The last decade has seen Taurus brand firearms take the industry by storm. Offering an incredibly affordable option without sacrificing quality or dependability, their handgun options span a great range of choices. The models devoted to concealed carry are particularly popular with entry level shooters and new carry license holders.
The evolution of the Taurus Millenium series into the well known G2C sub-compact has focused on day to day carrying convenience. But what many people don’t know is that these models are almost exactly the same. Get the low down between the Taurus PT11 versus G2C to help clear up any confusion you might have.
Taurus G2C vs Taurus PT111 Comparisons
9mm or .40 S&W
9mm or .40 S&W
21 + 1
21 + 1
Width x Length
1.25 x 6.25 inches
1.25 x 6.30 inches
9mm, 40 S&W
9mm, 40 S&W
Taurus first introduced their answer to a sub-compact, lightweight concealed firearm in 2005 with the Millenium series. Their PT111 G2 was by far the most competitive, but in a genius marketing move, rebranded it practically overnight in 2013. They took the PT111, upgraded it, changed the logo, and shortened the name to make it look like they were introducing an all new product. It immediately gained attention in the industry despite the lack of publicity, especially with a $200 price point- $100 below its closest pistol competitor.
But what, exactly, is different?
At first glance, these guns are pretty much exactly the same and provide a compact, lightweight, sturdy carrying choice. Obviously, the size comparison is almost non-existent, and they each weigh in at a comfortable weight for all day carry purposes. What Taurus did was simply take a tried and true model and upgraded it to meet a wider array of consumers.
What’s The Same
These similarities are what made this design popular in the first place. They are the obvious details other than the overall size and weight you’ll notice when considering either model, and are important considerations when shopping for a new gun.
The striker-fired trigger works via an internal striker. This is the most common design used in pistols. The trigger also boasts a tabbed feature to work as a safety. This works alongside a manual safety located on the left side of the frame. The trigger pull is also exactly the same.
These boast a classic three sight system marked with a white dot. The rear sight also allows for adjustability when both windage and elevation are a concern.
Picatinny Rail Slot
A built-in Picatinny rail slot allows you the opportunity to add aftermarket accessories such as a flashlight or laser sight.
Tactile Loaded Chamber Indicator (LCI)
An LCI is a great way to always know when you have a round chambered. The way this is designed provides you a way to tell without having to look down as you can feel it along the barrel hood.
One of the first differences you’ll notice, if you look closely, is the slight size difference. Side by side you will notice the G2C is just a bit shorter, and looks a bit more compact overall due to some subtle original design changes, but these differences don’t change a thing about its weight or overall size profile. However, there are some more obvious upgrades that take the original design to a whole new level.
One of the most obvious physical features of the G2C is the gritty stipple texture that replaces the sandpaper-like feel of the PT111. Although the lower profile texture was effective, it wasn’t as comfortable or aggressive compared to the upgraded version. This is an important feature for both accuracy and safety.
The slide on the PT111 has more of a shiny finished look, while the G2C has a matte look. It comes in both black and stainless options.
Probably the biggest change between the two is the removal of the internal safety that locked both the slide and trigger.
To unlock the PT111 you had to slide a key into the right side of the gun. This was an added safety feature that many felt was unnecessary due to the tabbed trigger and manual safety.
Hollow Trigger Bar Safety Replacement
The hollow trigger safety on the PT111 was replaced by a solid trigger bar. For many this might not be that noticeable, but the hollow version has been problematic for some and has broken off- creating a difficult trigger pull.
The popularity of the G2C has also influenced various color combinations, including various hues of purple, cyan, green, and gray to complement the traditional basic stainless and black frames.
The bottom line is, the G2C is an upgrade from the Taurus Millennium series and is no longer manufacturing the guns found under the original names. Although plenty of PT111 models exist and can still be purchased, the upgraded design is obviously more widely available. Still a dependable choice, the PT111 provided a perfect design to improve upon to create the incredibly affordable Taurus G2C- and both provide a compact, dependable, and powerful day to day carry option.
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