Shooting Illustrated | First Look: Taurus G3 & G3C TORO Handguns

Taurus recently introduced the G3 and G3C TORO, a striker-fired pistol with a polymer frame and optics-ready function in full and compact (G3C) versions. The new handguns are an extension of the popular G3 series, now in large and compact versions with optical readiness.

The G3C TORO is a compact pistol with an optical function.

The current trend is towards compact carrying pistols with the ability to add a micro red dot, which the G3C takes advantage of with the new TORO slide configuration (Taurus Optic Ready Option). Thanks to several interchangeable mounting plates, the TORO system offers space for a large number of red points. Likewise, the full-size G3 has been around for a while, but is now available with the TORO adapter plates.

The G3C TORO comes with four different plates that can be attached with four different sets of screws 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 gun comes with a sliding cover plate attached.

G3C TORO features:

  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Capacity: 10 or 12 rounds
  • Finish: matt black / matt rust made of stainless steel
  • Handle / frame: polymer
  • Action Type: Striker Fired
  • Safety: manual and trigger, striking block, optically loaded chamber display
  • Sights: Fixed white dot (front), drift-adjustable jagged matt 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 rounds (3) or 10 rounds (3)
  • MSRP: $ 408.77

G3 TORO features:

  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Capacity: 10, 15 or 17 rounds
  • Finish: matt black / matt rust made of stainless steel
  • Handle / frame: polymer
  • Ignition system: single action with post-ignition function
  • Action: striker fired
  • Safety: manual and trigger safety, striking block, optically loaded chamber display
  • Overall length: 7.3 inches
  • Overall width: 1.2 inches
  • Overall height: 5.2 inches
  • Barrel length: 4 inches
  • Magazines contain: 10 rounds (2) and 15 rounds (2) or 15 rounds (1) and 17 rounds (1)
  • MSRP: $ 408.77

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