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TAURUS GX4
The GX4 is a striker-fi red semi-automatic that employs
a short-recoil, locked-breech action. Before I received one
to work with, I speculated that the GX4 might be an even
more compact version of the company's G3c carry pistol,
but that is not the case. Along with its smaller size, the
GX4 differs both cosmetically and mechanically from the
G3 series. The components are manufactured in Brazil by
Taurus and then shipped to the company's Bainbridge, Ga.,
facility for assembly here in the United States.
The carbon-steel slide is treated with a corrosionresistant,
matte-black, gas-nitride fi nish and has a fl ush
fi t to the polymer frame. According to a set of digital
calipers, it measures just 0.98 " wide. The slide features
high-void, canted front and rear cocking serrations that
are effective during push or pull manipulations. The
nose is rounded for easier re-holstering, while all of the
other exterior edges have been smoothed off for a sleek,
no-snag profi le. The ejection port is beveled at the rear
for improved function and outfi tted with an oversize
extractor claw. The back of the slide sports a grooved
polymer end cap.
The sights have been upgraded from polymer to steel,
with a white-dot sight up front and a drift-adjustable,
serrated, square-notch sight at the rear. The slide cuts for
the sighting system are compatible with aftermarket sight
upgrades sized for Glock pistols. This makes it easy and
affordable to trade out the factory sights for fi ber optics or
tritium night sights.
The 3.06 " barrel is treated with a satin-black diamondlike
coating (DLC) for increased wear resistance and added
lubricity. It has a recessed crown and traditional land-andgroove
rifl ing that can safely fi re unjacketed lead bullets.
At the top, rear portion of the chamber is a witness hole
that acts as a loaded-chamber indicator. The dual-spring
recoil assembly's rod, sleeve and supports are all made of
steel and capture one round-wire coil spring and a second
fl at-wire spring.
Inside of the polymer grip frame is a one-piece, stainlesssteel
chassis that makes the pistol stronger and houses
the fi re-control group. It serves as the serial-numbered
" receiver " for this pistol, with the complete serial number
visible though a port in the frame just below the slide cap.
The chassis is topped with two 3.45 " -long rails that provide
Taurus includes two differently
contoured backstraps
with each GX4 to accommodate
various hand sizes.
Driving out a single retaining
pin allows owners to install
their preferred option.
more support for the slide assembly than the typical four
short rails common to striker-fi red polymer guns. The right
rail is uninterrupted, while the left rail has a 0.50 " gap to
accommodate the ejector. The slide-to-rail fi t was nice and
smooth straight out of the box.
The polymer frame is a matte black that matches the
fi nish on the slide and barrel. The dustcover is beveled to
match the nose of the slide and does not have an accessory
rail. Above the trigger guard are textured indentations that
provide an intuitive trigger fi nger rest just in front of the
takedown pin. The trigger guard has a fl at front edge to act
as a fi nger rest, with a recess where it meets the frontstrap.
The polymer, single-action trigger is an angled, fl at-faced
confi guration with a wide, grooved central safety lever. This
gun does not have the re-strike feature of the G3 series.
My sample gun's trigger pull measured 6 lbs., 9 ozs.,
according to a Lyman digital trigger gauge, but that weight
alone doesn't adequately describe the positive characteristics
of the trigger. It has a light, smooth take-up before a
fi rm, distinct wall. The trigger breaks cleanly and swings
back just 0.25 " to complete the trigger stroke. The reset
is distinctive with an audible click. I found it to be a real
pleasure to work with.
The remaining external controls consist of a low-profi le
slide stop on the left side of the frame along with the
reversible, polymer magazine-release button. A raised
ridge behind the magazine release gives it a fl ush-fi t feel
that works to protect against unintentional bumps. The
grip frame features wraparound stippled texturing. The
backstrap can be removed from the grip by tapping out a
retention pin at its base. Two differently sized backstraps
are provided with the pistol. The grip's frontstrap and backstrap
have protective extensions to prevent the magazine's
A set of all-steel sights sits in Glock-pattern dovetails, enabling owners to
choose from readily available aftermarket units. A cutout in the rear of the
polymer grip frame reveals the serialized portion of the stainless-steel chassis.
Fieldstripping the pistol reveals the chassis' extended slide rails (r.).
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