The Taurus G3C is an extension of the Taurus Millennium line of handguns. Taurus has been selling the Taurus G2C, its predecessor for quite a while, and recently released the Taurus G3 series which is a more compact/full-size platform that is sized between a Glock 17 and a Glock 19.
The Taurus G3 had some improvements over the older G2C. Those improvements were implemented and a brand-new Taurus G3C handgun. The G3C is sized more similarly or almost identically to the Taurus G2C being much smaller than its G3 brother.
Like G3 and the Taurus G2C, the Taurus G3C is designed to appeal to a budget market. Despite being a budget gun, the Taurus G3C does come in with some features that are slightly nicer than the previous G2C series and it has one unique upgrade over the Taurus G3. We will get into those differences later.
The Taurus G3C is a 12-round handgun that is sized somewhere between a Glock 26 and a Glock 19. Even though dimensionally it is similar in width, it feels like it is slightly slimmer than those guns. It is sized so it feels perfect for carry for most people. It is big enough that you can get control of the gun and feel like you have a good grip while being small enough to conceal. It’s almost the exact size of the CZ P10S.
This gun also fills the niche of home defense and glove box gun for many users. The 12-round mags are the same mags used in the Taurus G2 series and they have a yellow follower which makes it easy to identify- making it easy to identify the Taurus G3C magazines.
The magazines themselves have two witness holes on the right-hand side of the magazine. One indicating six rounds and one indicating twelve. So, you can only tell if the gun is loaded to either six or twelve rounds. You cannot tell any other capacity through witness windows.
There is an extended pinky rest base pad on the magazine that lengthens the grip around half an inch. Unfortunately, this extension does not add any extra capacity to the gun. If you want to add extra capacity to the gun, you can use the Taurus G3 magazines which come in both fifteen and seventeen round links.
ProMag also makes extended magazines for the Taurus G2C, G3C, and the Taurus G3, but ProMag does not have the best reputation for making a quality product, so buyer beware. Now, as far as the insertion of the magazine goes it is very similar to pretty much any other gun out there.
There is no real bevel in the mag well, although there is just the slightest amount [bebil?] it is not enough to consider and won’t help you in reloading the gun compared to something like a Glock 19, Gen-5 MOS which has a huge mag well.
If you have really large meaty hands, you could potentially have problems reloading the mag well based on your hand wanting to sit between the bottom of the grip and where the mag will load into the gun so the base plate will pinch your hand between the base plate and the gun itself.
There are indentations on each side of the grip that is split in half between the grip itself and the base plate. This will allow you to use your fingers to rip the mag out in case you have a malfunction that requires you to do so.
The Taurus G3C is almost identical to the Taurus G2C in grip and ergonomics. There is texturing all around the grip of the gun, mainly on the front strap and backstrap and it is quite aggressive giving you good sandpaper-like feel, allowing you to have a good grip on what is otherwise a very slick gun.
The same texturing also extends to the bottom half of the grip on the sides. So, you can get good purchase with the tips of your fingers providing you some grip in that location. There is no texture on the top half of the grip, so if you are expecting a place to press your palm of your support hand against then there really is not much besides a slick surface in that area.
The tang/beavertail area of the gun is quite comfortable and well-rounded and will work with hand sizes from large-to-small. It allows you to get a good high grip on the Taurus G3C. Overall the ergonomics of the gun are pretty much identical to the Taurus G2C although I will say the polymer used in the Taurus G3C feels like it is higher quality than the polymer used on the Taurus G2C.
There are index pockets for your thumb in front of the takedown lever that sits right above the top of the trigger guard, although for most people with medium to larger size hands, the position on that will be too far forward to fit the thumb of your support hand. Now it does work quite nicely in place to place your trigger finger when it is resting on the frame.
The Taurus G3C comes with metal sights which is a nice feature in a gun of this category. Both the G2C and the Taurus G3 come with plastic sights, so the metal sights are quite an upgrade. The sights themselves are a white painted front sight with a blacked-out rear that has horizontal serrations. Overall, the sight picture is surprisingly good for a gun at this price point and frankly, the sights are better than most stock pistols offered, even in higher price points.
Now the most important feature about the sights is they- the cuts that the sights use are standard Glock cuts, so you can add sights from pretty much any Glock onto this gun and they will work. This opens you up to a wide variety of existing after-market options for sights. So, you have tons of tritium night sight options as well as fiber optics and painted sights as- you can even get blacked out target sights if you so desire.
There is no red dot option on this gun currently, but Taurus has hinted that it might be available. One change from the Taurus G2C is that this does not have a loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide. The Taurus G2C had a lever arm on the top of the slide to act as a loaded chamber indicator while the Taurus G3C has a witness hole in the rear of the barrel to act as a loaded chamber indicator.
ACTION: Striker Fired
CALIBER: 9mm Luger
MAGAZINE CAPACITY: 12+1
BARREL: 3.2 in.
OAL/HEIGHT/WIDTH: 6.3/5.1/1.2 in.
WEIGHT: 46.5 oz.
CONSTRUCTION: steel slide, Polymer frame
SIGHTS: Steel with Glock Dovetails
TRIGGER: Striker Fired with Restrike Capability
SAFETIES: manual thumb
MANUFACTURER: Taurus USA
There is an external safety on the Taurus G3C. Both are identical to the Taurus G2C and the Taurus G3. One of those safeties is a thumb safety they designed for right-hand shooters and sits on the rear left-hand side of the gun. So, a right-hand shooter can access it with their thumb much like they would a 1911 safety.
That thumb safety is quite well placed and is easy to access and you can easily ride your thumb on top of that safety when firing. The Taurus G3C also has a trigger safety so the gun is drop safe. In theory, you could carry the gun with the thumb safety disengaged due to this feature. If you are going to do that, I would definitely advise still training to sweep off the thumb safety every time you draw the gun.
I would not consider this gun if I were a left-handed shooter due to that thumb safety. It is impossible to access without compromising your grip in a major way as a left-handed shooter. The thumb safety itself is fairly low profile so it won’t snag but the downside of that is it can easily be missed if you don’t practice religiously on how to take off the safety.
The mag release on the Taurus G3 sits in a good position and anyone with average size hands will be able to access it without having to break their grip. If you have smaller hands, you might have to break your grip slightly, but it won’t be hard to access it.
When you press the magazine release, the magazine practically flies out of the gun. It does have a sharp edge on the front top corner that you need to be wary of if you plan on using this gun in high round counts or a class where you will be really loading the gun a lot, but for a gun at this price point that is really all you can expect.
Slide stop. The slide stop or slide release on the Taurus G3C is located right in front of the thumb safety on the right-hand side. If you are a left-handed shooter, there is no way that you will be accessing that using your trigger finger as you might be able to on some guns. It just sits too far back.
As a right-handed shooter, it is very easy to reach even with the low-profile thumb safety sitting in front of it. It does take a little bit of force to drop the slide but not much and even newer shooters should be able to accomplish that as long as they don’t have the pressure of the mag follower that they are fighting.
Overall ergonomics of the Taurus G3C are quite good. It feels good in the hand and for most shooters the size will allow them a good grip while being small enough to conceal and they won’t feel like they are holding too much gun.
The slide itself is fairly easy to manipulate. The recoil spring does not feel too heavy and there are good serrations on the rear of the gun. There are serrations on both the front and the rear but there are only three lines on the front and it really does not give you much to grab onto. It is good for press checks but I would not count on using the front of the slide to load or unload the gun.
The rear slide serrations are deep and aggressive enough to give you a good grip, but they are not so aggressive that they will tear up your hands.
The trigger on the Taurus G3C is a unique design. Same as the Taurus G2 and the G3. This is a striker fire trigger that is double action single action. The gun does not have a de-cock or a way to manually de-cock the weapon though. So, for most people, the gun will only be shot in a single action, but the double action feature does give you restrike capability.
So, if you have a round with a bad primer that will not fire, in theory, you can pull the trigger again in double action and it might reignite that primer. I would not count on this as my personal malfunctions on the range with centerfire ammo like 9mm. Have usually meant that the primer is so bad it will not fire again if it does not fire again on the first pull of the trigger.
Now discussing the pull of the trigger, itself, in single-action the Taurus G3C has a light take up with a fairly light pull and a plasticky break at the end. It is a feeling you would expect from a cheap staple gun only lighter. On the reset, the trigger resets slightly before the wall and then you have just the slightest bit of creep that is barely noticeable before you hit the wall again and have that plasticky light break.
One thing to note is the trigger breaks exceptionally far to the rear. It is a little bit different from most other guns in this size class, so that is something to be aware of if you have larger hands. Now we are going to go over the double-action trigger just because we can.
In double-action, you feel a heavy springy continual take up before the trigger gets to a semi wall which you are not sure is the wall until you feel the trigger break. The best thing about this double-action trigger pull is it can be used for dry fire. So, you do not have to rack the slide each time you want to pull the trigger.
It is also a good tool to break you of the habit of resetting the trigger instead of letting the trigger go all the way and then coming back as quickly as possible. Aftermarket wise, there are not a ton of options for the Taurus G3C but due to the Glock sight cuts, there are lots of after-market sights all listed below.
The Taurus G3C takes down just like a Glock, which means that it is extremely simple to field strip the gun and clean it. To field strip, the Taurus G3C all you have to do is check for an empty chamber and then you do have to drop the striker by pulling the trigger, and then you can pull down the takedown lever which you must pull from both sides of the frame using your support hand thumb and index finger.
Pull the slide back slightly and then it will release forward assuming you have the mag out of the gun.
Overall, the Taurus G3C is not the best-looking gun in the world. It is a budget gun and it looks like it. One feature I will say is the slide. The finish on the slide does not look that great but that said with wear it still seems to protect the metal. It is not going to win any finishes and just the oil from your fingers is going to make the slide look like it has been well worn. That said, overall, it cleans up nice and well if you apply a lubricant of oil and rub it really hard with a cleaning rag.
For a gun at this price point, I consider that completely acceptable and I will say the Taurus G3C does look much better than its predecessor the Taurus G2C when you start looking at some of the details like the profile of the slide. The frames look near identical minus the better quality [polymer?] on the Taurus G3C.
Shooting the Taurus G3C is frankly what you probably expect. The gun has quite a bit of recoil as it is a smaller firearm. Chambered in the semi-powerful 9mm cartridge. The gun is heavy and a lot of that weight is in the slide. So, you definitely feel the recoil but it is nothing most people can’t handle if they have a good grip on the gun. Just don’t expect this to be an extremely soft shooter given the price point.