Taurus firearms have long interested me. Decades ago, I owned a 4″ Taurus revolver in .357 which was a reasonable clone of a S&W M-56. I purchased the thing not because I was a Taurus fanboy – I’d have preferred an actual S&W – but because I was on an exceedingly tight budget. Army Spec-4s made little money back in 1983. They still don’t.
However, I found the Taurus dependable and accurate, with a blued finish that held up surprisingly well.
Nowadays, Taurus is no longer content to merely produce clones. Indeed, they produce a line of handguns that are unique, such as the highly regarded Judge revolver. Since the shooting public has a voracious appetite for polymer-framed, high-capacity pistols, Taurus has entered this market as well. I recently had a chance to examine and shoot Taurus’ 24/7 G2, chambered in caliber .45 ACP.
The reader should understand I have something of a bias against pistols not made by major manufacturers such as Colt, Springfield Armory, Smith & Wesson, Heckler & Koch, Glock, etc. This stems from 27 years of police service where “second-tier” pistols were disallowed for carry. But in retrospect, such pistols were banned from duty use not necessarily because of low quality or reliability, but because it is notoriously difficult to find duty-style holsters for them.
The specimen 24/7 G2 I handled and shot had been lightly fired by a friend who purchased it primarily as a home-defense gun, and as a CCW gun during winter months. This pistol isn’t quite as massive as a Glock 21 … but almost. Anyone wishing to carry it discretely during summer months would have a difficult time.
Yet, with its stainless-steel slide and polymer frame, this pistol is ideally suited – apart from its girth – for concealed carry. Surfaces are nicely beveled to reduce snagging, and the hooked trigger guard found on so many combat pistols has been replaced on the 24/7 with a normal, curved, smooth trigger guard. Dry weight, however, is a bit more than the Glock 21 (28 oz versus 26.29 oz for the G21). Taurus seems to have attempted to make the pistol a bit lighter by adding an angled bevel the length of the slide. Even so, this is a massive pistol.
Grips on the piece has adequately aggressive texturing. Sights consist of an adjustable 3-dot system. Magazine capacity is 12 + 1. The grip, while not as fat as on a Glock, is longer. Those rounds have to go somewhere, after all. But this conspires to make the pistol that much less concealable. Fit and finish are acceptable.
Taurus has designed an odd variant of the striker-fired action for this pistol, referred to as a “striker-fired DA/SA system”. What this means is, while the pistol has no external hammer, it feels as though it does. The first shot is as creepy and heavy as on any double/single action pistol, with follow-on shots somewhat less so. A frame-mounted decocker takes the system back to quasi-double-action mode. There is also a trigger safety, as is found on other striker-fired pistols. However, given Taurus’ apparent attempt to mimic a double/single action semiauto pistol, a trigger safety seems redundant and unnecessary.
This arrangement would be beneficial should the shooter get a round of ammo in the chamber with a heavy primer. On typical polymer-framed, striker-fired pistols, the only option open to the shooter is to rack the slide, eject the bad round and bring up a new one. With the Taurus, the shooter can simply pull the trigger again … and again … and again until either the round goes “boom!”, or the shooter opts to discard the round by racking the slide. However, in my experience, heavy primers – even with handloads – are pretty rare.
Ergonomically, the pistol felt good in my hands, so I was anxious to see how it shot.
The heaviness of the trigger, particularly that first, double-action shot, was disappointing. After a couple of magazines worth of ball ammo to get the feel of the thing, I was able to produce a 2″ group at 7 yards, which opened up to about 5.5″ at 15 yards. Considering the decent sights and sight radius, the 4.2″ barrel, and the seeming tightness of the lockup, groups about half those sizes should have been possible. I must attribute this middling performance to the trigger. On the plus side, trigger reset was crisp and short.
My friend and I each fired about a hundred rounds through the 24/7 G2, and experienced not one single malfunction. Stripping, cleaning and reassembly were a breeze.
Despite its peccadilloes, this is a pretty good pistol.But while this is a good pistol, it is not a superb one. Considering the 24/7 G2 has a price tag (MSRP: $555) close to that of polymer guns which have superior actions, I can’t see it being terribly competitive in the marketplace.
Hopefully, Taurus will re-think the ignition system. Given their history of innovation and quality, I have every confidence they will.