TAURUS G2C 9MM PISTOL
Often overlooked, the Taurus G2C is incredibly priced for what it has to offer. This is a quality product that provides an excellent entry-level conceal carry option.
Accuracy and safety should always be your first priority when choosing a firearm. A comfortable fit and quality choice can be hard to find in an affordable package, but the Taurus G2C is an entry-level option that offers all of the above. Despite the unfair negativity Taurus handguns received in the past when compared against more expensive brands, they are now one of the best selling in the gun industry.
Take a look at our Taurus G2C Review to decide if this hot choice is a good match for you.
The Taurus G2C Overview
Taurus first began gun manufacturing in Brazil in 1941, although it didn’t arrive in the US until 1968. Once a sister company of Smith & Wesson, it has built its name as an independent brand and offers affordable, innovative options. The G2C series has quickly become a popular choice amongst gun enthusiasts, and provides an option worth considering.
Originally known as the Taurus PT111 Millennium G2, this redesigned and upgraded option is a nod to its lightweight subcompact design that can hold its own against more expensive competitors. Specifically made as a semi-auto concealed carry option that is available in both 9mm and .40 caliber choices, it is a streamlined firearm that is performance-driven for both comfort shooting and self-defense purposes.
A rugged polymer frame influences positive hand alignment and includes an aggressive stippling for a dependable grip. It also boasts a double-action striker trigger and a one-hand magazine drop. The integrated Picatinny rail slot is also a bonus for you to take advantage of. Available in matte black carbon steel, it also offers you a choice of a stainless steel slide. At 21.5 ounces, it is a lightweight choice for everyday carrying.
- Smooth, snag-free design for a clean draw
- Lightweight and compact
- Well balanced with a soft recoil
- Grip texture may feel a little rough
- .40 S&W option may be a little bulky for conceal carry
- Not as well finished as higher-end competitors
Basic Taurus G2C Stats
It’s important to know what a firearm you are considering is capable of. These basic stats may answer many of the initial questions you probably have. Use this as a quick reference when comparing similar products to determine which is best for you.
9mm or .40 S&W
21 + 1
Polymer frame, stainless steel slide
Manual External and Internal Trigger
History Of The G2C
Taurus introduced the Millenium series of pistols in 2005 to compete in the concealed carry market. In 2013 the G2 version of these were introduced as a slightly more sleek option and more convenient to carry. The most popular was the PT-111 G2A and PT-111 Millenium Pro. These predecessors to the G2C were popular choices, but the Taurus key lock system proved to be annoying and problematic to many owners. With the introduction of the G2C, this safety feature was left off (without slacking on safety features), while adding a stippled grip.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Taurus G2C
The Taurus G2C is the solution virgin pistol owners and new conceal carry owners have been waiting for. Without first shooting a wide variety of guns in advance, it is hard to determine your preferred grip width, weight, and force of recoil. Shooters who have a narrow grip (women in particular) may find that some firearms just aren’t that comfortable due to the width of the grip which can create discomfort while firing. Most people never regret a quality firearm purchase, but they will find they prefer one over another- especially for carrying purposes.
The average gun owner can’t afford to purchase multiple firearms blindly, and not everyone has access to an arsenal of weapons to try out in advance. But that leaves them in a bind if they do spend their entire budget on a gun they enjoy, but aren’t impressed with when carrying. The Taurus G2C solves that problem and offers an incredible price that leaves money in the bank to put towards a new gun once you find your perfect match. In the meantime, you’ll have a quality firearm that is easy to both carry and shoot.
Dependability and Durability
That doesn’t mean the model is only for inexperienced or new gun owners. On the contrary, the Taurus G2C offers a fun, dependable option that any one will be glad to add to their collection. Loved for its rugged durability, it can, and will, shoot any brand ammo you load in it with very few reports of problems with jamming or misfire incidents. It loads well and offers a lightweight feel that has a soft recoil impulse- a step in the right direction for lighter handgun models that often force you to waste time re-acquiring your target after shooting.
Obviously, before commiting to the purchase, you want to think about why you are purchasing it. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this model, but if you plan on using it on a competitive level, this might not be your best option- but you probably already knew that. On that note, it is surprisingly accurate compared to similar options.
Taurus G2C Features & Benefits
Affordability and dependability are not the only reasons you might want to pay more attention to this firearm model. There are quite a few features that make it an enjoyable weapon to fire and carry.
I think we’ve established above, besides affordability (at about $100 less than the next affordable pistol of similar design and quality), that the Taurus is a functional piece. It is a no-frills option that provides a functional reliability that will shoot through any ammunition type you put through it without hesitation. This includes reloads, which is further supported by the double-strike capability as it uses an extra double-strike sear in case the primer doesn’t go off the first time.
It is also surprisingly accurate. Easy to shoot with a pretty smooth recoil, the slight snap isn’t as strong as more expensive, lightweight options. Having had the chance to give this model a go at the range, I found it to shoot similarly to an M&P Shield, and created decent clusters. For a carry gun, it definitely can get the job done if ever needed.
A classic three sight system comes standard on the G2C. Marked in white, they aren’t the best for low visibility, but you can easily mark them up with paint designed just for this purpose. The rear sight is also adjustable for both windage and elevation if you want to take the time to do so. The classic dovetail mount makes them easy to replace if you desire as well or a more advance Red Laser Sight with Grip Activation.
The trigger is one of those things that may be a hit or miss for you. Speaking for myself, I wasn’t a huge fan, but I also found it completely functional. I feel a lot of the negativity surrounding the G2C trigger is due to the shooter being used to their own favorite firearm and muscle memory, and personal preference assumes it should be just as good- which isn’t very realistic when shooting a different weapon.
If anything, it has a bit of a long trigger pull of approximately 5 pounds with a wall and break towards the back. The trigger guard may also feel low to a larger hand and perhaps dig slightly into your knuckle, although in my smaller hand it was not a problem.
It also is important to note it is a tabbed trigger for safety, and also has a manual safety on the left side of the frame.
Picatinny Rail Slot
The built-in Picatinny rail works well if you are looking to provide aftermarket accessories. The rail is universal and accepts anything that is designed to fit on it- such as laser sights and lights. As a handgun designed for carrying, there isn’t a whole lot you’ll want to consider as it will compromise the weight and size of your carry, but it makes it a fun addition.
The stippling on the grip is one of the best upgrades the company added to the G2C. It provides an excellent hold for both drawing and shooting and keeps your hands from slipping. The tacky feel definitely allows you to keep control.
Tactile Loaded Chamber Indicator (LCI)
Although some people feel this feature takes away from their guns, I’m not sure why. It is a great physical reminder that you have a load in, and all it takes is to run your finger down the barrel hood to feel it. That saves you from having to look down, or try and peek in the hole some models offer for this same purpose.
The G2C is not made to be pretty, it is made to be affordable and functional. It isn’t an ugly gun, however, it simply is basic and provides what you need, where you need it. The polymer frame is clean and simple.
What is Misses
In terms of missing the mark, I’m not sure the G2C does that in any arena, but it could have a smoother, shorter trigger pull. The trigger safety can also hang up if you aren’t pulling straight back in one smooth motion. Although I didn’t notice this issue, I was able to recreate it by putting too much pressure to the right or left when pulling- rather than pulling straight back. Overall, if this is the gun you are regularly shooting and dry firing practice with, you may never notice the issue. The same goes if you have a good, consistent straight pull.
I wasn’t too impressed with the sights, but as mentioned, they are functional and painting the dots is a solution, as is replacing them with something else. If anything, the white dots are just not as easy to quickly acquire if you are used to something different.
What Customers Are Saying
Taurus customers are quite taken with their G2C. They love the lightweight, everyday feel it provides for concealed carry holders, and consider it a dependable, solid piece. The price point makes it a good addition to any collection, and they love the longevity of other brand models, which speaks well for the overall life the G2C is sure to acquire over the next decade or two. Plus, Taurus is known for their excellent customer service, which is a perk for anyone who may encounter problems.
Popular with new gun owners, or anyone looking to have a dependable concealed carry option, the Taurus G2C is an incredibly affordable little piece that offers a quality experience comparable to something more expensive. Durable, functional, and comfortable to carry and shoot, the G2C is the result of improving upon a previously popular model to make it a better fit for day to day carrying options.
Overall, we found it to be a more than acceptable choice in terms of effective shooting and use. It’s likely you’ll find a different choice more to your liking in the long run for carrying and competitive purposes, but it is a great choice for entry-level owners, or simply anyone who appreciates a lightweight, compact option.
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