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COVER STORY
TAURUS GX4
Compact Carry
That Doesn't Break The Bank
Taurus enters the micro-compact fracas with a well-made 9 mm Luger-chambered
semi-automatic priced to beat the rest of the market.
BY B. GIL HORMAN, Field Editor
f we look back through the history of concealedcarry
pistol development, we'll fi nd those models
that exemplify a just-right balance of compact size,
performance and price point that set a standard for
small self-defense guns of the day-that is, until the
next thing comes along. One of the earliest examples
of this American small-arms race is Henry Deringer's
original single-shot, muzzleloading, percussion-cap
Philadelphia Deringer introduced in 1825. It was soon
displaced by more convenient and reliable cartridgefi
ring guns, such as the double-barrel Remington
Model 95 that arrived in 1866, and the early 1900s
saw the advent of petite .25-cal. semi-automatics such
as the FN Model 1905 and Colt 1908 Vest Pocket.
As gun-manufacturing technologies have improved,
we've seen carry guns stay relatively small and lightweight,
while the cartridges they're chambered to fi re
have increased in size and performance. In the early
1950s, Carl Hellstrom set a standard for snub-nose
double-action revolvers with the Smith & Wesson
J-Frame .38 Chiefs Special (which still holds sway
today). In the 1980s and 1990s, pocket-size .22s and
.25s took a back seat to similarly sized .32 ACP semiautomatics,
including the Beretta Tomcat, Kel-Tec P32,
NAA Guardian and, of course, the Seecamp. In the
2000s, the .32s were unseated by a fl urry of singlestack
.380 ACP pistols, most notably Ruger's LCP.
Just as the single-stack .380s took their place at
the top of the concealed-carry hill, the race was on to
produce affordably priced semi-automatics in the same
size and weight class but chambered for the popular,
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and more potent, 9 mm Luger cartridge. By the mid2010s,
gun shop display cases were replete with slim,
feisty, single-stack polymer nines with six- to eightround
magazines-including the Glock G43, Ruger LC9
and S&W M&P Shield, to name just a few.
But, in 2018, the success of SIG Sauer's P365 microcompact
9 mm shifted the attention of the concealedcarry
market once more. Sporting a modifi ed magazine,
it offered a 10+1 ammunition capacity with a 1 " -wide
and 4.1 " -tall profi le like that of the single-stack
models. Other micro-compact 9 mms had come before
the P365-such as the Kel-Tec P11 and the SCCY CPX
series-but the P365 struck a particular chord with
folks and sold like hotcakes. Since then, we've seen
the arrival of additional micros from well-recognized
manufacturers, including the 11+1-capacity Springfi eld
Hellcat (2019), Ruger's 12+1 MAX-9 and the 10+1 S&W
M&P9 Shield Plus (2021).
The next gunmaker to throw its hat into the ring is
Taurus Intl. Mfg. with the new-for-2021 model GX4.
With a sizable selection of other pistols to choose from,
it's reasonable to wonder what Taurus could bring to
the table. The models mentioned above have suggested
retail prices for basic versions ranging from $499 to
$599, with the Ruger MAX-9 being the least expensive
of the pack. The fi rst version of the GX4 is launching
with a suggested price of $392-that's more than $100
to $200 less than the competition, with real-world
prices that are likely to be even lower. Having shot
some of these other micro-compact 9 mms, I was curious
to see how the GX4 stacked up.
AMERICAN RIFLEMAN
Photos by Forrest MacCormack

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