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Taurus TCP VS Ruger LCP

Man holding gun in pocket

Being an active defender takes more than your fighting skills—sometimes, firearms are required. But choosing a perfect and reliable concealed carry could be a confusing task, and even more so when it’s between the Taurus TCP VS Ruger LCP. 

Today, our experts end the debate. You can read the results of our tests below.

Taurus TCP VS Ruger LCP

Better Reliability for Beginners
Ruger LCP
Most Accessible
Taurus TCP
Ruger LCP
Taurus TCP
The Ruger LCP has better mass to handle the recoil and an excellent sight to help put shots on target. It also has an extra cartridge space to add to the maximum possible shots in a defensive situation.
The Taurus TCP is the smaller pocket size gun. It is cheaper to buy, and it is much more concealable. The straight shot system makes it a useful tool of defense when wielded by a professional.
Better Reliability for Beginners
Ruger LCP
Ruger LCP
The Ruger LCP has better mass to handle the recoil and an excellent sight to help put shots on target. It also has an extra cartridge space to add to the maximum possible shots in a defensive situation.
Most Accessible
Taurus TCP
Taurus TCP
The Taurus TCP is the smaller pocket size gun. It is cheaper to buy, and it is much more concealable. The straight shot system makes it a useful tool of defense when wielded by a professional.

In-Depth Comparison: Taurus TCP VS Ruger LCP

The Taurus TCP is a hammer-fired Brazilian design pistol designed in 2009. It’s a popular pick for its small size and reliability. 

The Ruger LCP, on the other hand, is a US semi-automatic pocket pistol that has been around since 2008. It is also small and considered reliable by most.

In determining which gun you should put your money on in the Ruger LCP vs. Taurus TCP polemic, you should consider the following features:

(Alternatively, you can also read what we wrote about the P365 and P938.)

Size and Dimensions

The Taurus TCP is 0.87 inches wide, 3.75 inches high, 5.2 inches long, and it only weighs 289g. The gun has a barrel length of 2.8 inches.

The Ruger LCP is measured to be 5.16 inches in full length, 0.82 inches wide, 3.16 inches high with a barrel of 2.75 inches long. It weighs 270g. Ruger LCP is relatively smaller in size and weight, so it definitely can be carried and concealed more easily.

Winner: Ruger LCP

Design

The Taurus TCP is designed as a semi-Automatic short-recoil pistol having a DAO trigger with a polymer frame. The slide is made of stainless steel. The grip has textured polymer steel with fixed sights.

Gun pointed to the left

The Ruger LCP has a fixed sight as well. It has a nylon-filled glass frame and a two-finger grip. Its extractor is Glock styled and with a hardened blued steel slide. Also, it runs a lightweight hammer.

Ammunition for Taurus TCP and Ruger LCP

Both the Taurus TCP and Ruger LCP are chambered to fire the .360acp cartridges. Being pocket guns, the Taurus TCP and the Ruger LCP don’t have so much ammunition capacity. 

However, the Taurus TCP contains seven cartridges in total: six in a full magazine and one in the chamber. The Ruger LCP has a full load capacity of eight cartridges. There is one in the chamber and seven in a full magazine.

Winner: Ruger LCP

Ballistics Comparison

The Taurus TCP shot was measured with a ballistic velocity [1] of 1225 fps. This is not so much of smaller ballistics compared to the Ruger LCP shot, which was measured clocking 1300 fps out of a 2.75-inch barrel. 

Although these velocities are not very different, we give the slight advantage to the Ruger LCP in this Taurus TCP vs. Ruger LCP side-by-side comparison.

Winner: Ruger LCP

Accuracy of the Taurus TCP and Ruger LCP

The Taurus TCP has a micro sight. This sight makes it difficult to aim, but the pistol is designed for straight shots. This enables a better chance of placing your shots on target.

Meanwhile, the Ruger LCP was designed with a more prominent sight than the Taurus TCP. It enables you to aim better. However, it hits higher than the Taurus TCP with about half an inch at 7yds.

Winner: Ruger LCP

Recoil

Taurus TCP has a very short recoil, although it would be felt more due to its short grip design. 

The Ruger LCP has almost the same recoil as the Taurus due to its similarity in design and the fact that it fires the same cartridges. The slightly bigger size of the Ruger LCP enables a little better kickback handling than that of the Taurus TCP, however.

Winner: Ruger LCP

Price Comparison between Ruger LCP and Taurus TCP

Owning a gun for self-defense comes at a price, ranging as high as a thousand dollars or more. 

The Taurus TCP and Ruger LCP are very cheap and affordable pistols. However, the Ruger TCP is a little more expensive than the Taurus TCP. With a penny, you can purchase some attachments for better operation of the Ruger TCP, like a better sight.

Winner: Taurus TCP

FAQ

Which is better: Taurus or Ruger?

The Ruger LCP is better than the Taurus TCP. This is because it has more mass to handle its recoil and its extra cartridge capacity. Also, its custom magazine enables you to take one more shot before a reload, and this comes in handy in self-defense.

Overall Winner: Ruger TCP

Ruger LCP

Based on the results of our field experts’ experiments, the Ruger LCP offers better performance, especially in aspects of recoil and ballistics. Also, the Ruger LCP is easier to use, especially by civilians who are not very skilled.

With a combination of good ballistics, low recoil, concealable size, and big sight, the Ruger LCP takes your shooting game to a whole new level

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