I've been living with the Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm for a year and a half on a daily basis, and it has surprised me, for sure. 

Table of Contents

Intro
Specs
Function
Shooting & Accuracy
Pros & Cons
Final Thoughts
Customer Reviews

Intro
 

Taurus introduced the GX4 to the world in May 2021, and I was able to get an early test model from the company slightly before. A good sequel to the company's budget line of increasingly well-made and dependable G2 and G3 series pistols, the GX4 was more of the same, only smaller and with a better trigger. 
 

Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
The GX4. (All photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
The 11+1 shot Taurus GX4 is compact. Micro compact, you could say. 
Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
At 11+1 capacity (13+1 with an extended magazine), the GX4 was just slightly larger than a lot of single-stack 9mm champions on the market –  such as the FN 503 and Glock 43 – but could carry twice the number of rounds. Similarly, it came in just smaller than the Taurus G3c, a crowd-pleaser half-brother to the gun with a 12+1 capacity. 
Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
When compared to more recently introduced double-stack micro 9s with similar magazine capacity, the GX4 was smaller than a lot of the big names, seen stacked side-by-side with the Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro, SIG Sauer P365 XMacro, and Kimber R7 Mako. 

Specs (Via Taurus) 
 

  • Overall Length: 6.05 inches
  • Barrel Length: 3.06 inches
  • Barrel Construction: Stainless steel, 1:10 RH rifling
  • Slide Construction: Alloy steel, gas nitride finish
  • Overall Height: 4.40 inches
  • Overall Width: 1.08 inches
  • Weight (Unloaded): 18.70 ounces
     

Function


Designed as a low-print EDC handgun from the ground up, the GX4 is fairly "melted" with few sharp surfaces to catch on a draw from concealment. This also translates into it having abbreviated surface controls. The most often used of these, the push-button magazine release, is reversible and easy to use, allowing the mag to drop free. The slide catch, however, is very small – about the size of a Tic Tac – and fairly hard to use without concentration and clean/dry hands, at least in my experience. This is a pistol you slingshot into battery, for sure. 
 

Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
The takedown lever requires a tool, such as a flat-head screwdriver or a spent case. Once turned, the pistol field strips with ease and reassembles logically in reverse fashion without tricks. 


Over the past 18 months or so, I have put well over 1,000 rounds through the GX4 and have never suffered from a stoppage in that time that was the fault of the pistol. I ran the pistol with a mix of mostly 115-, 124-, and 147-grain factory 9mm loads, including Winchester white box round-nosed FMJ, Winchester red box USA Ready flat-nosed FMJ, Federal Syntech training loads, and some assorted steel case. Self-defense loads included Winchester's USA Ready 124-grain JHP+P, Browning's X-Point 147-grain JHP, and Speer's Gold Dot Short Barrel Personal Protection 124-grain +P, the latter for use in personal carry as it grouped the best. 

Speaking of personal carry, the GX4 proved such an easy carry – just 24.8 ounces when fully loaded with 14 rounds of 124-grain Gold Dot. Of note, that is the same magazine capacity as on the vaunted Browning Hi-Power, my first carry gun back in the late 1980s. 
 

Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
I've been carrying the GX4 in a DeSantis Gunhide Inside Heat, a bare-bones minimum IWB holster built from black saddle leather, and it just disappears. The pistol is, realistically, just slightly taller than a pocket gun. 
Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
The Taurus has, surprisingly, become one of my favorite carry pieces since the evaluation period ended. I typically carry it anywhere from 20-30 hours a week in all weather conditions in the Gulf South. Between range use and holster wear over the past 18 months, the finish has held up much better than Taurus's older G2 series guns while the texture on the grip surface has worn down some. 

 

Shooting & Accuracy


The trigger is flatter than those previously used by Taurus and breaks at 90 degrees with little take-up and a 6-pound pull on average through the first 500 rounds, then measured at closer to 5.5 after 1,000 rounds. For a factory trigger, it feels good.

Check out this video of the trigger in use: 
 


When it comes to accuracy, this is not an Olympic-quality match pistol but rather a practical handgun optimized for carry purposes. With that in mind, it is more than capable of palm-sized groups in the center of a target at 7 and 10 yards.

I like to run the old 50-round DHS/FPS handgun qualification course several times per year with my carry gun, as it is well-rounded to include fire from the strong and weak hand only, barricade fire, timed reloading, a failure drill, and shooting at ranges between 1.5 and 25 yards. Thus far, I have put the GX4 through that course several times and had no problem pulling a qualifying score. 
 

Taurus GX4 micro compact 9mm
For its size, the GX4 is snappy, especially when using full-power self-defense loads one-handed with the flush-fitting mag. I prefer the extended 13+1 round magazine and a more solid two-hand grip to help mitigate that. 

 

Pros & Cons
 

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Reliable
  • Accurate for practical use
  • Uses a common sight dovetail (Glock pattern)
  • Good trigger

Cons

  • Requires a tool for takedown
  • The slide catch lever could be better
     

Final Thoughts
 

I review lots of guns, typically about a dozen or so models every year for the past decade and change. While I may buy some from the companies after the end of the test and evaluation period, I only wind up carrying a few on a regular, daily basis. The GX4 falls into that slim category.

I'm not the only one either. At a recent industry event, I was sitting at a table with two other gun writers and the subject of EDC came up – they both kind of sheepishly admitted to carrying the GX4 rather than a more Gucci brand they had readily available. The reason? It was extremely concealable, and it just flat-out worked. 

What more can you ask for? 

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