Taurus keeps turning out innovative new pistols designed to meet the needs of defensive handgunners. The company’s recent series of light, highly concealable pistols was launched with the introduction of the Model 732 and 738 pocket pistols that digested .32 ACP and .380 ACP loads, respectively. These compact autoloaders tipped the scales at a bare 10.2 ounces (empty), and tucked handily away in a trouser pocket.

Gun Details

The new 740 Slim weighs only 19 ounces and measures just 6.24 inches in length. It’s also less than an inch thick and chambers the same .40 S&W round many law enforcement professionals depend upon. That makes it a great choice for concealed carry, whether you use an inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster or simply tote it in your pocket. There are no projecting edges to hang up during a draw.

While the 740 Slim is slightly larger and heavier than Taurus’ .32 and .380 pocket pistols, it packs a lot more punch. The .40 S&W loads it fires also leaves the 9mm in the dust. The .32 ACP throws a 60-grain projectile at 970 feet per second (fps) with 125 foot-pounds of energy (fpe). The .380 ACP launches an 85-grain bullet at 1,000 fps with 189 fpe. The .40 S&W trumps them all. In my test gun, Winchester’s 155-grain Silvertip load moves out at 1,156 fps. At 50 yards, it delivers more than 400 foot-pounds of striking force. That man-stopping performance is from the Taurus 740’s 3.2-inch barrel.

Both blued and stainless steel versions are available. The gun I received for testing has a stain-less steel slide mounted on a black polymer frame. It’s a handsome pistol that shoots and handles well.

The Taurus 740 Slim is a streamlined package that feels good in the hand. Controls are simple—thumb safety, slide release and magazine release
are positioned on the left side of the frame. The safety and slide release can easily be operated with your thumb. With your right hand in firing position, simply raising your thumb alongside the slide places your strong first joint directly over the safety. This provides fast, positive activation. The slide release is easily disengaged with the pad of your thumb.

ssing the magazine release button requires you to shift your hand slightly on the grip. The button is partially recessed and must be pressed with the tip or the first joint of your thumb. Trying to activate it using the soft pad of my thumb failed to generate enough pressure to release the magazine.

Oval indentions at the top of the grip and on both sides of the frame near the front of the triggerguard are a nice and practical touch. The indentations on the grip allow your thumb to be identically placed each time you fire the pistol. Called “memory pads,” the forward indentations provide a safe place to rest your index finger before you’re ready to fire. They provide a visual and tactile reminder to keep your trigger finger clear of the triggerguard until it’s time to shoot.

In addition to the manual thumb safety, the gun features a “trigger within a trigger” safety similar to that found on Glock pistols. The gun’s mechanism incorporates a striker that’s cocked whenever the slide is cycled either manually or during recoil. If the first round misfires when you pull the single-action trigger, you have the option of immediately pulling the trigger again, this time in double-action mode. This “second-strike” capability is nice. However, if I ever find myself in a life-or-death confrontation and the pistol fails to fire, I’m going to rack the slide to chamber a fresh round.

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