If you’re interested in an affordably priced 9mm or .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol for concealed carry, consider the Taurus G2c. However, some gun owners may ask, “Is Taurus a good gun brand?” The company has had more than a few problems over the years with its Millennium line.
Fortunately, the G2c was never the focus of these complaints, and the pistol remains a cost-effective alternative to Glock and Smith & Wesson firearms for budget-conscious gun owners and first-time buyers.
The Taurus G2c is a striker-fired, polymer-framed, semi-automatic pistol available in 9mm Luger and .40 S&W.
In 9mm, the G2c is fed from a 12-round magazine, whereas the .40-caliber variant has a magazine capacity of 10 rounds. In both chamberings, the G2c has a 3.2” barrel, an overall length of 6.3”, a height of 5.1”, and a width of 1.2”.
The weight in either caliber is 22 oz.
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The G2c has what appear to be standard factory three-dot sights, but the rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation using two flat-head screws. It’s not common for a concealed carry handgun, let alone one at this price point, to have an adjustable rear sight.
If you’re experimenting with different types of ammunition, the ability to adjust the point of impact, both vertically and horizontally, can be highly beneficial.
If the factory sights are not to your liking, aftermarket options are available for the G2c, including night sights for increased low-light visibility.
Frame and fit
The G2c frame has texturing on the front strap, back strap, and sides for improved grip, and there are two contoured memory pads for consistent finger placement.
The magazine has an extended and curved base plate to ensure your little finger has a place to rest when you apply a full firing grip on the weapon.
In compact and subcompact handguns, the reduced gripping surface can increase the difficulty of controlling the pistol, especially when firing quickly.
One of the G2c’s most unique features is its trigger action. During normal firing, the trigger performs one action: It releases the striker. The slide recocks the striker for the next shot when the gun cycles.
However, if you experience a misfire, the trigger affords double-action second-strike (also called restrike) capability. If the cartridge failed to fire due to a particularly hard primer, simply press the trigger again to cock and release the striker for a second attempt.
As for the trigger press itself, some shooters may find the trigger safety extends take-up during the pre-travel phase. On the other hand, the trigger reset is relatively short, allowing quick follow-up shots.
The Taurus G2c has four safeties: A loaded chamber indicator (LCI), trigger safety, firing-pin safety, and manual safety. The loaded chamber indicator provides visual and tactile confirmation that the chamber is loaded by protruding upward. The trigger safety is a separate lever or blade that you must fully depress to fire the weapon.
The firing-pin safety prevents the striker from igniting the cartridge primer until you deliberately press the trigger — this is your drop safety.
In addition to the passive safeties that Taurus includes in its pistols, there’s also a manual safety catch that falls under your right thumb. Unfortunately, the manual thumb safety is not ambidextrous.
Slide stop and magazine catch
As for non-safety controls, the slide stop is recessed in the slide and may be difficult for some to manipulate due to its stiffness. The magazine catch is a push button that’s tapered, requiring you to extend your thumb to depress it fully and release the magazine.
Taurus molds a MIL-STD-1913 Picatinny rail into the frame for attaching accessories, such as flashlights and lasers. For close-range engagements, especially if you can’t see your sights easily, a laser can be helpful. If you attach a light or laser to your pistol, you should always ensure that it will continue to fit in your preferred holster.
The disassembly process for the G2c is similar to the Glock. First, remove the magazine, then check and ensure that the chamber is empty. Place four fingers over the top of the slide with either your right or left hand, and place your thumb on the backstrap. Use your fingers to retract the slide ⅛” and pull the disassembly latch down with your other hand.
Release the slide and disassembly latch and press the trigger with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. You can now remove the slide from the frame for routine maintenance.
While this process is simple, many competitor weapons use a rotating takedown lever and do not require you to press the trigger to disassemble the weapon.
One of the strongest selling points of the Taurus G2c is the price — this is one of the most affordably priced 9mm semi-automatic pistols on the market. Because you save money on your firearm purchase, you can spend more on high-quality accessories, such as carry holsters, gun belts, and ammunition for range practice.
Is Taurus a Good Gun Brand?
Taurus USA and its parent company Forjas Taurus have had a turbulent history regarding quality control, lawsuits, and recalls. As a result, its reputation has been perceived as questionable among firearms enthusiasts until fairly recently.
In 2015, the company settled a class-action lawsuit and issued a recall for nine handgun models. The lawsuit applied to the following firearms:
The plaintiffs alleged these guns had defects that could cause them to fire if dropped or struck, regardless of whether the safety was engaged.
The allegations against Taurus and its products do not apply to the G2 series, including the G2c.
Taurus never acknowledged any wrongdoing and continues to deny the allegations. Despite these issues, Taurus has been the handgun of choice by the Brazilian police for decades.
A Budget Carry Gun Still Needs a High-Quality Holster
If you want a reliable, reasonably accurate, ergonomic, and affordably priced handgun for concealed carry, consider the Taurus G2c in 9mm or .40 S&W.
A budget-friendly handgun still needs a high-quality holster. We The People Holsters offer options for various Taurus firearms, from the .380 Curve and .45/.410 Judge Public Defender to the G2c.
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