Taurus G2C review
Since I was unable to trust the Sig 365 at this time, I decided to fill the hi cap subcompact void in my collection with a Taurus G2C. I may still get the 365 in the future once the issue with firing pins settles down. But for today lets look into the new Taurus G2C. The G2C is a re badge of the PT111 G2, with a few minor changes. The safety lock is gone , and the trigger blade safety has been altered,and a little different grip texturing. There may be other subtle changes, I just can't see them.
This beauty set me back $213 out the door. The G2C weighs 21.5 oz's unloaded and 27.3 oz's loaded with 12+1 using 147grn Golden Saber's. Height comes in at 5 1/8", Length 6 1/4", and width is 1 1/8". The LOP is 2 1/2", Trigger pull is 3/4" long with a somewhat spongy wall and breaking at 6Lb. The reset is 3/8".
This is the frame after 216 rounds shot today. I did field strip and removed the striker prior to shooting. There was a bit of shipping oil in and around the parts, the striker channel was also just a bit dirty, with a small amount of shipping oil. But overall this came from the factory pretty clean and not over lubed.
And here is the slide after the same workout today. I did polish the slide ramp and safety plunger, but overall Taurus did a very good job with the friction surfaces, no machining marks, and the slide channels were smooth. Quite an impressive job for a $200 pistol.
So here are my impressions after putting this little Brazilian through its paces today.
Ergo's are excellent, very good for a subcompact, easy to hold and gives a three finger grip. The recoil impulse is so manageable , it really wasn't that noticeable. However it does flip while shooting, but the only way I could tell was while using my support index finger on the front of the trigger guard. There is simply no way to hang on while shooting to control the muzzle. But...Once again I have to say this is a dream to shoot. No sore spots on hands or fingers. One magazine would not drop free without breaking my grip and pushing hard on the mag release. The locking cuts in the mag were a bit too small when compared to the working mag. So a little bit of filing on both cutouts and now drops free like a champ.
The G2C ran 216 rounds today with no failures, not one. Oh and in case you didn't notice , the primer holes are consistent and show almost no striker drag (eat your heart out Sig ). The round mix was about 80% 115 grn brass ball and 20% 124 and 147 grn HST and Golden Saber hollow points, Initially my POI was low and left ( go figure a small pistol in my big hands ) using 115grn ball. I did adjust windage on the rear sight and got my vertical lined up. The pistol seemed to like the 147grn HP's the best as far as POA/POI, and of those the 147 grn Remington LEO Golden Sabers were the most accurate. The target was at 15 or so yards and once I had the POI, most of the rounds stayed in a 3inch group. I can say I am impressed with this new offering from Taurus. I can even load 12 rounds in the mags by hand, a feat for a new pistol. However when dry firing occasionally the striker would catch on the striker guide causing a very hard to overcome trigger pull wall. This would go away after cycling the slide a few times. This issue did not occur while firing. Taurus just re-used the striker guide used in the PT111 G2 which has a hole cutout to accept the slide safety lock plunger. This hole which is not needed in the G2C, will catch the striker flange and cause the issue above. So even though it is not a issue while shooting, it still bothers my OCD self. So I ordered a polished stainless steel striker guide from Lakeline ( no hole ) it is a drop in part for the G2C and should resolve the striker interference issue. Once I reach 300 rounds with no fails, this neat little pistol goes into my summer carry rotation.