Taurus Curve Review

When the Curve first came out, the two general reactions were either, “Wow, what a neat idea, conturing to the curve of a torso or waist”. Or, “Good Initiative, bad judgement”. Whatever camp your opinions fall in, we’ve taken an objective look at the Curve at TFB and will attempt to give as comprehensive review of the handgun as possible for our readers.

To begin with, the Curve should almost be viewed in the light of a proof of concept instead of another handgun coming to market. Understand that the Curve was designed for and fulfills one purpose: armed self-defense within 15 feet. The pistol probably isn’t something you’ll want to be taking to your next IDPA match with its seven round magazine, and certainly isn’t anything you’d want in an NRA Bull’s Eye Match because of its complete lack of sights. The Curve isn’t a skimmed down sub-compact version of a full size service handgun. It also isn’t a self-defense take of another design. It is a proof of concept from the ground up, completing intended for the armed citizen to use it in a self-defense situation, while being tailor made for concealed carry.

My take on concealed carry is that everything is a compromise. Ideally, if I could carry the way I truly feel would be the best method to protect myself against deadly force, I’d be strapping a Safariland ALS holster to my belt with a full size, extended capacity, polymer framed/striker fired handgun, several magazine carriers also on the belt, and a plate carrier/kevlar/fighting rifle in my car. But alas, I don’t live in the deep woods and instead conduct myself within our society with rules and regulations.

Thus, I have to make several compromises when it comes to firearms, ammunition, and gear. Now, that being said, I believe that concealed carry should be a continuum that is based upon the situation and setting I find myself in. So I can’t carry my Safariland ALS open carry, I have to wear a jacket over it. So the Safariland prints too much, thus I move to my Kydex that is more form fitting. I can’t risk revealing the handgun casually, so now I convert my Kydex OWB to an IWB. Now I’m moving to a compact or sub-compact handgun with an IWB, and tucking my shirt over it. Barring this, I move to a holster-shirt or an ankle holster. If that isn’t possible, some thought should probably be taking to even carrying a firearm at all. Maybe a knife or flashlight would be better options at this point. Also bear in mind that this continuum doesn’t have to exist with multiple size handguns, although to maximize it, it really should be used as such. It can also exist with one size handgun, and multiple holsters.

That last category of deep concealment I would like to label it as non-permissive not because it is illegal through CCW (not advocating breaking the law), but instead it runs a high risk of a handgun printing or being noticed while carrying completely legally. This could involve being in a highly social situation where there is constant body interaction, maybe in the summer where people are dressing with much less clothing than in other colder seasons, etc…

This continuum is constantly changing, gear is being switched out, smaller handguns are replacing larger handguns or vice versa. At the same time I should be training with every set up constantly, from different positions, drills, and scenarios. I should be as proficient with one set up as I am with any other, at any given time.

I see Taurus’ Curve fitting excellently into this concealed carry matrix. The sub-compact handgun has an excellent advantage when working in an environment where size and concealability are of an utmost importance to a user. The curvature of the polymer frame does help very well with wrapping around a chest or waist. The overall size of the handgun aids in this as well, with smooth corners contouring to a round shape instead of a square edge that many slides or grips have these days.

However, I must say that the Curve cannot be seen as the end-all, be-all for handgun concealed carry. As I mentioned earlier, that continuum is very important to abide by in my view. If you can carry something with a larger capacity, a more effective cartridge, maybe in an OWB configuration, then you should absolutely do so. If you need that extra low-profile edge, then the Curve is certainly a very good option for such a concealed carry situation.

What you Get

Along with the handgun, you get two 6 round magazines, a trigger guard protector, two keys for the trigger guard lock, the usual manuals and some adjustment keys to adjust the laser onto target. All of this comes in a plastic box that is also curved!

Description

The Curve is a semi-automatic, blowback operated subcompact handgun chambered in .380 ACP. At this time there is no plan to update it to a 9x19mm cartridge. While the magazine holds 6 rounds, it can be topped off with a seventh in the chamber, brining it to a 1911-like capacity for those used to the 1911 platform. It has a loaded chamber indicator on top, in addition it doesn’t have any conventional sights. Instead it has three white lines that intersect at the rear of the slide, forming a sort of quick combat sight picture. I found that it was very difficult to engage a target accurately with this system however, one of my friends who tried it out was able to put a better group than me downrange so I can’t write off the system entirely. Instead I actually used the loaded chamber indicator when there was a round in the chamber to align the target between the two raised bars that pop up. There is also a magazine disconnect that was incorporated so the Curve could be sold in restricted states. The handgun weighs 10 ounces unloaded. The magazine is held in place by a latch at the bottom of the magazine itself on the left side of the firearm. Locking the slide back can be achieved on an empty magazine either manually or at the conclusion of a firing cycle, otherwise the slide cannot be locked back without the magazine.

Disassembly

To disassemble the Curve there is a pin with a rounded portion on the left side of the handgun. This must be pressed up with a sharp object while the slide is to the rear. Pushing the pin out allows the slide to go forward, however pushing it out too much pushes the entire pin out itself and it has to be inserted back in the handgun. I would have really preferred if the pin were captive in some way for this matter. Releasing the slide off allows the gun to be broken down into the operating spring, barrel, and slide. Reassembly is the same, just making sure the slide gets in the right position for the pin to be inserted fully.

Laser and Light

There is a switch on the right side of the handgun that when pressed forward and locked operates the light and laser. This can then be programmed so you can have both turn on, or just one or the other. The light is two bulbs just below the muzzle, while the laser is a single beam below that. The battery compartment is on top of the combination, also just below the muzzle.

The red laser and light combination are a noble effort but I think Taurus went too far in trying to jam all the components of both options into the frame of the handgun. From a personal standpoint although I can see the benefit of a laser, it is very hard to me to conceptualize using it in a concealed carry self-defense scenario. A light I can absolutely see the advantages of. But with the package that the Curve has, it appears it has taken two great tools and minimized them to two average tools if that. The beam from the light isn’t enough to be effective either as an illumination tool or even as a blinding portion. The laser is a neat addition but the switch to operate both of these isn’t precise enough or user friendly enough to make either effective in operation. It is too small, too difficult to operate while sliding forward, and is easily turned on.

I would rather Taurus have just maybe included the laser with a much better operating switch. As a matter of practice I have placed great emphasis on carrying a small, tubular flashlight at all times. A dedicated flashlight can be used to illuminate areas that your phone’s light can’t, it can be used as a tool if it has ridges on the end of it, and it can be used as a weapon in of itself. But most importantly, I can take a flashlight everywhere I can’t take a firearm, to include an airplane or government buildings. Thus although I might be disarmed with a firearm, I still have a legitimate self-defense tool that I can train with while in a non-permissive environment.

Thus, with the Curve, I say ditch the light, and I’ll carry a more effective one on my own, that I can still use while employing the firearm in a self-defense capacity.

Trigger 

The trigger is atrocious. But Taurus knows this and actually wants it that way. It is a very heavy, almost double action pull for every shoot, with a long reset. However, the principle of the design is apart of the trigger, in that purely self-defense firearm should have a very heavy trigger. Every squeeze of the trigger must be very intentional throughout the process of firing, similar to a double action revolver. A point I must add however, is that the two experienced shooters at the range (myself and friend) had no problems engaging the trigger between shots. But we did have an unexperienced shooter there who tried the Curve out and had numerous problems trying to fire the handgun. Essentially the first round was firing but the trigger wasn’t resetting correctly. After a magazine or two of guided practice, the issue went away entirely. To be honest this might have had to do with the inexperienced shooter slapping or otherwise incorrectly pressing the trigger, and less to do with the Curve. However, this shooter has shot firearms before and not experienced a similar problem.

Because of this issue (related or not), and some of the others described here, I don’t think the Curve would be a good choice as a first handgun for an inexperienced shooter. As a second handgun or otherwise, sure, it would be great, once someone has mastered the basics of safety.

In this video you can see the extremely long reset, and after one of the trigger presses, you can notice that I thought the trigger hadn’t gone fully forward but it had.

Trigger Guard Protector

The trigger guard protector that comes with the firearm is sufficient for protecting the trigger guard from any foreign objects entering it and possibly engaging the trigger. It has an extruding hole at the end of it for a supplied loop of cord that is designed to anchor the handgun to a belt loop or other such enclosure. My only issue with it is that the retention loop isn’t apart of the protector but rather an extruded portion that is liable to break or be smashed off in some way. Instead, I would have liked the cord to be going through an actual hole in the protector, making it more reliable. I also would have liked the protector to be made out of Kydex and not injection molded plastic, but I realize this plastic protector does just as well as Kydex in most respects, and it keeps the price down.

Does the Curve Effect Work?

The “curve” portion of the handgun is all in the frame, the slide itself isn’t curved at all. Shooting it felt a tad odd, but nothing I didn’t get used to by the second magazine. It isn’t curved enough that it feels awkward in your hands so that is very good. For right now it appears that there is only a right handed version of the Curve and nothing for those south paw shooters out there.

With a Shield in a holster shirt, and intentionally stretching to show one of the worse positions to be in if the handgun prints.

The same positions, but with the Curve.

The above pictures show the Curve in a holster shirt, in addition to tucking it into a belt line with the plastic trigger guard protector attached. While in the holster shirt, the Curve printed much less than a S&W Shield of similar proportions. In fact it barely printed at all. However with the belt, although it didn’t print as much, the way the belt clip was positioned put the grip of the handgun too far into the belt line, making it very difficult to draw in a timely manner because you have to really dig in to get the handgun out. For those not interested in the clip, it can be easily taken off via the two screws at the back of the frame. I think if Taurus could have positioned the clip further down on the frame, so at least the majority of the grip is above a belt line or other ridge for better purchase on the gun.

Although this video of me drawing the Curve is rather slow, I did get faster with the gun through practice. I still think the belt clip should be much further down if it is intended to be used in a belt-line.

Malfunctions?

In the trigger description I mentioned the trigger slap being an issue however I am still unsure if it is more shooter error or Curve induced. Although we know and understand the .380 ACP is inferior to the 9x19mm round, this is a compromise that some shooters would be willing to make for the smaller size of the Curve and the round capacity that wouldn’t be possible with a 9x19mm chambered handgun of similar size. That being said, as I have experienced with other .380 ACP sub-compacts, we did encounter several malfunctions throughout the course of fire, most of these being failure to feeds.

Ammunition and Accuracy

I don’t like the white intersection of these “combat” sights very much. Not at all in fact. If you watch the embedded videos above, notice I’m probably only hitting around fifty percent of the shoots I’m taking at the steel. I’m usually very decent with steel at the 15 yard and under range I shoot at for CCW drills, but this was pretty bad using the white quick sights. It wasn’t until I began using the loaded chamber indicator as a sort of sighting alignment aid that I started actually getting on target. Maybe I just wasn’t using the point and shoot sights effectively or something else, but I couldn’t hit anything with them. Moving to paper showed that despite using the loaded chamber indicator at seven yards, the Curve was shooting around three inches left and two inches high. There is really no way of mechanically adjusting this either, unless the laser is used. If Taurus could make a sort of low profile ridge or just anything on the slide to use for sight alignment other than the loaded chamber indicator, this would dramatically improve accuracy.

Final Thoughts

Is there a place for the Curve for someone who conceal carries? I would say yes, there is, but only within that continuum I described earlier. For a deep conceal, low visibility profile, the Curve does a very good job of providing a viable defensive option that leads well to being carried safely, and without readily printing. Both of these are large concerns for some CCW carriers, often finding themselves in very non-permissive environments. However as a primary concealed carry handgun, I would not recommend it as a “Go-To” daily conceal carry (unless one is constantly within that non-permissive environment). At least not until such issues as the sighting alignment, belt clip placement, light/laser issues, and a smoother trigger. Keep the curve aspect, size, caliber, magazine locking system, trigger guard protector, small trigger guard, and the Taurus should have a winner.



Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia. You can also follow us on Twitter- @Silah_Report

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • 12judges

    I just wish they made a version for those of us that curve to the left.

    • EdgyTrumpet

      You mean for those who curve to the wrong side? :^)

    • Justin

      For once I don’t actually feel that bad about being left out on this concept.
      I only had to handle on in a shop to know it just wasn’t anything I’d want to own and I normally give every weapon the benefit of the doubt.

      I’ve got 5 shot snub nosed revolvers that fit my needs for a deep concealment weapon much better with more power and better triggers. I’d even carry a Walther P22 before this thing.

  • Phillip Cooper

    How about more info on the Shield? Why did you paint the frame, what did you use? From the wear it looks like maybe Krylon?

  • FWIW

    This is a really thorough review and I think you hit every single category that should be considered. From my perspective though, the one that trumps all others, no matter where you are on the CCW continuum, is reliability. It can have a bad trigger or crap sights or whatever–those negatives can be outweighed with gains in concealability, etc. If it doesn’t go bang when it needs to, however, I have no use for it regardless of the scenario. I’d rather have a knife, flashlight, or a good pair of sneakers that I know will do their job when I need them to rather than a gun that may or may not.

  • Calavera

    “That being said, as I have experienced with other .380 ACP sub-compacts, we did encounter several malfunctions throughout the course of fire, most of these being failure to feeds.”

    Not exactly a confidence builder. I’ve never had that problem with either my Ruger LCP or Glock 42. And, both will hide, with easier reach deep within my pockets completely unseen. “Several malfuctions” means you won’t find this in my armory.

    • valorius

      My Ruger LCP is 100% reliable too.

    • Swarf

      Never had a single issue with my LCP.

    • Blake

      Our CZ-83 .380 always goes bang as long as you use factory CZ mags in it.

      I picked up a couple of mags that have no markings other than “cz mfr” on them, which it turns out are not actually CZ manufactured, and are in fact junk (at least one FtF on practically every mag). Apparently you can replace the spring & follower in them & they work fine, but I prefer to just be rid of them.

    • Shankbone

      My Ruger LCP was 99.44% reliable. No, I did not throw it at a target. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b79a2c2d73a983c4d21eae8784e816df02f32e2bfe54a52cd89f866f2c528ff2.jpg

      • valorius

        What happened there?

    • junkman

      Have two Ruger LCP Customs; I don’t have to worry about them malfunctioning. These things work %100 & don’t care what they are fed & are very accurate. My experience with Taurus is one that EVERYTHING they make malfunctions, even their damn revolvers!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    This seems gimmicky and the question has already been answered by the Glock 42.

    • EdgyTrumpet

      *Walther PPK

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I love mine but its heavy and after 50 or 60 rds the frame starts cutting into the web of my thumb.

    • valorius

      I would not put a chambered glock 42 in my pocket in 1 million years. That is a holster carry only firearm IMO.

      Ruger LCP with pocket clip for me.

      • Vizzini

        I have a kydex pocket holster for my G26 that has a positive “snap” in place and completely protects the trigger guard. It’s by FIST holsters and he probably makes G42 and G43 variants by now.

        • valorius

          A pocket holster qualifies as a holster. I mean i wouldn’t carry it like the pocket pistols equipped with pocket clips, such as how i carry my LCP.

          • Vizzini

            Ah. I see.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        To each their own.
        Im fine with it in my suit coat pocket.

        • valorius

          I’m a ruger LCP with pocket clip in the back pocket (or strong side jacket pocket in cold weather) sort of a guy.

    • Rnasser Rnasser

      Just about anything is better than this gimmicky gun…

    • iksnilol

      Wouldn’t a G26 do the same but better?

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Pretty much but the 26 is a little bulkier.

        • iksnilol

          Like half a centimeter, comrade.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            G26: 22 oz (dry)
            G42: 14 oz

          • iksnilol

            what length measueremnt is oz?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Its about a yard.

          • Zebra Dun

            oz, That is called One Dorothy and a Toto.

          • valorius

            Ruger LCP 9.6 oz.

  • Sianmink

    If it was reliable, the Curve would be That Gun You Have That Isn’t the 45 In Your Nightstand, which is a legitimate role.

  • Don Ward

    Given the reviews of firearms lately here at TFB, I was half expecting Miles to toss it at a steel target.

    Which begs the question of how the shape of the Curve affects its aerodynamic flight pattern once it is thrown? Can Taurus make a Gen 2 Curve handgun which can mimic the flight of a boomerang, thus making it the Most Versatile Throwin’ Gun Evah?

    These questions must be addressed!

    • Zebra Dun

      Boomerang?

  • Andy

    The curve isn’t a blow back pistol, it’s a short recoil locked breach design. The action appears similar to a tcp.

    • J.T.

      All it seems to be is a fatter TCP.

  • gunsandrockets

    Shoot Off!

    Taurus .380 Curve vs NAA .22 magnum Black Widow with laser

  • Risky

    So since the slide isn’t ‘curved’, nor is the magazine ‘curved’, essentially they just made this pistol wide than it needed to be in order to create the gimmick that it is somehow more concealable.

  • Tyler McCommon

    Am I the only one that carries a Cz83?

  • Hoplopfheil

    First the View, the the Non-View. Then the Curve, and now the Spectrum, which looks like a Non-Curve. Very similar looking deign and shapes, minus the LAM.

    Credit to Taurus, they make weird stuff. I actually kind of wanted a View (or Non-View), just because a 1″ barreled revolver with a cut down grip is an oddity.

    And now I find myself wanting a Spectrum. Damn you, Taurus.

  • Drew Riebe

    I played with one in a gun shop awhile back and came to the conclusion that it is, in form and function, a bulkier, more awkward LCP/TCP/P3AT with no sights and a worse trigger. Judging it against my LCP with Laser max and Houge grip, the Curve was still much harder to conceal. I like that they are trying to innovate, I just find the results lacking.

    • valorius

      To me, the LCP with crimson trace laserguard, mag guts kit and factory extended magazine (giving 8+1 total capacity) is about the closest thing to the perfect concealed carry handgun ever made.

      I like mine so much i even had tritium sights installed in it. It’s dead nuts accurate and reliable.

      • Zebra Dun

        Sounds good!

  • J.T.

    You should have compared it to something like another pocket .380 like the Ruger LCP instead of the larger S&W Shield. If you had, you would have noticed that in order to add the curve to the frame, Taurus had to make the gun thicker, and thus harder to conceal than it’s competitors.

    • YZAS

      I second that. This is actually significantly less concealable than an LCP and doesn’t do anything better.

  • Swarf

    So, this does nothing many other guns don’t already do better, except for that “one weird trick!”

  • trjnsd

    I think I’ll continue to save $400 bucks and carry the same 50 year old German made Walther PPK I paid $300 for all those years ago. It hides well, shoots straight and has always been reliable.

  • Isaac FluffyWolf Rader

    Is that the gun from Armitage III?

  • I still think it’s a silly gimmick gun from a terrible company and would rather have a 22LR revolver for defense, but I definitely applaud your thorough and complete review here; even things that seem silly on the surface (and are still silly no matter how deep you scratch) deserve a fair shake when being reviewed, and I say this article was extremely fair in its estimation.

    • iksnilol

      I sorta feel that 7 shots of .380 beatts 8 shots of 22 LR.

      • 8 shots of 22LR in the head and neck beats four or five shots of .380 in the general vicinity of the target before a FTF.

        • iksnilol

          I dunno, I think I can put the .380s in the chest at SD distances with no issue.

          • Zachary marrs

            No issue? We’re talking about taurus here.

            Of 8 rounds, you will have 2 stove pipes, one 3 round burst, 2 rounds will misfeed, and the last round will send the slide flying back at your face.

          • iksnilol

            Blah, hyperbole, The Tauri I’ve tried have worked just fine. I’ve not had any malfunctions with them.

          • Zachary marrs

            Consider yourself lucky.

          • Zebra Dun

            I’d consider myself lucky to survive any armed encounter no matter what gun or caliber LOL

          • Zebra Dun

            Same here.

          • Zebra Dun

            No it can happen but if you get a reliable one they normally work fine.
            Kinda like a Chevy or Ford, one lemon doesn’t mean all are lemons.
            If you get a bad one trade it until you get one that works.

          • Zachary marrs

            If you get a bad one, chalk it up to a lesson and avoid a brand that is near universally mocked

        • Zebra Dun

          I had an Aunt, now passed away, who was shot at close range by her estranged Husband with a .22 lr revolver in the face.
          Eight or nine shots fired got five hits, the bullets never hit square on so skipped along her face bones under her skin and simply ricochet off. Bloody horrible appearing wounds they did put her down, where the ex-husband stabbed her repeatedly with a pair of scissors, twenty five times or more in her chest, none of which hit anything vital they were a short pair of scissors. The scissors according to the doctor did the most damage.
          She survived, her ex got nine months in the county farm, (1950’s crime of passion) she moved far away and he went back to driving a taxi.
          On the other hand, My father’s friend was a deputy Sheriff and he was delivering a warrant one day to an old geezer not quite right in the head, the geezer shot him once, threw a solid outside door and screen door with a .22lr rifle, 1960’s no body armor then, the slug went into his chest and just missed his heart but impacted his spine, that dropped him until rescue could get him out, he was not paralyzed but suffered permanent disability the rest of his life. He was a world war two Paratrooper and combat veteran.
          I’d rather use a .357 magnum or .45 but a .380 is as far down as I will go.
          A .22 lr will work but not reliable.

  • Blake

    You lost me at “complete lack of sights”. Sounds almost dangerously inaccurate.

    Also, it looks like a stapler.

  • Ed

    My kahr cw380 is flawless and has NEVER had any type of failure and it has a LOT of rounds through it. Why does any site that takes itself seriously even bother reviewing any Taurus junk. I owned a shop for years and refused to stock any Taurus crap. I have morals and would hate to think I sold someone a Taurus deathtrap to have misfire when they need it or detonate in their hand at the range.

    • valorius

      I had a kahr PM9. Sold it because the mags kept spitting rounds out in my pocket. They would even do it in mag pouches.

      They need to fix their mag design.

  • int19h

    I think the concept (of making the frame curved to fit more snugly in the pocket and protrude less) is sound. As is integrated laser/flashlight combo, for a self-defense gun. But it sounds like they botched the execution pretty badly. And missing sights are really weird.

  • marathag

    To be honest this might have had to do with the inexperienced shooter
    slapping or otherwise incorrectly pressing the trigger, and less to do
    with the Curve

    even a shіtty Jennings will fire no matter how you work the trigger.
    Another fail from Taurus

  • Jeff Heeszel

    It’s a trigger guard with a gun stuck on top. Pretty neat.

  • mazkact

    In my best Dr. Evil voice. Aren’t you….. a little behind the C U R V E with this story ? 🙂
    The Taurus TCP is actually a decent pistol and far better than any of their gimmick designs.

  • derfelcadarn

    I find the continual fixation with large capacity firearms perplexing, especially in the concealed carry self defense realm. I come from a philosophy that holds that a well placed first shot is most effective and responsible. Fact shots that do not hit the intended target hit something else, maybe someone else, of course you can come up with scenarios where 17 rounds on tap would be required and in return I could pose scenarios where those 17 would be woefully insufficient, but we live or die in the real world. Carry whatever gun carries best for you, in a caliber that you shoot best and make the first shot count, you may not get to number 2, yet alone 17.

    • Zebra Dun

      Rule of thumb, if you can’t do it with five rds you need a squad support weapon nd a fireteam in support or you shoulda run away.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      1911s and 5 shot revolvers were good for decades. What changed? We now have access to higher capacity magazines. If I was able to comfortably carry 15 rounds of 10mm all day. I would.
      But yes, if you find yourself in a situation where you need those 15 and your backup, you messed up bad.

  • Martin frank

    wow paragraphs 2-8 are a complete waste of time

  • Patrick K Martin

    the one thing I noticed instantly was the mag release tabs on the magazine body. S&W had this years ago on one model (name escapes me right now). My wife liked the gun, until she tried to release the mag and found her long(ish) nails prevented a quick, clean removal. Given that this is just the kind of pistol that some chuckleheads push women towards (so the little lady won’t have to deal with all that nasty recoil) it is something to consider. I would prefer a European heel-release over this thing.

    P.S. on the ‘nasty recoil’ thing, my wife decided to get an S&W 645, she liked it better.

  • Gregory Markle

    I hadn’t seen anything that eclipsed my initial description of the Curve as seeming like the “Kodak Disc Camera of firearms”, and this article and my personal experiences handling them hasn’t change that. For those that don’t remember the Kodak Disc cameras they were super compact, easy to use cameras, that used an easy to load “disc” cartridge that contained the film. We had one and it was awesome until you got the photos back which were grainy, very softly focused, and had very muted color palettes. The Curve strikes me similarly, checking off box after box when it comes to including features that are desirable in a concealed carry firearm but failing to integrate those ideas into a cohesive package that actually performs that task it was supposedly designed for at an acceptable level of performance.

    • valorius

      I took six AWESOME rolls of film at NTC with my old kodak disc camera and the discs got contaminated with sand, I was so p o’ed.

    • Zebra Dun

      Agree, they should have made it flat and square/rectangle with a loop for the fingers, picture a cell phone or wallet that shoots.

  • Colonel K

    Why design a firearm that immediate alienates 10-15% of your potential customer base (southpaws)? As for printing, unless you’re wearing skinny jeans or spandex, and have only 2% body fat, I haven’t found concealment to be that difficult unless you’re toting a hand cannon. On the opposite side of the spectrum there is my brother, the Moose, who used to carry a full size 1911 in a crotch holster, and nobody ever noticed (well, if they did, they were too embarrassed to comment).

    • Zebra Dun

      I bet the ladies looked, blushed got hot and then flirted with him.

  • K.J. Pierson

    Sounds like an easier solution to your concealed carry issues would be to move out of whatever repressive hell hole of a city/state you’re in and into somewhere actually in America 😛

  • valorius

    That mechanism does not look like blowback.

  • dhdoyle

    I wish bloggers would keep left-handers in mind when reviewing guns. This gun is a non-starter for left handed people. You might mention that lefties shouldn’t waste time and interest on this one.

  • Zebra Dun

    I would rather carry the 1911A1, the Colt lawman but as the author stated in many circles being discovered with a handgun frightens many sheep, at walmarts, or simple Mom and Pop groceries who don’t know your legal carry.
    The S&W M-640 works best but still, it is a heavy chunk of stainless steel that can print no matter what your carry style.
    The looks I get then are priceless and I end up feeling like an outcast at best or worst a terrorist.
    The best carry weapon is an inherited .25 acp semi auto which while accurate and reliable up to four rounds out of seven is fairly weak it has never been printed or seen while just sitting in a pocket anywhere.
    A recent purchase of a Taurus TCP 738 has not been tested yet for print, carry or reliability, I look forward to the test phase! It should cover the power and carry issues IF it turns out to function reliable.
    If it doesn’t off it goes to be sold and the next weapon will be selected along that size and power. The Ruger LCP or Bersa thunder.
    As for the curve, it LOOKS good, the idea is sound but I hesitate, it is a weapon that depends on the Laser to aim, lasers use batteries which fail so you run the risk of failure in another category, battery. Having been trained in the battery free weapons deployment I don’t feel confidant in using one.
    Just one more thing to go wrong.