Taurus PT111 & PT140 Gen. 2 Concealed Carry Pistols – SHOT Show 2013

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The PT111 Millennium G2 is a nice revamp of the original PT111.

PT111 fans will be grateful to see that Taurus retained the little manual safety on the left side of the frame. If you haven’t tried this safety, it is suprisingly usable for its size. And the PT111 is one of the few striker guns on the market to allow a second strike with a second trigger pull. The trigger full cocks and releases the striker.

The PT111 Millenium G2 is extremely thin in the grip, and makes for an easy gun to carry concealed.

The forward portion of the slide along the barrel is scalloped, which I assume, takes some weight off the steel of the slide, provides added purchase and also breaks up the boxy look like ugly Glocks.

The magazines are steel, and carry 12 rounds of 9 mm.

This is the up position for the safety. Taurus has improved the looks and ergonomics of the PT111 in the Gen 2 while retaining all the best features, like second strike, and the key lock safety built into the gun just like their revolvers.

Download the 2013 Taurus Catalog
http://www.taurususa.com/pdf/2013_taurus_catalog.pdf

Taurus has always been renowned for its top-notch warranty. Basically, the gun is guaranteed for life, and the warranty goes with the gun from owner to owner.

This year, instead of heading off in some radical new direction, Taurus refined an old favorite. The PT111 has long been known for its small size and respectable firepower, so Taurus decided to push the envelope by reworking its striker-fired PT111 9 mm into the PT111 Millennium G2, part of its “Carry On” series for the concealed carry (CCW) market. The PT140 was also reworked into a similar PT140 Millennium G2 in .40 S&W. If you take a look at the gun pictures, it is head and shoulders better looking than the original Millennium guns, and we hope to get one in to test in hand. Taurus seems to have a new focus on making fewer different guns better, and this gun could be a pleasant surprise at an affordable price.

This new Millenium is a CCW dream come true. It’s a 12-shot 9 mm in a package about the size of most new micro 9 mms or .380 ACPs. And, it only weighs 22 ounces unloaded. I came back to the little gun several times, and it just felt very nice in the hand. The entire exterior has been reworked into a very good-looking little gun suitable for bragging rights—even if it is from Taurus, a company known for affordability, not prestige. The .40S&W version holds 10 rounds, and note that they are reversed in the catalog. We have not been able to find an MSRP on the guns, but they will probably be along the same lines as the original PT111 and PT140.

The polymer frame’s integral grip now has an attractive and very functional gripping surface. In addition, the blued steel slide is scalloped along the upper edges toward the 3.2-inch barrel and the gun has a loaded-chamber indicator that pops up from the slide. Taurus also kept the single-sided thumb safety along the left-hand side of the gun. Topping it off are adjustable three-dot white sights. There is an accessory rail on the front of the gun, in case you want to mount a light/laser combo and keep the gun in your nightstand.

In hand, the gun felt very comfortable and thin. I tried the trigger pull, and it has a nice, almost crisp break. The thumb safety works easily. It pointed naturally in my case, so the gun’s grip angle seemed about right, although I’d really like to try it at the range since most CCW confrontations are point-and-shoot affairs. I put the gun next to Taurus’ PT709 Slim model, and while the 709 is shorter in the grip, the PT111 Millennium G2 is only marginally thicker.

In my opinion, the .40 S&W version will definitely be a handful. The 9 mm, however, seems just about perfect chambering for this size of handgun, and from what I saw this CCW option looks like it’s a quality product with enough firepower to get you out of most situations. Taurus seems to be thinning the wildly different types of guns they have offered in the past to concentrate on their core best models this year. Affordable guns are the most important part of the gun market and a strong and focused Taurus will be welcomed by American gun buyers on a budget.

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  • Julian January 24, 2013, 11:44 am

    Nice to see that they updated this model !!! I used to have a Taurus PT709 and it was flawless even after several thousand rounds some of which were several hundred rounds of +P ammo. I currently have a 24/7 G2 45 Compact and it too has been flawless. Can’t wait to hold and try out this new PT111 / PT140 Gen 2.

  • Greg Shafer January 24, 2013, 12:15 pm

    I am a retired police officer with 24 years of service. I have owned Taurus PT-111 Pro Mil. edition for a couple years. It has served well as my everyday carry weapon. It size is a comfortable fit slid into my waistband of jeans, and fits many inside pockets on vest and jackets. It is easy to clean. I have only shot a couple of hundred rounds threw it, but was flawless, no jams or stove pipes. I have had no work done on the weapon. Don’t mess with it, if it works. I would not hesitate to buy another. For years Taurus was thought of a copy cat gun company. Well they have developed some great new products, at a good price. If your on a budget this fills the bill.

  • Ernie January 24, 2013, 1:55 pm

    I have owned a Taurus PT-111 Mil. Pro for well over 6 years now and it has never caused me any problems. I carry it in my “Crossbreed” IWB holster or my “Smart Carry” IWB holster. I liked it so much I went and bought a PT-24/7 Pro also in 9mm. So now I have a full size version of my compact PT-111. The one new feature on my 24/7 is that it can be loaded and then de-cocked with the safety by pushing it up past the “safe” position. I was hoping that the new one would also have that feature. I like a long trigger pull for the first round. I bought a Taurus PT-99 years ago and that was how I trained, loaded chamber, de-cocked, safety “on”. Over the years, I’ve owned many Taurus firearms, PT-22, PT-99, PT-907, PT-111 Pro, PT-24/7 Pro, and a 617 7-shot .357 Mag snub nose revolver, and a model 62 stainless .22 pump gallery rifle. You might say that I’m very happy with every Taurus product I have ever bought and would recommend them to anyone. The price is very reasonable and the quality is very high.

  • Walter Esterly January 24, 2013, 3:38 pm

    I am vrry intrested in pt111 any video or more info ?

  • robert nelson January 24, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Hmmm, interesting to hear the reliability on the Taurus has such outstanding comments. My experience with their PT series is incredible accuracy, but not so incredible reliability.

    • Asm August 25, 2013, 7:48 pm

      I have 2 Taurus guns: PT1911, PT111. Very accurate, 100% reliable, very accurate and easy to shoot. The PT111 G2 is very easy to conceal IWB, and shoots better than other guns in its category. I shot it side by side with the glock 26, beretta nano, s&w shield and found that the Pt111 g2 is actually better.

  • Maine Concealed Carry January 27, 2013, 12:03 am

    I will be getting the PT111 in 45acp sometime this year as a backup. I picked up a Taurus poly protector in 357 and love it!!

  • Kevin January 31, 2013, 1:29 pm

    I have had my Millennium G2 for about 3 weeks now. I took it to the range and shot 150 rounds of FMJ through it without any issues. It’s accurate enough, and it’s great for concealing, the kick is a little surprising but manageable. This is my first hand gun, and I love it.

  • Jeff February 1, 2013, 10:48 am

    I’ve owned a PT-145 for 5-6 years and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have no problem at all with .45 ACP rounds in this pistol. It has almost perfect recoil coming straight back at me with very little barrel flip and no digging into my palm at all. I carried that pistol for several years until I decided the ability to penetrate car door steel was a big advantage of a .40 S&W so I switched to a different pistol. But I still carry the Taurus sometimes. It is an excellent handgun. I’ve run at least 5000 rounds through it and it has never had a single failure of any kind except for one round didn’t fire and of course that was an ammo problem, not a problem with the gun. I also use a CrossBreed holster. I have a Super Tuck to be exact. It works great as long as I support my pants well. This pistol is not heavy at all at 21 oz.. 11 rounds of ammo adds to the weight though. And keep in mind that the gun is only very slightly thicker than the 9mm double stack. It’s 1.25″ thick so it’s as thin as many single stack pistols. The gun is very accurate out to 25 yards too. I can shoot 1″ groups at 20 yards with it and probably 3″-4″ at 25 yards. After that distance it loses accuracy but the barrel is pretty short so that’s to be expected. That’s plenty enough accuracy for a CCW handgun anyway. I think Taurus hit a home run with the original and I’m glad to see they have kept the design alive.

    • R G February 1, 2013, 12:57 pm

      I have the Poly protector in .357 and really like it.
      I also have the new g2 and find it accurate, will the trigger soften after use? I’ve only put about 60 rnds through it.
      I was hoping for a trigger like the pt111 mill pro. that I’ve had for years, or the same in the .45 that I regrettably sold for a price I could’nt turn down.
      I also like the pt 1911 that I purchased back in summer.
      The 85ul .38 that I’ve had for years is a great little revolver. I think Taurus puts out a great product.

  • Richard February 24, 2013, 10:50 pm

    I just purchased a Taurus PT 140. It shoots great and looks good, also I will be ccw with this piece.
    I have one problem, the mag is kind of hard to load.I built a holder to use when loading. Hopefully
    after some use that will get better. All in all it is a great piece.

  • joe b March 5, 2013, 3:28 am

    i have a pt 145 for several years now and it’s spot on perfect ! a lot of fire power in a small firearm.
    great for carry………….but i’m dying for the new pt 111 g2. like a kid in a candy store!

  • greg May 15, 2013, 10:09 pm

    I am very interested in buying one of these but everyone is backordered. Anyone know where i can get one for cheap??Help!

  • John J. July 6, 2013, 2:36 pm

    First Taurus was a PT 100 40 and can’t wait for the PT 140 G2. Just don’t know when they will be coming out for now.

  • Duane July 21, 2013, 1:55 am

    I bought the 24/7 G2 earlier this year fired hundreds of rounds through it with great reliability, can’t wait to pick up the PT111 G2!

  • NickACE August 7, 2013, 2:42 pm

    I have a Taurus pt-140 and it is flawless. never jams or ftf or fte. shot well over a thousand rounds and it has been accurate from the first round shot. very comfortable to shoot. the kick comes straight back into your hand. the barrel barely raises from the recoil making it easier to shoot more rounds faster and be on target. also the warranty on taurus is the best out there. i cant wait to buy the 45 version of this gun. i will also be getting my wife a millenium 9mm after shooting one it has virtually no kick for a pistol of its size and caliber.

  • NickACE August 7, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I have a Taurus pt-140 and it is flawless. never jams or ftf or fte. shot well over a thousand rounds and it has been accurate from the first round shot. very comfortable to shoot. the kick comes straight back into your hand. the barrel barely raises from the recoil making it easier to shoot more rounds faster and be on target. also the warranty on taurus is the best out there. i cant wait to buy the 45 version of this gun. i will also be getting my wife a millenium 9mm after shooting one it has virtually no kick for a pistol of its size and caliber.

  • Mike August 25, 2013, 3:52 pm

    I got the Taurus Millennium 111 G2 9mm for my CCW. It’s by far a good little gun. Double stack 12 round mags will work for me. I took it when I went to get my CCW and when I qualified w/ it, I out shot everyone there. Better center grouping than most of them there using a Glock. Even my instructor was amazed that it was a Taurus! He said he liked it because of the grouping, and that it was a small compact gun w/ a lot of rounds. The grips are nice and the sight work alright in low light. It’s easy to clean and yeah, breaks down like a Glock. I worked it out w/ a guy at a big box store and got it for $280 because it was a display and on sale. I have run about 200 round and no one malfunction!

  • Tom October 26, 2013, 8:52 pm

    I am left handed I have owned revolvers but never a semi auto I am looking at the taurus pt 111 g2 ss how will it work for me?

  • James November 7, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I have not purchased the new G2 Millennium but I may soon, they are $299 at my local gun store. I’d really like to get it in .40 S&W but they don’t seem to be out yet. I own 4 other Taurus semi-autos including a Millennium Pro PT-145 and a Millennium PT-111. Both of which have been absolutely great for CC pistols and very reliable too. I also have a PT809 and 24/7 OSS in .40. I own a lot of different brand handguns, a few Glocks, Kahr, Smiths, Ruger, Beretta…. and I love my Taurus pistols. They don’t seem to get much love on the internet or at the stores as far as I can tell but to each their own. Mine work great and the price is hard to beat. I’ve read only positive reports on the new G2 Millenniums so it sounds like a winner. I was interested in the M&P sheild in .40 but the single stack mag (low round capacity) really doesn’t sit well with me. The thickness of a gun has never been my concern while carrying, it’s the length and height for me. I’ll take increased mag capacity any day and leave the 6-7 shot pistols to those that want them. I think most would find that the difference wouldn’t even be noticable between a single and double stack in everyday carry. So, why not go with the double? Not to mention the G2 Millennium is currently $130 cheaper than the Sheild.

  • James Robinson January 21, 2014, 2:53 pm

    Look at the 840 C. its affordable and easy to find !!!

  • Taurus Shooter February 4, 2014, 6:11 am

    Just got my New Taurus PT140 Millennium G2 40 S&W Pistol last week

    Here is some pics, shooting video and firing range report
    http://www.taurusshooter.net/pt140-g2.html

    This pistol has now become my favorite everyday carry one… :-)

  • CLMA60 April 2, 2014, 9:40 pm

    After looking several months at different 9mm, I have several and love the caliber. I have a nine and .45 older version of the 24/7. They have performed flawlessly since new. Will take any ammo you can put through them. Not particular like one or two of my others. Anyway brought home to clean prior to first trip to the range. The takedown was a little cumbersome at first due to being different. The gun was flawless inside. Just a gentle scrubbing. I was impressed with the quality. Reassembly was pretty straight forward. So far I am impressed and the grip is perfect for my small to medium hand. That’s one thing I really, really like about Taurus. My first millennium wasn’t so hot but this one is exciting. The range will soon tell.

  • Boomerang May 27, 2014, 2:07 pm

    I picked this PT111 G2 up on a whim for $350. I’ve always wanted to try a Taurus and I had the money just looking to be spent on a new gun. My EDC is a .40 Cal Springfield 3.8 Springfield XDm and I’ve been looking for a single stack that is easier to carry for summer, so I picked this Taurus up. Let me say I love my XDm and the caliber. It’s a nice weapon and in fact everyone I let shoot it wants to get the same one themselves.
    That being said, I was a little nervous buying such a cheap handgun, however Taurus has been around long enough that I felt comfortable with the buy. In the price range were Kel-Tek guns at this particular store and Kel-Tek is on my “no buy” list (I should say I’ve never owned or shot Kel-Tek, just initial impressions on them keeps me from owning.)
    Anyways I just took it out with 50 Rounds of Winchester 9mm Luger FMJ and 50 rds of Winchester Luger hollow points. A friend who was shooting my Taurus had one jam (he may have limp wristed a little, not sure, but I never had a jam) and I personally had 3 Failure To Fire over this 100 total rounds. It was actually 2 bullets, first time it fired on the second trigger pull (thank You double action!) and on the other bullet it took Two additional trigger pulls after the first to get the bullet to fire off.
    I do not know if it has a weak spring in this gun, but I’m going to chalk this one up to cheap components. The saving grace of this gun is the ability to pull the trigger again and strike on the same bullet rather than having to rack the slide and eject the round for a new one. I find this feature to make this gun a good self defense weapon in spite of having three trigger pulls without a solid hit on the primer during practice shooting. If my math is correct, this would equal a 1.5% failure rate by the handgun itself on the first trigger pull. However because it did shoot on the second or third pull without having to rack the slide, I think this handgun makes up for it’s failures. (I need to say that even though people keep saying this gun has “features equal to a $600-700 gun,” they are clearly a lot cheaper and not made for longevity and are not necessarily quality. In fact the front sight on this Taurus PT111 G2 is slightly off center and points to the left. This is a permanent sight, you cannot change it out. I’m not sure this affected my shooting though and this 9mm shoots straighter than my .40 Cal Springfield by a small margin.
    That being said, this is my first gun review and my first 9mm. It will be used for CC in summer and at this point, I trust that if it doesn’t shoot on the first pull, it will on the second or third. That won’t be good enough for a lot of people.

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