Thereâ€™s no shortage of reasons for the ascendancy of polymer-frame pistols. Theyâ€™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. Itâ€™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 â€ścheckeringâ€ť 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 youâ€™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. Thereâ€™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 insertsâ€”small, medium and largeâ€”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 â€śdrop free,â€ť and when the release is pushed, it pops out like itâ€™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 â€śonâ€ť 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 â€śonâ€ť 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 youâ€™re done.
The 24/7 G2â€™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 todayâ€™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 inchesâ€”well within minute-of-bad-guy.
Top honors for highest velocity and best group average went to Cor-Bonâ€™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 Federalâ€™s 115-grain Hi-Shok Jacketed Hollow Point. At a whisker under 1,100 fps, it grouped into 1.18 inches. Federalâ€™s 124-grain Hi-Shok Tactical JHP registered 1,031 fps and averaged 1.22 inches. Hornadyâ€™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 thereâ€™s a round in the chamber, but just barely, as it is elevated only about .012 inch when the gunâ€™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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