Taurus Announces “The Curve” ‘Printless’ Handgun

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Taurus has announced a new product for the concealed carry market. From the press release:

(Miami, FL) – Taurus®, the global leader in revolver manufacturing, is redefining the handgun category with its newest introduction. The new, patented CURVE is a body-contoured .380 ACP that changes everything about concealed carry – so comfortable it’s easy to wear – everyday.

Taurus tackled the challenge of designing a concealed carry handgun that is “print-free” as well as comfortable in any position on the body. Building a firearm with a curved grip frame was not an easy task. About the size of today’s smart phones, this little USA manufactured double-action only, semi-auto pistol packs 6+1 rounds in a highly concealable 5.18-inch package. Weighing in at 10.2 ounces, the CURVE combines innovation with functionality for close-quarter, personal security confidence when wearing this pistol. This curved polymer pistol has a carbon steel slide and a stainless steel barrel for increased reliability.

Taurus takes safety seriously and incorporated a loaded chamber indicator as well as integrated the Taurus Security System® for long term locking storage. Taurus also provides a trigger protector that is fast and easy to deploy with a built-in lanyard for use when using the holster-free belt clip.

Another industry-first, an integrated LaserLyte® LED light/laser combo system built within the frame makes for efficient target acquisition during most lighting scenarios. On the rear of the slide is the bore axis sighting system™ that is designed for instinctual point shooting at close distances. This subcompact handgun does not feature traditional sights to keep the concealed carry design smooth and snag-free. The textured grip and the low bore axis of this pistol deliver comfortable shooting and mild recoil.

“We challenged our engineers to develop a handgun that was comfortable to wear. We wanted it to be as comfortable as wearing a watch every day,” commented Sarah Perry, Director of Marketing. “We wanted a concealed carry firearm that was designed for wearing against the contours of your body. The engineers eagerly accepted the challenge and three years later and after much testing, we are beginning production of the Curve,” continued Perry.

Wearing the CURVE everyday provides the peace of mind needed for protecting yourself and your family in these uncertain times. Have the CURVE on your side – it’s the gun you wear!

I suspect the deciding factor for this handgun won’t be related to the new theory of use it offers – but rather the price. If Taurus manages to produce the weapon for a cost appealing to a majority of consumers, it could find a place in the market. Otherwise, I suspect it will get lost among its competitors.

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Taurus has set up a dedicated website for their new handgun. It appears to be primarily targeted at women, interestingly.



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • JH

    That’s… Interesting. One would think a pistol built solely for concealed carry would be a bit thinner. I’ll let someone else try it first and report back.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Integrated light is great. But otherwise…. WTF I am looking at!?

    How about you try just one step at a time Taurus. And sweet Raven Vanguard ripoff there. Needs more Grip Zone.

    • ThomasD

      Muzzle is designed to print like a wallet.

      The idea is if people ask themselves “WTF I am looking at!?” their first thought will not be “gun.”

      Not sure it will sell though…

      And expect major freak out from the same people who freaked out over ‘plastic guns’ when they first hit the market.

      • Zachary marrs
        • Evan Ferguson

          Look out for man hands.

          • gunslinger

            whoa… gun not needed

          • General Tso

            Right when I clicked the reply button to say “man hands,” I saw your reply. The whole body looks manly but in women’s clothes. Sick thing is I’ve been seeing people saying this picture is hot.

    • Madcap_Magician

      Guess what? I got a fever! And the only prescription? IS MORE GRIP ZONE.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Thanks XD!

  • ClintTorres

    I like the concept but if I’m sticking a gun down my pants, it’s gonna have a holster.

  • Squirreltakular

    Can I have some sort of sights, please?

  • kipy

    I gotta give them credit, at least there thinking out of the box

    • Giolli Joker

      I agree… but checking this post while having breakfast for me didn’t turn up as a great idea…

  • Phil Hsueh

    Interesting, although it might not appeal to some people, even if priced well, because of it being chambered in .380 ACP, isn’t there a certain element of the gun community that hates that round? I bet if they come out with one chambered in 9mm and priced reasonably it would have the potential of selling like hot cakes.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It’s fitting imo. .380 is the Taurus of it’s world…. It’s so very close to something good (9mm) but just different enough in all the wrong ways.

      It would actually be a representative service to everyone if Taurus only made 380s.

  • It’s so ugly it could only have been designed for rectal concealment. Does it come with lube?

  • Menger40

    I wonder if they’ll make one that curves the other way for lefties

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Back pocket draw for lefties. Or learn to shoot like a proper human 😉

    • Don Ward

      If you’re a lefty and buy this gun, the barrel is pointed in the right direction.

  • Ken

    At least it’s US made.

    • Giolli Joker

      Like Remington R51…

  • LeadFarmer

    I like it, and I don’t say that much about Taurus’ stuff. I’m honestly not a fan of their company, but if they execute this well they deserve a pat on the back for innovation. I think it is weird and out there, but not just for the sake of being different… (cough cough The Taurus “View”) but for the sake of addressing a few problems with pretty valid solutions. I added a $12 aftermarket belt clip onto my Keltec PF9 and while I hated the gun before, I carry it more now than my SIG 238 now just because of ease of carry. I can never find a holster I like, so screw it I don’t need one. I like the clip addition on this and not sure why many more guns don’t have them. Printing with a concealed carry gun is also a major concern… With this gun you could slip it in your back pocket and someone is more likely to think it is your wallet or phone than a firearm. Only immediate problem I see is that it looks so much like a stun gun or one of those Kimber Mace shooting thingys that it might not elicit the wide eyed, terror filled reaction you want out of the person you are pointing it at. Just my two…

  • Don Ward

    I’d be happier if Taurus knuckled down and focused on making guns that didn’t suck. Quality control isn’t that hard.

    Also, “printing” isn’t that big of a deal. Stop worrying about it. I concealed carried my Beretta 92F for two weeks and no one noticed.

    Except me.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Everytime you got in and out of a car 😉

      • Don Ward

        Since we were on a road trip with a 1000 miles of driving, the arrangement was less than optimal.

    • Bruce

      LOL, quality control isn’t hard. Now that’s funny! If quality control wasn’t hard the internet would be a very boring place.

      • Giolli Joker

        Quality control is not hard.
        It’s a cost.
        And it takes good management to see it as an investment, an asset, instead of a liability.
        Finding good management apparently is quite hard. 🙂

    • pshinn

      I have carried Sig P6 no one knew… ever

    • KestrelBike

      Well, perhaps some people saw you print but were too polite to say anything? Unless someone is egregiously printing to the point that if it was me, I’d want someone to say something, then I’ll just let it go.

      But no, I definitely do agree with you that carrying a full size pistol is totally possible, if perhaps not the most comfortable or a bit demanding in the clothes fit.

  • Phil Hsueh

    There is that too, going by one TFB’s previous article’s comments Taurus isn’t all that good when it comes to original designs but do fine when copying others.

  • Taylor TX

    It might be easier to carry, I guess, but I cant imagine how it could possibly be more comfortable to shoot. Id LOVE to get to try one though either way, always fun to shoot something new, no matter how fugly it is.

  • david

    Adding bulk around a straight magazine won’t print any less than the magazine without the bulk. Must fell awful in the hand. If you are worried about a tiny .380 printing, you have bigger issues. Hey Taurus, instead of wasting time on crap concepts, how about your existing guns suck less?????

    • Manny Fal

      They should make one disguised as a roll of fat.

    • noob

      the common computer mouse is curved where it meets the palm. granted, most mice don’t recoil.

  • dan citizen

    Neat, innovative.

  • JLR84

    Weird, it’s not April 1st.

  • Grits.N.Jowls

    Ugly.

  • Is this an April Fools post?

  • Interesting but taurus isnt really known for reliability at the moment (cough recalls). Making handguns more complex certainly wont make them any more reliable.

    • Chase Buchanan

      Doesn’t look more complex, just differently shaped. They just took a gun and added more plastic to make it curved. It’ll work as well as anything else Taurus makes.

  • valorius

    Like an lcp with crimson trace and belt clip….but not as good.

  • Anonymoose

    But I’m a lefty…

  • Chase Buchanan

    I think a fat person would actually want LESS of a curve than a thin person.

  • Yep. To make it less conspicuous, they have deliberately made it fatter. At that point, why not just sell each gun with a good outline-obscuring holster?

    • sianmink

      skinny gun+curved holster=winning amirite?

  • Looks like MSRP is $392. That’s too high, IMO.

  • noob

    I read one guy’s blog who concealed between his moobs. apparently nobody ever noticed.

    • Roger V. Tranfaglia

      Moobs????….Oh God……….Do I really want to know?……….?

      • VICTIMOFCAPITALISM

        Man Boobs. Obese men tend to get them. May be large enough to require a bra. Seen frequently at beaches and Wal-Marts.

  • noob

    double action only. if your body was undergoing forces that could overcome the pull weight of the trigger cocking the action by the momentum of the trigger piece alone, that kind of acceleration probably means you’re dead in a car crash or worse.

  • Kovacs Jeno

    Nice idea overall, but I miss the mechanical sights. Very futuristic – the market will decide its viability.

  • Dr. Daniel Jackson

    Ugliest handgun award for 2014 goes to Taurus*applause*
    Seriously though what a poor design choice,not just because its ugly but because it is thick as well,half of concealment is thickness of the gun.WHAT WERE YOU THINKING TAURUS?

  • Mr Mxyzptlk

    I really don’t know why they didn’t make the magazine curved and make the gun thinner. It is a constant curve so there would be no problem with inserting the magazine, and it is a simple single stack where the curve is pretty subtle so I would have thought that it would not bind up too much.

    • I imagine that manufacturing a curved magazine (that works properly) would be very difficult. Never been done befoe = $$$.

  • TangledThorns

    This pistol looks ugly but its pure CCW. Meaning its ergonomically made to be carried on the body and don’t lament the lack of sights because if you have time to aim its not self defense.

  • jeff k

    cool design . very keltec like. but i would never buy a pistol without sights jmho

  • Menger40

    Zip-a-dee-do-dah! (Check)

  • gunslinger

    only if you are Angelina Jolie or morgan freeman

  • Victor Lourenço

    It’s Taurus, these guns probably fire on their own if shake vigorously.

  • Roger V. Tranfaglia

    Full size .45 w/curved mag. for l/r handed people. Or the same double stacked. In 9mm,.357,38 special, and other calibers. Possibilities are endless…….

  • Like a slant brake? The AK slant brakes have a little bit of a baffle though.

    I don’t think so. Maximum pressure for .380ACP is 21,500psi, which is about two thirds of the maximum pressure for 9mm Luger, and pressure is what makes porting and compensators work.

    I think it’s more likely that the rounded off muzzle would effect trajectory and accuracy, like a damaged muzzle crown.

  • Zebra Dun

    There is or was at one time a cage type frame grip that attached to the S&W five shots J frames.
    The one I saw had a place to carry five rds of .38 spl in the frame.

  • DIR911911 .

    you people need to think outside the box , lefties will just carry it upside down 🙂

    • John

      or…. left handed models will come out

  • Nergyl

    “Ah, damn. I left my gun in my car too long and it melted.”

  • John

    Looks like the barrel end being cut the way it is would act liek a “duckbill” comp on an AK and reduce muzzle flip

  • Mr. Lips

    I would love to see this in a 9 mm and .45 cal

    • john huscio

      10mm

      • Mr. Lips

        Yes. I agree !

  • habsfan69

    Last week in Church (Virginia Beach), a parishioner that is also a “Team” member was printing on the back of his sport coat. It was not the actual weapon bulge but the “shine” outline on the material that rubbing while sitting caused. Was he carrying in Church? Do not know and do not care to ask. But, his jacket sure made it look that way.

  • General Tso

    Good point. I’m usually not looking that closely, though.

  • john huscio

    Just get a p2000sk in your choice of caliber and call it good. Trusting your life to Taurus is russian roulette….

  • Matt Shermer

    I wonder what an Equivalent uncircumcised AR muzzle break would look like…are all AR15s Circumcised on their own?

  • whamprod

    Nice. They just told the left-handed 15% of the gun market to go piss off……. not that it bothers me that much as I wouldn’t buy a pocket .380 anyway, but still…..

  • I’m sure Jeff will do a video review at some point.

  • Steve_7

    I assume they called it the :”curve” because their QC is so bad it will boomerang back on them in their next recall…

  • maodeedee

    I like the concept but not the execution of that concept. for starters, it’s a stupit 380 instead of a proper 9mm and all the bulk of the built-in lights and lasers is self-defeating in a gun that you want to be as lightweight as possible even though I realize that adding all that clunk in front of the trigger guard is so it won’t “Print” through clothing.

    But that could have been accomplished with some sort of lightweight filler for that space.. Even worse it has no fixed sights and they say that’s so that it can be more “Snag-free” –as if it isn’t possible to make snag-free sights for a handgun.

    It also looks to me to be kind of thick for a single stack 380 compared to something like a 1920 FN Browning in the same caliber which is about 3/4 of an inch in thickness while this gun looks to be more like an inch thick. Even a TT Tokerev which can be chambered for 9mm is less than an inch in thickness.

    The looks wouldn’t bother me if it were thinner in width, had normal sights and was availble in 9mm. Beauty is as beauty does.

  • I’m not 100% percent but I think they are going to be around $450

  • brainy37

    That looks like it would probably solve all “printing” problems.

    Too bad it looks like you’ll be fumbling to get a solid grip on the thing. Dear god, that thing is made for someone with baby hands. I can already see my pinkie hanging off of the bottom. Maybe this is tailored to women with curves and small hands.

  • Theo Brinkman

    The integrated laser sight is for longer ranges.