Taurus G3c Review

The Taurus G3C is a compact pistol, larger than a Taurus Millennium Pro series handgun of comparable size.  The Taurus G3C is sized more similarly or almost identically to the Taurus G2C being much smaller than its G3 brother. We’re going to cover every detail in our Taurus G3c Review.

Taurus G3c

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Taurus G3c

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The Taurus G3C, like most Taurus products, is a budget-friendly handgun. To this extent, they spared no expense in the quality of materials used to produce it. Not only does this mean the parts will wear well under use but it is strong enough to endure the repeated stress of racking the slide, which is a problem among some polymer-framed handguns. The frame is also machined for accuracy and reliability with an aluminum alloy known as T6100 aircraft-grade aluminum.

 The Taurus G3C is a 12-round handgun with a double-stack magazine. The Taurus G3c comes in at 21 ounces with an overall length of 7.2 inches and a height of 5.3 inches.

Features and Specifications

Magwell

The magwell of the G3C is extra wide to accommodate speedy reloads. In fact, the size of the Taurus G3c Magwell screams competition and it’s easy to see why many shooters use this handgun for 3-gun competitions. Although, we’ve seen people modify the magwell making it smaller so the gun is easier to conceal.

The G3C is not nearly as large in the magwell to be an issue reloading this gun compared to other Taurus models. The only thing  about the magwell is that there is a small bevel to help load the magazine into the gun. It doesn’t make much of a difference, but it’s something I’ve noticed when comparing them side-by-side.

The Taurus G3c magazine does not require a bumper pad to give it the extra width. The gun comes standard with some rather aggressive front slide serrations which some people find helpful when racking the slide as well as notches on the rear of the gun ideal for those with smaller hands who might have trouble grasping and pulling back on such a large gun.

Taurus G3c Magwell

Grip/Ergonomics

The grip on the gun is rather comfortable to hold and feels great in our hands. The texturing on the front and back of the grip gives you a good sandpaper like feel that allows us to have a secure grip on this polymer handgun during firing. This, combined with its relatively low weight gives it very manageable recoil.

The grip angles on the Taurus G3C are as good as they come for a stock handgun. They provide a natural point of aim and minimal muzzle rise. This allows for fast follow-up shots, which is great in a combat situation or for competition shooters who need to keep up with the pace of their competitors.

The Taurus G3C comes with a higher grip profile than some other handguns. This is good for people wanting to get the most out of their handgun by being able to have more control over it while shooting. However, some shooters might find that the high grip profile on this handgun makes it difficult to conceal or carry in your pocket.

The Taurus G3c grip is designed with a “beavertail” which allows the shooter to get a full hand grip. The beavertail on this handgun is comfortable and has some decent texturing to it. It’s not very aggressive at all, but it’s something that could bother you if wearing shorts or thin pants. The Taurus G3c grip is pretty slim. It’s definitely not one of the slimmest grips found on handguns in this price range, but it doesn’t feel bulky at all when holding it in your hands.

Taurus G3c Grip Ergonomics

Sights

The G3C comes standard with a fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear sight. The sights are pretty large from our perspective which makes it easier to acquire targets while under stress. The three-dot alignment of the dots on the front and rear sight give you a pretty good idea where your shots will fall when firing this handgun.

There is a bit of daylight visible past the end of each sight post. This is common with most handguns that have fixed sights, but it’s something to keep in mind when trying to conceal this handgun. You might find that some holsters will expose a little bit more of the front sight than you would like.

The Taurus G3c has tritium night sights from the factory. This is a nice upgrade from some other handguns in this price range which don’t have any night sights installed from the manufacturer. The Taurus G3c also has a fiber optic front sight, adding another type of sight to ensure your gun is usable during low or no light conditions.

The rear sight on the Taurus G3C is a fixed notch style. They are small and not very bright, so low-light situations might pose issues for those who cannot acquire their target quickly. The front sight on the G3c is a standard blade with no inserts or fiber optics to help improve your vision and target acquisition. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation. The Taurus G3C does not come with any tools to adjust the rear sights so you’ll need a dime or a penny to make these adjustments.

Taurus G3c Sights

Trigger

The Taurus G3c has a double action trigger. This gives it some unique options that not all handguns have. The first pull of the trigger will be on the long side, but will remain on the lighter side due to the fact that you are pulling on a lighter spring on the first shot.

After completing your first shot, you can pull the trigger again to make a follow-up shot. This is done in single action mode, which makes the Taurus G3C very capable of making quick follow up shots since you’re not pulling on a heavy trigger.

The double action can be a bit intimidating for some shooters because it has an extremely long first pull and could lead to some accidental discharges in the heat of the moment. The good news is that after pulling the trigger on a double action shot, it will actually stay in single action for your follow up shots. This makes it so you don’t have to worry about racking part of that long double action trigger pull on every subsequent shot while under stress.

The double action/single action trigger is very common among handguns with longer and lighter triggers such as these. As long as you follow the safety rules and keep your finger off the trigger when not taking a shot, this trigger system shouldn’t be an issue for most shooters.

This Taurus G3c Review discusses the differences in what types of triggers are available on some of their handguns. The Taurus G2s has more of a traditional double action/single action trigger system while the Taurus G3c is different from their standard setup. This is definitely an interesting trigger option for this price range, but not one that will appeal to everyone. This style of double action first shot followed by single action follow-ups will appeal to people who are used to this type of setup. It can be a bit intimidating for new shooters though, so it’s something that you’ll want to try out at the range before purchasing this handgun.

Taurus G3c Trigger

Aesthetics

The Taurus G3c is not a pretty gun, but one that works well and has some advantages for those who want them. The slide is made of matte stainless steel over the zinc alloy frame. This gives it a bit of weight which helps reduce recoil for follow up shots.

But it looks like they just polished the slide until it didn’t shine anymore. I have seen Taurus G3c’s that look like they are almost black because of all the holster wear on them. The finish on the slide is not bad, but over time it will begin to show its age since it is a soft stainless steel. But for this price point, the finish is something that many people will be able to live with.

The good news is that the Taurus G3c has very few accessories available to improve its aesthetics. So if you don’t like the appearance of it, there isn’t much that can be done about it without a custom workshop or a lot of money.

Taurus G3c Aesthetics

Shooting

The Taurus G3c has a nice smooth double action trigger that is lighter than some other handguns in its price range. It is not the best double action trigger I have ever felt, but very far from the worst.

It’s something you can get used to pretty easily and shoot accurately after your first few shots. The long trigger pull on a double action shot is an intimidating feature, but not one that new shooters should be completely cowed by.

Before each first shot you take with a brand new handgun, remember to thoroughly check and recheck the chamber to make sure there isn’t a round already loaded. Double check again at this point because it will save you from any accidental discharges.

Taurus G3c Shooting

Safety

The first thing I want to mention is that this gun does not have an external safety like some handguns do. This is something that most people don’t consider when picking out a firearm for concealed carry or home defense, but they should because it could save their life.

One of my absolute favorite things about the Taurus G3c is the fact that it has a trigger safety. This is one of those little features that may not seem like much, but so many handguns don’t have them and never will for various reasons.

The trigger safety on this Taurus G3c is designed to prevent any accidental discharges from occurring while carrying or when handling it in general. It’s important to remember when carrying a firearm, always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

This is an excellent feature especially for new shooters and people who like this type of handgun in general. It can add a little bit of danger when practicing because you will need to learn how to deal with carrying and shooting at the same time.

This is one of those features that isn’t as bad as it sounds and just takes a little bit of getting used to. Once you get the hang of carrying and shooting then things will become easier for you, but even with training it can still be somewhat dangerous if not handled properly. This safety feature also helps make the Taurus G3c more affordable and thus appealing to people who want a gun with some features that are only found on handguns that cost twice as much or more.

Taurus G3c Safety

Aftermarket Taurus G3c Review

The good news is that there are many aftermarket parts and accessories for this Taurus G3c. This means it is easy to customize and upgrade so you can shoot more accurately and with less recoil. There are holsters made specifically for the G3c as well as companies like Hogue who make grips that can help reduce felt recoil and make it easier for you to hold onto the gun.

If you choose to purchase an aftermarket Taurus G3c,  just remember that most of those accessories will cost as much or more than the gun itself. So it is important for you to do your own research and figure out how much those items will cost and whether they are worth the investment.

Taurus G3c

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Taurus G3c

Advantages

Reliable  

This Taurus G3c  is very reliable with a double action trigger pull that is smooth and consistent.

Safety

 It does not have any external safety features which might worry some people, but the frame mounted manual safety adds an extra level of security when carried or in a home defense situation.

Customizable  

The vast number of aftermarket parts and accessories makes it easy to customize this gun to suit your specific needs.

Disdvantages

Uncomfortable Grip 

The grip on the Taurus G3c is somewhat uncomfortable for people with small hands.

Difficult To Maintain 

The barrel of this handgun has a tough time with cleaning and does not shoot all types of ammunition well.

Feels Cheap  

This Taurus G3c does not have any sort of slide lock or take-down lever so it feels cheap if you are used to using other brand name handguns.

Recommendations

The Taurus G3c is a good budget handgun for new shooters and experienced gun owners who want a decently priced gun without all of the extra features that some handguns have.

More experienced shooters may not like Taurus G3c because it has a trigger safety that restricts how far you can pull the trigger (until you hear an audible click). This is not ideal for competitive shooters or people who are used to shooting handguns that have very little resistance on the trigger pull.

New shooters will enjoy this Taurus G3c because it has a longer barrel length, is easy to shoot and comes with an affordable price tag. It can be somewhat difficult to maintain but most people will not have any problems if they clean their handgun regularly.

The Taurus G3c is a decent gun for a decent price and it is not perfect but it can do everything that most people need from a handgun at this price point. It may not be the best choice for competitive shooters or people who want multiple features on their handgun, but if you are looking for something to take to the range and have some fun with, this Taurus G3c can do everything you need it to.

Best Holster for Taurus G3c

Fobus TG3C Concealed Carry Holster for Taurus G3c

Fobus TG3C Concealed Carry Holster for Taurus G3c, G2c, and G2s Pistol, Paddle or Belt Clip Carry, Tuckable IWB and OWB, Right Handed
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Fobus TG3C Concealed Carry Holster for Taurus G3c, G2c, and G2s Pistol, Paddle or Belt Clip Carry, Tuckable IWB and OWB, Right Handed
  • Effective Concealment – Tuckable to minimize weapon printing; paddle and belt clip allow for IWB and OWB carry for right handed users
  • Precision Fit – CNC machined to fit the Taurus G3c 9mm pistol, and provide excellent fit for the G2c and G2s pistols; all Fobus holsters come with a Lifetime Warranty

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Hand Orientation: Right
  • Material: Fobus
  • Color: Black
 

The Fobus Taurus G3C Concealed Carry Holster is a durable, holster that offers an exceptional value. It is made from injection-molded polymer and has been rigorously tested for reliability and safety. The polymer material of the holster will protect your gun from scratches and moisture while being very durable.

The Fobus TG3C is a one-size-fits-all concealed carry holster for the Taurus G3c. The holster features a passive retention adjustment screw as well as a quick-release device for simple weapon removal.  

The Fobus G3C holster is a lightweight, compact design that will hold your Taurus G3c with a laser sight. The belt clip on the back is adjustable so you can wear this concealed carry holster however you see fit. This is an ideal way to carry your firearm when concealment is important or if you are looking for a comfortable option to use every day.

Pros
Cons

Taurus G3c

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Taurus G3c

FAQs

The barrel length of this handgun is 4.5 inches and has a large grip size for people with bigger hands. The bore is .40 inches and it weighs just over 30 ounces fully loaded.

Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .

The trigger guard is polymer with a serrated texture to allow you to easily pull the trigger.

Yes, there are some aftermarket options for adding a laser or flashlight to this Taurus G3c. Some of the lasers require you to remove the side panel and drill holes in it while others can be customized with hand tools.

Conclusion

The Taurus G3c is a great gun for people who enjoy shooting but don’t love it enough to spend lots of money on expensive handguns that are fragile and hard to maintain. It has one of the lowest prices among handguns in its class, so there’s no need to worry about breaking the bank to get your own.

As far as using it for home defense, the Taurus G3c is an excellent weapon for anything from small game hunting to larger animals if necessary. It’s not particularly large or easy to use at long ranges, but most people who are buying this kind of gun aren’t looking for something they can hunt elephants with.

Hope this Taurus G3c Review gives you enough information about what you need before buying this gun.

Thank you!!!

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .
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