If you’re looking for a quality compact concealment pistol that is also affordable, you’ll want to take a close look at the Taurus G3C. Always known as a budget gun maker, Taurus has undergone a significant transformation period over the last few years in an attempt to go from making guns widely regarded as cheaply made to well-made guns that are still available at a low cost.
The next iteration from the previous Taurus G2C, the G3C has proven to be quite successful for Taurus, and there are many OWB holsters and IWB holsters available for the G3C as well. Many people have been drawn to both the G2C and the G3C for their low cost and good reliability.
In this article, we’ll dive into the evolution and features of the Taurus G3C 9mm pistol.
History of the Taurus G3C
The history of the Taurus G3C begins with the Taurus Millennium Pro series, which was introduced in the 2000s as a compact series of pistols in a variety of calibers.
As discussed above, Taurus previously made guns that were known for serious reliability and quality issues. Beginning around 2013, the company sought to renovate itself into building quality firearms while still offering them at an affordable price point.
As part of that renovation, Taurus produced an updated Millennium G2 Pro, which was significantly redesigned from the original Millennium. The new Millennium G2 had much-improved ergonomics, and most notably, much better reliability. In fact, the Millennium G2 Pro sold very well and played a significant role in boosting Taurus’s reputation.
A few years later, Taurus introduced the G2C, which was identical to the Millennium G2 only without a safety lock feature on the pistol. This year, Taurus introduced the G3C, an updated version of the G2C, in addition to a full-sized model called the G3.
Features of the Taurus G3C
The new Taurus G3C honestly is not all that different from the Taurus G2C. It has the same basic profile, the same features, and accepts the same magazines. The main differences are the addition of the serrations on the front of the slide. It also eliminates the loaded chamber indicator that would flip up on the top of the slide on past Millennium Pro pistols. Instead, a notch in the top of the slide allows you to peek in to see if there is a round in the chamber.
As with the G2C, the G3C lacks the safety lock feature that was present on prior iterations of the Millennium Pro pistol. It features a frame-mounted thumb safety, as well as a Glock-style blade safety on the front of the trigger that must be depressed when the trigger is pulled in order for the gun to fire.
Unlike most striker-fired pistols, the G3C features a double restrike capability. This means if you pull the trigger and the gun clicks empty (even if there is a round in the chamber) rather than rack the slide to eject the round you can pull the trigger again to hopefully allow the round to go off. This can be a highly desirable feature in a life-or-death defensive situation.
Specs of the Taurus G3C:
- Country of Origin: Brazil
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Capacity: 12 rounds
- Width: 1.2 ounces
- Weight: 22 ounces
- Barrel Length: 3.2 inches
- Overall Length: 6.3 inches
- Height: 5.1 inches
All in all, the Taurus G3C is an excellent option for a quality and yet budget-priced compact pistol that will be small enough for you to easily conceal carry every day.