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.

    To comply with the U.S. regulations, the CTs were marketed with a fixed polymer skeletonized stock, non-threaded 412mm barrel, and proprietary 10-round magazines. They’re no longer available from Taurus.

    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.

    A comparative view of an MT40G2 subgun (also, CT40G2 C) and the long-barrel CT40G2 L semi-auto carbine, both in .40 S&W. Increased sight radius of the latter might come in handy for accuracy purposes at longer ranges, but who’d be firing that round at distant targets?

    This photo shows a CT40G2 L carbine with the polymer stock folded to the right side, reducing the gun’s length from 884 to 678mm. Weapons for LE use would come fitted with a flash hider and have dedicated 30-round magazines.

    This prototype gun of late-2011 shows the use of a Taurus PT840 polymer frame pistol as a basis for a long-barrel .40 S&W carbine. The stock fitted is somewhat re-shaped and, apparently, non-folding. Ever heard about that?

    Underside view of the same uncompleted test gun showing how the pistol frame fitted the aluminum receiver (stock not in place). Smooth polymer hand guard had a short Picattiny rail in the 6 o’clock position.

    This CT40G2L carbine on display during the LAAD 2011 Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro was fitted with a Taurus LT 37/38mm (aka LTG2) anti-riot grenade launcher under the hand guard. However, neither weapon reached full production status.

    A partially stripped 9x19mm CT9G2 carbine, as commercialized in the United States from 2012 or so.

    A CT9G2 fitted with a non-Taurus flash hider and different sights on the top rail. (Image source: www.taurusarmed.net)

    This highly-modified CT9G2 received a 40-round Argentine FMK3 subgun magazine, a Tapco T6 adjustable stock, a shortened fore grip with Magpul rails, a Hogue AR-15 pistol grip, a Magpul AFG-2 forward grip, and an Eotech 512 sight. Phew! (Image source: www.taurusarmed.net)

    A foldable-stock modification to a CT9G2, which has received an Ergo grip, foldable Chinese MBUS sights, and a (cheap?) red-dot sight. (Images source: www.taurusarmed.net)

    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.

    Typically, the CT9G2 30S comes with a flash hider and a curved 30-round magazine, the very same of the Taurus SMT9 submachine gun. Yep, the 9×19 and 9x21mm rounds have the same external dimensions although the latter’s case is 2mm longer. They are ballistically very similar, the “ 9mm Parabellum” bullet being about 10% faster when it leaves the gun’s muzzle.

    This modified CT9G2 30S has received an SMT9 subgun folding stock and a long quad-rail handguard that goes all the way to the muzzle, no flash-hider fitted. Length in the configuration shown is about 500mm. (Image source: 7-62.com.ua)

    Higher-res pics: https://imgur.com/a/GD9Sn

    Ronaldo Olive

    Ronaldo is a long-time (starting in the 1960s) Brazilian writer on aviation, military, LE, and gun subjects, with articles published in local and international (UK, Switzerland, and U.S.) periodicals. His vast experience has made him a frequent guest lecturer and instructor in Brazil’s armed and police forces.