Taurus USA has put considerable effort into fleshing out its G-series of semi-automatic pistols, from the full-size G3 and smaller G3X and G3c. New for 2022, Taurus has just released an additional pistol to the striker-fired G-series lineup with the G3XL. Chambered in 9 mm Luger, the G3XL is designed with the same full-size slide and barrel carried over from the G3, incorporated with a sleeker profile to make it friendly for concealed carry and personal protection.
The steel slide of the G3XL is topped off with a corrosion-resistant matte Tenifer finish, while the barrel is made from stainless-steel and left unfinished. The inclusion of the G3’s 4” barrel and longer slide provide a longer sight radius and barrel length over more compact models, with an overall length of 7.28”. While the slide and barrel of the G3XL are pulled directly off a full-size, the frame is more compact, with a height of 5.10” and width of 1.2”. To ensure best comfort inside the waistband and while drawing, the G3XL’s frame has a reduced length Picatinny accessory rail on the dust cover. The gun also lacks a manual safety lever.
With the reduced size of the frame, the G3XL feed from smaller double-stack magazines that accept 12 rounds, with two in the box with each pistol. The G3XL can also accept 15- and 17-round magazines as well. On the bottom of the 12-round magazines is an included thumb extension floorplate, which helps improve the overall grip. The grip itself includes aggressive stippled texturing areas at the sides as well as the front and back.
For controls, the G3XL has mostly the same basic layout as the rest of the G-series, with a reversible magazine release button and blade-in-shoe safety on the trigger. Other features include a loaded chamber indicator included on the top of the slide, as well as serrations machined into the front and rear of the sides. It has a suggested retail price of $342.98. For more information on the new G3XL, as well as Taurus’ other G-series pistols, visit taurususa.com.