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TAURUS GX4
MANUFACTURER: TAURUS USA, INC. (DEPT. AR), 100 TAURUS WAY, BAINBRIDGE,
GA 39817; (800) 327-3776; TAURUSUSA.COM
6.05 "
4.25 "
3.05 "
The single-action trigger includes a
grooved safety lever that improves purchase.
Turning the takedown pin with a
tool enables disassembly of the gun.
polymer baseplate from pinching the
shooting hand during quick reloads.
The sides of the magazine well and
the baseplates are indented to aid
in manually stripping the magazine
from the grip, should the need arise.
This model does not have a magazine
safety, which means the gun will fi re
if the trigger is pressed, even with the
magazine removed from the grip.
This pistol ships with a pair of
blued-steel 11-round magazines that
have fl ush-fi t baseplates. Like other
micro 9s, the GX4 magazines have a
" bottle-neck " design that transitions
from a single-stack profi le at the top to
a double stack farther down. It's a reliable
design that allows for more rounds
without bulking up the grip. Optional
11-round magazines with fi nger extensions
will be made available for those
who want them, along with extended
13-round magazines.
The procedure for breaking down
ACTION TYPE:
RECOIL-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC,
CENTERFIRE PISTOL
CHAMBERING:
9 MM LUGER
SLIDE: CARBON STEEL;
GAS-NITRIDED FINISH
FRAME: POLYMER
BARREL: STEEL; SIXGROOVE,
1:10 " RH
TWIST RIFLING
MAGAZINE: 11-ROUND
DETACHABLE BOX
SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YARDS)
9 MM LUGER
CARTRIDGE
FEDERAL SR
115-GRAIN TSJ
SIG SAUER 365 V-CROWN
115-GRAIN JHP
STEINEL SCC
124-GRAIN SCHP
AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
the GX4 for maintenance is simple but
slightly different than the norm due
to the confi guration of the recessed
takedown pin. In place of a swinging
lever on the left side of the gun, this
pistol has a standard screwdriver slot on the right side of
the frame. Start by removing the magazine and opening the
action. Once you have verifi ed that the pistol is completely
unloaded, close the slide.
While holding the grip, use a screwdriver to twist the
takedown pin one-quarter of a turn counterclockwise.
While holding the pin in that position, depress the trigger.
This will release the slide so that it can be pushed forward
off the frame. Once the slide is free, remove the recoil
assembly and barrel from the slide, and the parts are ready
to clean. The takedown pin does not need to be twisted for
reassembly. Simply press the slide group all the way back
onto the frame, and it will lock into place.
Perhaps the largest challenge that comes with transitioning
to smaller-size centerfi re handguns is learning to
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG
VEL. @ MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)
1,073 AVG.
26 SD
1,056 AVG.
10 SD
986 AVG.
13 SD
ENERGY
294
285
268
GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
(FT.-LBS.) SMALLEST LARGEST AVERAGE
1.96
2.35
1.61
1.99
1.89
2.31
2.14
1.75
2.16
2.02
NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS FIRED NEXT TO A LABRADAR
CHRONOGRAPH AT THE MUZZLE. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT
GROUPS AT 7 YARDS FIRED FROM A BENCH REST. TEMPERATURE: 82° F. HUMIDITY: 20%.
ABBREVIATIONS: JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SCC (SUBCOMPACT CARRY), SCHP
(SOLID COPPER HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION), SR (SYNTECH RANGE),
TSJ (TOTAL SYNTHETIC JACKET).
manage the more intense levels of felt recoil they tend
to produce. Single-stack 9 mm pocket pistols are wellknown
for having snappy recoil. Part of the reason for
this reputation has to do with their relatively narrow
grip shapes-a narrow backstrap can work like a splitting
wedge to focus felt recoil into the tender web between
the shooting hand's thumb and index fi nger.
The Taurus team paid close attention to the ergonomics
of the GX4's grip profi le in order to lend it a more comfortable,
usable fi t. The GX4's grip frame is as wide as the slide
and properly contoured where it meets the web of the
hand. This greater surface area is paired with grip texturing
that provides an effective degree of purchase without
being abrasive.
continued on p. 79
NOVEMBER 2021
43
SIGHTS: STEEL; FIXED,
WHITE-DOT FRONT,
DRIFT-ADJUSTABLE,
SQUARE-NOTCH REAR
TRIGGER: STRIKER-FIRED;
6-LB., 9-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 1.00 "
WEIGHT: 18.5 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, HARD CASE,
EXTRA MAGAZINE,
INTERCHANGEABLE
BACKSTRAPS, LOCK
MSRP: $392
http://www.TAURUSUSA.COM http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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