Taurus Launching Optics-Ready GX4 TORO Micro-Compact 9mm

Taurus is going optics-ready with their new micro-compact. (Photo: Taurus USA)

Taurus is following up on their latest hit, the GX4 micro-compact pistol for concealed carry, with the GX4 TORO, an optics-ready model compatible with a range of popular mini red dot sights. The TORO system, or Taurus Optic Ready Option, includes a factory cut slide and a flush slide cover plate when not in use.

The TORO mounting system is compatible with Trijicon RMR cc micro red dot sights and other red dots including the Holosun HS507K and HS407K, Riton 3 Tactix MPRD2, Shield RMSc, SIG Sauer Romeo Zero, Sightmark Mini Shot A-Spec M3 and Springfield Armory Hex Wasp, along with any other that shares the same footprint.

Taurus includes a set of mounting screws for the cover plate and optics, and ships with either two 10-round magazines or one flush-fitting 11-round magazine and one extended 13-round magazine. Red dot sights can be installed, uninstalled and swapped by the user and do not require a gunsmith.

Chambered for 9mm Luger, the Taurus GX4 and GX4 TORO are two of the latest micro-compacts to hit the market. Part of a new class of polymer-framed, striker-fired handguns, micro-compacts are only a little larger than single-stack pistols with capacities bordering on subcompact versions of double-stack handguns.

The GX4 TORO 9mm holds 11+1 with flush magazines or 13+1 with extended mags. (Photo: Taurus USA)

With a 3-inch barrel, unloaded weight of just over 18 ounces, a width of about an inch, and a height right under 4.5 inches tall, the GX4 falls right in line with other popular micro-compact pistols. Where the pistol stands out is in its price.

The suggested retail price for the Taurus GX4 TORO is just $468, which is less than what many of the premium brands charge for their base models without optics cuts. With the GX4 TORO owners can pick up a pistol and an optic for around the same amount as an optics-ready gun without a red dot from other brands.

And it’s not for any lack of features. The GX4 and GX4 TORO are very modern pistols with a focus on ergonomics and good controls.

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The GX4 has a long upswept beavertail for a high-up grip, combined with a deeply undercut trigger guard. The frame has grip texturing molded in all sides, including the frontstrap and both small and large interchangeable backstraps. Additionally, the frame has two index finger memory pads on both sides of the frame.

The pistol has a serrated, flat-faced trigger, a popular option on today’s aftermarket. Safeties include a passive trigger safety, an internal drop safety and a loaded chamber port. The magazine release is reversible and the slide stop lever is recessed to limit snagging.

The barrel and slide have a black nitride finish for wear- and corrosion resistance, and other components have a black Teflon coating for protection and lubricity. Overall it’s a slender and sleek package that’s competitive with other more expensive models on the market today.

If you’re interested in an optics-ready micro-compact like this, head over to Taurus USA today.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Rock December 10, 2021, 9:07 am

    Its been about five years ago that I bought a Taurus G3 semi auto. I was doing a direct comparison between a Sig, a Springfield Armory, a Khar, and the S&W shield. As soon as I put that Taurus in my hand, I was sold. It shoots just as good as it looks. I dont care for a side safety but it was not a deal breaker. There is a lot to like about Taurus semi autos. My main home defender is a G23 and as far as shooting these guns go, the Taurus is better fitting and just as accurate as the Glock. I claim that ANY of today’s semi autos are “good guns” that you can depend on.

  • MeSeaHunt December 10, 2021, 8:10 am

    IMO there are two Manf’s that SHOULD stick to what they do best (wheels) and that is Ruger and Taurus!!! nuff said….

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