by John Boch
Taurus USA has no love for me, and I no love for them. However, when they get something right, they deserve praise.

Folks, their uber-affordable G2c pistol is a very good value for a handgun for those on a budget. Probably the best in the $200 range for a 9mm. The G2c grips feel comfortable, it functions reliably, and holds 12+1 in a diminutive package. Even better, if you watch for sales, you can find it for well under $200.

What’s more, with a simple, $30 do-it-yourself trigger upgrade from Keep Tinkering, the G2c becomes a terrific performer.

How do I know? I had a chance to shoot two of them. One of our GSL Defense Training team brought a pair of upgraded guns to a class a while back.

“Here, try this and tell me what you think,” my fellow instructor said to me, while handing me the first G2c and a loaded magazine. I looked at the gun and saw the Taurus logo and the G2c on the slide. What he didn’t know was that I came about this -><- close to buying a pair for my twin boys.  Locally, a shop had them on sale for $179 each and I’ve shot a couple of the stock guns that came through earlier classes and liked the experience.

So I tried the first one. I turned the first 12-round magazine into a ragged hole at about five yards. Then I added to the same hole with a second magazine, except for one round I cranked off when I got distracted. Clearly the gun won’t shoot itself into a single hole, but if you do your part, it performs very, very well.

My fellow instructor then handed me a second G2c with some fiber-optic aftermarket sights. Yeah, he hasn’t had as many boating accidents as I have.

With the same aftermarket trigger on a different G2c, I got the same results on a different piece of paper. Forty-eight rounds. Forty-seven of them in a ragged hole at 5 yards. All for about $200 including the aftermarket trigger. Two bills!

The inexpensive trigger upgrade makes the trigger break at about 3.5 pounds, give or take, and while it lacks the crispness of a 1911 (what doesn’t?), it pulls very smoothly once one takes up the minimal slack. The reset is nice, as you’d expect. In short, it performs very nicely. As good or better than some $100 upgrades I’ve shot.

What’s not to like?

The bottom line: With the Keep Tinkering trigger, the G2c is hands-down the best super-affordable concealable gun out there that I’ve encountered. And I’ve shot more than my fair share.

I’ll even suggest its handling and performance reminded me of the couple hundred rounds I fired in a SIG P365 some time back. Yeah, that good, albeit minus the tritium sights on the SIG.

And Taurus USA certainly didn’t pay me to write nice things about this particular gun.

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