Why the Taurus PT140 Millenium G2 in .40 S&W should be your EDC handgun
by Mike Garman
Everyday carry (EDC) is a hot topic today. EDC is what you carry everyday and this includes things like a phone, wallet, knife and of course a hand gun. For quite a number of years my everyday carry weapon has been the Khar CW40 pistol in .40 S&W. It is small and compact and easy to conceal but limited to 7-rounds. But more is always better, so that is where the Taurus PT140 Millennium G2 comes in. With the help of Eric at Arizona House of Guns I was able to get the latest version to test.
This version is the second generation of the PT140 and it is a huge improvement over the first version, being it is more ergonomic with an outstanding fit and finish. It comes with a 10 round +1 double stack magazine, and a loaded chamber indicator that gives you immediate verification that there is a round in the chamber. It weighs in at 27 ounces, has an overall length of less than six inches, and with a 3.2 inch barrel it is very easy to conceal. I’ve carried it every day for the past few weeks and have found it very comfortable to carry in a belt slide holster.
Like a lot of guns the Taurus PT140 has a polymer frame with a steel upper and loaded with other features like a fully adjustable rear sight, manual safety, and a rail for light or a laser. The grips are nicely textured and have a spot on the grip and frame that is a natural place to rest your thumb and trigger finger. It also has a loaded chamber indicator with I really like, located on the top of the slide it is a visual and tactile indication that there is a round chambered. The PT140 comes with two magazines that have an extension for your finger to rest on. I found that the magazine release is very easy to reach with my thumb and that an empty magazine practically flies out when released making combat reloads very easy.
Take down of the PT140 is much like a Glock with two small levers that must be pulled down to release the slide, if you have a Glock you’ll understand what I mean. Once disassembled you’ll find that the frame weighs practically nothing and all of the weight is in the barrel and slide. Internally it’s a lot like a Glock, which is means that it will probably run forever without a lot of problems.
Shooting the PT140 is pretty much what you’d expect for a small frame handgun in .40 S&W. The recoil is pretty stout, I found it manageable but a female friend didn’t like it; her chief complaint was that the stippling on the grip hurt her hand. The trigger has a lot of slack; it seems to take forever for before the trigger break but when it does its nice and clean. I’ve noticed that the trigger seems to tighten up just before it breaks; reset is very short and Fred Mastison of Force Options recommended disassembling the PT140 and looking for any burs on the trigger group then using a jeweler’s polish to remove them.
Overall the Taurus PT140 G2 makes an excellent everyday carry gun that is easily concealable. While chambered in the potent .40 S&W, it’s not going to be for everyone, but for those that do, it is an excellent choice for an EDC pistol.
The Taurus PT140 Millennium G2 comes in all blue like our test gun or with a stainless upper. It has an MSRP of $301 or $316 for the stainless version, both of which are very affordable.