Concealed Carry

Review: Taurus GX4

Man Shooting Taurus GX4 Pistol

Not too long ago, truly small handguns were products of compromise. Compromise in reliability, caliber and sight picture was common.

A .32 Auto or .38 snub nose was considered standard fare.

During the past generation, the development of light, reliable and more powerful handguns has changed the practical features of personal defense.

Among the most common handguns chosen for personal defense is a pistol commonly referred to as the slim-line nine.

These handguns are typically polymer-frame striker-fired pistols with a slim grip accommodating a single-column magazine holding seven to nine rounds.

Modern polymer technology has resulted in several redesigns. The latest is an evolution of the Taurus G-series of pistols.

The Taurus GX4 is a modern 9mm pistol with many good features.

Taurus GX4
This is a neat, compact, clean and useful design.

Features and Specs

Among the unique features of the pistol, is that it features an additional grip insert, which many pistols of this size do not.

The GX4 is compact, with a short slide and modest grip. The slide is coated to combat corrosion and the polymer frame isn’t subject to corrosion.

This is a single-action pistol. Quite a few pistols using the modern striker are single-action pistols.

The Taurus features a safety lever set in the trigger to limit discharge by lateral pressure. The pistol is slick, with very little to snag on.

The sights are low-profile, small enough to limit snagging, but large enough for a good sight picture.

The muzzle end is slightly beveled for easier holstering. The barrel features a nicely crowned muzzle.

The gripping surfaces are well designed, with good coverage on the front strap, rear strap and side panels.

In the unlikely event of a stuck magazine, there are frame cuts on each side of the magazine well to provide leverage for ripping the magazine free.

There are roughened sections on the frame as well to accommodate those using the thumbs-forward grip.

Taurus GX4 Specifications

  • Overall Length: 6.05 Inches
  • Barrel Length: 3.06 Inches
  • Maximum Width: 1.08 Inches
  • Height: 4.4 Inches
  • Weight: 18.5 Ounces
Disassembled Taurus Pistol
The pistol fieldstrips easily.

GX4 Capacity and Control

These are interesting dimensions. The pistol is clearly a compact pistol, but the weight is in line with some handguns that are slightly larger.

Coupled with the pistol’s recoil spring-within-a-spring technology, this weight makes for a comfortable pistol to fire.

At no time was the pistol uncomfortable to fire.

The Taurus GX4 features a slim grip, but Taurus managed to design the grip to accommodate a wide range of hand sizes.

The pistol is supplied with two 11-round magazines.

In contrast to offering a flush-fit 10-round magazine and a longer, extended 12 or 13-round magazine, Taurus has given us a relatively short grip with greater capacity than competitors such as the SIG P365.

This makes sense in a concealed carry pistol.

The Taurus handles well, with an easy-to-rack slide and only two controls — the slide lock and magazine release.

The pistol’s takedown is quite simple. A screw on the right side of the frame is turned to release the slide and the slide simply runs off the frame.

GX4 Carry Options

The Taurus is simple enough to use, but not utilitarian.

The pistol is a simple black finish for concealment and non-reflection, but there is considerable style in the grip treatment and forward cocking serrations.

This is a nice-looking pistol. It is a good fit in the Crossbreed tuckable and IWB holsters, a surprisingly comfortable package on the belt.

Crossbreed’s combination of a rigid Kydex holster and supple leather backing makes for excellent concealment and comfort.

Taurus Pistol In Holster
The Crossbreed holster is ideal for concealed carry.

GX4 Accuracy and Reliability

Firing the pistol was accomplished with a variety of full metal jacketed practice loads and a few of my lead bullet handloads.

Reliability was excellent without any failures to feed, chamber, fire or eject.

The pistol gets on target quickly and offers excellent hit probability. This is what really matters, fast shooting and rapid follow-up shots.

As for absolute accuracy, I lined up the MTM K-Zone shooting rest and took aim at a target at 20 yards distance.

I kept five shots in three inches, sometimes less. For personal defense, more study and selection is needed.

I fired a magazine each of the Hornady 115-grain XTP, 124-grain XTP and 135-grain Critical Duty.

There are excellent modern defense loads with much to recommend. Function and accuracy are good.

I would choose the Critical Defense load in this application.

Woman Shooting Handgun

The Taurus GX4 is an excellent shooter for its size.

Conclusion: Taurus GX4 Review

‘The Taurus GX4 is a bright spot in new introductions. It is the right gun at the right time and should prove to be a sterling choice for personal defense.

What do you think of the Taurus GX4? Let us know in the comments section below!

About the Author:

Wilburn Roberts

When Wilburn Roberts was a young peace officer, he adopted his present pen name at the suggestion of his chief, as some of the brass was leery of what he might write. This was also adopted out of respect for families of both victims and criminals. The pen name is the same and the man remains an outspoken proponent of using enough gun for the job.

He has been on the hit list of a well-known hate group, traveled in a dozen countries and written on many subjects, including investigating hate crimes and adopting the patrol carbine. He graduated second in his class with a degree in Police Science. It took him 20 years to work himself from Lieutenant to Sergeant and he calls it as he sees it.
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Comments (9)

  1. I bought my wife a GX4 to replace her Santa fe .38 special revolver! Took it to test fire/Sight in and let her get some range time in to get used to shooting a semi-automatic vs. her wheel gun…..
    Needless to say, I ordered myself a GX4 after using hers! It is the perfect backup to my G19, plus I can wear it with nylon gym shorts and it does not pull them to the ground around my ankles!
    We have a total of 4 of the GX4’S in our family and we have NOT had problem one with any of this Taurus Firearm.

  2. Purchased the gx4 few months ago. Factory ammo,personal handloads,never skips a beat. No ftf or fte either. Good accuracy,recoil manageable,now replaces my s&w .38spec airweight. Found 2 knife pouches that fit the spare mags easily. Taurus hit the mark on this one.

  3. Just got my GX4 last week – Works GREAT with 115 hardball – Mine with a good sight picture shoots about 4-5′ low @ 7 yards – After MANY attempts and trying several methods I could NOT get 115 CRITICAL DEFENSE ammo to chamber!! I’m in touch with TAURUS concerning the issue – FYI, I’m pushing 70 and have been around guns all my life and was a professional custom engraver over 20+ years and a teacher the last part of my career – Back in the day I shot “A” Class IPSC – I post this so people might understand that I am familiar with firearms.

  4. Been an advocate for Taurus for the better part of the last decade. We had to clean up a few things (many) but once the Chief designer from Beretta came on board a complete overhaul in two key facets were made. The first was design and the second was reliability as Taurus had a few stumbles decades past.
    I joined when the turn around commenced with the release of the Pt111 Millenium Pro G2 and all G series that followed and they all are amazing to shoot. Taurus test pilots with brass only which to some creates issues as some models struggle with feeding issues with Steel and polycoated ammunition.
    Feed them brass and the run.
    The Gx4 is a spitfire and can hang with the Hellcat, The 365, and all the other SC’s out and beats them all on price.
    So far roughly 600 rounds of blazer brass 115and Fiochii 124 as well as straggles of old Federal 124 and Freedom 115 FT rounds and not one issue.
    I’m a lefty so in the shoot pen the ejection of spent casings love to fly a little right and back ricocheting right back at me which sucks but that’s the only quarrel I have and a minuscule one at that.
    Taurus is spot on now and for a fair assessment the coating is single stage applied instead of three stage on the Pt111 the G2 and G3. Appears to exact same on the Gx4.
    This is how time and money is saved and how we keep costs as low as possible frankly.
    The methods are more stringent than the Pt111 and quality is improving every model but “battle finish”? I don’t know. I got an older G2 it got wet and it immediately started surface rusting and like everywhere.
    Days are behind us now and the GX4 is coming for a top slot right along with the TP9 and the G3 which are excellent in every respects.

  5. Looks like a nice concealed pistol my only concern is I have large hands and I’m not sure how this gun would fit my grip. I also don’t remember seeing a price for this pistol.

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