The Taurus PT111 G2 may have a small build, but it’s packed with features and loaded with power. It’s a quality pistol on a budget, making it a diamond among rough stones.
Let’s go over the Taurus PT111 G2 and what it has to offer.
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Taurus PT111 G2: Your Budget Sub-Compact Pistol
The Taurus PT111 G2 has a barrel length of 3.2 inches, classifying this pistol as sub-compact. For your size reference, this handgun is smaller than Glock 19 but bigger than Glock 26.
Here are its other specifications:
- Overall length: 6.24 in
- Weight (without magazine): 22 oz
- Height: 5.10 in
- Caliber: 9mm
- Action: Single-action/double-action
- Grip: Textured polymer
- Grip width: 1.10 in
- Front sight: Fixed
- Rear sight: Adjustable two-dot
- Magazine capacity: 12+1
Aesthetics and Ergonomics
The slide of Taurus PT111 G2 is blued-steel with a polymer frame. Its length is quite short, but it’s enough for the gun to achieve the right balance and for the shooter to have enough sight radius. You can rapidly point the gun in any direction and move it with ease.
It’s lightweight, flat, and doesn’t attract attention. You might even forget you’re carrying a gun!
But once you grab this pistol, you’ll easily get a hold of it despite its diminutive size, thanks to its grip frame.
The grip of Taurus PT111 isn’t overly textured–just the right amount of aggressiveness for you to get a good, solid grip. It’s slim and has rounded edges; however, it lacks sculpted finger grooves.
This handgun is a double-stack pistol, but you’ll be amazed by its magazine. Considering this pistol’s ammunition capacity, its magazine may be one of the narrowest you’ll ever handle.
Additionally, you won’t have a hard time reloading this pistol. The magazine releases freely, and you can quickly slide it back so you can resume firing.
As for the sights, they’re low-profile and won’t be an obstacle. However, they’re not that luminous, and achieving a proper sight picture might be a problem if you’re in a low-light area. But what’s good is that it has an accessory rail, allowing you to mount lasers or tactical lights.
Upon cocking the pistol, you might experience distinct resistance during the trigger take-up or the initial movement. But as the trigger breaks, you’ll feel a crisp, light trigger pressure, which is around 5-6 lbs.
It may not be that clean, but it isn’t sloppy. It’ll still keep you on your target.
The good thing about the Taurus PT111 G2 is its second-strike capability. This is a feature that a lot of striker-fired pistols today are missing.
If the gun misfires, you don’t have to draw back the slide to reset the firing pin or striker. All you have to do is pull the trigger once again with a heavier stroke.
Safety and Security
The Taurus PT111 G2 gives you a feeling of reassurance with its safety features:
- Trigger safety: This stabilizes the trigger bar unless you put significant pressure on it.
- Manual thumb safety: This is an external manual safety that must be completely depressed before you can fire your pistol.
- Loaded chamber indicator: It signals when a round is in the chamber.
- Firing pin block: Unless the trigger is directed toward the rear, this blocker makes sure that the firing pin won’t strike the primer.
- Key-locking safety: At the turn of this key, your pistol will be locked. It’ll be unusable or inoperable.
The external safety components are well-positioned, that engaging or swiping them feels like a natural action.
The Taurus PT111 can be used by both civilians and police officers. Shooters with small to big hand sizes can get a full grasp on this gun. This is because the base of its magazine features a finger ledge.
However, one drawback of this pistol is that it’s designed for right-handers only. So if you’re a southpaw, you may want to think twice before buying this gun.
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Functionality and Accuracy
If you take the Taurus PT111 G2 to the range, you’ll understand why we favor this pistol. Despite its small size, it’s consistent and accurate. You’ll also have smooth and fast follow-up shots with it, even if fired one-handed. Plus, the recoil is manageable.
If you place your target 10 yards away, you won’t have any problem hitting it with this weapon. And even if you fire thousands of rounds through this handgun, there won’t be any stoppage and misfeeding.
This pistol may not be accurate at 50 yards, but it’s serious at the range and perfect for home defense.
However, you might have heard of some Taurus pistols that had issues and were recalled earlier. So now, you might have doubts about buying another Taurus gun, which we completely understand.
But to somehow ease your worries, the PT111 G2 has never had the same problems as the other Taurus pistols.
Ease of Maintenance
You can easily break down a Taurus PT111 G2 by doing the following:
- Unload the firearm.
- Pull the tabs.
- Squeeze the trigger.
- Rack the slide forward.
This will remove the recoil spring, barrel, frame, and slide. You can polish them with your preferred cleaning kit.
Reassembling doesn’t require hardcore moves. You can finish it within 30 seconds!
However, be careful with aggressive cleaning agents, as the sights are just painted. Chemicals might eat those sights away.
With its features and performance, you might expect that the Taurus PT111 G2 is priced somewhere between $500-$600.
But no, it actually costs shockingly low.
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of Taurus PT111 G2 is $301.52. But its street price can go below $250. This is definitely a budget pistol that doesn’t lack quality.
And apart from the pistol itself, you’ll also get two 12-round magazines and a lifetime repair policy.
We highly encourage you to get your hands on Taurus PT111 G2, as it has a lot to offer. It’s your ideal concealed-carry gun. It’s lightweight and has a thin profile, which makes concealment comfortable. You may carry it in a holster, in your pants, or even under your shirt.
And while it has a small build, it’s powerful enough to defend oneself. It’s accurate, safe, smooth, and reliable. This is a weapon that you may carry and trust your life with.
Check out this video by Hoplopfheil as he shares the development of the Taurus Millenium Pro series, from PT111 to G3C:
Some of you may not be huge fans of Taurus pistols. You may have had a few hiccups with some of their guns, which left a bad impression on you. You may even perceive Taurus Firearms as a company that sacrifices quality just so they could manufacture cheap guns.
However, Taurus PT111 G2 may have just broken the mold. It may even be one of the most successful handguns of Taurus. With its reliability and accuracy, not to mention its affordability, this pistol has helped Taurus improve its reputation in the firearms industry.
So go ahead and check out the Taurus PT111 G2, your budget sub-compact pistol.
Have you tried the Taurus PT111 G2? What can you say about this striker-fired pistol? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!
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