Taurus is looking to take on the big boys with its new micro pistol, which is designed to deliver maximum concealment without sacrificing capacity or ergonomics – the GX4.
Getting the specs out of the way, the 11+1 shot 9mm is the size of popular .380 "pocket guns," using a 3.06-inch barrel to tape out to a maximum 6.05-inch overall length. The gun is slender, at just over an inch wide, and it is 4.4 inches high at its tallest. The unloaded weight is 18.6 ounces. Fully loaded with 12 rounds of 147-grain JHPs, we found our test gun to hit the scales at 23.9 ounces.
Unlike the other four micro 9s on the market, the GX4 currently is not offered in an optics-ready format, although it should be noted that Taurus recently added the TORO series to its legacy G3 line, so the possibility that a GX4 with a red dot cut in the future shouldn't be ruled out.
Also, unlike the other Micros out there, the GX4 has a $392 asking price, which smokes the competition. The closest thing to that price point up to now is the Ruger MAX-9 with an MSRP of $499, with the other pistols running north of there, especially on the more tricked-out models.
Taurus uses an aggressive stippling pattern along the front of the grip, the side panels, the full length of the backstrap, as well as forward of the trigger at the index pad locations.