The search for the perfect everyday carry, self-defence weapon for civilian use can be daunting, particularly in South Africa where we are restricted to one Section 13 firearm for self-defence. Like many South Africans, I grew up with Taurus handguns, which were considered reliable defensive firearms providing good value for money. Both my parents, who weren’t really ‘gun people’, owned Taurus revolvers.
Taurus has come a long way since launching their first revolver in 1941. Their manufacturing plant in Brazil remains one of the largest small-arms producing plants in the world. They also expanded their manufacturing facility into the USA where they have a plant in Miami, Florida, though I believe this plant will move to Bainbridge, Georgia this year to facilitate further expansion.
Magnum recently evaluated the Taurus G2C pistol. It came in a branded cardboard box, reminding me that this is a budget firearm. The G2C is a striker-fired, double-action, 13-shot polymer-framed 9mmP pistol, supplied with two steel 12-round magazines and a comprehensive user manual. The Brazilian-made magazines have two witness holes, at the 6- and 12-round positions. The plastic follower is yellow, adding a nice sporty touch. A small plastic finger extension serves as a baseplate but does not increase magazine capacity. I like these extensions because they permit a better purchase on the grip and help if you need to tug out a sticky magazine. They also assist with orientation when reaching for a spare magazine from a magazine pouch or pocket.
The test pistol was supplied with a Flat Dark Earth frame (also available in black) with five textured, patterned panels. The pattern is aesthetically appealing and the texturing provided sufficient grip without being uncomfortable or abrasive.
A small magazine release button is located on the left of the frame, just below the thumb, and is reversible for left-handed shooters. Also on the left side is a small, recessed slide-release button. These are easily accessed for operation by hands of all sizes. The short dust cover has a small accessory rail, with one slot to accommodate a laser or torch.
Initially, I was a bit puzzled as to whether it was a compact or subcompact pistol. The slide and barrel are about the same length as Glock’s subcompact model 26, yet the grip is somewhat shorter than Glock’s compact model 19. It is the grip that ‘prints’ under clothing, betraying your ‘concealed’ carry, so keeping it short on the Taurus was a smart move.
Read the full article in the November 2019 issue of Magnum.