Over the last two years, Taurus has brought new members into the family of Millennium G-series pistols, which has given them a bump-up in street cred. While some are quick to dismiss Taurus pistols, we think opinions may be swayed with these super-affordable options. Reviewers and professionals agree that the Taurus G2C, G2S, G3, and G3C rival some of the other popular options on the market.
Taurus G2C Sub-Compact Pistol
The sub-compact Taurus G2C is a reliable small-framed pistol that was designed with the intent of concealed-carry in mind. It is essentially a re-branded version of the original Taurus G2 with some minor visual and functional updates.
Chambered in 9 mm and .40 S&W, the Taurus G2C features a reduction in the aggressiveness of the grip stippling compared to its predecessor. Another obvious feature that didn’t make it over to the G2C is the TSS (Taurus Security System) feature that the Taurus G2 had. One of three safeties the pistol featured, the TSS was excluded from the G2C perhaps due to unnecessary redundancy.
With a light/laser attachment point on the barrel, 3-dot sighting system, 12+1 round capacity (11+1 for 0.40 S&W) in a double-stack configuration, the Taurus G2C is a solid choice that contains all the features you need for an EDC defensive handgun.
Taurus G2S Sub-Compact Pistol
Talk about colors of the rainbow! Fourteen color variants chambered in either 9 mm or .40 S&W are available for the G2S. Similarities between the G2C and G2S are many. However, the glaring difference is that the G2S is single-stack and lower capacity (6-round for .40 S&W and 7-round for 9 mm).
It could be argued that the G2C (with its higher capacity magazine) trumps the one capable of holding fewer rounds. This is especially true because the single-stack grip is not much thinner than its double-stack sibling. It may lead one to say, “What’s the point?” Fair enough. But for someone with smaller hands, it may just be the difference between comfortable shooting and never wanting to pick it up to practice with it.
Taurus G3 Full-Size Pistol
This nearly full-size pistol offering from Taurus gives you a full-size pistol handle, while keeping the overall size more compact, due to its shorter barrel. Even with the shorter barrel, it has terrific accuracy, and you gain a larger, more comfortable grip that will hold 10-17 rounds.
At a price point below $300, the Taurus G3 is an excellent entry-level gun. It features an integrated Picatinny rail for accessory mounting and an intuitive, manual thumb-safety. The rear sight is adjustable, while the front sight is fixed.
Taurus offers the G3 in six different variants that vary in slide finish, frame color, and magazine capacities. Choose between 10-round, 15-round, and 17-round magazines.
Taurus G3C Sub-Compact Pistol
We should also make mention of the G3C, the newest model in the Taurus G-Series! The G3C sub-compact is a concealed-carry pistol that has a few minor changes from the G2C. Similar in size to the G2C, Taurus updated the coating inside the gun and outside of the frame, which makes it visually and functionally more appealing.
Taurus also upgraded the trigger, added front serrations to the slide, changed the rear dot-sights to metal, and increased the number of mags that come with it to three. Chambered in 9 mm, it comes in either 10-round or 12-round capacity.
Speed Loaders for the Taurus G2C, G2S, G3, & G3C
RAE offers speed loaders for most brands of semi-automatic firearms and the Taurus G2C, G2S, G3, and G3C are no exception. All models feature double-stack magazines, except for the G2S, and we have no problem accommodating loaders for any of the models or their variants. The same speed loader model that fits the G3 also fits the Taurus G3C mags. Check out our full line of speed loaders for the Taurus G2C, G2S, G3, and G3C plus other models here.
If you are getting ready for a day at the range, our durable polymer speed loaders will get your 11+1 or 17-round mags loaded quickly and efficiently. 100% made in the USA, RAE Industry speed loaders are designed to save you time, money, and your thumbs.
Should you have any problems with using our speed loaders on the G3 15- or 17-round magazines, we have a video here that explains the issue. This is a known problem with higher capacity magazines, where the follower twists while trying to load the first round. Twisting results in the follower catching, which doesn’t allow it to be pushed down. The simple solution is to load the first round by hand and continue with the speed loader from that point on.
Loading magazines is a pain! Save yourself the hassle and spend more time shooting with RAE speed loaders.