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First Look: The Carry-Ready Taurus G3c

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Want all the goodies that made the G3 among Taurus' most popular pistol, but in a package fit for concealed carry? Meet the shrunk down G3c.

How The Taurus G3c Is Tailored For Carry:

This one was as inevitable as the earth’s rotation. The moment the full-sized Taurus G3 hit the market it was a sure bet sooner or later the gunmaker would follow up with a compact model more in tune with concealed carry. That moment has come.

The newly released Taurus G3c gets pretty close to being a reboot of the foundation of the G line of striker-fired pistols—the G2. However, the economical personal-defense option isn’t a carbon copy. Taurus included a number of improvements it integrated into the original G3 to create what should prove a very competent 9mm.

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Most notable is the inclusion of Taurus’ 3rd generation trigger launched in the full-sized pistol. The rub on the design is it has a flatter face to promote a more linear trigger pull, thus improve its accuracy potential. Other tweaks include front cocking serrations, steel front and rear three-dot sights and enhanced grips, read a more ergonomic palm swell. Outside of that, the G3c is fairly close to the G2 variants, particularly in size and weight. All have 3.2-inch barrels, 1.2-inch width and tip the scales at 22 ounces.

The Taurus G3c comes in at a very affordable price point with an MSRP of $305.54 and ships with three magazines—10- or 12-round, you’re choice. If you need to up your firepower, 15- and 17-round magazines are available separately.

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Bainbridge, GA – Taurus, manufacturer of premium handguns for defense, hunting, and sport shooting, is excited to introduce the newest addition to its G-series line of semi-auto pistols, the G3c.

The new G3c 9mm imbues the innovation and performance established by the full-size G3 9mm polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol introduced last year while continuing the go-to dependability and value of the popular G2 series compact Taurus 9mm handguns. The G3c is a great choice for first time, as well as seasoned shooters.

Building on the proven foundation that has made the Taurus G-series among the most popular personal defense/EDC pistols ever, the G3c advances function, reliability, and durability to the next level, starting with the ergonomic frame. Featuring a skillfully contoured palm swell, highly textured grip panels, memory pads for precise and repeatable finger/hand placement, as well as a sculpted, extended magazine base plate, the G3c offers a glove-like fit for most shooters' hands to promote accuracy, ease of operation, and firearm retention. To assist in tactical mag changes in the event dust or grit prevents the magazine from dropping freely, the G3c mag extension includes easy-grip bevel cuts.

Among its many ergonomic features, the G3c offers the 3rd generation trigger system found in the G3, carefully redesigned with a flat trigger face to concentrate finger pressure on the front of the shoe for a straighter pull. This feature allows for shorter trigger reset as well, to promote the delivery of quicker follow-up shots while minimizing trigger jerk. The exceptionally crisp trigger break reduces shot disturbance for greater downrange accuracy.

To assist in operation for shooters of all hand sizes, the G3c has an upgraded slide design that includes both front and rear serrations. This ensures a more positive grip while manipulating the slide for charging, clearing, and makes press-checks easier in ill-lit or dim conditions. For normal light conditions, a visual chamber indicator replaces the mechanical indicator, reducing parts and streamlining the slide profile.

Durability also factors strongly in the new G3c pistol. The G3c slide is treated with a Tenifer finish to minimize scuffing and maximize corrosion resistance, ultimately reducing friction for smoother operation.

Front and rear sights on the G3c have also been upgraded to all-steel construction to withstand the rigors of daily carry. The rear sight is drift-adjustable and includes serrations to reduce glare and promote faster sight acquisition. The G3c is also upgrade-compatible. The rear dovetail is cut with dimensions that accept common aftermarket sights.

The G3c comes from the factory in 10- or 12-round capacities with three magazines included. Available separately are 15- and 17-round factory magazines available at Taurus.

Part of the G-series legacy is an impressive performance-to-price ratio, the G3c does not disappoint. With an MSRP of $305.74, the G3c delivers comfort, reliability, and performance on par with or exceeding that of compact pistols costing significantly more.

G3c Specs:
Caliber: 9mm Luger
Capacity: 10- or 12-round
Slide Finish: Tenifer matte black
Operational Controls Finish: Black teflon coating
Grip/Frame: Polymer
Firing System: Single action with restrike capability
Action Type: Striker
Safety: Manual, trigger safety, striker block
Sights Front: Fixed (white dot)
Sights Rear: Serrated drift adjustable
Slide Material: Alloy steel
Overall Length: 6.3″
Overall Width: 1.2″
Overall Height: 5.1″
Barrel Length: 3.2″ (stainless steel)
Weight: 22 oz. (unloaded with magazine)
Magazines Included: 3x10rounds or 3x12rounds
Additional Feature: Picatinny Rail (Mil-STD 1913)
MSRP: $305.74

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