First Look: Taurus G3X Pistol

Taurus expands its G3 line of handguns with the G3X.

posted on February 12, 2022
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Taurus is known for making handguns for defense, hunting, and sport shooting, and now, with the introduction of the new G3X 9 mm pistol, the company is meeting requests from customers for a comfortable, high-performance carry pistol.

The new Taurus G3X represents a design blend of two of Taurus’ recent semi-auto pistols—the G3 full-size 9mm and the G3C compact 9 mm. In listening to consumer input on the company’s popular G3 and G3C handguns, Taurus saw the need for a pistol that is both slim and easily concealed in the spirit of the Taurus G3C yet features higher capacity and a more substantial grip length for shooters with larger hands or who simply prefer a fuller grip without giving up EDC comfort or concealability.

The result of this feedback is the new Taurus G3X in 9 mm. The G3X is built on a similar full-size frame as the G3, with a grip width of 1.1 inches and an overall height of 5.2 inches with the included 15-round magazine. For those needed even more rounds, the pistol is compatible with Taurus G3 17 rounds magazines.

The grip of the G3X is a blend of ergonomics and functionality, with a backstrap contour and aggressive stippling that provides the shooter with maximum control and retention under any shooting condition. At 6.5 inches, the Taurus G3X is more than three-quarters of an inch shorter than the G3, putting it on par with the compact G3C model and offering a lower profile for concealed carry.

Despite its shorter length compared to the full-size Taurus G3, the new G3X can use the  G3 and G3C T.O.R.O. slide kits. The latter is a great upgrade option that is available through Taurus USA for those who wish to install a red-dot optic. The T.O.R.O. system features an optic cut with assorted mounting plates that are compatible with common aftermarket electro-optics. The Taurus G3X also comes with a dovetail cut for the rear sight, allowing consumers to install popular aftermarket tritium night sights for enhanced low light performance.

Taurus G3X Specifications

Caliber: 9 mm
Magazine capacity: 15 Rounds
Magazines included: 2 (compatible with Taurus G3 17 rounds magazines)
Action type: Striker-fired, single action only with restrike capability
Front sight: Fixed white dot steel
Rear sight: Serrated drift adjustable
Safety: Bladed trigger safety, firing pin block
Frame size: Compact w/lengthened grip
Frame material: Polymer
Slide material: Matte stainless steel
Slide finish: Black Tennifer
Barrel length: 3.2 inches
Overall length: 6.3 inches
Width: 1.2 inches
Height: 5.2 inches (with 15-round magazine)
Weight: 22.6 ounces  (with 15-round magazine)
MSRP: $342.98

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