I routinely shoot with a women’s club called “the Sunshine Shooting Club.” We’ve been on the range together in lots of scenarios (think parking lot, restaurant, low light, moving with a gun, etc.) for more than four years now. When I mentioned that we would be receiving some Taurus guns to review, one of our members exclaimed how much she’d like to try the Taurus G3.
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Fortunately, the G3 came with a few other guns for us to test, and naturally, the G3 went out to the range to meet the Sunshine Shooting Club. The version I received for evaluation was the G3 T.O.R.O. (Taurus Optic Ready Option) – the marketing folks were working overtime on that one, Taurus (Latin for bull) and TORO (Spanish for bull) – whose hot feature is its factory cut slide that allows mounting the shooter’s choice of micro red dot optic without the need of a gunsmith’s services. And for the optic, I looked to another of our partners, Crimson Trace, and mounted their CTS-1250 electronic sight on the gun.
First of all, as usual, I disassembled the G3 at the gun bench (unloaded, of course) and cleaned it up before range time. I ran it through function tests before beginning the testing. Then, I removed the optic mount cover from the slide, selected the correct adapter plate (Taurus provides four different plates and the necessary screws in the box with the gun) for the CTS-1250, and mounted the optic and adapter to the slide with the screws. I didn’t use thread locker on the screws, as I would be returning the pistol and the optic to their manufacturers after my evaluation, but you should use thread locker on your set-up. Since I didn’t use it, I had to recheck the torque on the screws several times during my shot strings.
We’ve shot at least 300 rounds through it, no malfunctions at all. We’ve run four types of ammo through it, as well.
So, here’s why women will like this gun:
Here are some more specs regarding the G3:
Frame size: Full
Barrel length: 4 inches
Overall length: 7.28 inches
Overall width: 1.2 inches
Weight unloaded: 24.83 ounces
Trigger pull: 6 pounds
Action type: Single action with restrike
Sights: In case you don’t want a red dot, the gun comes with a steel fixed front sight and a drift adjustable steel rear sight
Magazines: Two magazines ship with the gun, one holding 15 and one holding 17 rounds
Accuracy testing occurred during one session on the range, at 7 yards from a bench rest, using a Caldwell “The Rock” shooting rest for support. The test results shown below are in inches, and are from three groups of five shots per ammo.
Here are the results from the various types of ammo. Group sizes are in inches.
Remington UMC, 115 grain, full metal jacket: largest group – 1.0; smallest group – .5; average of three groups – .67
Fiocchi Defense Dynamics, 115 grain, jacketed hollow point: largest group – .75; smallest group – .25; average of three groups – .42
At the Sunshine Shooting Club, we’ve been training using the FBI Bullseye shooting test. When the G3 with its optic went to the range, my friend (who, frankly, is a Sig snob), liked this gun so much that she wants to buy it.
For its price and most definitely, its accuracy, this gun deserves a real hard look if you’re wanting a personal defense pistol.