I have been hearing some impressive things about a compact carry pistol made by Taurus. I had looked at one at Academy Sports and at the time it was priced around $300.00. It was impressive then but not that much less expensive than a S&W or Glock so I did not get one. I got an email with some really good deals on ammo and guns the other day. One of them was a Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 in 9mm for $199.99, that clinched the deal and I had to have one. So with shipping, taxes and paperwork fee a compact carry pistol out the door for under $249.00. After getting the gun and shooting it I am even more impressed than ever. The ergonomics of the grip make the little 12 round compact 9mm very shootable and it seems to point right where you look. The factory stippling on the grips just feels good in the hand. In just a few shots to learn the trigger I was busting fist size rocks out to twenty yards with the little gun. For those of you that want a little more power than standard 9mm the pistol is approved for Plus P ammo. The only negative I found is loading the magazines as they are very hard to load with the tight springs. I am now using a mag loader assist and suggest you get one to load tight new magazines. The stiff new magazine springs may be easier to load after some use and break in time. My wife also shot the little compact and was very impressed with the perceived recoil compared to other pistols she had carrying and the grip fit her hand very well. I have a feeling she will be carrying it in the near future. For the money this pistol is a real winner in a reasonably priced carry pistol that competes with or exceeds guns that cost a whole lot more. It also makes me feel a lot more comfortable about carrying a firearm that if something happened to it would not break the bank.
Taurus family of semi-auto pistols now feature the Taurus Security System, which provides instant-ready defense with built-in ability to secure your pistol and make it inoperable at the turn of a key. When the Security System is engaged, the pistol cannot be fired or cocked and the gun’s manual safety cannot be disengaged. As with our revolver Security System, the device is part of the firearm and cannot be lost, and the same special Security Key works for both the revolver and pistol Systems (two keys come with each gun). To engage: simply insert the Key into the button on the rear or side of the pistol and rotate one-quarter turn clockwise. This engages the Security System. The manual safety cannot be moved and the trigger cannot be pulled. To disengage: simply rotate the key one-quarter turn back. This releases the Security System, yet leaves the pistol’s manual safety in the “safe” position until you are ready to release it yourself and fire the gun.
Taurus provides a loaded chamber indicator on all new compact, medium and large frame pistols. As with all Taurus safety and security innovations, the indicator in no way interferes with the operation of your pistol and is provided at no extra cost, but gives you an “at-a-glance” verification that there is a round in the chamber. When a round is in the chamber, the ejector pops out of the slide, exposing a red strip just behind the ejection port. While any loaded chamber indicator is no substitute for common sense and safe firearm handling, it is one more example of Taurus’ commitment to outstanding firearms.
Caliber: 9 mm
Capacity: 12 +1
Weight: 22 oz.
Barrel Length: 3.2″
Front Sight: Fixed
Safety: Loaded Chamber Indicator, Manual Safety, Manual Safety, Taurus Security System, Trigger safety