Today, we’ll be exploring the top 7 Taurus G3C problems that have been reported by owners of this budget-minded, compact 9mm handgun. Like the Taurus G2C that came before it, the G3C is not without its fair share of hiccups that some people have uncovered during their time at the range. Keep reading to find out exactly what problems to look out for so you know what to check on should you own or decide to purchase this affordable and highly-popular concealed-carry pistol.
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Taurus G3C Introduction
The Taurus G3C continues to build on the foundation that made the G-series compact handguns one of the most loved in personal defense/EDC. It also maintains the Taurus G series handguns’ outstanding cost-to-performance ratio. The original striker-fired full-size version has all the same features. Available in a compact, EDC-friendly frame. The Taurus G3C is the perfect combination of power and performance in any situation that requires self-defense.
I don’t own the Taurus G3C personally, but I do own the prior generation G2C, and not a whole lot was actually changed about the basic design with some updated slide aesthetics and a peephole-style loaded chamber indicator. One of the upgrades the G3C received was an improved flat-faced trigger that is more comfortable to shoot and allows for better trigger control with more real estate for your index finger.
Another improvement was the change to Glock-style sight cuts which gives you a lot more 3rd-party options to choose from if you’re looking to upgrade to night sights. The final improvement is the Tenifer-like finish that doesn’t rub off so easily as the G2C tends to do. Other than that, they’re pretty much the same gun… although I have seen fewer “problems” associated with the older G2C model than I have with the newer Taurus G3C.
Taurus G3C Problems- The Frame Safety
This one kind of gave me a chuckle after doing my research and watching a few YouTubers’ takes on this “safety” issue. The problem has to do with the fact that some G3C and G2C guns (especially older batches) allow you to stage the trigger and engage the safety- locking the trigger in the staged position.
If you happen to have an older model of either of these guns, you should be able to squeeze the trigger and cause the firing pin to fire. I’m not entirely convinced that this is “batch dependent” or just varies from gun to gun due to mediocre quality controls. For me, this is really more of a non-issue since only a fool loads a round in the chamber and stages the trigger without the intent to fire!
It has been brought to my attention that other gun brands with frame safeties out there may exhibit this same issue (that’s really a non-issue) but I suppose it’s our job to find each and every flaw a gun might or might not possess!
Anyway, I’ll post the two videos in question as I was rather amused by the hate received in the comments of the first video.
I was able to replicate this safety “issue” on one of my two G2Cs and they were made exactly one month apart. The video below demonstrates how the frame safety should behave if you were to be so foolish as to stage the trigger, set the safety, and squeeze the trigger.
Taurus G3C Problems- Not Going Into Battery
Some people report that their Taurus G3C fails to go into battery straight out of the box when they take their new pistol to the range. Sometimes, this is a simple break-in issue that goes away after a few boxes of ammo along with proper cleaning and lubrication prior to shooting.
Other times, the issue is caused by the rough finish on the barrel and tolerances that are too close between the barrel and the front of the slide. Many have remedied this issue by polishing the barrel and the hole on the front of the slide and applying some gun oil to keep the friction from causing a failure going into battery.
Another possible reason for experiencing out-of-battery issues with a Taurus G3C using poorly-sized factory reloads. The last reason may be a weak return spring that Taurus likes to mount over those cheap plastic guide rods. Upgrading to a stainless steel guide rod with captured springs can remedy this problem and provides a much smoother shooting experience.
Taurus G3C Problems- Failures To Extract
This one is typically caused by some Taurus G3C pistols having a tighter chamber and not a problem with the extractor but is more prominent when using steel-cased ammo. This can be demonstrated by removing the barrel, lightly pressing a round in the chamber, and turning the barrel upside down to see if the bullet sticks or falls freely.
If it falls freely with a variety of ammo types, including brass and steel casings, then the chamber tolerances are looser and you won’t experience any failures to extract. If the cartridge sticks and takes a good shake to come out, however, then you may experience failures to extract.
This happens because the case expansion on a fired round is friction-bound to the chamber and overcomes the spring tension of the extractor. If the chamber is only a tad too small, then oftentimes polishing the chamber will solve the problem but if not then you’ll have to send it back to Taurus for warranty repair. This will usually result in them replacing the barrel with one that is up to spec.
Taurus G3C Problems- Failures To Feed
Some people have noted failures to feed certain ammunition from both the original Mec-Gar mags and some aftermarket mags, such as the infamous Pro-Mags. At first, you might think it’s just the crappy Pro-Mags to blame, and that may be, but another possible cause of this problem is a lack of polish on the feed ramp of the barrel and the lower assembly of the feed guide.
If you’re having any issues with stripping that first round out of a new magazine with a stiff spring, then polishing up as many contact surfaces as possible might just be the best way to fix the problem. Don’t forget to give this a try before assuming your G3C is just picky about what ammo it likes!
Also, don’t forget to lubricate all internal contact points to ensure the proper functionality of the firearm.
Taurus G3C Problems- The Finish
Taurus claims the new G3C has a Tenifer finish applied to the slide and it’s a definite improvement over the G2C in that regard. It looks to have a matte paint job but it does hold up much better to holster wear than my G2C did.
Though it is definitely not the best finish I’ve seen by a long shot, it’s still fairly good for Taurus standards and will do an adequate job protecting the slide from rust and corrosion if well-maintained and oiled.
Taurus G3C Problems- Shooting Low & To The Left
This is primarily an issue that right-handed shooters report having and isn’t really the fault of the gun. It is more common on guns with compact frames like the Taurus G3C and for shooters with larger hands or long fingers.
The issue is caused by an unconscious act called “thumbing” and involves jerking the thumb on your shooting hand down as you pull the trigger. Relaxing your thumbs while shooting will usually correct this phenomenon that a lot of right-handed shooters experience (for left-handed shooters, it’s low and to the right!).
Taurus G3C Problems- Quality Control
This is my biggest problem with Taurus handguns overall- and is likely to be expected to a certain degree- but there can be no doubt that with budget handguns like the Taurus G3C, you’re bound to get a lemon from time to time. You never really know if you’ve gotten a good one until you’ve put at least 250+ rounds through your G3C to see how it performs after break-in, or if it just breaks.
Seemingly, the vast majority seem to fly under the “my Taurus runs flawlessly” side of the equation, but a lot of Taurus owners have yet to actually put their G3C through its paces to give us a more definitive consensus as to the actual number of lemons that are out there. The only way to know for sure is to hit the range and find out.
Needless to say, you should do this with ANY handgun that you purchase for the purpose of self-defense- and you should NEVER give ANY manufacturer the benefit of the doubt! Just because every Tom, Dick, and Harry professes that their insert-gun-of-choice “functions flawlessly” does not mean that you won’t need to vet your own! And when you do, remember to clean and lubricate your G3C and check for functionality before putting your first shots down range.
The Taurus G3C is an attractive option for the budget-minded individual and it’s hard to argue with the general reliability of most G-series handguns. If you get a good one, you’ll most definitely be happy you made that purchase but make sure you register it within 30 days just in case you’re one of the unlucky ones that will need to use that factory warranty!