My family was not anti-gun when growing up but we never had them. When I made the decision to become a gun owner I started by learning as much about guns as I could from friends, articles on the internet, and my local gun shops. Once you get past the bias and marketing, the most common advice was to purchase the gun that works for you and the job you want it to perform. That’s what led me to purchase a Taurus PT111 Millennium Pro G2 in 9mm for pocket carry with a Galco Pocket Protector holster . . .
There are plenty of good reviews out on the PT111 G2. The reviews are almost all positive and based on my testing have proven true. Gen 2 PT111 are far better than the Gen 1s. The worst part of the gun is the length of pull on the trigger. It is long. Once you get past that the break is clean, the reset is good , and the trigger works the same way every single time. It took a couple magazines worth of practice and the trigger was no longer an issue. Everyone who has fired the pistol agrees is a good gun, and several of my friends have purchased one to add to their collection after firing it.
Some of you may be saying that the PT111 is big for a pocket carry gun. You would be correct for most people. However I am a large man. How big…. big enough that I can put a Glock 19 in the front pocket of my summer shorts and you cannot tell I have a gun. The Glock 19 fits in my hand well and I have good accuracy with it. The problem for me is the G19 barrel is to long for most my jeans and slacks. A Glock 26 will fit in any pocket I have.
The issue I have with the Glock 26 is the grip. My hand is so big that even with the extension magazine I can barely get a 2 finger grip on the Glock 26 and this poor grip reduces my accuracy. Here is the interesting thing about the PT111. Its barrel length is nearly the same size as the Glock 26 and the grip length is the same as a Glock 19. The PT111 G2 is exactly the right size for me to pocket carry and I am just as accurate with it as I am with any other pistol I can grip properly.
Like most gun owners it is my sincere hope I never have to draw my pistol to defend myself. Due to my size (and past experience) I believe it is most likely that if I have to use my pistol it will be against a group of predators.As such capacity is an issue for me. Being able to pocket carry the PT 111 with 12 +1 rounds is good. It is better that the 6+1 in a lot of mouse guns. I have taken the advice of many people so I carry a spare 18 round magazine concealed in my back pocket.
Those who know the Taurus Line will ask how is the possible? Taurus does not have a 18 round Magazine.They are right, Taurus does not, but Mec-Gar makes a 18 round Magazine for the Canik TP9 which feeds the PT 111 g2 like it was made for it. I have several hundred rounds through the PT111 using TP9 magazines and have had no issues. I have heard that Sig 226 magazines work, however I have not found any locally so I have not been able to confirm this yet. So when I carry my PT111 I have 12+1 rounds in the pistol and another 18 ready to go. That’s a lot of rounds for a pocket carried pistol.
Would the PT 111 G2 work as a Carry pistol for you? Well that something you would have to figure out for yourself as different people have different needs. Is it a good gun? I would not feel comfortable comparing the PT 111’s quality to Glocks, Sig Sauer’s, Smith and Wesson, or 1911s but it a solid and reliable pistol. What I know is that if something happens where I need a gun mine will be in my pocket and not sitting in my safe. When push comes to shove the most important feature of a carry gun is will you carry it , not the name etched onto the gun in your safe.