Taurus announced the release of the company's first full-size G-series pistol in mid-2019, bringing the next generation of the company's polymer pistols to the market in the form of the G3 semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9 mm.
For the last several years, the Taurus G2c has been one of the best-selling handguns on the market, thanks to an affordable price combined with a number of carry-ready features built into the design, including improved ergonomics, ease-of-operation and a design that's oriented toward reliability and dependability. Since the G2c series debut, consumers and dealers have been asking for a 4-inch barrel version of this innovative pistol. Those calls have now been answered with the release of the new Taurus G3.
The G3 continues the polymer-frame profile of the G2c but in a full-frame configuration. Highlights include stippling patches across the grip for maximum control and retention in any shooting condition, an ergonomic palm swell and side-frame Memory Pads that provide quick, positive and repeatable hand positioning.The frame also incorporates an integrated Picatinny rail. A manual safety and slide-release lever are optimally positioned above the thumb for easy manipulation.
Another element of the G3 that's been enhanced above previous generations is the 6-pound trigger. It is designed with a smooth take-up and a crisp, clean break. A short reset promotes quick, controlled follow-up shots. Unlike most single-action firing systems, the G3 offers second-strike capability.
Although full-frame in size, the G3's profile makes it well-suited for concealed carry. Uniform beveling along the front of the slide and frame combined with a steep contoured bevel along the back of the slide minimize clothing snags. Front and rear machined serrations along the slide ensure a no-slip grip for cartridge chambering and slide manipulation. Additional slide features include a drift-adjustable rear sight, loaded chamber indicator, steel guide rod and spring assembly, and the choice of carbon-steel or stainless-steel finish.
The Taurus G3 comes in six different models, offering different options in slide finish and magazine capacities (two 10-round mags, two 15-round mags, or one 15- and one 17-round mag), with MSRPs of $345.23 or $360.70, depending on the model configuration.