I chose this little gem because of the last-round holdopen (rare in this class) and the second 6-rd mag, standard. I’ve never had a problem with a Taurus, so I wasn’t worried about getting a lemon. (Yes, all you Taurus-mockers out there, I ignore you.)
First time at the range for the break-in session, I put a couple hundred rounds through it. At the end, it stove-piped a time or two. I chalk it up to being just a tad dirty at that point because I took it home, cleaned it up, and cycled several rounds through it with no problems. Considering most gun fights would not last 200 rounds, I’m not worried a bit about carrying this for primary concealed or as a bug. I had absolutely no issues, otherwise. Of course, sights are basically non-existent, but that’s the case with all of these little guns. If you’re using it for carry/protection, you’ll probably be shooting within 15-feet anyway, so you better not NEED sights. Quick mag changes were not as difficult as I thought in this small a gun.
The 738 feels good in your hand for a pocket pistol. I had people who own the Ruger LCP tell me that it was no fun to shoot. I never shot one, but did not find I had the control problems alluded to. By the end of my first session, I was doing double-taps from the ready position, and was perfectly comfortable with it. The DAO trigger may be a put-off for some people, but I like the idea of trying again if it doesn’t go “bang” the first time. The trigger is only about 7 lbs., so it’s no big deal.
The little case it comes with is a joke. It almost fits it like a glove (who thought of that, the Brady Campaign?!) I supposed with enough practice you could get the gun out of it in less than 2 or 3 seconds. Also, you’d think that if they are giving you a free pouch, with a second mag, they’d have figured out that someone might want to carry that second mag in the pouch. Not the case, ergo, it’s a pocket mag. But then again, it’s a single-stack, 6-rd mag, so it’s not as if that is a huge burden. I actually came up with a nifty alternative, and for the right price, I'll reveal it.
Overall, I’d recommend considering this gun for anyone who is looking at this category. And the bonus is, this is the first gun Taurus is manufacturing in the USA.