Announced this year as the latest entry in their line of budget pistol, the Taurus G3 represents a decent option if you are looking for a reliable duty pistol that is available at an affordable price.
Taurus is well-known for producing reliable firearms on a budget. Since 2013 especially, the company has put a significant effort into crafting reliable and well-made firearms that can be had for a low cost.
The G3 represents the next step for Taurus in delivering a quality budget pistol to civilians, and it has already sold well.
In this article, we’ll dive into the history and the primary features of the new G3 pistol.
History of the Taurus G3
The Taurus G3 is the full size version of the G3C, which itself is simply a slightly modified G2C and stems its history to the Taurus Millennium Pro series of pistols.
In 2013, Taurus unveiled the second generation of the Millennium Pro called the Millennium Pro G2, which quickly gained a reputation for being much more ergonomic and reliable than the prior generation. Taurus followed it up with the G2C, which was the same pistol only without the safety lock mechanism on the slide.
This year, Taurus released an updated G2C called the G3C, and along with it, a full sized edition called the G3. As we will soon see, the features of the G3 are virtually identical to that of the G3C, only now it’s available in a full sized package with a larger magazine capacity.
Features and Specs of the Taurus G3
Just like the Taurus G3C, the G3 features a double restrike capability. Most striker fired pistols lack this capability, so the fact that a budget pistol like the G3 features it is pretty cool. The restrike capability means that if the primer falls on a live round and fails to fire, you can pull the trigger again in an attempt to fire the round.
In contrast, most other pistols would require you to rack the slide to eject the round. In a life or death situation, having this double restrike capability could realistically safe your life if the first trigger pull fails to fire the round.
Taurus claims the G3 has a trigger pull weight of just 6 pounds, which puts it in roughly the same field as the Glock or Smith & Wesson M&P. The G3 features a thumb mounted safety lever, along with loaded chamber view port over the top of the slide. Also like the G3C, the G3 features aggressive stippling on the grip to make it less likely to move around in your hands in wet or slippery conditions.
The G3 is available in two primary versions: a carbon steel version with a matte blued slide, or a stainless steel slide. Between the two, the carbon steel version is cheaper, but the stainless steel edition is far more rust and corrosion resistant.
Taurus G3 Specs:
- Country of Origin: Brazil
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Magazine Capacity: 15 rounds
- Height: 5.2 inches
- Width: 1.2 inches
- Barrel Length: 4 inches
- Overall Length: 7.28 inches
- Weight: 24.83 ounces
All in all, the Taurus G3 represents a solid choice if you are looking for a full duty 9mm pistol that is both reliable and available on a budget. If anything, you could buy both the G3 and the G3C, giving you a full size and compact version of the same pistol.