitely have this on top of your list. Also Taurus firearms has some of the best budget pistol options.

To me, this is a great option that could have been even better if there was a bit more aggression on the grip and a little bit crispier trigger. Overall, is this the best 380 pistol for concealed carry? Within its price range, it may very well be!

So, what do you guys think about this Taurus Spectrum review? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for watching!

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  1. Laineysdaddy on November 9, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Where is the safety??? Striker block

  2. John L. Jones on November 9, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    I got one for a $168. Perfect to keep in my pocket at the gym or for quick trips. I got a G19. But this is just something quick to carry. Because you can never be to safe. This with Hornady Critical Defense ammo. Don’t worry about being super accurate. If your assaulted or what have you. This weapon/ round will be enough to get you out of that situation safely.

  3. M Paul Webb on November 9, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I really like the trigger. Works great for me, and it is the safety, which is the best way to do a safety for a gun in the pocket.

  4. James Helton on November 9, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    I was looking at one of these at the store. I ejected the magazine and went to put the mag back in the gun and that magazine snapped onto my hand like a bull dog. It was a nasty pinch.The notch on the back strap is a bad idea.Its a pincher when inserting the clip.I certainly did not buy this gun. I went with the lcp. Bad design flaw on the taurus,,and its UGLY.

  5. lgwappo on November 9, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    My Beretta Pico has a DAO trigger like the Spectrum but it’s hammer-fired. It’s very smooth. But the grip is barely larger than the magazine. I get 1 1/2 fingers on it so the gun moves around in my hand when it fires. The Spectrum grip is much larger & much more comfortable. All micro 380 pistols are snappy. I’ve shot maybe 6 or 7.

  6. k e on November 9, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Your rage about the trigger shows you know little about pocket pistols.

  7. Damon Stanley on November 9, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I drank a whole cup of coffee while you were pulling the trigger 🤣. It’s basically like my wife’s Ruger LCP, close and personal, point and pull. Not saying it’s a bad firearm, but wouldn’t be a primary for me.

  8. Robert Sparks on November 9, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    At least the one you had didn’t have a malfunction

  9. B Martinez on November 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    "Worse trigger I’ve ever seen in my life". You must have never shot a Sccy.

  10. Jeff McClendon on November 9, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Great review, honest and fair. The Spectrum is not for everybody but for around $200 it is really easy to conceal and since the trigger is definitely not going to be accidentally pulled, I just put it in my pocket and don’t worry. If Taurus lessened the trigger pull they would need to add an external manual safety. for those that want to carry one in the chamber. I usually do with the Spectrum as it is now, so I am glad the trigger is long and at least 8 lbs. I drive my dog crazy and my left and right index fingers since I try to dry fire the Spectrum a few hundred times a week. Aside from the trigger, it is a smooth shooter with very little felt recoil depending on the ammo. I put a $10 Hogue grip sleeve on mine and I painted the front sight orange and it is easy to see even for my very old eyes. 10 rounds at the range once a month and I am confident that the Spectrum will do the job if I ever need it. When I really want to shoot some 380 at the range I just grab my Glock 42.

  11. Robert French on November 9, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Not made in Miami. Made in Brazil and shipped into Miami

  12. Winston Churchill on November 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Excellent review!

  13. Rick on November 9, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    I have two Spectrums, both with over 4,200 rounds. It is my EDC of choice, even though I also have the Glock 43X. I’ve had good success with CCI Blazer, Fiocchi, PPU, even Magtech and Geco brass ammo. I do see light primer strikes with cheap ammo, but zero light primer strikes or failures of any kind with hollow point professional defense ammo, e.g., Fiocchi Extrema XTP, HP 90gr, Sig Elite Performance ACP 100gr and Hornady American Gunner 380 ACP 90 gr XTP. I alternate practicing with my Spectrums, one for practice and the other for EDC. They are fun to shoot and, for me, very accurate in the under 10-15 yard range. Once you get used to the trigger, it doesn’t impede accuracy. I’ve gotten 19 of 25 rounds in 4" bull, shooting 5 rounds each from 3, 5, 7, 9 & 12 yards. When under 7 yards, I almost always hit the 4" bull target.

  14. David Huebner on November 9, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    The trigger is like that on purpose, its the only safety.

  15. S. Thompson on November 9, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Are these still available in custom colors ?? I only see like two options now on the Tarus website

  16. the Sloth on November 9, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    you don’t want a hair trigger on a pocket gun

  17. racefan6668 on November 9, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    For crying out loud this is a defensive pistol. This is not an elite competition CZ, Walther, 1911 Sig pistol etc. You are not thinking 🙄 "darn I am being attacked can my mushy, gritty, long & heavy trigger get me out of this situation, O did the trigger just stacked"? What matters most is when you pull the trigger for the Spectrum to go BANG or any pistol for that matter. You don’t want a sub 3lbs. short stroke trigger on a defensive pistol.

  18. tootired76 on November 9, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Really. You all should practice shooting with your non-dominant hand and eye!! I always shoot a couple of .380 mags left handed through my Taurus every time I go to the range!

  19. Spirit Walker on November 9, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    Your trigger description was hilarious 🤣

  20. Glizzy GLO’ on November 9, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    I just know for a fact he drinks LMFAO.
    No seriously tho.

  21. Limitless on November 9, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Very informative and well put, great!

  22. Keith Hendrickson on November 9, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    I like the trigger. Because I carry it every day and it has no safety, I feel more comfortable knowing it would take a lot to pull the trigger. In a life of death situation, the trigger pull would be the least of my worries.

  23. Andrew Rogueyea on November 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Excellent review!

  24. Workletics on November 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    Great review!

  25. Vincent Kross on November 9, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Ever consider that it’s the best trigger for a gun you can throw in your pocket without a holster?

  26. RE:Desert_Boy on November 9, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    It is appreciated that you took the time to review a value Taurus like the Spectrum as well as one of the more expensive .380s like the Glock 42 (you could buy several 9mms for the price). Good information.

  27. Claude Hayden on November 9, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Defense attorney watching trigger pull part of video "perfect".

  28. John W on November 9, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    It’s a up close point and shoot belly gun not a target pistol.

  29. Doug Mare on November 9, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    That trigger looks like a complete joke. I’m also curious to see how the butylene overmolding covering the grip and rear portion of the slide holds up over time. (Hint: on power tools it goes sticky rather quickly unless your hands are always clean when handling it, but eventually it always seems to turn back to goo.)

  30. Jay Strock on November 9, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    self defense guns in reality are not shot that often, maybe never. Could a gun be effective in a once or twice in a lifeytime situation.

  31. BX on November 9, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Your rage over the trigger was hilarious. I also appreciate the honesty.

  32. Matt on November 9, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Trigger is your only safety on this gun and designed not to go off easy when stuffed in pocket or a purse without you pulling it and if you intend to pull it you are intending on shooting it. This gun is for concealed carry and protection, not for the range and it can be carried anywhere you want to put it literally, even with the laser from Viridian on it.

  33. TimmyD on November 9, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    That long heavy trigger is better for pocket carry with no holster. Besides if you’ve ever been surprised by a situation that you had to pull your pistol and shoot, a heavy trigger is quickly cancelled out by your adrenaline rush. Another great video! Thanks!

  34. Sua Sponte on November 9, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Nice channel. Do some survival and pepper stuff too.

  35. Jason Pavlovski on November 9, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Great review!

  36. im miata mike on November 9, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    The trigger is meant to be mashed repeatedly in a life or death situation. So as you’re pulling the trigger you’re fully committed to kill what you’re aiming at.

  37. vladboy1 on November 9, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    3 things I don’t remember when shooting for my life – sight picture, recoil , and trigger pull – nope couldn’t tell yah – all I remember is I hit or I missed. The only issue I had with the spectrum is the non captive recoil spring – solved by Galloway

  38. sidonias Knight on November 9, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I see your a nit picker of the trigger.

  39. tootired76 on November 9, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I agree with Rick. Once you get used of the trigger throw it is a gas to shoot! It is my carry gun . If I have to pull it out and use it, chances are it is going to be at point blank or 5 yards or less. I also have the neat laser pointer that bolts to the trigger guard! VERY low profile!! I do shoot a couple mags left handed with it every time I go to the range. I’m practiced in case my right arm/hand is disabled. You all should do this too!!

  40. Jackson Songer on November 9, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I’m gonna take a wild guess and say you have east Russian heritage. Lmk if I’m right

  41. Lance Watson on November 9, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I don’t know if this was your first video, all I can say is, good try. Your vocabulary is a bit lacking and it would appear that English is NOT your first language !!!!!!🙄🙄🙄

  42. Robert Tompkins on November 9, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    I’ve been looking for a spectrum in the color I want in Jax. I can’t find it anywhere. Surprising since it’s made in Fl one would think they would do a better job of supplying Fl. The Taurus GC3 I find at Academy all the time. But the G3 has the roughly the same profile as my Walther which has a smoother action, longer barrel and its a Walther. But I do like the G3’s price point. For what you get, a nice choice! But in that profile I can’t substitute it for the feel of the Walther. I want the spectrum because I can stick it anywhere because of the smooth lack of edges. It is NOT a holster gun. Want to holster something? don’t get a spectrum. It’s for shoving into tight jeans pocket. Without that double trigger, accidental discharges would be a serious problem. I was even thinking of carrying 2 of these. 1 for each hand.

  43. Faith InChrist on November 9, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Appreciate your comments on this pistol !!!

  44. forestman on November 9, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Great review as usual!