I have a Taurus Millennium G2 PT111 in my collection as well. Got it as a cheap CCW option a long time back when the talk about defensive shooting focused on using a “throw away gun”, since the Police will take it and you won’t see it again for years. I even carried it for quite awhile, though I now carry a S&W Shield these days due to the skinnier profile (less bulk and far more comfortable to carry).
Anyway, I hadn’t done a lot of shooting with it. Sure, I ran several mags through it after the purchase, but nothing really formal. A local Frontsight instructor was putting on a weekend CCW class and I like to go to a basic defensive handgun class at least annually just to make someone else force me to work on my shooting skills. I figured I would take the Taurus so I could put a few hundred rounds through it since it had so little trigger time.
So, there we are, lined up on the fresh morning targets at 5 yards doing the usual preparations before going live fire for the first time. I have a couple guys on each side of me with full size autos in 45ACP and 10mm. I pull out my little 9mm Taurus. There are a few chuckles. One guy says, “we’ll see if that little thing can last the whole day.”
Pair to the chest, make ready. A few rustles and then silence. Beep.
Taurus comes out easily and makes the first bang on the whole line. Two perfect holes an inch apart, dead center A zone. My second shot is finished before any of the “big boys” with 45s and 10s get their first shot off. I noted a couple “quizzical” sideways glances in my peripheral vision as we are holstering.
Again, make ready. Beep. Same thing. Now I have 4 holes practically touching in the center of the A zone and both times I’m finishing my 2nd shot before any of these guys get their first. I glance left and right to see big holes spread all over their cardboard.
A couple more glances and then silence.
At the first break, two of these big guys with hand cannons started asking me for advice about various shooting things. Not one more disparaging word was said about the little Taurus the rest of the day. And it ran perfectly, all day long.
The point… Don’t judge a man by the brand or caliber he’s carrying that day. He might just take a little $200 pea-shooter and put your fancy $1200 hand-cannon to shame.