American Rifleman - August 2021 - 53

The G3 is confi gured so that the
trigger can be pulled a second time
to ignite a stubborn primer without
cycling the slide.
Other external controls are also
metal and are all located on the
left side of the frame, including a
low-profi le slide stop, a grooved
manual thumb safety and a smooth
magazine-release button. At the top of the grip frame
are molded-in thumbrest indentations, which contribute
to a more intuitive grip fi t.
Just how much texturing is required to provide enough
purchase for a defensive pistol remains a topic of debate.
For the G3 pistols, Taurus opted to go with a more aggressive
approach. The grip frame features a total of six
irregularly shaped panels of grit-like texturing on par with
sandpaper or skateboard tape. It's a highly effective choice,
especially for gloved, wet or cold hands. However, it can be
abrasive to work with for extended practice sessions, which
is why I opted to wear a glove at the shooting range.
The G3 does not have an interchangeable backstrap,
likely as a cost-saving measure. The sides of the magazine
well, along with the magazine baseplates, are dimpled to
allow the magazine base to be gripped and ripped from
the pistol, if needed. The fi xed backstrap features a short
extension at the base to protect the shooting hand from
getting pinched by the magazine during quick reloads.
This model ships with two, blued steel magazines. One
is a fl ush-fi t model that holds 15 rounds; the other is a
slightly extended 17-round version with a fi tted polymer
sleeve that acts as a grip extension. The G3 does not have
a magazine safety.
One of the reasons I was looking forward to this workout
at the range with another G3 pistol is the pistol's trigger.
Some striker-fi red polymer pistols, especially budgetpriced
models, can have triggers that feel mushy or gritty
or exhibit a somewhat vague break. The G3's trigger has a
smooth, light take-up with a fi rm stop just before breaking
cleanly at 4 lbs., 11 ozs. A lighter trigger makes the gun
more comfortable to work with, but it's not so light as to
be too light for carry. The trigger reset is short and crisp,
with a tangible and audible click.
This version of the G3 proved to be as reliable as the
previous model I worked with. There were no malfunctions,
mechanical or ammunition-related, in the course
of informal and formal testing. It ticked along smoothly
with a mix of practice- and premium-grade ammunition. As
expected, taking advantage of the T.O.R.O. system to mount
a Holosun optic to this pistol contributed to reduced group
sizes downrange. When I conducted the bench-rested, fi veshot-group
accuracy testing of the iron-sights-only version
of the G3, I managed to tap out an average extreme spread
of 3.50 " at 25 yards. Using a red-dot moved the average
extreme spread down to 3.04 " .
I certainly will not knock anyone's choice to spend
as much money as they want to on their concealed carry
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Despite the Taurus G3 T.O.R.O.'s inclusion of a slide machined
for the mounting of micro red-dot optics, the pistol comes
with standard low-profile sights that do not allow for cowitnessing
with the optic's reticle.
rig. However, the Taurus G3 series of polymer-frame 9 mm
pistols are good examples of semi-automatics that can get
the job done without breaking the bank. Purchasing the
T.O.R.O. version of this gun increases its cost by $100 for a
suggested retail price of $409, but that's still hundreds of
dollars less than some of Taurus' non-optics-ready competitors.
Overall, it's an affordable, dependable, red-dotcompatible
option for self-defense. And, if you're looking
for a subcompact pistol for concealed carry, Taurus recently
released the G3c in a T.O.R.O. confi guration.
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