Rifleman Review: Taurus Spectrum
Taurus, like many other companies over the past couple of years, has developed a sub-compact semi-automatic handgun geared specifically for concealed carry and personal defense: the Spectrum. The Taurus Spectrum is a small, polymer-frame, semi-automatic handgun chambered in .380 ACP. Its smaller profile and caliber put it in the same category as other modern “pocket guns” like the Ruger LCP.
Because the Taurus Spectrum is specifically designed for concealed-carry use, the external shape and edges have a smooth profile to reduce the chances of snags and allow for an easy draw. The Spectrum is 3.84” in height and 5.4” in length. The narrow frame allows for discreet carry, while the grip shape provides a comfortable fit to the user’s hands. Due to its small size and narrow frame, the Taurus Spectrum weighs in at 10 oz.
Chambered for .380 ACP, the Spectrum feeds from a single-stack magazine. The standard flush-fit magazine has a capacity of 6 rounds while the pinky extension magazine has a capacity of 7 rounds. The Spectrum features a double-action-only trigger, which lacks a safety tab, with a trigger pull that is between 7 to 9 lbs.
The Spectrum uses a tilting lock action with a 2.8” barrel. The iron sights are small and subdued to prevent snagging on clothing or a holster. While there is no external safety, there is an internal safety mechanism and a key-activated trigger lock built in. A slide catch is located on the left side of the frame, which is flush with the side to also reduce the possibility of snagging on clothing or unintentional activation.
The Spectrum also uses a button magazine release which is reversible for left or right handed use. The slide, backstrap and grip feature textured polymer inserts for improved grip and handling. These polymer inserts are available in a wide range of color options along with the frame and slide, hence the name Spectrum.
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Article by American Rifleman Staff