First Look: Taurus G3 & G3C TORO Handguns

posted on March 9, 2021
Taurus recently introduced the G3 and G3C TORO, a striker-fired, polymer-framed handgun with optics-ready capability in full-size and compact (G3C) versions. The new handguns are an extension of the popular G3 series now in full-size and compact variants with optics readiness. 

The G3C TORO is a compact handgun with optics-ready capability.

The current trend is for compact carry guns with the capability of adding a micro red dot, something the G3C capitalizes on with the new TORO (Taurus Optic Ready Option) slide configuration. The TORO system accommodates a variety of red dots thanks to the inclusion of multiple interchangeable mounting plates. Likewise, the full-size G3 has been around for awhile, but is now available with the TORO adapter plates. 

The G3C TORO ships with four different plates, which can be attached with four different screw sets and an L-key. The plate system works with Trijicon RMR, Noblex-Docter, Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire, Sightmark Mini, Leupold Delta Point, C-More STS2, Bushnell RXS-250, and more. The handgun ships with a slide cover plate attached.  

G3C TORO Features:  

  • Caliber: 9 mm 
  • Capacity: 10 or 12 rounds
  • Finish: Matte black/matte stainless 
  • Grip/frame: Polymer 
  • Action Type: Striker-Fired 
  • Safety: Manual and trigger, striker block, visual loaded chamber indicator 
  • Sights: Fixed white dot (front), drift adjustable serrated matte black (rear) 
  • Overall Length: 6.3 inches 
  • Overall Width: 1.2 inches 
  • Overall Height: 5.1 inches 
  • Barrel Length: 3.2 inches 
  • Weight: 22 ounces 
  • Magazines: 12-round (3) or 10-round (3)  
  • MSRP: $408.77

G3 TORO Features: 
  • Caliber: 9 mm 
  • Capacity: 10, 15, or 17 rounds 
  • Finish: Matte black/matte stainless 
  • Grip/frame: Polymer 
  • Firing System: Single action with restrike capability 
  • Action: Striker-fired 
  • Safety: Manual and trigger safety, striker block, visual loaded chamber indicator 
  • Overall Length: 7.3 inches 
  • Overall Width: 1.2 inches 
  • Overall Height: 5.2 inches 
  • Barrel Length: 4 inches 
  • Magazines included: 10 rounds (2) and 15 rounds (2), or 15 rounds (1) and 17 rounds (1) 
  • MSRP: $408.77



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