A Mixed Bag: Taurus Millennium PT111 G2
Taurus’s PT-111 Millennium G2 wades into the densely populated niche of compact polymer pistols at a price point that is hard to ignore. An MSRP of $300 and a street price of around $225 puts it a bit higher than Hi-Point cheap, but significantly less than other worthy competitors from Smith & Wesson and Glock. You’ll realistically be parting with at least three Benjamins for the Shield and four (or more) for the Austrian wunderkid, and that extra Benjamin saved with the Taurus is good for a healthy range trip (or two). But does the Brazilian really compete with the establishment?
My experience with Taurus thus far has been uniformly positive. From my first Model 94 revolver to a TCP (that Taurus fixed on their nickel) to a 1911 that worked flawlessly, they have always delivered on the goods for me. Others have their horror stories, but so does every other company. And the lifetime warranty is hard to beat.
That said, I took this G2 to get some real range time, and I was surprised by what I found. True to Taurus’s reputation, this a sturdy gun that goes bang when I pull the trigger. Bang, that is, until the magazine falls out.
The gun came with two magazines. One worked flawlessly over 200 rounds. The other worked its way out of the magazine well after only a round or two. And I wasn’t gently inserting the magazine; I’m in the habit of giving it a sharp whack with my palm to make sure that it’s positively seated and engaged with the magazine release.
I have reached out to Taurus about the possibly defective magazine (unlikely to be the gun since the other magazine works), and I trust that they’ll take care of things. So what of the rest of the PT111 experience?
This is a surprisingly competent gun. The stock trigger is much crisper than the version 1 S&W Shield trigger, and were it not for the long travel, it would be the equal of an out-of-the-box Glock trigger. The reset is crisp and positive, and in short order I found myself shooting the PT111 with confidence.
The magazine release is my biggest gripe with this gun, and its short length of travel may be part of why one of the magazines like to wiggle out. The PT111 would benefit from a more robust magazine release from a company like Apex (made, of course, to the same exacting standards as their superb M&P triggers).
The aggressive stippling on the PT111’s frame was perhaps a bit more aggressive than I would have picked, but the gun did stay put in my hands despite its compact proportions.
Time will tell how Taurus handles the dropping magazine issue, and I’ll add to this post when I have a response. I hesitate to wholly recommend the PT111 given this issue, but magazine issues notwithstanding this gun is a worthy competitor in the compact carry gun space.