By: Friedrich Seiltgen
Today’s review is the latest contestant in the Everyday Carry (EDC), polymer frame, striker-fired, optics-ready pistol competition. The Taurus G3c T.O.R.O. (Taurus Optics Ready Option) comes with four different optics mounting adapters for the growing micro red dot optic market. Based on the Taurus G-series pistols, the G3c (compact) has improved safety and reliability features, with a lower price!
The polymer framed pistol uses a matte black, tenifer finished steel alloy slide, with a matte stainless barrel. The frame has a nice palm swell with added aggressive stippling that gives the shooter a firm grip, and the slide has added serrations for better manipulation.
Taurus redesigned the trigger, giving it a consistent 6 lb. pull and added a restrike capability that allows the shooter to pull the trigger a second time if a failure to fire happens.
The standard sights on the T.O.R.O. are steel with a white dot front and a plain rear sight with serrations to cut down on glare. The slide cut is now an industry standard dovetail. This change gives the shooter a choice in using tritium night sights, if they are not using a red dot. It also makes it easier to mount an elevated sight, as shooters should have a backup when Murphy strikes, and the technology goes down.
As for safety features, The T.O.R.O. is equipped with a visual loaded chamber indicator, striker block, a trigger safety, and on the left side of the gun a 1911 style manual thumb safety.
Action Type: Semi-Automatic, Striker-Fired, Single Action with Re-strike capability.
Magazine capacity: 12 rounds for free states, 10 rounds everywhere else.
Sights: Plain rear with a white dot front.
Barrel Length: 3.2”
Overall Length: 6.3”
Height: 5.10”, minus optic
Weight: 22 oz.
The T.O.R.O. has all the features of the original G-Series full size in a compact frame EDC gun. The pistol comes with three magazines and four different optics mounting plates. With a MSRP of $408.77, you should see the T.O.R.O. on the gun store counter in the $350 to $375 range! That price gives you plenty left over to buy optics or ammo, depending on how you’ve prepared. It looks like Taurus has another hit on its hands. With all the upgrades and a super price point, expect to see a lot more of the G3c T.O.R.O. at your range.
That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at [email protected].