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Taurus 24/7 G2 Review

by Steve Gash   |  December 17th, 2012 13
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The 24/7 G2’s grip angle, trigger reach and 17-round magazine capacity make for a comfortable and potent combination.

There’s no shortage of reasons for the ascendancy of polymer-frame pistols. They’re relatively light in weight, darn-near indestructible, reliable and relatively inexpensive. For years, Taurus International has offered autoloaders in various sizes, calibers and configurations to cover just about any need.

One of the best was introduced in 2011. It’s the 24/7 G2. Many of the features of previous models, notably the 800 Series and original 24/7, have been incorporated into it. There are currently 24 variations on the 24/7 G2 platform, but the one I have experience with is the full-size standard 9mm (there are compact models and .40 and .45 ACP versions as well).

The 24/7 is a handsome handgun. The grip is comfortable and has molded-in “checkering” front and back, and grooves on the sides that provide a sturdy grasp. There are memory pads on each side of the top of the grip to help promote a consistent hold for better shooting and finger-rest dimples on each side of the frame just ahead of the trigger. These provide a safe place to park your trigger finger until you’re ready to shoot.

A great feature on the 24/7 G2 is the Strike Two trigger. If a round fails to fire, just pull the trigger again until it does. There’s no need to immediately rack the slide to set the striker or clear the round.

One size definitely does not fit all, so the 24/7 G2 comes with three interchangeable inserts—small, medium and large—that allow the user to fit the grip to his (or her) hand. Just poke out a small pin in the bottom of the grip, replace the insert and reinstall the pin.

There are also raised grooves on the front of the triggerguard for those who like to wrap a finger for extra hold. The frame has ambidextrous safety and slide-release levers, and magazine-release buttons. The magazine is “drop free,” and when the release is pushed, it pops out like it’s jet propelled.

The 24/7 is loaded with safety features. The trigger has the familiar two-lever design, and the firing pin has a block that prevents the pin from going forward to strike the primer unless the trigger is in its rearmost position. These features also prevent firing if the pistol is dropped.

The 24/7 is a true double-action/single-action design. Inserting a loaded magazine and dropping the slide will ready the pistol for firing. The manual safety may be placed in the “on” position, if desired. The first shot will be in the DA mode, and subsequent shots will be SA, although the difference in trigger-pull weights is minimal, so little disruption to shooting will be encountered.

There is also a cocking indicator. When the striker is cocked (i.e., after the first shot), a small, red-tipped pin protrudes from the back of the slide, showing that the striker is cocked.

When the pistol is in the SA mode, the shooter can return the action to the DA mode by merely lowering the safety lever. This decocks the striker mechanism. The trigger will snap forward, and the cocking indicator will disappear into the slide. The safety can be placed in the “on” position in either the DA or SA mode.

Last, there is the Taurus Security System. A small key can be inserted into a hole in the right rear of the slide and turned clockwise until a click is heard. The action is now locked, and the gun cannot be fired.

The new low-profile sights are dovetailed to the slide and are the popular three-dot type. The rear is fully adjustable and was easily moved to make the 24/7 shoot where it looked. The dustcover has a two-slot Picatinny rail to which the user can attach a laser, a light (or even the LaserLyte pistol bayonet).

Disassembly is easy. First, make sure the pistol is empty and drop the magazine. Then retract the slide just 1/8 inch, and pull the disassembly latch down. Release both the slide and disassembly latch. Pull the trigger and remove the slide from the frame. Remove the recoil spring assembly from the bottom of the barrel, and lift the barrel out of the slide. To reassemble, replace the barrel and recoil spring in the slide and push the slide back onto the frame. As the slide is pushed back, the disassembly latch will pop down and you’re done.

The 24/7 G2’s 4.2-inch barrel is a good compromise between concealability and handling characteristics. Its ergonomics are very comfortable, the controls are right where they are supposed to be, and it delivered full velocities and good accuracy in our tests.

Seven factory loads representing today’s high-tech personal defense ammo and one traditional FMJ bullet were run through the 24/7 G2, and the results are shown in the accompanying chart. There was not a single malfunction of any kind during the testing. At 15 yards from a rest, all groups averaged around two inches—well within minute-of-bad-guy.

Top honors for highest velocity and best group average went to Cor-Bon’s DPX ammo. At 1,203 fps, this load produced 370 ft-lbs of muzzle energy and plunked its 115-grain Barnes PBX bullets into neat 1.22-inch groups at 15 yards. Also stellar was Federal’s 115-grain Hi-Shok Jacketed Hollow Point. At a whisker under 1,100 fps, it grouped into 1.18 inches. Federal’s 124-grain Hi-Shok Tactical JHP registered 1,031 fps and averaged 1.22 inches. Hornady’s 115-grain Critical Defense zipped along at 1,030 fps and grouped a bit over two inches. Average overall 15-yard accuracy with all loads was 1.40 inches.

The trigger pull averaged nine pounds, 61/2 ounces in the DA mode, and seven pounds, 151/2 ounces in the SA mode. These pull weights are completely reasonable, but there was considerable stacking and a gritty drag right at the end of the pull. This was a minor irritant during group testing from the bench, but of course would be of little consequence in a self-defense situation.

The loaded-chamber indicator on the slide is visible from both sides when there’s a round in the chamber, but just barely, as it is elevated only about .012 inch when the gun’s loaded, so you really have to look closely to see the red dots on each side.

But in spite of these quirks, the gun produced groups that would be competitive with just about any open-sighted pistol and was 100 percent reliable.

The pistol comes in standard or compact sizes, blue or matte stainless finishes, and in three proven defense calibers. Taurus even offers 10-round magazines for folks in jurisdictions that limit magazine capacity.

The 24/7 G2 is a viable option for those looking for a solid defensive pistol.

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The 24/7 G2 was very accurate with a variety of loads such as Federal’s 124-grain Hydra-Shok.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/robert.luther.104 Robert Luther

    I have carried one on the job for the last 10 months and love the safety features. !7 rounds is plenty but just in case I carry to spare mags ! I carry the 9mm version use double tap 124 grain +P+ 1300 FPS 474 LBS for some sure knockdown power from a 9mm

  • bhp9

    The Taurus with its manual safety is a lot more safer gun to carry than the safety-less Glock. Both guns however win no accuracy contests. Your 15 yard accuracy test is a dead giveaway as accurate pistols are tested at 25 yards not 15 yards as in your test.

  • jcwjk

    Atfer you break in the trigger the little grittiness near the tail end of the pull goes away and as far as accuracy mine shoots great groups at 25 and 50 yds. I've had mine almost two years and have more then 5000 rounds through it and it just keeps eating. G2 40

  • E.L. Stewart

    I bought a Taurus 24/7 G2 in 9mm over a year ago. I ordered two extra magazines for it in Oct 2011, so far, Taurus has told me they were on back order. If a company can't support its product, especially ordering extra accessories for it, there has to be something VERY wrong. I don't expect "back order" to take over a year. They said I would get the next magazines to come in. That was last December (2011). Do they expect me to believe they have had no mags for their product in over a YEAR? I will buy no more Taurus. Post this, if you post the truth.

    • old vet

      There is something fishy here, I tried to order a couple of over priced mags for my PT1911 , no luck. fortunately it will take any 1911 mag. nice pistol, they just don't seam able to supply their own accessories. Shame.

      • joe

        buds gun supply .com

    • Cam

      just about all of the companies are like that at the moment.

  • reyndl

    I bought the 24/7 G2 40 cal. in March 2012 and when I fired it the first time the shell hit me in my right eye put my safety glasses on real quick and I put 2 magazines through it and all the shells were hitting me in my fore head or going over my shoulder sent it back to Taurus and when I got it back about every 3rd shell would hang up on ejection and the shells were still not ejecting the way they should sent it back to Taurus in Sept. 2012 and when I checked their web sit the message kep stating parts on order so in Dec. I called them and complained that 3 months was a little long for waiting parts they agreed and sent me a new pistol and it works very well would recommend this pistol to anyone.

  • broncofan

    i just bought one used 9mm cmopact!!! let me know anything good r bad about it plz! thank

  • brendan

    Will remmington fmj 9mm luger work well with this pistol?

    • USMC

      I use it all the time in this exact model and it fires without a hiccup.

  • superhawk47r

    I purchased my daughter a Smith and Wesson sw9ve, 9mm pistol. After trying many times to sight it in. It continually shot low and to the right. Way low. All Smith could tell me is to start filing down the front sight. Which I was no going to do considerating that this gun was brand new and I felt that smith should be a better gun than that. I sold it and I purchased her a tauras g2, 9mm, compact. The gun out of the box shot better than the smith ever did an still. After a little tweeking. The gun shoots great. The money for each gun was approx. the same. But the Taurus has adjustable rear sites, which the smith did not. Far superior weapon than the Smith.

  • KUSh Smoker

    i got 2 of these there not bad i rather the ak47 hahahhaha

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