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.
SPECIFICATIONS – Taurus PT111 Millenium G2 9mm, Model 111G2
|Action||Single Action/Double Action-Striker-Fired|
|Weight with Empty Magazine||22 ounces|
|Trigger Press||6.00 pounds, Approximate|
|Barrel Lenth||3.2 inches, Ramped|
|Overall Height||5.10 inches|
|Overall Length||6.24 inches|
|Grip Width||1.10 inches|
|Magazine Disconnect Safety||No|
|Trigger Safety + Taurus Security System||Yes|
|Manual Thumb Safety + Internal Firing Pin Block||Yes|
|Sights||Fixed Front Dot; Rear 2 Dots - Windage Adjustable|
|Loaded Chamber Indicator||Yes|
|Accessory Picatinny Rail||Yes|
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.
Features the Genuine Picatinny Rail allowing use of many accessories.