[REVIEW] Taurus Millenium G2 9mm Sub-Compact Striker-Fired Carry Pistol

[REVIEW] Taurus Millenium G2 9mm Sub-Compact Striker-Fired Carry Pistol

The newly-designed Taurus Millenium G2 9mm sub-compact carry pistol appears to be a gem among some rough stones. The G2 is a replacement for the Millenium Pro model. There are quite a few rumblings about Taurus guns and some are not open to even discussing related current information and products. Before I address the G2, I want to help clarify some background about the Pro model which has been involved in a voluntary recall and a recent settlement. Despite the voluntary recall, Taurus denied that there are any design defects in the Pro model. It is alleged that Pro models sold between 1997 and 2013 had defects that caused some to inadvertently fire when dropped. “Neither the settlement nor the allegations in the case include any of the popular Taurus G2 model pistols,” according to Taurus.

Many of you asked specifically about my opinion of the G2 and I want to explore it for myself and be very honest and open regarding my ideas about it. I want to decide if this new G2 is worthy to be a supplement to my previously-issued list of My Top 21 Concealed Carry Guns published in my book this month “Concealed Carry & Handgun Essentials.”  In my quest for a concealed carry (CC) self-defense handgun, the most important qualities for me are: accuracy; reliability; smooth, light, and short trigger press; ergonomics and comfort; smooth styling, rounded edges; compact design, lightweight, and slim grip for CC; and safety features. I must shoot and handle this gun myself and see if it meets my requirements. I do not want to compromise my expectations and want to honestly give you my opinions. I hope this will help you with your CC handgun decision, but as always I suggest you shoot and handle the gun for yourself to make your final decision.

SPECIFICATIONSTaurus PT111 Millenium G2 9mm, Model 111G2

ActionSingle Action/Double Action-Striker-Fired
Weight with Empty Magazine22 ounces
Trigger Press6.00 pounds, Approximate
Barrel Lenth3.2 inches, Ramped
Overall Height5.10 inches
Overall Length6.24 inches
Grip Width1.10 inches
Magazine Capacity12
Magazines Supplies2
Magazine Disconnect SafetyNo
Trigger Safety + Taurus Security SystemYes
Manual Thumb Safety + Internal Firing Pin BlockYes
SightsFixed Front Dot; Rear 2 Dots - Windage Adjustable
Loaded Chamber IndicatorYes
Accessory Picatinny RailYes
MSRP$301.52 US

FEATURES (for the G2 from the Taurus website)

Taurus Security System (TSS)
Taurus semi-auto pistols feature the Taurus Security System, which provides instant-ready defense with built-in ability to secure your pistol and make it inoperable at the turn of a key. When the Security System is engaged, the pistol cannot be fired or cocked and the gun’s manual safety cannot be disengaged. The same special Security Key works for both the Taurus revolver and pistol Systems. To engage: simply insert the Key into the button on the rear or side of the pistol and rotate one-quarter turn clockwise. This engages the Security System. The manual safety cannot be moved and the trigger cannot be pulled. To disengage: simply rotate the key one-quarter turn back. This releases the Security System, yet leaves the pistol’s manual safety in the “safe” position until you are ready to release it yourself and fire the gun.

Loaded Chamber Indicator
Taurus provides a loaded chamber indicator on all new compact, medium and large frame pistols. As with all Taurus safety and security innovations, the indicator in no way interferes with the operation of your pistol and is provided at no extra cost, but gives you an “at-a-glance” verification that there is a round in the chamber. When a round is in the chamber, the ejector pops out of the slide, exposing a red strip just behind the ejection port. Remember, any loaded chamber indicator is no substitute for common sense and safe firearm handling.

Accessory Rail
Features the Genuine Picatinny Rail allowing use of many accessories.

Click here to read about other features and the range report.

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  • Marcus Gungeek

    I will be very interested in what you and others truly think of this pistol. I have been using this pistol for about 4 months now for my EDC, I practice at the range almost weekly. I , as of yet have not ever had one problem not one. I trust my life to this pistol. I have put snap caps in and did drop test to see if it would fire. I like the overall accuracy; reliability; smooth, light, ; ergonomics and comfort; smooth styling, rounded edges; compact design, lightweight, probably not so much a short trigger press but I can deal with it.

    • Kyle

      I have several Taurus handguns, including the millennium G1 and G2. For the record, I’ve never had a single issue with my G1, but the improvements and price of the G2 blow my mind! I paid $339 for the G1 in the mid 90’s, and $269 for the G2 just weeks ago. The 12 round capacity, extra mag, improved ergonomics, and adjustable sights are a significant upgrade. I put 250 rounds through mine with Tula steel case, monarch steel and brass, Winchester brass, Remington brass and blazer aluminum with ZERO issues. It is my favorite carry gun! I own glock, ruger, browning, beretta, kel-tec, and Rossi. I’m going to buy another G2 just because I can at this price point. You can catch them on sale for around $200. That’s crazy cheap for this kind of quality!

  • RPK

    I bought one for my gradson as a gift when he reaches adulthood. I test fired and then cleaned this pistol. No issues, no problems and fired flawlessly. Worth the price. He is only 7 now (and only 6 when I purchased it for him). It should be a nice handgun when my grandson becomes of age along with the DeSantis holster and 600 rounds of ammunition locked away in storage.

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  • Rod Logsdon

    I just ordered my PT 111 yesterday. Should have it early next week. Can’t wait to get some range time.

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  • theshawn

    All I know, is I just bought one earlier this week, went to the range today and it jammed 3 times during the first clip. All jams were the next round loading before the first round completely ejected, no stove pipes. I was using CCI Blazer FMJ rounds too. Complete BS imo.

    • WarEagle82

      I bought one in January and I have fired about 200 rounds through PT111G2 and not had a single FTE or jam.

      I am using Federal Ammunition American Eagle 115 grain FMJ that I buy at Walmart in boxes of 50 or 100.

      I do get some jams on my Taurus .45 using another brand of ammo though. I am thinking about trying some other ammo to see if that makes a difference.

  • Michael Hernandez

    I have put about 1000 (mostly Speirs and Bellot) rounds of cheap FMJ rounds through mine and not one jam, handled a box of hollow points as well.
    This has become my truck gun and I ordered another one for the house .
    More than Happy with my two

  • Tom Shively

    I’ve put about 800 rounds of everything through mine with no issues whatsoever. Steel cased, aluminum cased, brass, fmj’s, hollow points, cheap shit. It eats everything I have thrown at it. I love the gun.