Taurus Millennium G2 9mm review

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   I was looking for a 9 millimeter subcompact that would not break the bank but would also make a good carry gun for my wife and I. We looked all over the place from the Kahr CM9 single stack 9 millimeter to the Kel-Tec P11, and even used a SCCY CPX-2 for about 6 months. The new Glock 43’s were nice, but we really wanted a double stack that would fit in either of our hands, and also be comfortable. My wife has never enjoyed a Glock 26 so that was out of the question.I wanted something that wouldn’t break the bank or my wallet. That eventually lead me to my local gun shop where I ran across the Taurus Millenium G2 in 9mm. A lot of you may remember the old Taurus PT-111 Pro’s… This is the Gen 2 of that weapon.

First Impressions…

   My initial shock was the fact that this weapon was sitting in the glass case at a meager price of only $199.99! I was stunned that someone would put a tag like that on a handgun and expect it to function. More on that later. I asked to hold the gun so the salesman pulled it from the case. I was amazed by how it felt in my hands. The grip has a texture unlike anything on the market that I could think of; almost like sandpaper, but nicer. It also fit in my hand like it was made for it. I have large hands, and wear a large sized glove, and this felt great – almost like it was glued into my palm due to the texturing. FYI, though the texture is rough, it isn’t painful, or too abrasive. I never knew what the perfect texture was until I held the G2. It’s light weight, a subcompact, and was double stack just like we wanted. Another thing I noticed was the attractive and modern lines of the G2. It’s rounded in the rear of the slide/frame for comfort while carrying, while slightly wedge shaped in the nose for holster insertion. The front of the slide also has a “scallop” on both sides to lighten the gun which I also found attractive. The finish on the slide seemed to be as good as any higher priced weapon on the market with no blemishes. Machining was perfect in my opinion, with zero tool marks to be found. As always, I had some research to do before I took the gun home finally so I handed it back over to the salesman.

Specs…

   Taurus’ website has the specs on the G2 at http://www.taurususa.com which is where I did my research. MSRP of the G2 is listed at $301.52 though I’ve seen it as high as $250, and as low as the price I paid: $199.I found that the gun was 6.24” long with a barrel of 3.2”. It weighs 22oz. without the 12+1 rounds in it. Did I mention that it came with 2 magazines? That was a shocker to me. Both have a high gloss bluing and drop freely from the gun when the mag release is pressed. It holds 2 more rounds than a Glock 26, with the G2 weighing .29 ounces more. Since I’m comparing it to the Glocks, it’s roughly the 2 height of a 19, but roughly the length of a 26 if that helps. The barrel is stainless steel, as well as the slide. Frames of G2 handguns are polymer as is typical of modern handguns with one other color option that I have found: desert tan. Sights are the typical 3 dot system, though the rear is adjustable. Both front and rear sights are polymer. Taurus has placed several safeties in the G2 which include a Loaded Chamber Indicator on the top of the slide, a thumb safety on the left (up is safe, down is fire) Taurus’ iconic Security System that utilizes a key, as well as a Trigger Safety. I’m not a fan of all that, but I can say that the thumb safety was easy to get used to and it reassured my wife since I carry with a loaded chamber. The chamber indicator never gets in that way, and when sighting along the slide is below the sight plane. Lastly, the G2 carries another Taurus icon; the double/single action trigger. The initial trigger pull is SA, and if a dud is in the chamber, you can release the trigger and pull a second time in DA. Basically, it allows a second strike capability in times of high stress. The SA is slightly mushy but with a fast break/reset, while the DA is long with a definite breaking point that is easy to feel when firing.

Reliability and Accuracy…

   The Taurus Millennium G2 has proven to be highly reliable and accurate since I went back and picked up one for my wife and I each. With the adjustable rear sight, hitting a 6” plate at 25 yards becomes routine with easily 10/12 hits on target. Within 7-10 yards (typical gun fighting distance per FBI) it’s easy to place all 12 rounds in about a 2” pattern. Hostage drills, El Presidente, and target shooting are great with the G2. I found with our particular examples that they would not reliably chamber hollow point ammunition. I’ve tried Hornady, Winchester, Remington, and even some cheaper discount brands such as Independence and ZQI. I did find one self defense round that would work all the time. Those are the 100 gr FTX® Critical Defense® Lite from Hornady. They work all the time, every time and are polymer tipped in pink for the ladies.

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The G2’s have had zero problems running round nose ball ammo. I’ve not had a stove pipe, FTF, FTE, light strike, or magazine malfunction. For $199, that’s a lot of reliability for such an inexpensive price.

Final Thoughts…

   The Taurus Millennium G2 9mm has proven to be an inexpensive though high quality handgun. It’s lightweight, accurate, and what we were looking for. Though it has had issues using other brands of HP ammunition, the Hornady rounds have proven to be 100% reliable. Between both guns, we’ve placed several hundred rounds through them. If you are a new shooter, on a budget, or small statured, then this will make a fine weapon that you can carry with confidence. I know many people that have them including my friend John Rourke, my father, as well as several other friends and family members. Everyone I’ve talked to who has a G2 love the guns, and have minimal complaints. Most people who get on G2 tend to go back to their local dealers to pick up one or two more. One guy i heard from the salesman I picked ours up from stated that a man walked in and bought one, then the next week obtained 4 more for his family because of the price and reliability.

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Images used were sourced from the manufacturer’s websites. Article is original content by Prepper Ralph.

Prepper Ralph on Bug Out Bags

By Prepper Ralph

So to begin with… Bug Out Bags(BOBs) are meant to let you leave on a moment’s notice with no questions asked and escape to a safe place or at least one less dangerous. Hopefully you’ll have a Bug Out Location(BOL) picked and you may even have considered hiding some supplies or a weapon w/ ammunition there. BOBs are meant to be lightweight, efficient in what their purpose is, and have as much equipment as is needed to see you through an initial SHTF/Unrest period. The Federal Gov’t through FEMA and also Red Cross states that 3 days of supplies should be enough to see you through whatever disaster there is until you can receive help. That help will typically be some sort of gov’t assistance(handout) and in the case of Katrina, took sometimes weeks or months to get to you. I personally recommend 1 week’s worth of supply, or the ability to procure it. So here is my list of the top things you would need in a BOB to keep you ready to go.

1) The bag… do not go cheap. As you know, I use the Spec-Ops Brand UAP(Ultimate Assault Pack) for mine. I highly recommend either you get one of these, or a similar bag of similar quality. Maxpedition makes a good one, Condor has brought out a “Pro” line of gear, and there are many more. If nothing else, go surplus and get a US Marine’s ILBE pack.

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2) A Full tang knife between 5-7 inches long in the blade. I like Ka-Bar, Ontario makes great ones, Benchmade… the list goes on and on. Do not go cheap on this as this will in many cases be your primary tool. Make sure it is a good quality steel that is at a minimum High Carbon Steel

3) 7 strand mil-spec paracord. I suggest anywhere from 100-200 feet of it in a dark or earth tone color. Other’s like bankline, and that would work great as well, but consider this… With 1 foot of paracord, you get a total of 7 feet worth of 50# tensile strength cordage. It simply makes sense.

4) Shelter options. G0 light weight with this. I prefer a tarp set up and keep 2 ready to go in the trunk of my car. There are literally hundreds of ways to use them, and several uses outside of shelter as well. Either way, it needs to be lightweight. I’d suggest a 6×8 minimum and no larger than 10×8. You could also use a hammock setup as well.

5) Your cooking setup needs to be durable, but lightweight as well. I use a simple stainless steel pot and cup with a lid that fits both. My cookset cost less than $20 and is capable of being used directly in a fire.

6) Fire making is pretty simple and a no brainer. Buy Bic lighters and buy a lot of em. I keep several in my pack, my car, and all over the place at home. Survival is all about making life easier on your trek, not just living through it. An instant flame is just common sense. Carry also a good quality medium sized ferrocerium rod, and matches as well. I would use the Bic until it died, then the ferro rod. The matches would be my last hope.

7) Finally self defense. We are talking about survival, not a camping trip. Have yourself a good quality handgun in your pack or on your person, 2 extra mags at least, as well as another 100 rounds to replenish. I would suggest you have available at least 4 extra mags, other than the one in your weapon. Don’t use FMJ’s in your weapon since they provide the least amount of damage and transfer of injury. Use a quality HP round that you can test and insure that it work in your weapon. Remington, Federal, and Hornady are good ones, with Independence and some other’s being cheaper. A compact folding rifle in .22LR or 9mm would also be ideal, but it adds a lot more weight to your pack.

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8) Water… Have a few water bottles full, but don’t worry about toting water as it weighs about 8# per gallon. With everything in your BOB and on your person, you can filter or sanitize water easily. You could also try a Sawyer Mini filter, Lifestraw, or the water tablets to purify it. Either way, this is going to be lightweight and minimal.

9) Food is pretty easy. Something dehydrated so that all you have to do is add hot water. Mountain House, Patriot Pantry, Thrive, Wise and several others make great food. Even something as simple as a flavored rice pack would be perfect. Have enough to last a week so 14 meals/servings will be perfect. Knowing what to forage along your route, as well as hunting/fishing can help you but food isn’t a main priority here – getting to your location is.

10) Cash should be kept and I would recommend $100 in smalls. 1’s, 5’s and 10’s only. No silver and no gold.

11) Pics of your family/loved ones. You may be able to provide a pic to the police or first responders if you can’t find your family.

12) A secure, encrypted flash drive with your personal information on it. Photo copied ID cards, SS Card, Medical info, insurance info etc. goes on this.

13) An extra phone charger… Duh! Add in an external battery power pack as well and you should be good. I would HIGHLY suggest you start using a smart phone. Android is the most popular system to use followed by the various Iphone models. If you have a new android, it can be encrypted and you can save hours of music, videos, GPS maps, pictures, and all the info on your flashdrive as well. It’s what I do. Plus you have internet, phone, text and voice messaging you can use, and in most cases a flashlight is built in.

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14) A compass with a quality and up to date street level map. I keep a book of the entire state, as well as a folding map of the region I live in.

15) A good quality flashlight that is lightweight but very bright. Make it a simple one with off/on only. No need in a strobe effect. Streamlight, Olight, and many more would be perfect. Carry a pack of extra batteries as well.

16) 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, and 1 package of sanitary wet wipes.

17) Finally your medkit. It has dozens of uses and can be a whole other subject on it’s own. Should care for things from Major trauma, to boo boos and pain. If you want a good suggestion on what I carry, look up my posting on my personal IFAK.

All in all, this pack and it’s contents together should weigh less than 30#. Hope this helps and if you need advice on what to get, let me know via commenting below.

Thanks – Ralph

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