Taurus continues to grow its line of popular G3 series pistols by adding a factory optics cut to its affordable striker-fired 9mm handguns. 

Offered in both the standard G3 and the more compact G3C model, the new Taurus TORO – Taurus Optic Ready Option – are the same guns that have already carved out a significant piece of the concealed carry market. But now they come with the bonus of having a cut and plate system for red dots.

Taurus had the guns on hand at this week's Shooting Sports Showcase, and reps there told Guns.com the move to offer the factory cut is so consumers can immediately add their choice of micro red dot without the expense of custom gunsmith work or "downtime" of their handgun. 

Related: Taurus G3C Review After 4 Months, 1K Rounds


The Taurus G3 TORO uses 15-round mags and, due to its 4-inch barrel length, runs 7.3 inches overall with an unloaded weight of 25 ounces. (Photo: Taurus)
The Taurus G3C TORO uses 12-round mags and, with a 3.2-inch barrel length, runs 6.3 inches overall with an unloaded weight of 22 ounces. (Photo: Taurus)

Four different mounting plates, along with four different sets of screws and an L-Key, are included with the G3/G3C TORO pistols. These enable the guns to accommodate the Trijicon RMR, Noblex-Docter, Vortex Venom, Burris FastFire, Sightmark Mini, Holosun HS407C, Leupold Delta Point, C-More STS2, Bushnell RXS-250, and TRUGLO TRU-TEC Micro sights. Should the user want to run without the RDS, a steel slide cover plate is included as well. 

Should the end-user go with a red dot that has co-witnessing issues, the G3 series use Glock-style dovetail cuts on the slide. This opens the gun to a wide array of common elevated or suppressor-height aftermarket sights that are easily swapped out. 

The best thing about the whole deal is that these optics-ready G3s have an MSRP of just $408.77 and ship with either two or three mags depending on the model. 

How do they shoot? Hop from TFB TV has one on tap in the below 10-minute review. 

And Beyond Seclusion stretched one out to 100 yards plus with a Burris FastFire installed.