[Review] Taurus G2S: Decent for Under $200

If you’re on a ramen budget…you need the cheapest most reliable gun on the market.

It’s currently a buyer’s market in the gun industry and prices are quite low these days.

This has made cheap guns even cheaper.

Taurus G2S side angle
Taurus G2S

Today we are going to be looking at one of the most affordable subcompacts…the Taurus G2S.

By the end you’ll know if it’s worth your hard earned dollars.

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Grabbing The Bull By The…Pistol Grip? 

The Taurus G2S is a single stack handgun that comes in either 9mm or 40 S&W.

It’s recently hit an all-time price low and can be purchased for… Well, really cheap. Normally under $200.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The guns come with two magazines that have a 7-round 9mm capacity and a 6-round 40 S&W capacity.

It’s simple, and a little thinner than the G2C.

The G2C, reviewed here, is a doublestack model of what’s basically the same gun that gives you 5 more rounds.

Taurus G2C and chips
Taurus G2C, roughly 4.5 Cheetos long.

If you want smaller, or are stuck in a state with 10-round limits, the G2S is for you. 

Off the bat, the G2S is not a revolutionary handgun, but it is a functional handgun designed for concealed carry.

My particular model is the 9mm variant. Oddly enough the G2S in 40 S&W seems to be uncommon and not as affordable as the 9mm variant.

You can find it if you look and really want a 6 round 40 S&W pistol. 

Taurus G2S and magazine
Taurus G2S and 7-round magazine

The Taurus G2S comes in a flashy cardboard box with a manual, a lock, and another magazine. I don’t mind a cardboard box on a sub 200 dollar gun.

I whine about it occasionally because I don’t think a 2k rifle should have something more than a cardboard box but that’s another argument for another day. 

It’s a simple gun, but it looks good. Taurus is always a little obnoxious with their roll mark and that’s present.

My particular model is black on black but stainless slides and cyan frame models exist for a little more money.

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at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The gun is much more attractive than most cheap guns. The slide is made from steel instead of pot metal, the grip is textured, and the gun has a clean and neat appearance.

Some cheap guns can’t even get that far for better or worse. 

The Ergonomics 

If you ever owned an older single stack you have an idea of what the grip is like.

It’s square and blocky.

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Not uncomfortable, but there is a reason the PPS series went a little more round with the M2 generation. 

It feels a bit like bolding a small board in your hands. The texturing is nice and not too aggressive or too soft. The slide is serrated on the rear and that’s it.

The trigger features the Glock style trigger safety as a redundant device to the gun’s manual safety. 

Taurus G2S side three
Note the Glock-style trigger safety and the frame-mounted safety near the rear of the slide

I’m not a big fan of a manual safety on handguns, but the G2S at least does it well.

The safety is frame-mounted and very 1911 like. It clicks up and down easily and you can rest your thumb on it in a thumbs forward grip. 

It’s also textured and easy to engage or disengage.

If I have a gun with a safety I train to always flip the safety off. A lot of folks say just don’t use it, but I think it’s a better idea to train to use it regardless. 

Taurus G2S safety
Manual safety is easy to use at least

The magazine release clicks and pops and is well-positioned. Nothing special, but no complaints.

Inserting the magazine is…odd

It stops once it reaches the magazine release and requires a firm push or slap to get it seated. I’m hoping this isn’t striking the magazine release and hoping it won’t cause an eventual issue with the magazine release. 

Hoping.

Obtaining a good grip is easy and the grip is long enough to prevent hanging pinky. It’s an easy handling gun and will fit a wide variety of shooters.

Ergonomically it’s a sound gun, mostly, things change a little when we get to the range. 

On The Range 

What changes?

Well, the slide beats my hands up. Enough so to draw blood with a high firm pistol grip. I have big hands, 2XL sized gloves big. 

The slide bites right where my thumb is positioned with a thumb’s forward grip. This isn’t super uncommon for me.

It happens with Glocks too. After a full day of shooting my hands are roughed up and hurting. 

Once I’m bleeding I’m gonna be flinching and that’ll affect accuracy. 

Taurus G2S chewed up hand
Being a gun writer sometimes means you just gotta bleed a little

Accuracy wise I had some issues when I first started shooting the gun. It looked more like I was patterning buckshot than a handgun.

With my P365 I could make very acceptable groups, I’m not the best shot in the world — but I know I should be doing better than buckshot. 

That's not a miss, that's a 'combat effective' hit!
My Sig Sauer P365 Grouping, that’s not a miss on the right, that’s a ‘combat effective’ hit!

Finally, after a few mags, I realized my front sight was loose and was moving.

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MFW I realized the front sight was loose

I quickly stripped the slide and tightened the front sight down. After that, I got on target and stayed there. Range wise I maxed out at about 20 yards hitting headshots. 

That’s certainly an accurate enough gun for concealed carry. Recoil was nice and soft, no hand slap, and the gun doesn’t try to work its way out of your hands. 

The rear sight is adjustable but I didn’t need to use it. Adjustable sights on carry guns seem like an odd choice, but I’m sure there are plenty of people who like it. 

Taurus G2S sights
Adjustable sights… For reasons?

The Trigger

The trigger is a neat system.

It’s kind of a DA/SA gun like the striker-fired P99, but a bit different.

Taurus describes it as a “single action with a restrike system” and that’s an accurate descriptor. The gun reverts to single-action as soon as you rack a round in the chamber and there are no manual means to decock it. 

Taurus G2S side view
Takedown bar, slide stop, mag release, thumb safety – no decocker.

The double-action only comes into play if the round fails to fire, then the double action allows you to restrike. 

The trigger itself isn’t bad, but its nothing special. It’s somewhat long and gritty. It feels like plastic rubbing on plastic for the entire pull. 

For a single action gun, the trigger pull is also quite long, it’s the same length as the double action, just lighter in weight.

The reset lacks any real tactile or audible designation. It’s easy to find when dry firing, but a little harder on a live range. 

What About Reliability? 

This is the make it or break it for a cheap gun is reliability. Does the G2S hold up?

(Pause for dramatic effect) 

Yes-ish. 

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I had a few issues at the beginning with the gun. This includes 2 failures to eject with Winchester Forged ammo.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Additionally, I ran into this annoying issue with one magazine where the follower would not push the ammo up high enough to feed. 

This would require a hefty smack to fix or disassembly of the magazine. It’s a weird failure that happened within the first 200 or so rounds of shooting.

It happened three or four times with the same magazine. I’m on the top side of 500 rounds and the issue hasn’t been repeated. 

I’ve also fired mostly Winchester Forged through the gun. Which to me makes sense. Someone who wants a budget gun will likely use budget ammo.

Beyond just cheap steel stuff I used some Remington brass-cased 115 FMJs and they all cycled like champs as well. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

I’m not a big believer in guns needing a breaking in period, but maybe the Taurus did?

It seems to function without issue now. 

Best Taurus G2S Upgrades

When purchasing a budget handgun I doubt decking it out in aftermarket mods is a big concern, but the aftermarket for this gun does exist.

Taurus G2S side four
For being so cheap, it really is a nice looking little gun

I wanted to point a few things out and why they could be a good investment. Some can actually extend the value of your weapon. 

Holsters

A holster is a must-have and is likely the only absolute necessity on this list. You have to be able to safely carry it and preferably remain comfortable.

We got good news on this front.

The gun seems popular enough that there are tons and tons of holsters available for it.

1. Concealment Express IWB

A simple and solid option is Concealment Express for a comfortable Appendix/IWB design. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. CrossBreed SuperTuck

Besides that, an awesome hybrid option is the CrossBreed SuperTuck. This offers more comfort for long days of carrying and can fit some people’s bodies better.

It’s also a bit heavier requiring a decent belt and might make you feel a bit hotter in summer months.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Sights

Taurus is using the same sight system it’s used for the PT series, as well as the older 709 guns.

So if you want to swap the sights you can. I’m not a huge fan of plastic sights so it would be a consideration for me. 

3. TruGlo TFX Sights

TruGlo makes its awesome TFX sights, but they cost almost as much as the gun. These sights do mix both tritium and fiber optics for night and day time use and to be honest they are pretty awesome.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The TFX sights are metal and machined and assembled right here in the good ole US of A. 

They are well-made sights, but at the price, they are a bit steep for an affordable gun. 

4. Williams Fire Sights

If you want to spend a little less, well a lot less, then the Williams Fire sights are designed for the Taurus.

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

They are quite a bit cheaper. These are high visibility fiber optic sights that are placed in a steel sight base. They offer no night sight abilities but are a step above the stock sights. 

Lights/Lasers

The gun has a short little rail, it’s cute really. The rail would accommodate smaller lights and lasers but finding a compatible holster might be tricky. 

Also, a lot of these are expensive. However, a light could turn your concealed carry gun into an effective home defense weapon. If you can only own one gun then it’ll likely cover both duties. 

5. Streamlight TLR-6

The TLR-6 will fit, but you have to buy the Glock model. It’s a great light and laser combo I keep on my P365.

If I was buying one for a cheaper gun I’d go with the light only. It’s a bit cheaper and a laser isn’t really needed as much as the light is. 

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Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Aftermarket is small but viable enough to outfit and upgrade your pistol here and there. 

By The Numbers 

Reliability 3/5

Two failures to eject, and the magazine issue on top of the sight being loose knocks a couple of points off here. It seems to run fine now, but we’ll see. 

Ergonomics 3/5

I like how the gun is laid out, how it feels in my hand and how it handles. The downside is I have some pink scare tissue on the web of my hand from slide bite. 

Accuracy 4/5

It is carry gun accurate or minute-of-bad-guy and that’ll get you by for both home defense and concealed carry. Don’t expect Glock 40 range or accuracy, but it’ll get you where you need to go. 

Customization 3/5

You can add Talon grips, new sights, and a light or laser, and you can customize the insides with parts from Galloway precision and Lakeline LLC.

There is even a rear sight mount for optics. It doesn’t get Glock levels of crazy but there are options. 

Value 5/5

A $180 dollar gun is a $180 dollar gun. It runs well enough and looks and feels good in the hand. So for the price… It delivers a lot.

Plus, the magazines are fairly cheap also. That’s a huge plus.

Overall 3.5/5

Parting Shots

The Taurus G2S isn’t innovative or new. It doesn’t offer anything a dozen other pistol don’t offer.

Taurus G2S grip
The Taurus Bull logo is growing on us

What it does do is remain accurate, lightweight, relatively reliable, and easy to use all at sub-$200.

180
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

For many of us, that isn’t an attractive offer.

But when you don’t have a lot of extra cash on hand and don’t live in the best area of town — a really cheap, reliable, safe, concealable handgun might be the thing you’ve been waiting for.

Guns like the Taurus G2S are what make the second amendment available for all Americans.

Even if you’re not a fan of the gun, I think we can all be fans of the sentiment behind that.

If you’re torn between the G2S and G2C…check out our video on the G2C as well as our full review:

What do you folks think? If you’re looking for something with a little more refinement, take a look at the Best Concealed Carry Guns!

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14 Leave a Reply

  • Bobsuruncle

    I have a pt111 g2 that has been reliable since day one. I changed the front sight out with a modified shotgun fiber optic. Works great and was able to zero it due to the adjustable rear sight. I don't know the exact round count on the gun, but it's in the thousands. The newer g2c is just a refinement of my pt111 g2, with the g2s being the single stack version. I like the double stack versions better because of the thicker grip... 5 extra rounds is just a bonus. These are budget guns that work and shoot straight enough for the intended purpose.

    2 hours ago
  • Taylor

    Any suggestions on OWB holsters that will fit a G2C that has a laser? I'm having a hard time finding kydexs that will fit

    20 hours ago
  • Lee Tolliver

    1993 here alive n well yall wooo

    23 hours ago
  • Shepherd of Fire

    Good to know that machines are now so precisely and perfectly built that physics and chemistry no longer change any of the properties or design specifications of said machines. My EDC has had one test round fired through it, should be good. Also, I just rebuilt my engine late last night, top and bottom. I will go win my big race this morning. Logic prevails. Look at failure rate charts for any benchmark or test bed and you will see some sort of trough. Most mechanical failures occur in the very beginning or much later, towards the end of or past their designed usability. You want to be relying on important or dangerous machines near the beginning and middle of that lifespan, if possible. And with firearms, not only is it possible, it is responsible.

    1 day ago
    • TravisP

      Author here, Weapons should be precision made and in my experience with Glocks, CZs, FNs, Dan Wessons, S&Ws, Rugers, EAA CZ clones, Walthers, Magnum Research, Para ordnance, Diamond Backs, and even Kel Tecs and many more there is no break in required. It works out of the box without issue. I don't think that;s a high standard to have.

      1 day ago
  • Thomas R Foster

    I have no issue with a firearm needing a break in, including a pistol for concealed carry. I think most often it's the carrier who needs the break in! Great reason to go to the range.

    1 day ago
  • jp64

    I'm a little curious about your statement that handguns shouldn't need a break in period. Your going against the grain on that

    1 day ago
    • Travis l Pike

      Because of the dozens of handguns I've owned and hundreds I've fired this one and my RIA 1911 were the only to 'need' a break in period. Everything else worked out of the box, including Hi-Point.

      1 day ago
      • Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

        "...my RIA 1911 were the only to 'need' a break in period." I just bought a 1911 R1A but have not yet taken it to the range. Any details or tips on the break-in that yours "needed"?

        1 day ago
        • Travis Pike

          Well mine is 13 years old now. It took quite a bit of shooting for it to run right. However, A couple years ago I got my hands on a 10mm and 9mm/22TCM and they ran mostly fine. The 22 TCM was tricky with cases expanding and getting stuck.

          4 hours ago
          • Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

            Mine's a traddie .45acp. Was yours partial to ball ammo? Antipathetic to hollow-points? Fussy eater all around? Magazine issues? Other? Any details appreciated.

            1 second ago
  • Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

    My original EDC was a PPK/S (.380) 7+1. Not bad, especially if you carry an extra mag. The fashion statement added some $$ to my choice, for which I offer no apology. A 7+1 9x19 EDC that is reliable and low-priced? If that's what your budget allows, I say "Go for it."

    1 day ago
  • Peter

    This is my "Chicago" gun. It is a decent piece. I prefer the G2C for non-Chicago (10 round limit) carry. I shoot it better and the wider frame is more comfortable.

    1 day ago
  • XULU

    Thanks for this information, my hands are in the small side of the spectrum, so I will go to the gun shop to try it.

    1 day ago
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