“This thing is a bargain!” That was the thought in my head when I first handled the Taurus G2C. A co-worker had just purchased it to put in his bedside safe and was showing it to the rest of us gun guys at work. All of us were suitably impressed and proceeded to purchase our own.
Taurus is a Brazilian company that has been around since 1941, producing affordable revolvers and rifles. For many years I considered them to be a lesser weapon, but after handling the G2C I had to eat my words.
Taurus got a lot right on this pistol. The polymer frame has enough rough spots molded in to provide a good grip on the weapon without biting into my hand. The machining on the slide and fit and finish of the loaded chamber indicator are superb. And the weapon has steel magazines with a 12+1 capacity. All this with an MSRP of $299.
Widthwise the G2C sits between a Glock 43X and the Glock 19 at 1.2 inches wide. The 3.2-inch stainless barrel gives a decent sight radius, and the rear sight is adjustable. The two included magazines have pinky extensions for a whole-handed grip.
Holding the pistol, it felt comfortable in my hand, no small feat with the big mitts that I have. The lip of the pinky extension crowded things a little, but I found that this helped me stay choked up on the gun. The gun sits flat against the body and did not print under my shirt when riding in an inside the waistband holster. The G2C wouldn’t be out of place as a pocket carry either.
On a trip to the range, the G2C again held nothing but pleasant surprises. I brought along a hodge-podge of different 9mm Luger shells from the ammunition box and fed them through the Taurus. It digested all of them without a hiccup. Accuracy-wise I wouldn’t buy it as a competition pistol, but it shot as well as I could. The G2C was very controllable as well. Even with the short barrel, the muzzle flip was no worse than my full-size 9mm.
The bottom line is the Taurus G2C is a trim and feature-packed double-stack 9mm handgun designed for concealed carry on a budget while delivering premium features and quality. Is it my go-to concealed carry weapon?
No, that title goes to my Glock 43X. However, it’s a perfect carry gun for those of you on a budget.
Richard Douglas writes on firearms, defense, and security issues. He is the founder and editor of Scopes Field, and a columnist at the National Interest, 1945, Daily Caller, and other publications.