Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Taurus PT-111 Millennium G2

My  previous article about the Taurus PT-111 Millennium G2 generated a lot of questions to me about the gun and a lot of responses about past Taurus guns that had problems.  All brands of guns have problems and recalls.  I just reported what I see on this particular model.  I have no problem carrying this firearm for self defense nor in letting my wife carry it.  The more I shoot it the more I like it.  I have included another link to a review done by Shooting Illustrated and you can google up lots of other reviews.  I hope this gun is an example of what we can expect from Taurus in the future.  In the end you put up your money and pick the weapon you have confidence in, this time I just didn't have to put up as much money.  Wild Ed

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Taurus PT-111 G2 9mm Sub-Compact One Heck of a Bargain

I have been hearing some impressive things about a compact carry pistol made by Taurus.  I had looked at one at Academy Sports and at the time it was priced around $300.00.  It was impressive then but not that much less expensive than a S&W or Glock so I did not get one.  I got an email with some really good deals on ammo and guns the other day.  One of them was a Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 in 9mm for $199.99, that clinched the deal and I had to have one.  So with shipping, taxes and paperwork fee a compact carry pistol out the door for under $249.00. After getting the gun and shooting it I am even more impressed than ever.  The ergonomics of the grip make the little 12 round compact 9mm very shootable and it seems to point right where you look.  The factory stippling on the grips just feels good in the hand.  In just a few shots to learn the trigger I was busting fist size rocks out to twenty yards with the little gun. For those of you that want a little more power than standard 9mm the pistol is approved for Plus P ammo.  The only negative I found is loading the magazines as they are very hard to load with the tight springs.  I am now using a mag loader assist and suggest you get one to load tight new magazines.  The stiff new magazine springs may be easier to load after some use and break in time.  My wife also shot the little compact and was very impressed with the perceived recoil compared to other pistols she had carrying and the grip fit her hand very well.  I have a feeling she will be carrying it in the near future.  For the money this pistol is a real winner in a reasonably priced carry pistol that competes with or exceeds guns that cost a whole lot more. It also makes me feel a lot more comfortable about carrying a firearm that if something happened to it would not break the bank.
Wild Ed

Here are a few links to reviews by different shooters on YouTube for you to watch and below that are the factory specs on the pistol.

Action: Single Action, Double Action Semi-Automatic • Finish: Matte Black • Barrel: 3.2" • Sights: Fixed front, Adjustable Rear • Magazine(s): 2 - 12rd • Grips: Polymer • Weight: 22 oz. • Overall Length: 6.24" • MSRP: $301.52

 With its lightweight 22 oz. polymer frame, thin profile, and ramped 3.2 inch barrel, the newly designed Millennium G2 is the ideal concealed carry handgun. The Millennium G2 features an accessory rail, high-profile sights, an aggressive, textured grip and melted edges for added comfort and easy concealment.

 Taurus Security System (TSS)s
 Taurus family of semi-auto pistols now feature the Taurus Security System, which provides instant-ready defense with built-in ability to secure your pistol and make it inoperable at the turn of a key. When the Security System is engaged, the pistol cannot be fired or cocked and the gun's manual safety cannot be disengaged. As with our revolver Security System, the device is part of the firearm and cannot be lost, and the same special Security Key works for both the revolver and pistol Systems (two keys come with each gun). To engage: simply insert the Key into the button on the rear or side of the pistol and rotate one-quarter turn clockwise. This engages the Security System. The manual safety cannot be moved and the trigger cannot be pulled. To disengage: simply rotate the key one-quarter turn back. This releases the Security System, yet leaves the pistol's manual safety in the "safe" position until you are ready to release it yourself and fire the gun.

 Loaded Chamber Indicator
 Taurus provides a loaded chamber indicator on all new compact, medium and large frame pistols. As with all Taurus safety and security innovations, the indicator in no way interferes with the operation of your pistol and is provided at no extra cost, but gives you an "at-a-glance" verification that there is a round in the chamber. When a round is in the chamber, the ejector pops out of the slide, exposing a red strip just behind the ejection port. While any loaded chamber indicator is no substitute for common sense and safe firearm handling, it is one more example of Taurus' commitment to outstanding firearms.

Model: 111G2  
Finish: Blue  
Caliber: 9 mm  
Capacity: 12 +1    
Weight: 22 oz.  
Barrel Length: 3.2"  
Frame: Compact  
Action: SA/DA  
Front Sight: Fixed  
Length: 6.24"  
Safety: Loaded Chamber Indicator, Manual Safety, Manual Safety, Taurus Security System, Trigger safety
Rear Sight: Adjustable- 2 Dots
MSRP:  $301.52   


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Barbecue Guns

A friend of mine, Floyd Self, is owner, proprietor and general flunky of Lometa Firearms.  If you have never been to the thriving metropolis of Lometa (population of 901 in the last census) you need to make a trip some time just to visit the Lometa Firearms shop and if you go on a Friday you can stop in at the Rocking K for the fried catfish special.  Floyd has a pretty good inventory of guns and ammo but he can also custom order just about anything that you would want or do a firearm transfer for you.  I have been doing business there and sending my friends for a couple of years. And then Lometa is only seven miles away from me on the back roads. Floyd recently sent me an interesting article about the history of Texas Barbecue Guns and I obtained his permission to print it here for your enjoyment.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Wild Ed

Barbecue Guns?  What the heck are those?
Most Yankees want to be cowboys don’t know it, but the term barbecue gun was coined many years ago to poke fun at them as they tried to impress the real working people of the West.
Back in the 1900’s a firearm in the Southwestern United States and territories was a tool, not a show piece.  A lot of men and some women wore a side arm daily, especially if you were a cowboy, a lawman or had a job securing something like a stage coach, it’s cargo, a dry good store or a home with no one but the kids and wife around  much of the time.  Thieves and most Indians would take anything and anybody they could, from cattle to the strong box and jewelry found on the stage as well as the coach passengers or homesteader family.
If a person could afford a backup gun and holster known as a “rig” these backup rigs were usually nicer than the everyday tool rig he or she wore to work everyday.  These backup rigs were called Sunday guns or church guns for special occasions just like a nice suit and hat would have been.  They were worn to funerals, public gatherings and about anywhere  nice attire was expected.
Why wear a gun to church, a funeral or a school play?  The West was wild and safety was never certain.  Outlaws, bandits even Indian raids took advantage of such White man gatherings.  Smart people kept  their protection tool close at hand all the time or suffer grave consequences..
Yankee businessmen  came West as lawyers, real estate speculators, bankers, saloon operators and railroad executives, they tended to strap on a side arm and don the western hat so as to fit in with the natives.
To go with their fancy suits and shoes, they thought a fancy side arm would give them prestige and notoriety.  Although many of them never loaded their guns or knew how to use them, they carried their plated, engraved and fancy handled side arms eager to flash them to anyone that would look their way.
At public gatherings such as a community barbecue, where better to show off their glitter, thus the “Barbecue Gun” was born in jest.  The side arms and their owners were quite conspicuous and soon became the butt of jokes about their gaudy, ridiculous  looking side arms.  Hence the term “barbecue gun” was coined because everyone that really used guns daily knew those ornaments would never be used except to showboat at public affairs where a lot of people would see them.
An old friend of mine that still ranches in Brewster County Texas mention to me that when he saw one of those dudes with the gold plated side arm with ivory grips, the dude also carried a little embroidered hanky so he could wipe his gun down about every 20 minutes and then he would also dust off his boot shoes with it.
He said  the pistols reminded him of the side arms the cops in Mexico use to wear with the faux ivory grips and eagle heads carved in them with  generous globs of impure silver an fake gold sticking to the guns.
I guess those would be  pistolas parrillada
Floyd Self