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Taurus G3c vs G2c

When comparing the Taurus G3c vs G2c the differences are very minor but important.

Taurus G2c Size

MetricsTaurus G2cTaurus G3c
Weight No Mag(Oz)1818.1
Weight Empty Mag(Oz)21.621.7
Weight With A Full Mag(Oz)26.826.8
Height(top of Slide to bottom of Magazine Baseplate)(Inches)4.904.90
Length (Inches)6.226.22
Width of Grip(Inches)1.111.11
Width of Slide(Inches)1.061.06
Width Across Controls(Inches)1.201.20

Taurus G3c vs G2c Concealed Carry

Taurus G3c Holster AIWB 11

Booth of these guns is identical in size and weight so there is no advantage to the Taurus G3c vs G2c or vice verses. The format of the gun originally developed in the Taurus PT111 is big enough to shoot well but small enough for most people to conceal. It holds a nice little niche in the market. 

The only other guns that are sized similarly are the Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0 Subcompact and the CZ P10S. Both of those options come in at twice the price.

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Ergonomics overall

When comes to the feel in the hand these guns are near identical. The polymer feels slightly different to me.

Texture/Grip

There are no noticeable differences when comparing the Taurus G2c vs G3c frame and grip from a functional standpoint. The texturing is identical as well as the ergonomics. This is a modular gun and you’re stuck with the ergonomics of the pistol but they’re pretty good and I think Taurus did a good job that’ll work for both large and small hand sizes.

Slide

This is one area there are differences between the Taurus G3c vs G2c. On the older G2c, you have these odd troughs on each front side of the slide.

They look odd and provide no functional difference. The G3c slide is more traditional and has forward slide serrations on the front. Those front serrations aren’t tall enough to be effective and you don’t gain many advantages from them but it’s still nice to have them.

Taurus G3c

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It is easier to rack the Taurus G3c front the front of the slide mostly due to the lack of the troughs as opposed to the forward serrations being effective.

You’ll find the rear serrations to be identical and one thing that Taurus did really well was adding a draft angle to the front of the slide. These draft angles make it easy for more of your hand to get good contact with the rear serrations making it fairly easy to rack the slide. I’m going 

Sights

There are significant differences between the sights on the Taurus G3c vs G2c.

On the G2 you get plastic 3 dot sights that have a crude adjustable rear. The sight cuts are proprietary to the Taurus G2c and given the lower price point of the gun, there aren’t a lot of aftermarket options for that cut. 

Taurus offers the plastic sights and metal night sights from the factory although I’m not sure the night sights are common as I’ve never seen them in person.

The G3c comes standard with metal sights and the rear is blacked out with horizontal serrations. It has a standard metal front with a white painted dot. Overall these sights are very good for a pistol at this price point. 

Taurus G3c

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They’re far superior to the plastic sights that come on a lot of Glocks and arguably better than the 3 dot metal sights on guns like the S&W M&P Sheild and CZ P10c.

Maybe the best feature of the Taurus G3c is the Glock sight cuts. This means that you can add probably 1 of the hundreds of different sights offered for the Glock sight pattern. Taurus made an incredible move here. I don’t think many will take advantage of this feature considering the stock sights are pretty good but it’s nice to have the option.

Aftermarket

It’s obvious that the G3c is the clear winner for aftermarket sights since the Glock cuts allow you to use the multitude of existing options on the market.

Red Dot Optics

Taurus Released the G3c TORO which stands for Taurus Optics Ready Option. This will allow you to mount a red dot optic to the pistol from the factory. They ship the G3c TORO with multiple mounting plates and screws so you won’t have to order screws or plates separate.

Right now the G3c TORO is compatible with Buris Fastfire, C-MORE STS2, Docter Noblex, Holosun 407C, Holosun 507, Leupold Delta Point Pro, Trijicon RMR, Sightmark Mini and Vortex Venom.

Controls

Safety

The thumb safety on these guns are identical and work well for right-handed shooters. Personally, I would like to see an ambidextrous option as I would feel better if I ever had to use the gun with my left hand if my right hand became immobile.

Loaded Chamber Indicator

This isn’t usually part of our comparison but for the Taurus G3c vs G2c, I figured it was relevant. On the G2c you’ll find a mechanical bar that sticks above the slide when a round it chamfer.

Nice to be able to feel that but it’s also another mechanical part that could fail and cause issues. If you want to have the slide milled for a red dot it also makes the installation harder. A lot of companies will not work on them due to potential legal issues with disabling a safety feature.

Taurus G2c

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Now the G3c was simplified and uses a simple witness hole in the rear of the barrel as a loaded chamber indicator. This makes the gun simpler and easier to mill for a red dot so it’s another win for the G3c.

Trigger 

The trigger is identical on these two guns. If you’re comparing them side by side in the gun store you’ll feel a difference between the Taurus G2c and G3c but that’s more a result of manufacturing inconsistencies than any difference between the two gun designs.

Slide Lock

Also identical and they work well for right-handed shooters but a left-handed shooter won’t be able to access them.

Quality

The frame material and finish on the G3c seem to be a little bit better than the Taurus G2c and the metal sights on the G3c are also a nice touch. These changes aren’t significant but there are no features on the G2c that make it feel more quality than the Taurus G3c.

Aftermarket

Neither of these guns has a huge aftermarket. The G2c has a larger holster aftermarket and most Taurus G2c hoslters will not fit the Taurus G3c due to the slide and some frame differences. The reverse is true as well mostly due to the frame differences. We’ve designed our holsters to work with both so that won’t be an issue with our product.

Taurus G3c

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You also have more access to more sight options with the Taurus G3c. There are more aftermarket parts for the G2c just because it’s been around longer but I suspect the G3c offerings will catch up quickly.

Aesthetics 

I personally find the G3c slide profile to be a little bit more attractive so I’ll give my vote to the Taurus G3c.

Taurus G2c

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Shooting

These guns shoot identical. In their stock format, I find the Taurus G3c sights to be more enjoyable so that’ll tip the advantage to the Taurus G3c vs G2c.

Price/Value

Now there is a significant difference in the price of the Taurus G2c vs G3c. Taurus G3c’s have an MSRP of $308 while the G2c range from $272 to $330. I’ve seen the G2c guns offered as low as $199 but they usually run around $230 while the G3c has a street price of $250-$260. 

Taurus G3c

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For an extra $20-$30, you get a better set of sights and a better finish on the slide. In my opinion, it’s worth but for you, it may not be. You have to look at all the features to decide what’s important to you when comparing the Taurus G2c vs G3c.

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Pros/Cons

Taurus G2c Pros

  • price
Taurus G3c Pros
  • Sights
  • Simpler Loaded Chamber Indicator

G2c Cons

  • Sights
  • Loaded Chamber Indicator
G3c Cons
  • Price

This is an opinion piece, but I always aim to eliminate bias. Look, we’ve all read them before. Gun reviews that claim to be helpful, but they’re really thinly veiled hit pieces trying to get you to buy something before you’ve even started your research. Or, even worse, a review put together by a content writer who has never even held a gun. 

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25 Replies to “Taurus G3c vs G2c”

  1. Terry Golden says:

    I love them both but if I had to pick one it would be the Taurus g2c

    1. LNew says:

      Your G2 millinium used in comparison with the G3C is NOT a G2C and a G2C is approximately 3/32 of an inch shorter than a G3C and also weighs less.

      1. Harrison says:

        You’re mistaken. These guns are identical in length when you measure them with calipers.

  2. Mark Sweeney says:

    I’ve been using Taurus for a while they’ve been very reliable for me, very enjoyable because of there reliability and at a good price.

  3. Josh L says:

    The G2S is an excellent gun. Really like the stippling they put on the grip.

  4. Bryan Scott says:

    I personally think the only thing that would make me feel better with the G3c is the metal sights. Pretty much no difference in them other than that besides price, lol.

    1. Harrison says:

      Pretty much but having metal sights and the ability to install Glock aftermarket sights is a big plus. I really wish they had made the safety ambi.

  5. Duane Oberlies says:

    I absolutely love and trust my Taurus G2c. Never had an issue with it and I’m very comfortable using it as my EDC.

    1. john voorhis says:

      I just bought the Taurus G3C. it was all they had available. I am not a Taurus guy.and had also the same day bought the Beretta 92X and the Glocks 20/21. I needed a small subcompact gun for my vest when I am riding my Motorcycle. the store I shop at knows I am a gun snob to an extent lol. I usually buy guns with better reps. anyway, this lil gun was flawless and I put 100 rounds of that Maxx Tec 115GR ammo through it. I am please with this and feel very safe carrying it as my EDC bike gun. for what they are, they are worth the $$. they work. they are accurate at combat distances. And reliable, just clean them after every range session. proper lube/ammo and you’ll be fine. again, I am very happy with my choice. And I don’t think the bad guy really cares if that 9mm projectile comes from a SIG-Glock-H&K-ETC. shot placement!!!

  6. Scott says:

    Taurus has really stepped up their game!

  7. WES says:

    KEEP TINKERING MAKES A GREAT TRIGGER FOR THE G2C

    1. Zac says:

      Best upgrade you can do is the keep tinkering trigger.

  8. FXSTC1999 says:

    Owned both and and greatly prefer the g3c over the g2c. One of the biggest draws for me was the more durable tennifer coating on the g3c.
    Also while the trigger pulls are similar, the new design of the g3c feels alot better as it’s wider and like how they changed the safety blade/dongle.
    The sights of the g3c and the g3c having 3 magazines instead of 2 were icing on the cake.

  9. Bob says:

    I really enjoy shooting my G2c and my old man eyes prefer the three white dot sight on the G2c. I recently added a Viridian e-series laser which fit perfectly and is a real plus for low light/dark lighting conditions.

  10. Jed says:

    I’ve a slightly used G2c, The gun is great for concealing but I have issues with the slide lock.
    Empty mag., drop insert full one, press down on lock, NOT! It takes both hands, to release lock.
    One hand hold the frame. The other hand, push the slide back a bit to release the tension on the lock. The thumb lock will work. Is this a defect for Tarus?

    1. Harrison says:

      Try Breaking it in with no mag and see what happens. That’s a non-normal motion so it could be user, breaking, or a manufacturing flaw. Unless I handled it’s hard to know.

    2. Greg Hays says:

      Never had that problem with my G2C (or my PT-111 millennium). Definitely an individual problem with your gun.

      1. Harrison says:

        What problem are you referring to?

    3. John Zottoli says:

      Look for a burr on the slide cut , could be just a couple stoke of a file to fix the problem.

  11. Mike Underwood says:

    The G3 is heavier than the G2 and but dy is a little bigger they are not the same size.

  12. Eagle525 says:

    I bought in early with the Taurus PT111 Millennium G2 with the subcompact 3.2′ barrel and 12+1 capacity . At the time it was a attractive combination of features, competitively priced and came along well before the Springfield Hellcat which is similar in size and boasts “one more round capacity”.
    MSRP on The PT at the time was as low as $199.00, plus applicable sales taxes. Put it thru 1,000 + rounds initially and proved reliable, now more than 2K in range rounds, no problems and eats everything fed into it. My higher priced carry models including CZ & Browning are reserved for range use and now carry the PT G’s exclusively. Should the PT G2’s be used defensively I am not going to have a premium grade pistol in an evidence locker , nor will need to go thru a potential legal maze trying to get have it returned.
    Originally the big consumer issue with the PT111 G2 was the trigger which, when adapted to, was no problem at all to me. That trigger was grossly misunderstood by a majority of the shooting community. I now have the G3 plus other G2’s and triggers now represent what buyers seek. The PT 111-G2 and derivatives were a marketing /sales turning point for the Taurus image. With the new Taurus CEO on board, service levels have improved and more accessory items are now available directly thru Taurus. In closing: I now own the TX-22 and it has surpassed all expectations so much so that it gets much more range time and helps offset 9mm ammo expenses. Prior to my Pt-111 G2 purchase Taurus was not represented in my firearm mix… now Taurus hangs out with the best of manufacturers. Best regards to all.

  13. Barry says:

    I don’t understand why they left the white dots off the rear site. I feel I’d be more accurate with the sites of the G2C than the sites of the G3C.

    1. Harrison says:

      The dots tend to be distracting for most shooters. There is a reason almost all target sights have a blacked-out rear and often a blacked-out front.

  14. Luis says:

    You forgot to mention that the G3c comes with 3 magazines. The G2c comes with 2 magazines. As far as the trigger they are in the same location. But the G3c has a flat face, compared to the safety blade in the middle of the G2c. The trigger pull is smoother on the G3c. Both have the re-strike ability, which is a great feature for dry fire. I have both, only because the G3c is not available in .40S&W. Lakeline LLC makes good aftermarket products for both models. Keep Thinkering offers triggers for both models in various options. You can opt for higher capacity magazines for both models in 9mm from Taurus. Either way, you get excellent value for your money. And the bottom line is that they are reliable firearms. Of course, all mechanical things can fail, but I think most malfunctions are user-related.

  15. Steve says:

    Thanks for the great comparison review. Excellent. I’ve never seen a better and more thorough comparative analysis. I bought the G3c and love it for every day carry. Will likely buy a G2c as well based on your review. Thanks again

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