Taurus International’s Millennium G2 is an outstanding handgun. An attractive price tag and spotless performance have fueled this compact 9mm pistol’s popularity. The Millennium G2 is at least comparable to similar size handguns from the major makers, and in some cases, the Millennium G2 outclasses the others.
When you think of Taurus, you may remember its extensive line of compact revolvers or the popular PT 92 9mm pistol. Taurus began manufacturing clones of popular designs decades ago, but in recent years it has released fresh designs and modern pistols.
Taurus International’s Millennium G2 is outstanding. Throughout its tenure, an attractive price tag and spotless performance have fueled this compact 9mm pistol’s popularity. The Millennium G2 is comparable to similar-sized handguns from the major makers at a minimum, and in some cases, the Millennium G2 outclasses the others. The pistol is compact, light, and features a 12-round magazine.
Taurus introduced a new version in the past few months with a slimline seven-shot magazine. This pistol bears a similar relationship as the Glock 43 does to the Glock 26. It also competes in the marketplace with the Glock 43, Smith and Wesson Shield, and a few others. However, the Taurus has the advantage of a price tag in the $230 range.
When evaluating a handgun, I like to be certain I get value for the dollar. But performance, accuracy, and handling are more important than the bottom line price tag. If the handgun is going to be a front line defensive handgun, it had best perform. Some handguns, similar in size to the Millennium Pro, are only casually accurate. As an anti-mugger pistol, they are OK, but for longer shots across the parking lot, practical accuracy is lacking.
I look to performance in the worst-case scenario and do not wish to give up either the reliability or accuracy of the service-size pistol. Practical speed, accuracy and recoil control are diminished in a carry gun and compromised to an extent, but the pistol should be as accurate as possible. The new Taurus pistol meets my expectations.
The Millennium Pro G2S (Generation 2, slim) is a polymer frame, striker-fired, locked-breech pistol. The G2S is just over six inches long and weighs but 20 ounces. It is light enough for comfortable day-long carry but heavy enough to moderate the recoil of the 9mm Luger cartridge.
The Millennium is supplied with two 7-round magazines. On that subject, I recommend the magazines be fully loaded and the slide racked. Loading down one round is a good means of ensuring feed reliability and also lessening wear on the magazine spring. It is asking a lot for a spring to go from full compression to almost no compression and continue to feed, but the Taurus magazines have done so for some 300 rounds.
The slide design is attractive, with a dished out section near the muzzle that looks quite rakish. The grips feature roughened spots that give the shooter excellent purchase when handling and firing. If your hands are cold or sweaty, you will appreciate the adhesion. The trigger action is lighter than expected, at about five pounds and crisp. There is a second strike feature. If the cartridge doesn’t go bang! with the first firing pin strike, the trigger may be pressed again.
The trigger is set by racking the slide and after that by the slide’s reciprocating action during recoil. If there is a deadfall, and the slide doesn’t reset the striker, the subsequent true double-action trigger press is much heavier at about nine pounds. That being said, the only second strike I like is a revolver. Press the trigger again and a fresh round is brought up.
However, in the case of the self-loader, you are striking the same primer again. In my experience most of the time dud rounds stay that way. On the other hand, striker-fired handguns do sometimes give light strikes, particularly if not maintained. This handgun never failed to crack off factory rounds or handloads. The second strike harms nothing, but practice clearing a dud round and mastering immediate action drills is well advised.
The sights on the Taurus pistol are particularly good examples of low profile sights that give a good sight picture. I feel that a compact handgun needs good sights as much as any other handgun, perhaps more so. The short sight radius of a compact handgun makes for a greater chance of misalignment when firing. A set of bumps on the slide just do not make the grade.
The Taurus Millennium Pro G2 has good sights. The rear sight is adjustable to an extent, but the point of aim and point of impact agreed with the majority of loads, so the piece was left as issued. The pistol features a positive firing pin block or drop safety. There is a lever in the face of the trigger that prevents lateral discharge. From the muzzle to the tang, the pistol is free of sharp edges. The grip is smooth and the muzzle and slide are as smooth as possible. This makes for greater comfort in carrying the pistol and less danger of the pistol printing its outline on the covering garments.
An important feature that I like very much is the manual thumb safety. I realize that double action only pistols without a safety are popular. However, I also feel that the lack of a safety abrogates many of the advantages of the self-loading pistol. The safety falls under the thumb easily and there is no loss of speed on the draw. This is an advantage in safety in handling and perhaps even a life saving feature if the gun falls into the wrong hands.
The safety is positive with a strong indent. The slide lock and magazine latch are well designed for rapid manipulation. For the price, the Taurus Millennium G2 is a rule beater in today’s market. Yet, the pistol outshoots many of its competitors.
While I had no difficulty with the 12-round Taurus Millennium G2, the G2S fits the hand even better. Perhaps a bit of speed is superior to a higher capacity. Those with small hands will find the piece fits the hand well. Anyone able to handle the Smith and Wesson Shield or Kahr K9 should find the handle size of the Taurus comfortable.
However, unlike these two pistols, the Taurus features a light rail. I am not big on carrying a gun with the mounted light on my person, but I like a handgun with a light rail beside the bed. With the Taurus, you have the choice. The Taurus is more like a compact service pistol than a hideout gun and it shoots like a service pistol.
The firing tests were pleasant. The size and weight of the gun are ideal for the 9mm Luger cartridge. The pistol is comfortable to fire and use. The polymer frame gives a bit in recoil and the dual-wound recoil spring is designed to handle recoil and limit slide velocity.
The pistol is more comfortable to fire than most compact pistols. Rapid follow-up shots are not a problem. The combination of a light trigger compression, ergonomic grips, and good sights makes for excellent practical accuracy. An accomplished shooter would be well able to defend themselves to 25 yards.
You do not have to fire expensive premium defense loads for practice, and the Taurus has fired a few hundred inexpensive ball loads. The Winchester USA ‘White Box’ line offers real value and good accuracy. Function is good, and with a full powder burn, there is little powder ash to clean. I also used a smaller quantity of the less expensive USA Forged steel-cased ammunition with good results.
The 9mm is dependent upon expanding ammunition for wound potential. There is no shortage of modern JHP loads for the 9mm Luger. Among the loads tested in the Taurus was the Winchester USA 115-grain JHP, a fast opening bullet, and the classic and effective Winchester Silvertip. Neither is rated +P.
The 124-grain JHP is a good choice for those favoring greater penetration. I used a new number, a trademark offering by TV personality Jesse James. Loaded by Ammo, Inc. his line offers a 124-grain JHP at about 1,000 fps from the Taurus. The result is a loading that is easy to control and accurate but which penetrates well and offers modest expansion.
A good service load with an excellent reputation is available to all shooters in the form of the Winchester 124-grain PDX JHP +P. This load demonstrated a full powder burn and good accuracy. It is a bit snappier in recoil but may be controlled with practice. This load clocks 1,100 fps.
I fired a few groups from a solid benchrest at 15 yards. Most loads put five shots into 2.0 to 2.5 inches at this distance, excellent accuracy for this size handgun. Over time, I have also fired the Hornady 124-grain XTP, 124-grain JHP, and Gorilla Ammunition’s 115-grain all-copper JHP. There have been no failures to feed, chamber, fire, or eject.
Packing the G2
An inside the waistband holster rides between the trousers and the body allowing the pistol to be concealed with only a light covering garment. Over the past few years, I have used the Sideguard line of concealment holsters with excellent results. These holsters are custom quality from a respected maker, cut and stitched one at a time. The tanning and finish are excellent. Most importantly, the molding for each individual handgun is first class. I like these holsters a great deal. The Sideguard IWB allows the pistol to be carried at a good draw angle, ready for action, but with a good mix of access and retention. That is all we can ask.
The Taurus PT 111 Millennium G2S is a handgun that has earned my respect. I often deploy mine when weather and local mores demand discreet concealed carry. The pistol has proven reliable, suitable for concealed carry, more than accurate enough to solve most problems, and it handles and carries like a great, concealed carry handgun should. It is worth your time to take a hard look at this pistol.