If you want a comfortable, lightweight, and simple-to-use carry concealed pistol that won’t bust your budget, say “hello” to the Taurus Millennium G2.
by the Shooting Daily staff
The ideal CCW pistol is a product of compromise. You want a small profile that will ride discreetly beneath your clothing, but not so small that operational handling and accuracy become handicaps. You want light weight for comfort, but still demand a robust firearm with ample knock-down potential and sufficient magazine capacity to see you through a life-threatening situation. And, of course, you want that pistol to be built on a durable platform that will fire every time…without complications.
That’s a tall order, but one that a few select companies in the expansive firearms marketplace have been able to fill. Of those companies, only one has managed to bring it all together at a price point significantly below their class competitors.
The Taurus PT111 Millenium G2 9x19mm is a compact, polymer-frame semi-automatic pistol built to meet the needs and standards of those who take personal defense seriously. We’re not talking about a “better than carrying nothing” pocket pistol, but a genuine CQB pistol that is both affordable and performs on par with its more expensive counterparts in the compact CCW world.
When we picked up the Millennium G2, the first thing we noticed was the grip ergonomics. It’s neither bulky or squarish, nor too small or too narrow. For those with medium- to smaller-size hands, the Millennium G2 grip is just right. All three fingers wrap nicely around the grip (no floating pinky), the length-of-pull places the shooter’s index finger ideally on the trigger hook, and the thumb is positioned to operate both the slide catch and the safety lever without having to readjust your grip.
The second thing we noticed was the aggressive stippling patches on the grip. These patches are located on the sides, backstrap, and the front, and they guarantee a positive, no-slip hold no matter how sweaty your hands may be. This design goes a long way toward not only positive weapon draw and retention, but also shooting accuracy. Once you have your shooting grip, it’s there to stay until you consciously readjust it. When we tested the Millennium G2, it was 80-some degrees outside and around two billion percent humidity (a slight exaggeration, but that’s what it felt like!). We were sweating profusely, yet our hand never slipped.
The next thing that really stood out from the fresh-from-the-box perspective was the Millennium G2’s overall profile and weight in relation to its “substance.” What we mean is that this pistol has an extremely lean profile (narrow width, compact overall length, and smooth, contoured edging) while delivering a confident, robust feel. In other words, it’s evident that you’re not trading capability and performance for carry concealed conveniences.
We mentioned earlier that you can easily manipulate the manual safety lever on the Millennium G2. There are actually two active safeties on this pistol: the trigger safety and the manual safety.
The trigger safety prevents the trigger/trigger bar from moving backward unless the trigger safety is depressed. The manual safety, of course, keeps the trigger in the forward position, preventing it from moving rearward even if the trigger safety is depressed.
What we like about these dual active safety systems is that they allow the operator to choose whether to use only the trigger safety, or to use both the trigger and the manual safeties simultaneously when carrying.
Additionally, the Millennium G2 comes with the Taurus Security System. This feature utilizes a key that allows you to lock the action and prevent the pistol from operating.
The other feature that stood out immediately to us was the sight configuration. While the rear sight is adjustable for both windage and elevation (always appreciated!), its shape doesn’t obscure your sight picture as much as some of the popular polymer frame pistols we’ve shot. In addition, there is a bit more room between the edges of the rear sight notch and the front sight post when aiming. Again, unlike some class-competitive pistols we’ve tested, the Millennium G2’s sight configuration makes it quick and easy to achieve proper sight alignment…and that’s a big plus when you’re shooting under stress, be it defense or IDPA-style competition.
Before engaging targets, we wanted to see how easily the Millennium G2’s disassembly/reassembly process would be. Let’s just say it takes only seconds to break the pistol down for cleaning: move the slide slightly rearward, pull down on the disassembly latch, move the slide forward and off the frame, remove the recoil spring assembly, and then remove the barrel. That’s it. Reassembly is the reverse of assembly.
Satisfied with the dry run evaluation, it was time to see how the Millennium G2 would perform on the range. To our delight (but not really to our surprise), the pistol proved to be easy to operate, and more accurate than we would have assumed given its 3.2-inch barrel length. A lot of that accuracy, though is credited to the fact this pistol fit our hands perfectly, and the ergonomics—including the length of pull —was well-suited to our shooting style. Magazine changes came smoothly. The slide was easy to grip in spite of our sweaty hands. We experienced no failures to feed, failures to fire, or failures to extract. The length of trigger pull was longer than we were used to (and longer than we expected it to be), but thanks to the fairly crisp and predictable trigger break, it caused no problems.
To conclude, the Taurus Millennium G2 is the kind of compact CCW pistol we would reach for ahead of its fellow compact competitors simply because its performance, features, and suitability for carrying concealed are right on target. Women shooters, especially those who have difficulty finding a CCW pistol that is both comfortable and substantive, will appreciate the Millennium G2. That this pistol—with an average retail price of $225-$250—costs considerably less than others in its class is the cherry on top.
- Narrow width and short 6.24-inch overall length make this an ideal carry concealed pistol, yet it’s not so compact as to sacrifice operational handling or accuracy.
- Stippling patches on the grip ensure the pistol sticks like glue in your hand, maximizing weapon retention and muzzle control.
- Ergonomic position of the magazine release and safety selector permits manipulation of both without losing your positive grip.
- Simple tool-free disassembly for quick field-cleaning.
- Profiled rear sight leaf doesn’t obstruct your sight picture like the squared rear sights of some pistols.
- Rear sight leaf cutout is just wide enough to provide ample space between the front sight post for quick alignment, but not so wide as to decrease accuracy.
- Trigger safety system precludes the need for engagement of the manual safety for those who wish to carry without the manual safety engaged.
- Minimal hand shock or felt recoil for a pistol of this size and weight.
- Optimal length-of-pull (trigger to back-of-grip distance) for medium- to smaller-hand shooters, making it easy to pull with the pad of the index finger rather than from the tip of the finger.
- THE PRICE!
- While the trigger length-of-pull is downright sweet, some may find the first stage of trigger travel to be longer than they’re used to.
Vital Specs: Taurus Millennium G2 (model 111G2)
Weight: 22.0 oz.
Overall Length: 6.24 in.
Barrel Length: 3.2 in.
Frame: compact, polymer
Sights: fixed front (1 dot); adjustable rear (2 dots)
Safety: loaded chamber indicator, manual safety, trigger safety
Additional: Taurus Security System
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