At the SHOT Show and across America, most of the handgun introductions I see are polymer-frame, striker-fired handguns.
The pistol illustrated is similar to other polymer-frame handguns, but just the same, the Taurus G3 is a welcome addition.
These handguns offer proven reliability, while polymer construction offers affordability not possible with steel-frame handguns.
The Taurus G3 operates in the same manner as the popular G2 series. The lockwork, takedown and operation are the same.
The 9mm Luger is a powerful cartridge well-suited to defense use. Just the same, the 9mm is controllable and downright pleasant to fire in full-size handguns.
This makes for enjoyable practice sessions.
What is the Taurus G3?
This makes for a good reserve of ammunition for home defense. The 9mm is controllable and, with this type of capacity (ammunition reserve), a trained shooter is a formidable opponent against home invaders or a take-over gang.
The Taurus G3 is similar in size to the GLOCK 19 handgun. This is a good spot to be, with a size that many of us find ideal for both concealed carry and home defense.
The pistol will be offered in versions with a stainless steel slide or black slide.
The pistol is an ideal size at 7.3” long. The Taurus G3 9mm weighs just 25 ounces. This isn’t a burden on the belt during a long day or when traveling, and it handles quickly.
The pistol features a modern light rail for mounting combat lights such as the TRUGLO combination light/laser. This light offers both illumination and an aiming index.
The light may be set for white light only, red laser only, or a combination of the pair. The TRUGLO Tru-Lite setup is a good one for combat shooting and is offered at a fair price.
When carrying the handgun, I noted that the base pad equipped magazine with two more cartridges adds only 1/10 inch to the pistol’s height.
The pistol breaks down in the now-standard GLOCK-type, using spring-loaded levers on the frame to release the slide.
A significant difference between the Taurus G3 and the GLOCK — and most every other striker-fired, polymer-frame handgun — is that the G3 is a single-action handgun.
Rack the slide and the action is cocked for single-action fire. Press the trigger and the sear trips the striker. Since this is a single-action pistol, the G3 should always be carried with the safety on.
The frame-mounted safety is positive in operation and falls under the thumb easily as the pistol comes to the ready on target. Trigger compression is a manageable 5.7 pounds.
When practicing with this trigger, I noted considerable take-up before I hit a ‘wall’ and then there was a solid break. The trigger isn’t difficult to manage, but like most, it must be learned for best results.
The G3 pistol has a second-strike feature. If the first shot does not ignite the cartridge, the Taurus may be fired again with a long, heavy trigger press. This is interesting.
While some like a second strike, others feel that the cartridge in the chamber should be cleared immediately after a misfire. Taurus offers an option.
The sights of the Taurus G3 9mm are well-suited to fast combat shooting. They set low, snag-free and feature white, three-dot inserts.
The handle features a nicely pebbled grip section that offers both adhesion and abrasion.
Shooting the Taurus G3
I began the firing test with Winchester’s USA Ready FMJ ammunition. This is affordable, but clean-burning and accurate ammunition.
The pistol comes on target quickly and is manageable in rapid-fire. The 9mm isn’t hard kicking, but there is a lot going on with a 9mm self-loader and you must pay attention to the grip, trigger press and sight picture.
The pistol was fired at five, seven and 10 yards. It isn’t difficult to keep all of the magazine in the X-ring. I burned up more than 100 rounds in this test with good results.
I also fired a magazine of the Winchester 147-grain PDX. This is an accurate load that puts them all in one hole at 10 yards when I do my part.
My favorite Winchester 9mm defense load is the 124-grain PDX +P. This loading breaks 1190 fps from the G3. Recoil is increased, but I like the wound potential of this formidable loading.
The Taurus handles this load well. All in all, the firing results were impressive for an economy-grade handgun. At a long 25 yards, average five-shot groups were four inches, with some a bit smaller and a few larger.
Carrying a concealed handgun isn’t easy and the holster is a big part of the equation. I have tested the Crossbreed Reckoning holster extensively and find it not a good, but an outstanding choice.
The Reckoning was intended to provide a smaller footprint than the original Crossbreed, while offering the same Kydex-over-leather advantage.
The Reckoning is supplied with an anti-rollout device that combats one of the few drawbacks of appendix carry. The appendix position often allows the handle to ‘roll out’ forward.
The Crossbreed anti-rollout addition is a solution. The device may be removed if not needed.
The GLOCK 19 size Crossbreed is a good match for the Taurus G3.
The G3 is an affordable performer that offers baseline performance for personal defense.
Taurus G3 Specs:
|Capacity||15rds Standard, 17rds Extended|
|Weight||1 Pound, 9.3 Ounces|
|Finish||Matte Black, Stainless|
|Slide||Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel|
|Sights||White Three-Dot, Dovetailed|
|Trigger Pull||5 lbs 8 oz SA, 6 lbs 4 oz DA|
|Safeties||Striker-Block Plunger, Manual Safety Lever, Trigger Safety Lever|
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