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Taurus Millennium, an affordable carry gun at Cabela's

Taurus Millennium, an affordable carry gun

Author: Dan Carlson

For several years I'd carried a Daewoo DH380 in .380 ACP as my primary concealed carry pistol. Once the standard sidearm of South Korean law enforcement agencies and imported by Kimber, it was basically a less expensive version of the venerable Walther PPK. Though a good firearm, it lacked the hitting power and penetration that I wanted from a pistol I might have to trust my life to, and its 8-round capacity left a bit to be desired. But I was on a tight budget. After some research, I purchased a Taurus Millennium Pro PT111 in 9mm.

Taurus Millennium
The first revolver I ever purchased was a Taurus clone of a Smith & Wesson model, but it cost half as much. That was back in the early 1980s. I still have and use that revolver. It's reliable and accurate. Brazil-based Taurus has a reputation for standing behind its products, and my brother-in-law owns a Millennium pistol in .40 S&W that he's pleased with, so those factors played into my decision. My online research showed that buying a Millennium pistol was a love it or hate it proposition. It gets very mixed reviews. But I'd also read that Taurus had addressed some of the early problems encountered in the Millennium line and now sells the design as the Millennium Pro. With a price tag of just over $300, the Taurus would only set me back about $30 after my .380 trade-in, so I went for it.
The Millennium Pro is a very compact and lightweight pistol that offers 12+1 capacity in the 9mm model and 10+1 capacity in .40 S&W and .45 ACP. I opted for the 9mm because I already own pistols in the two other calibers and the 9mm is a considerable step up in power from the .380. At just under 19 oz. the PT111 is a joy to carry. With a 3-1/4" barrel, width at just over an inch and overall length a tad more than 6", it can be easily concealed if you have a permit to legally do so.

Taurus Millennium
Constructed of a rugged polymer and steel, the key to the Millennium Pro's great feel for a shooter with medium to small hands lies in the extra little bit of room afforded for holding onto the pistol by the rest for the little finger of the shooter's hand on the base of the magazine. Had Taurus not included that little feature, the pistol would be more difficult to control, but with it the gun handles extremely well.
Sights are Heinie "Straight Eights" which, unlike other pistol sights that use a dot system aimed at the six-o-clock position of the bullseye, are a "dead-on" sight system where you align the front dot with the center of the target and form what looks like an "8" with the front dot atop the rear one. It's a sight picture that takes some getting used to, but works well once you do.

Taurus Millennium
Readers know that I don't like standard industry accuracy tests for handguns where shots are off a rest at 25 yards. First off, you may have a lot of explaining to do to police if you shoot at someone that far away. Secondly, crooks don't stop and pose at 25 yards for you to shoot. Third, most incidents in which a handgun is used for self-defense involve shots at a range of less than 10 feet. So I test defense handguns at 10 paces, shooting offhand (without a rest). My Millennium Pro put 24 rounds (two clips) into a 4" cluster around the bullseye using two brands of 115-grain FMJ 9mm ammo consistently. With more practice I expect that will tighten up considerably. I had one jam during my initial test session that I attribute to my failure to properly load the magazine, and it was quickly cleared.
For those seeking a light, compact personal defense pistol, the Taurus Millennium Pro PT111 is worthy of consideration.
"For more information or to see the Taurus Millennium Pro PT111 in 9mm, please visit your nearest Cabela's retail store gun counter."