Taurus G3C Review [2021]: How Does This Pistol Perform?

by Travis Pike

January 4, 2021

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The Taurus G3C was a sneaky one. It premiered quickly without much build-up, no big NRA, or SHOT Show reveal. Taurus was just like, bam, here it is. The G3C builds off the G3, a full-sized pistol released last year. The C stands for compact, and notably, the G3C is a shrunken variant of the G3. The Taurus G3C seems to want to keep the theme of producing affordable handguns aimed at shooters on a budget.

Taurus G3C Specs

  • Caliber 9 mm
  • Capacity 12+1
  • Height 5.1″
  • Width 1.2″
  • Length (barrel) 3.2’’
  • Length (Overall) 6.3″
  • Front Sight Fixed
  • Rear Sight Adjustable
  • Weight 22 oz

Taurus G3C Background

A lot of people like to claim Taurus makes good revolvers, but bad automatics. In my experience, the opposite is true. Their automatic pistols seem to be much more reliable than their revolvers. The G3C is not a compact variant of the G3, but the successor to the very popular G2C. The G3C features several upgrades over the G2C.

These improvements include front and rear slide serrations, as well as all steel sights. The trigger is the third generation Taurus trigger and is a flat-faced trigger with a much larger trigger safety.

To me, the most notable improvement seems to be the G3C’s ability to utilize Glock pattern sights and SIG Sauer P226 magazines.

This opens up an existing aftermarket to make upgrades easier.

The Compact design points the gun towards concealed carry. The price points appeal to those on a budget. The G3C is far from the smallest gun on the market and does feature a double stack 12 round magazine. While it’s more significant than the P365 and Hellcat, it does offer the same level of capacity. Who doesn’t like more ammunition?

The G3C fits into an odd category of concealed career guns size-wise. It’s smaller than your traditional compact, like a CZ P10C or Glock 19, but larger than subcompacts like the Glock 26. It’s a compromise in both directions, but not necessarily a bad one.

The G3C retains an effective trigger system that’s been around since the old 24/7. This trigger system is a single action, with restrike capability. It could be described as a DA/SA gun, but that doesn’t adequately describe it.

You cannot manually decock the weapon, and the double-action trigger only comes into play if the single action does not fire the weapon. From a practical perspective, I do like this trigger, and it does offer something different than 99% of the striker-fired guns on the market.

# Taurus G3C Features

1 Restrike Capable Trigger
2 Flat Faced Trigger
3 Manual Safety
4 All Metal Sights
5 Front and Rear Serrations
6 Standard Picatinny Rail

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Taurus G3C – OUR TAKE

Now, it’s time to dive into what I really think about how the Taurus G3C performs.

The Blessed, and Cursed Grip

As a dude with XL sized hands, I find most compact guns to be a bit small. I can’t stand a hanging pinky, so the G3C’s larger grip is quite comfortable and does provide me a full handed grip on the gun. That’s the blessing.

Here’s the curse. With a high grip, I get a nasty slide bite. That slide bite translated into my hand, bleeding within 50 rounds. It made testing the gun rather slow and uncomfortable. The good news is once you lose enough skin, you don’t feel it anymore.

The grip texture is very aggressive and separated into panels that cover the entire grip. This includes a bold front and backstrap. When firing, that textured grip provides an easy to hold, and the gun never tries to work its way out of your hand.

The addition of front serrations is excellent. The front serrations are rather short, but the serrations are deep and easy to grip. It makes racking the gun easy enough.

Accuracy

Accuracy is always challenging in a little gun. I found myself developing a flinch, mainly due to the slide bite. I did see acceptable accuracy, though. Even out to 25 yards, I can place rounds consistently into the chest of a bad guy. At 15 yards, I’m making fast and accurate headshots.

The trigger is the definition of meh. It has a lot of pre-travel for a single action trigger. The single-action travel is just as long as the double-action trigger. It’s merely much lighter than the double-action mode. The trigger has a short reset, but if you don’t pin your trigger, that doesn’t matter. The longer trigger travel does create more of an opportunity to make a mistake before the gun fires.

I do like the sights and appreciate that a budget gun is coming with metal sights. Even Glock doesn’t do that. The only downside is they seem rather small. Also, as I mentioned, the G3C does have aftermarket sight options available from Tru-Glo, and these are Glock pattern.

Accuracy is perfectly usable, especially from a practical standpoint. I can make smaller groups with the P365, but from a practical perspective, the gun will put the lead where you want it.

When shooting fast, the trigger isn’t noticeable. I do feel a shorter overall pull would still be better, but a short reset helps. The gun is easy to hang onto, and recoil is far from punishing. Muzzle rise is noticeable, but within ten yards, you can score 1.5-second failure to stop drills.

Reliability

The G3C ate and ate and ate. I had a single issue regarding the magazine failing to feed a round. I had to give the magazine a hearty hit to get the follower to release and the round to rise. I fired 450 rounds with a 150 being Winchester Forged, which is notoriously dry and dirty ammo.

Outside of that one issue with the magazine failing to feed, the gun ran cleanly. Speaking of clean, I did not clean the gun and allowed it to get nice and filthy throughout my testing. A mixture of sweat, gunpowder, and a little blood gave it a lovely natural oil to run with!

Far From Fancy

Overall the gun isn’t fancy. It’s not a tuned 1911 where everything just drips and reeks of quality. It’s a plain Jane semi-automatic, striker-fired pistol that goes bang when you need it to. Lots of the parts feel somewhat plasticky, especially the safety. The safety almost feels like an afterthought, like the safety on an imported Tokarev.

I do think the gun offers quite a bit of value for the price. Street price seems to be hovering around $259.99. The G3C comes with three 12 round magazines and metal sights. It’s a simple gun that keeps the Taurus tradition of affordability.

Taurus G3C Pros and Cons

  • Affordable
  • 3 included magazines
  • Restrike capability
  • Metal sights
  • Painful slide bite
  • Long trigger travel
  • Not as accurate as competitiors

Report Card

Reliability

One failure in 500 rounds is not an immediate cause for concern, but I’d want to see the gun run problem-free for the next 500 rounds to upgrade the score.

C
Accuracy

From a small gun perspective, the Taurus G3C is a natural shooter. The sights are a little small, but solid. If the trigger was just a bit better…

B
Shootability

The gun handles well with little recoil and perfectly suitable close-range accuracy. The aggressive grip texture makes it easy to hold onto with a single hand, and easy to get a firm grip when drawing.

A
Ergonomics

I shed blood due to the slide bite, and while I have big hands, that’s still an issue. Other than that, the gun is ergonomically sound, the controls are easy to reach and access, and the grip texture is very aggressive.

C
Value

The G3C includes three magazines, metal sights, and both Glock and SIG compatibility. The G3C is an excellent value at under 300 bucks brand new.

A+

Our Grade

B

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Before you can really get to enjoy your Taurus G3C, you’ll want to pick up some bare bone basics.

If you have a G3C, then you may want to do some upgrading. Here are a few options you can consider to make a plain gun your gun.

Best Accessories for the Taurus G3C

A budget light that’s small enough to fit the short pic rail on the G3C. I’m still testing the light, but it keeps surprising me with its robust design. Check Amazon Price

TruGlo recently announced these sights are compatible with the G3C. I like the G3C sights but would want something more substantial for a combat-oriented gun.

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Other Compact Pistols of its Class to Check Out

Crossbreed jumped into the ring rather quickly and put out several holster options for the gun. I’ve used the MT2 with a Hellcat and been nothing but impressed.

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The Taurus is a relatively decent option for those on a budget. If you’re looking for something cheap that goes bang, you’ll be ok. But if you’re look for just a bit more and have some wiggle room in your budget, you might want to consider one of these:

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  • Reliability A+
  • Accuracy A-
  • Operations A
  • Ergonomics B+
  • Value A+

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A

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Another good choice for is the Springfield Hellcat. Granted you are going to pay a bit more for this pistol, but it has the ability to rank right up there with some other favorites like the Sig P365. And plus…it’s optics ready. What more could you want?

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  • Reliability A+
  • Accuracy A
  • Ergonomics A
  • Shooting Experience B
  • Value A-

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A-

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How to Care for Your Taurus G3C

Still on the fence about the Taurus G3C? Take a look at this video by Sootch00. He hits the range with his G3C to show you just how well it performs and then demonstrates a how to field strip your Taurus for cleaning and maintenance.

Other Important Resources for Your Taurus G3C

If you’re interested in picking up a Taurus G3C, be sure to check out these resources to make the most of your experience.

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About Travis Pike

Travis is a former United States Marine Corps Infantryman and currently a firearms writer, instructor, and works in Emergency Management.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. As usual, the question with Tauruses (Tauri?) is whether it’ll stand up to a pounding long term. As a multiple Taurus handgun owner, one had to go back to the factory 4 times (hairline fracture in the slide, broken lug nut, broken locking block, rear sight broke off), one had the rear sight break off (I fixed), and one hasn’t had any problems.

    It’ll be interesting to see how durable these are. Until proven over a longer term, I’d not bet my life on one, given there are dozens of proven guns available.

    1. I think we should just decide as a community… I make a motion to adopt Todd’s “Tauri.” Do I hear a second?

      1. Yes. I second (am I allowed to do so?).

        I feel blessed getting to text with the great Ryan Cleckner. I love both podcasts as well as your NSSF videos. Keep it up!

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