THROUGH THICK AND THIN
The new Taurus G2s is a slim single-stack auto that’s accurate and reliable.
By Bob Campbell
THE NEW TAURUS G2S IS A SLIM SINGLE-STACK AUTO THAT’S ACCURATE AND RELIABLE
Slim is in, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a firearms manufacturer that doesn’t offer a single-stack pistol for concealed carry. Taurus International is no exception.
Small carry guns aren’t a novelty for the company, which also offers those in the Curve and Slim series. Now, they’ve complemented their new G2c—an updated Millennium G2—with the slimmer G2s in both 9mm and
.40 S&W. The Taurus Millennium G2 earned my respect some time ago, so I had high expectations when I obtained a new G2s in 9mm. I believe it to be a handgun that I’ll find useful for personal defense and that will ride with me when deep concealment is needed.
While the G2c features a wider grip and 12-round magazine, the new G2s (“S” for Slim) features a thinner grip and a single-stack seven-round magazine—still enough ammo to handle most conflicts. As rule, if you do not get your man down with the first two or three shots, your battle is over. The G2s bears roughly the same relationship to the G2c that the Glock 43 bears to the Glock 26 9mm.
WON’T BREAK THE BANK
Performance matters the most, but let’s get to the most attractive part of
“IT IS LIGHT, DEVOID OF SHARP EDGES, FEATURES A GOOD TRIGGER ACTION AND GOOD SAFETY FEATURES, AND HANDLES LIKE A COMPACT DEFENSIVE PISTOL SHOULD.”
the pistol first. The G2s comes with a suggested retail price of $316.89, undoubtedly less at your local gun shop.
This is a fair price for a pistol that is competitive with any slim line 9mm on the market. The G2s will butt heads with the Smith and Wesson Shield, Glock 43 and Springfield XD-S. The Taurus has the smallest price tag and is the only one of the pistols mentioned that features a second-strike capability.
The G2s is a striker-fired, locked-breech pistol with a black polymer frame. The pistol is just over 6 inches long and weighs but 20.25 ounces. And it’s thin at just 1.1 inches wide. It is light enough for comfortable day long carry but heavy enough to moderate the recoil of the 9mm Luger cartridge. It’s available with either a matte black carbon steel slide or a stainless-steel slide.
Two seven-round magazines are supplied with the gun. On that subject I recommend that the magazines be fully loaded and the slide racked and the pistol loaded by lowering the slide. I would not then top off the magazine by removing it and loading another round.
Loading down one round is a good means of ensuring feed reliability and 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 so far.
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
“IT IS WELL WORTH YOUR TIME TO CONSIDER THIS HANDGUN AS A DAILY COMPANION.”
cold or sweaty you will appreciate the adhesion.
The pistol features a lever set in the trigger to prevent lateral discharge. There is also a drop safety. The G2s also has a manual thumb safety on the left side of the frame. This safety falls under the thumb naturally as you take a firing grip and does not inhibit speed.
At about 5 pounds, the trigger action is lighter than expected, and it’s crisp. As I mentioned, 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. If you have a dud with a revolver, pressing the trigger again rotates the cylinder to present a fresh cartridge. But, 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 sometimes give light strikes, particularly if not maintained. The G2s never failed to crack off factory rounds or handloads. The second strike harms nothing, but you should still practice clearing a dud round as well and master immediate action drills.
I have often stated that small pistols need a good set of sights. The short sight radius and pulling a sometimes heavy trigger against the weight of the handgun is a challenge. A couple of bumps on the slide for sights just doesn’t cut it. A good set of sights that are easily picked up as the pistol
comes on target is essential for accurate fire. The sights also offer good accuracy potential in precision fire.
The rear sight on the G2s is adjustable, uncommon on such a small handgun. The pistol fired to the point of aim with 115- and 124-grain loads and a bit high with 135- to 147-grain loads. Sight regulation and the range of sight adjustment left nothing to be desired.
FIRING THE G2s
I believe a carry gun should have enough accuracy and power to be of use in many scenarios, not simply a short-range anti-mugger fight. So, rather than simply fire at a bullseye target or silhouette at close range, I engaged in a firing drill I have found useful.
I loaded the pistol with the Black
Hills Ammunition 115-grain FMJ, an accurate and clean-burning training load. I began at 20 yards. I fired seven rounds as quickly as I could regain the sights in recoil, slammed in another magazine and fired again. Speed loads were fast with practice, and the magazine lock was positive in operation.
Then I stepped to 10 yards and repeated the drill, going a bit faster, but still regaining the sight picture before firing. Then I stepped to 5 yards. This time I obtained only a coarse sight picture as I performed the drill. At
“I USED TWO LOADS, THE... BLACK HILLS... 100-GRAIN HONEY BADGER AND THE BLACK HILLS... 124-GRAIN JHP... THESE ARE CREDIBLE DEFENSE LOADS.”
20 yards, the group was in the 6- to 8-inch range but centered, which I found impressive with such a compact handgun. The group was smaller at 10 yards and the rapid-fire group at 5 yards all went into 4 inches. The pistol is controllable and more accurate than I would have thought.
The Taurus G2s is a credible choice for personal defense.
It is light, devoid of sharp edges, features a good trigger action and good safety features, and handles like a compact defensive pistol should. It will accommodate a combat light, which many small handguns will not. It is well worth your time to consider this handgun as a daily companion. CC
The new TaurusG2s is a slim 9mm carry gun that offers lots of features at an affordable price. Taurus International photo
The G2s is a good performer and is well made of good material.
The Taurus disassembles easily.
The Taurus G2s features a positive firing pin block. The pistol is striker fired.
An adjustable rear sight is an advantage of the pistol.
The Taurus G2s is also available with a stainless-steel slide. The author found the slim G2s grip still fits the hand well. This makes for good shooting. Taurus photo