What I’m Carrying Now: A Taurus 9mm and a Fixr

Jon K. writes . . .

First the purple Kydex IWB holster, a gift from my wife, it works great so I use it.

I carry a Taurus PT111 G2 with 2 12-round magazines loaded with Federal 124 grain Hydra-Shok. I picked this gun after reading a TTAG review years ago and been carrying it ever since.

The clam shell knife and tactical pen are no name tools I use and, yes, that is a Fixr multitool on my key chain and has come in handy more once.

My only big change over the past two months has been that I always carry an extra magazine all the time.


This post is part of our series, What I’m Carrying Now. If you’d like to submit a photo and description of the gun, holster and gear you’re carrying in the new world in which we live, send it to us at [email protected] with WICN in the subject field.]


  1. avatar The anti-fancy says:

    Love it!
    This load-out is Anti-Fancy approved. Quality gear that works well. No trace of name-mongering or brand snobbery. Well done.

  2. avatar rc says:

    PT-111 G2 is a great carry gun and a lot of gun for the money. I’ve got 2 of them and one is in my carry rotation.

    1. avatar usnr says:

      Same here, two PT-111’s…a 9mm and a 40 “Smythe.”

  3. avatar Specialist38 says:

    I’ll see your pen and raise a flashlight. (Or trade the pen for a flashlight).

    I have one of those little fixer tools for when I fly.

    I haven’t used it in a few months though.

  4. avatar Manse Jolly says:

    It almost appears that the grip angle is straight. I’ve never held a Taurus, but now may hit indoor range to rent one just to check it out.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Manse Jolly,

      I have owned something like seven Taurus handguns manufactured on or after 2010 — both semi-auto pistols and revolvers. I loved every one of them. I cannot think of any other manufacturer who provides a greater value in terms of price/performance.

      If you have a very limited budget and cannot afford firearms manufactured in the United States, Taurus is the go-to manufacturer in my opinion.

      1. avatar billy-bob says:

        They will also take Sig 226 mags, so you can carry an 18 rounder or two as spares.

        1. avatar Ferg in Tahoe says:

          That’s good info. Thanks.

      2. avatar Bigus Dickus says:

        SCCY is a good-value-for-the-money manufacturer as well.

  5. avatar cgray says:

    Now use that twenty at Walmart to buy a wallet. All set.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:


      1. avatar cgray says:

        I walk at least an hour a day for exercise. I’ve found well over 600 dollars in cash on the ground over the years, and it’s a safe bet that not a single dollar fell out of someone’s wallet.

        That’s why.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          wallets aren’t for cash.
          it’s a safe bet money doesn’t fall out of clips either.

    2. avatar Mack The Knife says:

      Or two boxes of ammo for the range.

      1. avatar Mack The Knife says:

        I like the chiseled look of the knife. Pretty cool.

  6. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Needs a light.

    1. avatar RGP says:

      The blinding glare off the holster can substitute for a light.

  7. avatar Grumpy Old Guy says:

    I have a PT111 G2 also, its reliable, its a good gun for the money. Nothing functionally wrong with it. I do find it bulky and it tends to not carry well for me IWB. It basically rubs me the wrong way due to a few extra lbs and there are newer (more expensive) 10/12 shot pistols that are more comfortable for me with rounded edges. I use mine as a backup home defense hidden away, ready to use.

  8. avatar tdiinva says:

    Color coordinated holster. Got to love that.

  9. avatar former water walker says:

    I got that Taurus too. Never a failure and reasonably accurate. Had my eye’s checked and I need bifocals. And I got cataracts. I’m only good for minute of bad guy right now…😟

    1. avatar usnr says:

      Be not ye’ forlorn, for sooth, there is strength in numbers. Your regiment ranks swell by the day.

  10. avatar strych9 says:

    If it works it works. Personally I find all-kydex IWB holsters uncomfortable. I prefer a leather or a hybrid backer. But that’s just my personal preference.

  11. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    how big is your monitor?

    1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

      this wound up down here as a nonsequitur but was originally a reply to the gal offering up views of her sexyness. so some of these browser hijacker posts are being removed. good.

  12. avatar JoeV says:

    Wife: “Happy birthday Jon! Do you like it?”
    Jon K:
    Wife: “Hon?”
    Jon K: “It’s perfect sweetie.”

  13. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    Good Gun, Spare Mags, Knife, does the Tac Pen have a Flashlight? If No, that’s the only unchecked box on my list. Put a Streamlight Nano on your key ring and you’ll be set. Purple? Lol gotta love our wives.

  14. avatar GM Biloxi says:

    I have a PT-111 G2 and my son-in-law has a G2C. They have been ultra-reliable and we both love them. Been thinking about completeing the collection with a G2S for even more discrete carry and a G3.

    I’ve owned Taurus PT-92s for years and have found them to be great guns also. The frame-mounted safety is a much better location than the slide-mounted one on the Berettas. Guess that’s why Beretta finally returned to the frame-mounted safety on their high-end competition gun.

    I’ll admit that I have one Taurus that just won’t run reliably…a PT-908. It’s been back to the factory a couple of times, they say it’s fixed and send it back, then I have the same problems all over again. But the 92s and the new guns are really great.

  15. avatar Hoyt Claggwell says:

    A couple of years ago, an experience showed me that an every day was necessary (vital) for my well being. After receiving my permit, I researched information on what handgun would be perfect for me. This meant hours on line, visits to gun stores and guidance from friends who are very knowledgeable about guns. This was my first EDC purchase, and I only had one shot at getting it right.

    I ended up purchasing a Taurus PT111G2. What influenced my decision was the caliber, capacity, 2 magazines, weight, how comfortable the gun was to carry/hold/shoot, stiffer trigger pull, ease of maintenance, ratings/opinions and price.

    After >1000 rounds of CC Blazer Brass FMJ, the PT111G2 is very reliable. The only few jams were my fault. It was a purchase that I was so satisfied with that I bought a C2C as a backup. Taurus PT111 and G2C are best fit for me.

  16. avatar Jimmy James says:

    No way I’d bet my life on a Taurus. Had a Taurus mod 85 that broke (thankfully at the range) and was factory repaired and then sold. Had a mod 92 that parts started falling off of. Put the parts back on and sold it. There will never be a 3rd Taurus ownership experience for me.

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