Taurus Launching Optic-Ready G3 and G3C TORO Pistols

Taurus is going optics-ready with the G3 and G3C. (Photo: Taurus)

Taurus is rolling out a new generation of G3 and G3C pistols with the new TORO lineup. Short for Taurus Optics Ready Option, these popular 9mm Luger handguns are now set up for mini red dot sights.

The G3 and G3C are Taurus’ mid-size and subcompact polymer-framed, striker-fired handguns for personal defense and everyday carry. Like the original gen 3 pistols, these are priced to move.

Every TORO pistol is cut for optics and comes with a steel cover plate and four interchangeable steel mounting plates for a wide range of mini red dots including Bushnell, C-More, Docter, Leupold, Sightmark, Trijicon, Vortex and more.

The TORO G3 walks the line between mid-size and full-size with a 4-inch barrel and slide assembly, flush 15-round magazines and extended 17-round mags. The TORO G3C is decidedly more compact with its 3.2-inch barrel and shorter grip and 12-round magazines with finger extensions.

These are the start of the Taurus Optics Ready Option lineup. (Photo: Taurus)

The TORO G3 ships with two magazines, one 15-round and one 17-round magazine or two 15-round magazines. The updated G3C ships with three 12-round magazines and 10-round magazines are available for both for restricted markets.

All of this comes in at a very competitive price point: the TORO pistols have a suggested retail price of $408. In real-world and online pricing terms, people will be able to buy a TORO pistol and an optic for roughly the same amount as most optic-ready pistols list for alone.

Both models are lightweight at less than 25 ounces for the G3 and 22 ounces for the G3C. They’re the same width at 1.2 inches wide at the controls. They’re both just a hair over 5 inches tall, although the G3C grip tapers to the rear to reduce its profile for concealed-carry.

See Also: Taurus Introduces Optic-Ready Competition .22 Pistol

In addition to the optics mounts, the TORO series carries over all of the G3 features, including a single-action trigger with restrike capability, simple manual thumb safety and passive trigger safety, loaded chamber indicator, and combination Tenifer and Teflon finish on the slide and small parts.

Priced the way these are, people are going to give these a look, especially for anyone who isn’t already sold on pistols with red dot optics. Even in today’s market when prices and availability are unpredictable, Taurus has managed to put affordable products in the hands of new and experienced shooters everywhere, and hopefully, that trend continues with the new TORO series.

For more information about these and the rest of the Taurus catalog head over to the company website.

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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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  • wiliam gookin March 12, 2021, 9:59 am

    why do you never have or show revolvers. i am looking for a S&W 4’blue barrel 357 mag.
    you always show taurus etc.

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