Taurus’ latest addition to the G-series line of pistols is the G3XL, featuring a full-size G3 slide on a compact frame designed for concealed carry.
Taurus’ G-series of handguns aim to be as inexpensive as possible while still providing shooters with no-frills, reliable CCW pistol options. The guns are quite basic, but they do seem to have the quality where it counts respective to their price tags. Taurus claims that the G-series has the best performance-to-cost ratio of any CCW pistols on the market, and despite the guns’ basic features, they are at least known for being very reliable. The newest addition to the G-series is the Taurus G3XL, and despite being yet another polymer-framed 9mm striker-fired handgun, it does bring something new to the table.
The Taurus G3XL is a hybrid handgun that uses a full-size slide on a compact frame. This is almost like a reverse Glock 19X, and it’s what many people believed Glock should have done when they released that model. By using a full-size slide with a compact frame, the G3XL gets the best of both worlds in a concealed carry pistol: the concealability of a compact grip combined with the sight radius and performance of a full-sized slide and barrel.
The manual safety lever on the G3XL has been removed and the accessory rail has been shortened to streamline the pistol and provide for a faster potential draw time. While Taurus doesn’t state it outright, the fact that the new pistol uses a standard-length G3 slide should make it compatible with existing G3 holsters as well.
The G3XL will ship with two flush-fitting 12-round magazines, making it just as concealable as the older Taurus G3c, but it will be able to accept extended 15 and 17-round magazines as well. A 10-round model is also available for those who live in states with magazine restrictions. The G3XL's sights, finish and other small features are otherwise unchanged from the rest of the G-series guns, including its economical price with an MSRP of $342.98.
For more information, please visit TaurusUSA.com.
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