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Today we’ll talk about the Taurus G2C concealed carry handgun.
The Taurus G2C semi-automatic pistol is perfect for those of you who are looking for an affordable self-defense option. It’s an accurate and compact 9 mm pistol for EDC (everyday carry).
But, to help you decide whether this concealed carry handgun is for you, I’ve scoured the internet for reviews and videos about the G2C.
In this Taurus G2C review, we’ll talk about its essential features, strengths and weaknesses, and customization options it offers. I’ve also prepared a quick buyer’s guide to make it even easier for you to decide if this fine budget handgun is suitable for you.
It’s also a good idea to get yourself a gun permit if you’re a newbie gun owner. Feel free to read more about concealed carry licenses and insurance in our guide here.
Taurus G2C 9mm – The Manufacturer’s Idea
Brazilian firearms producer Taurus has been at it since 1941, and they have a knack for plastics, body armor and helmets, industrial construction, rifles, and concealed carry innovation in their vast product line.
Redesigned from the Taurus PT111 G2, the manufacturer created the G2C (‘C’ for ‘compact’) as an answer to today’s market demand for double-stacked, compact, polymer frame, 9mm handguns.
It’s essentially the same design but it removes the unnecessary TSS safety which many disliked, and the single-to-double action trigger with restrike is a unique mechanism you won’t find on any other handgun.
With the Taurus G2C, they wanted to go for a compact, lightweight, budget-friendly option, and I think that they did a fine job.
Harsh Criticism of the Taurus G2C
The manufacturer’s reputation isn’t exactly spotless, as there have been some unhappy customers with their former products and other Taurus pistols.
The G2C caught some collateral flak for no reason besides a tarnished brand name, and you know how picky gun snobs can be.
I’ve seen a lot of high praises and satisfied customers but also sub-par reviews, complaints, and ill-fated experiences, and I can tell you one thing. It’s not the best of handguns, but it’s an affordable, viable option with great value for its compared trade-offs.
The thing is, most people really hate the extra safeties and weird single-to-double trigger action on this handgun. Most customers consider them a hindrance. I personally think it’s a great addition to safety because misfires happen, and accidental discharges are no joke.
The Taurus G2C is a great entry-level CCW (concealed carry weapon) option. For reference, most compact CCW handguns similar to the Taurus G2C cost around $500, and the Smith and Wesson Shield costs $100 more.
The semi-automatic 9mm Taurus G2C handgun is one of many in the Taurus Millennium series.
This line is primarily focused on double-action-only (DAO), and semi-automatic CCW pistols designed for civilians. The Taurus manufacturer also has a single-action, 7-round variant called the Taurus G2S.
The G2C has so many interesting and improved features, it’s so easy to shoot, easy to conceal, and it’s built for accuracy and reliability.
This is a fine entry-level CCW handgun for self-defense and home defense, and law enforcement agencies also use these as backup handguns.
It’s perfect for newbies because of its added safeties and features like loaded chamber indicator, manual safety, and trigger safety.
Its streamlined and rugged appearance offers a balance of comfort and ease of use, and you can rely on its durability and safety as an EDC (everyday carry) for self-defense.
Taurus G2C Features
The sub-compact, lightweight handgun with an enhanced texture polymer frame and grip complements its stealthy potential and ergonomics and adds great ease of use.
The recoil is slightly snappy, but it’s a good choice for a woman’s CCW, for purse concealment.
It’s slightly larger than the Sig Sauer P365, so it can appeal to people with larger hands.
The 12-round double-stack mag, loaded chamber indicator, fixed front and adjustable rear sights, Picatinny rail, and polymer grip add up to the general accuracy and feel of the handgun.
I personally think that the three-dot red sights are a nice touch for improved accuracy, and it’s adequate for a sub-compact handgun.
Extra safety features like manual safety, trigger safety, and striker block help prevent accidental discharge.
Some customers complain that the trigger guard digs into the middle finger when maintaining a high grip.
Also, the trigger might be gritty, but it’s no big deal since it loosens up after a couple of hundred rounds. The trigger pull is around 6lbs.
The magazine release is reversible and ambidextrous, comfortable for both left and right-handed.
The Taurus G2C Trigger Mechanism
The Taurus G2C has a very unique trigger system. Taurus calls it both double and single-action (DA/SA).
It’s not exactly a double-action trigger, it just uses a double-strike sear. It’s actually a single-action trigger with restrike, which means if it doesn’t fire the first time, it stacks and breaks at the end of the second trigger pull.
The firing pin hits the rounds, but it doesn’t fire, so you need to pull the trigger again to cycle the slide. Once you chamber a round, the trigger is in single-action mode.
It’s a very interesting mechanism that changes the firing system to double-action. With this unique feature, Taurus focused on additional safety to prevent accidental discharge.
Here are the Taurus G2C specs:
- Single-Action with Restrike (needs a second pull to break)
- Safety: Manual External and Internal Trigger, Striker Block, Manual Safety, Trigger Safety, Loaded Chamber Indicator
- Caliber: 9mm Luger / Smith & Wesson .40 caliber
- Type: Semi-auto handgun
- Capacity: 12+1 Round Magazine
- Overall length: 6.25 inches
- Overall width: 1.25 inches
- Overall height: 5 inches
- Barrel length: 3.25 inches
- Grip: Polymer
- Sights: 3 Dot Sights
- Front sight: Fixed
- Rear sight: Adjustable
- Rails: Picatinny rail (Mil-STD 1913)
- Trigger pull: 5-9 lbs
- Unloaded weight: 21.15 ounces
- Loaded weight: 22oz
- Frame: Matte black polymer
- Slide finish: Matte black
- Chambering: 9x19mm
What Are the Pros and Cons of the Taurus G2C?
Here’s an overview of the main pros and cons. You should also know that Taurus has recently reinstated its lifetime warranty, so I think that this is a great upside for the Taurus G2C 9 mm.
- One of the most affordable handguns on the market
- Solid accuracy (from 25 to 50 yards)
- Easy concealment
- Durable polymer construction
- Limited customization options
- Still no sign of aftermarket accessories
- Trigger pull is slightly stiff and long (long trigger break-in)
- Reports of buffer tubes coming loose
So, the Taurus G2C 9 mm is a sub-compact, double-stack handgun, with a 12-round capacity, 3.2-inch barrel, adjustable 2-dot rear sight, two magazines, and a 9mm caliber. It’s built for the concealed carry market as a comfortable and reliable budget handgun.
Here are some of its biggest strengths.
Grip, Weight, and Ergonomics
The frame is black polymer with a textured grip and sides.
It feels great in the hand and really adds to its accuracy and control. While the tacky grip might not cater to many, it makes so the gun doesn’t slip so easily. It’s one of the best aspects of the gun, really.
Besides, you’re free to do some stippling work if you think the grip texture is not to your taste.
The grip can be improved to be a little higher on the frame, but all in all, it’s a great texture, the angle is perfect, and the safety lever is well-placed. It offers a fuller grip than the Glock 26 or Shield. The Taurus G2C has a reversible magazine catch, and that took Glock years to offer.
Additionally, there are also thumb relief divots on the grip and you have finger indexing divots above the trigger guard. It’s so easy to pull out from a holster as OWB (outside the waist) or IWB (inside the waist) carry, and that makes it excellent in self-defense situations.
You can’t say it’s not ergonomic, though some may find it small for their hands. Keep in mind, the Sig Sauer P365 has a shorter grip.
Accuracy, Recoil, and Sights
The Taurus G2C is light, and the recoil impulse might be snappy for some, but it’s still manageable. It’s generally a softer recoil from the other guns mentioned here. When it’s loaded, it’s as well-balanced as the Smith & Wesson MP Shield.
The single-action, tabbed trigger with restrike offers little resistance with 6 pounds. As we mentioned earlier, the take-up stacks and needs another trigger pull if it doesn’t fire right away.
It’s uncommon to see a single-action with second-strike features. It’s not like the heavy-weight Walther P99 striker pistol and this can be very convenient for some.
The G2C manual safety, magazine release, and slide release are located on the left side.
The accuracy is good enough, as we already mentioned, but it’s not surgical precision. Still excellent for a sub-compact handgun, I’d say.
Many satisfied customers report hundreds of rounds with no failures of ejection or feeding. Some report malfunctions on the first start, but you be the judge.
It can be fed with all kinds of ammo, but we prefer the Winchester 9 mm white boxes.
What’s awesome is that you get two 12+1 round magazine boxes made from steel, so expect great durability.
But, what’s even better is that they both have those much-needed pinky extensions.
You might have four possible issues that prevent this gun from being the best budget gun on the market today. It’s the trigger, slide, recoil spring and guide, and external safety.
The trigger isn’t that much of a problem, but it’s long, gritty, and kinda mushy. But it isn’t the worst trigger on CCW handguns and it works. Plus, the grit makes it difficult for accidents to happen if you’re a new CCW user. It wears off in time after shooting some rounds, though.
The ‘trigger-nometry’ could be improved though. You can feel a slight catch after cycling the slide and pulling as the trigger blade safety moves out of the way. The trigger and safety blade are connected, the safety hangs up unless you pull the trigger back.
The slide might be stiff for new gun users.
The external features are pretty simple for operation, but the slide is definitely tricky to master. It will take some practice, here and there. Still, it’s not a major problem like what we’ll talk about next.
Recoil Spring and Guide
Alright, so, the captured recoil spring is mounted on a polymer guide rod. What this means is that there are reports of the spring slipping over the end of the rod, causing a major malfunction.
You can find replacement stainless steel guide rods and springs at Lakeline LLC to fix this problem. Taurus should look into this by switching the plastic with steel rods.
The external safety feels completely unnecessary because the internal safeties and trigger dongles already prevent accidental discharges. It’s overkill on safety, and it might be annoying for some.
Also, the trigger guard feels tighter, and loosening it can help reduce the trigger break-in period.
We didn’t mention this but the customization options for the G2C are pitiful, and it’s a shame.
Sure, it’s highly operational, accurate, and comfortable. But, it could really use some interesting parts here and there.
Still, these setbacks are not exactly the biggest problems a gun could have, and the Taurus G2C 9 mm is still a highly valuable budget handgun.
What Do Others Have to Say?
I scoured the internet and found a lot of good reviews that outweigh the already (somewhat) uncalled-for negative reviews.
Here’s a satisfied customer praising the former model:
On the reliability and ammo compatibility:
Here’s another review and criticism on the mag release spring:
And for the price:
Here’s a youtube review from TheFireArmGuy being satisfied with the overall grips and having comments about the trigger pull. Overall solid grade.
And another one comparing the newest G3C model.
Similar Handguns to the Taurus G2C (Are There Any Alternatives?)
The Ruger EC9S is another great 9mm pistol budget option. It’s so much lighter than the Taurus, with only 17 ounces. It shoots 7 rounds, but it’s very reliable and there’s a great abundance of holsters for this one.
The ‘Baby’ Glock 26 is another CCW classic, as a similar alternative with very cool characteristics. It shoots a 9 mm Luger, with unmatched reliability. Although the grip is slightly shorter, the Glock 26 is the contending ‘sister’ to the Taurus G2C.
The Sig Sauer P365 has a shorter grip than the G2C, but it can shoot .380 ACP, with a 10-round magazine and can go up to 15-round magazine. It’s a solid contender and a considerable option.
Upgrades, Ammo, Customization, and Aftermarket Options
While there’s not much you can do to customize the G2C, there are great deals for aftermarket sights and lights on the rail. There are some replacement parts like springs and steel rod guides, as we mentioned.
We also have an in-depth guide for customizing the Taurus G2C.
For some, the Taurus G2C adjustable rear sight is admirable, and it’s a unique feature for CCW handguns in this price range.
The adjustable sight definitely helps with accuracy and is a great feature to consider. Some might worry that this sight on a carry gun can be fragile. This is where factory sights with either fixed or drift-adjustable rears come in.
You got night sights from Lakeline LLC, a fiber optic front is another option, and you can find other aftermarket sight solutions like the pistol red dot sights (RDS), but you’ll have to go to a gunsmith for that.
The best 9 mm or Smith & Wesson .40 ammo for the Taurus G2C may be the Tula FMJ 9 mm ammo, Golden Saber 9 mm, and Winchester white box 9 mm handgun ammo.
I highly recommend them.
You really need a light for handguns, and that’s the end of that. You never know what will come up, and you have to be ready; any time, any place.
The Taurus G2C has space on the rail at the front to support a nice little pistol light. You can also mount lights underneath the integral accessory rails. Simply slap a sub-compact light onto it and act like you know what you’re doing.
I recommend the Streamlight TLR 6 as a very appropriate light for the G2C.
If you’re going to carry a G2C, you’ll need a Hidden Hybrid. It’s practically made for the Taurus G2C. The highly customizable double-clip G2C holster fits perfectly.
How to Disassemble and Clean a G2C
You don’t need tools to disassemble and clean the Taurus G2C. All you need is a good cleaning kit. Here’s how:
- Safety first. Make sure the handgun isn’t loaded with ammo by removing the magazine, racking the slide, and checking the chamber.
- Rack the slide while it’s gripped until the indent slide aligns with the takedown lever.
- Hold it like that, lower the lever, and pull the trigger. After that, gently push the slide in the barrel’s direction and it should easily come off from the frame.
- After that, lower the spring and remove it from the slide, then remove the barrel.
- Clean them with a rag and suitable cleaning solvent. Afterwards, wait for it to dry, and use lube on the moving parts like the bolts and slide.
- Carefully place the barrel onto its former place and return the recoil spring. It should click nicely.
- Return the slide and rack the handgun gently. It should be easy to do so after you have properly lubed it.
- Hold down the gun to place the lever to align with the slide.
- Make sure it’s empty. Pull the trigger a few times so that the moving parts can get broken in with the help of oils and lube.
- That’s all there is to it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Taurus G2C a Good Gun?
It’s definitely a solid budget option for a concealed carry. It offers 12+1 capacity, with excellent reliability. It’s a great budget choice.
Is the Taurus G2C a Single-Stack or Double-Stack?
It’s a double stack. There’s a single-stack version called the Taurus G2S.
Is the Taurus G2C Pistol Single-Action or Double-Action?
The Taurus G2C is technically a single-action pistol with restrike, so it’s (SA/DA) and it uses a double-strike sear, which means that if it doesn’t fire the first time, it stacks and breaks at the end when you pull the trigger again.
Single-action triggers just drop the hammer which fires a round, while double-action triggers cock the hammer and releases it to fire the round.
What Ammo Does a Taurus G2C Use?
The best 9 mm or Smith and Wesson .40 ammo for the Taurus G2C may be the Tula FMJ 9 mm ammo, Golden Saber 9 mm, Hornady JHP, and Winchester white box 9 mm handgun ammo.
Remington 9mm Luger, Magtech, CCI, Blazer Brass, and American Eagle are also recommended.
Which Is Better – Ruger or Taurus?
The Ruger is lighter (with a featherweight of 17.2 ounces), but it has the capacity for only 7 rounds, and it’s not so good for the ranges.
It’s a single-stack with less capacity and doesn’t have adjustable sights.
But still, the Ruger EC9S can be considered as neck-and-neck with the G2C.
Is the Taurus G2C Compatible With Sig 226 Mags Like the Millennium G2?
Yes, they are compatible, but you might come across feeding issues. The Taurus G2C is compatible with Sig 226 magazines, and the Mec-Gar Sig P226 are the most recommended.
What Is the Difference Between the Taurus G2C and Taurus G2S?
The G2S is single-stack and there are some minor differences between this gun and G2C. You can check out the differences here.
What Is the Taurus G2C Best For?
The Taurus G2C is a budget carry weapon for self-defense and home defense.
It was originally designed for tactical or self-defense situations, but it has also started to turn heads at shooting galleries and competitive events too.
Why Choose the Taurus G2C Pistol?
The Taurus G2C is skyrocketing on the charts as an inexpensive self-defense solution for EDC with single-action/reverse magazine release which makes reloading and handling easy and breezy.
It’s a poor man’s Glock, but an aggressive competitor to the P365 with its 12-round magazine.
Overall, the Taurus G2C 9mm pistol is a sub-compact concealed carry that offers reliability and accuracy for the $250 MSRP.
Conclusion – Taurus G2C 9mm – A Decent Budget Handgun
The Taurus G2C ate some really harsh flak from the brand-loyalty gun snobs and this probably tarnished its head-start reputation, but once you pass the wonky trigger catch after a couple of hundred rounds, it’s smooth as butter.
You have to give props to the Taurus company because they are trying much harder than before with quality control and customer service appeal. They immediately listened to the complaints about the unnecessary safeties, and maybe they will upgrade the G3C version too!
It’s a company that learns from its actions. Besides, they reinstated the lifetime warranty programs. They are well on the way to earn their reputation on the gun market.
Some praise the G2C for its never-ending streak of dings, counting hundreds, even thousands of perfect rounds. Others report unacceptable inconsistencies, malfunctions, and duds while they were on their first-ever magazine. First impressions, I guess.
And I really hate to give the “Einstein” answer, but the reliability of the G2C is relative. My theory is that happy customers are satisfied with their Taurus G2C and are too busy shooting to go on the internet to write reviews about it.
There’s a bigger chance that an unsatisfied customer buys a new handgun and experiences an inconvenience and immediately goes on the internet to argue how this is the worst handgun in history. You be the judge.
With a $270 price point for a precise, compact, easy to use, 9mm Taurus G2C. It’s a great gun for a great price.
Go and buy one, for the sake of science, objectivity, and contributing to the ever-skeptical world of handguns. Or, you know, to have fun popping targets at the range.