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The differences between the Taurus G2c and Taurus PT111

The Taurus G2c versus the Taurus PT111. (TheFireArmGuy/YouTube)

The long-standing Taurus PT111 Millenium G2 is a budget-priced pistol that many people are proud to call their everyday carry handgun. It is a sub-compact, striker-fired 9mm with a double-stack 12-round magazine. Best of all, it can be purchased for the mid- to lower $200s.

Without any public announcement, Taurus released an upgraded version of the PT111 Millenium G2 and called it the Taurus G2c. At first glance, shooters thought the only change made was the shortened name of the pistol. But after owning the new Taurus G2c for a couple of weeks and examining the changes, I came up with five physical differences that Taurus made to improve the gun. By the way, I purchased the Taurus G2c for $200 brand-new.

First off, Taurus re-branded the name (G2c) by shortening it and making it easier to identify. They also changed the logo and enhanced the engraving on the slide. More importantly, they replaced the hollow trigger bar safety with a solid trigger bar. The hollow trigger bar safety on my PT111 broke, rendering the trigger difficult to pull. This video explains the problem:

Taurus also changed the slide finish from a reflective shiny coating to a matte black finish. Most likely a cost-saving measure, but a change none the less. The grip texture on the pistol is much more aggressive. The original PT111 has a sandpaper-like feel, and the G2c has a grittier stipple that is very noticeable.

The Taurus PT111 Milennium G2 has an internal safety that locks the slide and the trigger. It comes with two keys that fit into the lock on the right side of the gun. This feature (or lack of, depending on your desire for an internal lock) was removed on the G2c. Personally, I welcome this change because I feel internal slide locks are useless and offer no advantage especially because the pistol comes with a thumb safety.

The overall specifications remain unchanged. Everything from the 12-round magazine, trigger weight and shooting impressions are exactly the same as the original Taurus PT111. Those people who love the original Taurus PT111 Milennium G2 may enjoy the changes that Taurus made with the new Taurus G2c.

Check out the video below for a more detailed explanation between the two handguns and let us know if you like the differences, along with your experiences with Taurus handguns.