Taurus CT9G2 and CT40G2 pistol-caliber carbines
Side by side with the SMT9 and SMT40 submachine guns, Forjas Taurus took the opportunity to also develop pistol-caliber semi-auto carbines based on the same basic design, designated CT9G2 (Carbine Taurus 9mm Generation 2) and CT40G2 (in .40 S&W), initially targeting the U.S. and international markets, and, at a later stage, the Brazilian LE sector. Prototypes and pre-series examples were ready by 2011, having been widely promoted during Brazil’s LAAD Defense Exhibition in April of that year and also appearing in successive SHOT Shows. The guns were subsequently available in the U.S. market mainly in the 9x19mm chambering, while they were sold in the local market under new designations (CTG29 and CTG240) created by Taurus International MFG, Inc., Miami, Fla. For the record, an additional and much commented .45ACP variant (CT2G45?) never reached the shops and, to my knowledge, no prototypes were actually made.
Back in 2011, the Brazilian company was very busy in its Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, facilities. Parallel with their .40 S&W submachine gun, then designated MT40G2, the Taurus design guys were making two semi-auto carbine versions specifically aimed at the LE market and, thus, featuring such items as foldable stocks, flash hiders, and 30-round magazines. They were expected to be offered both in short (200mm) and long (412mm) barrel variants, respectively designated CT40G2 C (Compact) and CT40G2 L (long). The longer type was played around for some time, but actual production was carried out for the short model, only, later redesignated CTT40 C.
Other than the American market, the Taurus CT9G2 was also commercialized in additional places, Brazil excluded, Europe in particular, where the carbines were – and, in fact, still are – available in 9x19mm and 9x21mm chambering. The latter round (not to be confused with the more powerful Russian 9x21mm “Gyurza”) was originally created by IMI in Israel for countries that have restrictions to the use of “military” ammo by civilians. While researching on this, Hrachya was kind enough to tell me that weapons in this chambering are frequently advertised in Ukrainian web stores and that their local designation is “karabin” Taurus CT9G2 30S.
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December 5, 2017 at 05:00AM