The 9mm Taurus Millennium G2 received considerable attention when it was introduced last spring. As well it should, because Taurus incorporated a number of new features that enhance its tactical utility compared to the PT-111 Millennium Pro. While the Pro is a good defensive pistol at a reasonable price, the G2 is a thoroughly up-to-date personal defense handgun that delivers even better value.

Upgrades are found throughout the Millennium G2. For example, the slide sports new fully adjustable, three-dot sights. The rear sight notch is wide enough to allow a decent amount of light on either side of the front sight blade. This helps the shooter bring the G2 quickly on target. Fast sight acquisition is aided by the fact that the dots naturally fall in line when the pistol is pointed. Some semi-autos point high, but the G2 is dead-on when it’s raised to eye level. One other new feature on the slide is a loaded-chamber indicator that protrudes about 0.13 inches from the top of the slide when a round is in battery. It’s a useful feature for operating in low light, because checking the chamber does not require the shooter to look at the slide to determine if the pistol is loaded. One simply keeps his or her eyes on the target and runs the support-hand thumb over the slide, just aft of the ejection port.

Changes to the frame include an accessory rail for mounting a tactical light, laser or a combination unit. In recent years, the miniaturization of tactical lights and lasers has made it possible to operate in very low light while keeping both hands on the pistol. Handheld lights still have an important use for conducting searches and providing additional light for performing routine tasks. However, the use of powerful LED bulbs in small gun-mounted lights allows you to point a gun in a safe direction and still “bounce” sufficient illumination in a room to move through it safely. A rail-mounted light also often eliminates the need for night sights, as the rail light casts enough light on the target to clearly aim using iron sights.

The frame also has new textured panels on the front, sides and rear of the grip. These provide a very positive hold regardless of whether the shooter’s hands are wet or dry. Dished-out areas for both the weak- and strong-hand thumbs seem to be a bit more pronounced on the G2 than on the PT-111 Millennium Pro. These depressions allow the shooter to clamp down and provide maximum lateral pressure on the pistol. Both the texturing and the dished-out areas for the thumbs contribute significantly to getting a rock-solid grip on the G2, and this improves recoil control and facilitates accurate shot placement during fast double- and triple-taps. All things considered, the Millennium G2 has one of the most comfortable and user-friendly grips on today’s handgun market.

The final changes are in the fire control system. A safety lever has been added to the trigger face. Trigger safety levers have become very popular in recent years. They help prevent accidental discharges if a foreign object snags the trigger, and they also contribute to accurate shot placement by requiring the shooter to properly engage the trigger. In addition, the manual safety lever and slide catch have been enlarged to make them easier to operate. Shooters who carry the G2 with the safety engaged will appreciate the larger manual safety.

Field-stripping the G2 is a little different than it is with other popular polymer-framed semi-autos. With the G2, there is no need to pull the trigger or decock the sear before removing the slide from the frame. One simply pulls back about 0.13 inches on the slide and then lowers the slide-lock lever tabs on each side of the frame. It takes a bit of practice to get your hands in the proper position for removing the slide, but once you learn the procedure, field-stripping becomes a relatively easy task.

The final element of the bench examination involved measuring the trigger pull with an RCBS Military Trigger Scale. The Taurus manual describes the G2 as a pistol with a double-action/single-action (DA/SA) trigger pull. However, this isn’t the typical DA/SA pull with which most are familiar. The action is best described as being striker-fired with a second-strike capability. Traditional DA/SA trigger pulls have a long, heavy DA pull for the first shot and a short, light pull for the second. With my test G2, the first pull is long and quite light at 5 pounds. The second is long and a bit heavier at 6 pounds. The trigger releases the striker just before the end of the trigger stroke, and trigger reset occurs just before the trigger reaches its forward-most position.

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  • New Gun Owner

    What magazines will fit the Taurus G2 Millennium PT111

    • Joe

      The standard 12 rounders.
      Beretta 92 mags with a slight modification will fit as well.

  • Carson Buskard

    I got a baretta 92 mag for $20 online and modified it to fit my gun, i used a rotary tool to cut out the new slow where the magazine fits in.

  • theshawn

    Would not buy this gun again, bought 3 days ago, took to range today and 3 jams in first clip using Blazer FMJ ammo. Don’t give me excuses, that type of performance is lame imo.

    • Prairie Pucker

      Aluminum case? Brass works just fine for me.

      • theshawn

        No, brass CCI Blazer.

    • theshawn

      Need to update my initial rant and modify it. Took the gun to a CCW class shortly after this and same thing happened, 3 jams in first clip. Instructor had issue too so it wasn’t just limp wrist lol. Anyway, he had assistants lube it up, and after that I had zero issues with it, no further jams….And, my sister bought same gun for her class and shot it for the first time in her class and had zero issues or jams at all….Sooo, all in all a pretty nice gun for the money imo. I liked how it shot.