A quick test: Who is the largest maker of handguns in the free world? Nope, you’re wrong if you guessed anyone except Taurus Firearms. Most people would have probably guessed Ruger, Smith & Wesson, SIG-Sauer, or take your pick. However, Taurus produces more handguns than any other gun company in the world. Then we have the gun buyers who complain that Taurus doesn’t produce good or reliable firearms – and they would be wrong, once again. Look, every gun maker, no matter how good of a company they are, has some “lemons” sneak out the door – it just happens from time-to-time. Truth be told, Taurus has about a 1-to-1.5% return rate on their guns for some reason – and that is pretty low. Many other gun makers have a return rate a bit higher than that. However, when you are manufacturing so many firearms, it would “appear” that you are shipping out a lot of “bad” guns – when the truth be told, you’re doing better than most gun makers. I don’t know if Taurus test-fires each and every gun they ship out – but even if they did, if a gun goes bang when you pull the trigger a couple times, doesn’t mean it will go bang when it comes into your hands – it just happens!
Very Slow Customer Service
At one time Taurus had one of the best Customer Service departments in the gun industry. Sad to report, that isn’t the case any longer: Presently their customer service reputation is one of the worst. Taurus USA is blaming it on their 2019 move from Miami, Florida to Bainbridge, Georgia. (Bainbridge is near the Georgis-Florida state line.) Well, that could explain a slow down in some respects. However, when you send in a firearm for warranty service – and Taurus, warranties their guns for life – you would expect a turnaround of a couple weeks. But Taurus now has a four-month to six-month turnaround. Yes, you read that right, and they admit that is too long, and are working to resolve this issue. My local gun shop has had a Taurus handgun for a year now, waiting on parts – that’s no way to do business. Recently, I purchased a Taurus G3, and it is an outstanding 9mm pistol – that I will put up against any similar pistol – it is “that” good. It comes with one 15-round flush-fitting mag, and one slightly extended 17-round mag. I elected to get another 17-round mag direct from Taurus – well, eight-weeks later, and four snail-mails and two e-mails and two phone calls to Taurus and I finally got the spare magazine – shouldn’t be that way – period! In the future, I’ll order Taurus magazines from a dealer online.
The Compact G2C
I own a few of the G2C models from Taurus, and the “C” stands for Compact – and it is a compact 12-round 9mm pistol, that only weighs in at 22-ounces. The magazine is a double stack design. My wife carries a G2C in a hidden compartment in her purse. That is her usual daily carry gun. She switches off to her SIG Sauer P365 every now and then but loves her G2C and she can hit what she’s aiming at with it. Her G2C has proven 100% reliable with all kinds of ammo – as have my own samples. The G2C is 1.20-inches wide and 5.10-inch tall, and the barrel is 3.2-inches long. The front sight is fixed, and the rear adjustable for windage and elevation. And, I’ve found that I always have to adjust the rear sight upward – or it shoots too low for me – on all of my Taurus pistols with adjustable rear sights. The G2C is a striker-fired pistol, and comes in a wide variety of frame colors – and the slide can be had in a couple of different colors.
S For Slim
Moving along to the G2S — and the “S” stands for “Slim” — this one only holds 7-rounds in a single-stack magazine. It is only ever so slightly thinner or slimmer than the G2C model – it is 1.10-inches wide, and all the rest of the specs on the same, except it only weighs 20-ounces – not enough difference that you could really tell when holding the guns side-by-side.
Both the G2C and G2S have a manual safety on the left side, as well as a trigger safety, and a loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide at the rear of the chamber. Both the G2C and G2S have a re-strike ability, should you pull the trigger and the gun goes “click” instead of “bang.” I like this. I should mention that most striker-fired pistols don’t have this feature. However, I was trained by one of the best firearms instructors in the world, John Farnam. In his training, you are taught to simply eject the round that didn’t go bang, and chamber a new round – so that’s what I do – not that I’ve had this problem with either the G2C or G2S. The guns have always gone “bang” when the trigger is pulled. It is a long, slightly-heavy trigger pull, if your round didn’t fire and you pull the trigger for a second time.
The single-action trigger pull is a real delight – very nice pull – a lot of take-up, but the trigger pull is sweet! The grip frame has a slightly coarse feeling in several areas – these “pads” are placed exactly where needed, for a sure grip on the gun in all weather conditions – a very nice touch, and I wish more gun makers would do the same…checkering isn’t nearly as good as this coarse feeling on the G2C and G3S.
Now, I much prefer the G2C over the G2S. However, I got into the G2S for such a low price, I felt as if I were stealing the gun. For a lot of years, we carried handguns with 5, 6, 7, or 8 rounds and didn’t feel handicapped at all. So, with a 7-round mag in the gun and 1 round in the chamber, I’d feel well-armed except under the most extreme deadly situations – and I always carry a spare magazine on my off-side. Still, the G2S isn’t carried at all – it is a fun shooting gun, no doubt about that, and it is kept in reserve should I need to arm a trusted friend when I’m in my vehicle. I enjoy shooting the G2C more than the G2S – as does my wife as well, the slightly thicker grip on the G2C helps reduce felt recoil – a lot, compared the slimmer grip on the G2S. Still, this was such a deal on the G2S, I couldn’t pass it up, and it is a very nice gun.
In the accompanying photo, the G2C magazine is on the left, and the G2S magazine is on the right. Now, as already mentioned, I have several of the G2C models. However, I only formally tested my most recent purchase, along with the slightly used – ever so slightly used – G2S model. Between myself and my wife – no volunteer testers because of the Wu Flu virus – we fired 500 rounds of 9mm ammunition. From Black Hills Ammunition, we had the following ammo: 115-gr FMJ, 115-gr JHP, 124-gr JHP, 115-gr EXP (Extra Power) hollow point, 124-gr JHP +P and the Barnes all-copper 115-gr hollow point and lastly, the 100-gr HoneyBadger +P. That is an all-copper fluted bullet – not a hollow point. We shot the G2C a little bit more than the G2S for some reason, and the magazines for both guns are easy to load – that’s a good thing.
Accuracy was done at 25-yards, and all-around stayed within 4-inches at that range – and that is “acceptable” many people say. I did manage a couple groups right at 3.5-inches and that was with the 115-gr JHP loadings – in both guns. As you can see in the photo to the left, holding the two guns next to each other, that the difference between the thickness of the grip frames appear more different than they feel. And of course, the big difference between the G2C and G2S magazines – one holds 12-rounds and the latter “only” 7-rounds. Taurus is known for producing some outstanding firearms, at very affordable prices, and there is very little difference between the price on the two guns – both retail for around $280 – but before the pandemic, you could usually find them for a lot less money than that – brand-new – and even lower prices on used samples.
If you’re in the market for another handgun, or perhaps just your first handgun, it is worth checking out the G2C and the G2S. But I’d opt for the slightly “thicker” G2C model – because if you holster it on your hip, you won’t notice any difference per se, between the two pistols and the G2C gives you 12-rounds instead of 7-rounds. That, along with the lower perceived recoil, would make me lean towards the slightly thicker G2C version. Either of these guns would make outstanding CCW pistols, or a nice bedside gun. Just make sure that you sufficiently test-fire and zero whatever pistol you buy, to make sure it goes “bang” with the ammo you are going to load it with.
As already mentioned, both of my samples had no functioning problems – nothing – not a hint of a problem. As I understand it, the new CEO at Taurus, is working hard to make sure that the present long waiting times to get some warranty work done or even answering the phones is more reasonable. My wife was left hanging for 45-mins listening to music when she called Taurus – trying to get a live person to talk to about the spare magazine we had ordered. I understand that with their move things could be slower, but come on, Taurus – 4-6 months for some warranty work, or 8 weeks to get a spare magazine? You can do better than that, you have in the past, so get back on the ball, and do it right.