THROUGH THICK AND THIN

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY BOB CAMP­BELL

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.

FEA­TURES

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.

GOOD SIGHTS

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.

GOOD PER­FORMER

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

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