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[Review+Video] Taurus GX4: Ultra-Compact, CCW Pistol

Look around the compact pistol market, and you’ll find a ton of models claiming to be small enough for concealed carry.

And this week, Taurus waded into that pool further, releasing the teeny tiny GX4.

Taurus GX4
Taurus GX4

Now, Taurus hasn’t always been synonymous with reliability and high performance, but the company has worked over the years to rectify that by bringing affordable pistols to the masses.

But how does this new and improved CCW semi-auto 9mm stack up?

Taurus GX4 Shooting
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Glad you asked. Today we’re going to dive into the new Taurus GX4. We’ll look at some specs and features, as always, and let you know how it handled on the range.

Ultimately, I’ll help you decide whether you want to add the GX4 to your concealed carry lineup.

If you aren’t a fan of reading and want to make this easy on yourself, check out my video review below.

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Taurus GX4 Specs & Features

Straight up, the GX4 comes in as an ultra-compact, super concealable carry gun. Oh, and did I mention it’s affordable?

Swinging for the fences at $392 MSRP, the 9mm Taurus is designed specifically for those that want to concealed carry but also don’t need a tricked-out Gucci Glock to do it.

Measuring 5.8-inches with the small backstrap (and 6.-05-inches with the large), the striker-fired GX4 stands 4.4-inches tall. Weight-wise you’re looking at about 18.5-ounces.

Width is really where this pistol shines, though. Measuring only 1.08-inches, it packs 11 rounds!

Not bad for a slim and trim model.

Taurus GX4 wiht Mags
11 rounds! We’re in!

Barrel sits at 3.06-inches in total length. The gun is built on a stainless steel frame and sports a polymer grip.

It offers up standard white dot sights. Nothing fancy here, but that’s okay, especially for a budget gun.

I like the fact that you also get a loaded chamber indicator. May not seem like a huge deal, but it’s nice not to have to press check every time you pick it up.

Taurus GX4 Loaded Chamber Indicator
You can see that round just hanging out in there.

Just peek into the window and you know whether you’ve got a round ready or not.

It ships with a pair of magazines and two backstraps (small and large), all in a nice plastic box. I think this is a definite improvement over Taurus’ old habit of sending its guns out in cardboard boxes.

Taurus GX4 Box
I always appreciate a nice case.

This case you can actually use to tote the GX4 to and from the range.

Rounding out the features, it’s the lifetime warranty. Yep, that certainly doesn’t hurt.

Let’s Talk Ergonomics & Aesthetics

Ergonomically, it’s okay. It feels good in the hand, but its diminutive size is both a good and bad thing. More on that in a minute, though.

The grip comes outfitted with some texturing, which allows for a good grasp. It’s always nice when manufacturers add a little extra texturing, especially on snappy micro-compacts.

Taurus GX4 Grip Texture
Grip texture doing…grip texture things.

As far as controls are concerned, everything is more or less where you expect it – all within reach and easy to manipulate.

The magazine release might be a tad too shallow for my liking, but it’s billed as a carry gun, and carry guns typically carry smaller controls.

Taurus GX4 Mag Release
The magazine release is a tad shallow but it’s not a dealbreaker.

The slide features serrations that look nice and make slide manipulations easy.

Now, as far as aesthetics…she ain’t winning any beauty contests. The finish is nice and all, but she’s not a looker.

Not that you necessarily need your gun to be as pretty as you, though.

Taurus GX4
It’s not the prettiest but it gets the job done.

Range Time with the Taurus GX4!

I headed to the range to put this tiny pistol to the test. Alongside it, I carted out some Russian steel-cased ammo.

Yep, it’s cheap, but the plus side is I didn’t have to hold back. I was able to get a boatload of rounds on target.

Taurus GX4 with 9mm ammo
That’s a ton of money just laying there…no, not the gun. The ammo!

So, how did the GX4 perform?

Not bad. It shoots and feels way less snappy than I anticipated.

The trigger felt…alright. It offers a shallow reset, and it felt okay. Nothing spectacular or noteworthy, but it gets the job done.

Taurus GX4 Trigger Press
Decent reset.

Accuracy wise it did just fine for a small gun. I hit center mass on a target set up at 7-yards right out of the box.

I was pretty pleased with that.

Taurus GX4 Target
Target set up at 7-yards.

After several hundred rounds in, I had zero issues with the gun.

The GX4 feeds and loads just fine and even locks back on empty. (It’s the small things…)

Taurus GX4 Slide Open
Locks back on empty!

And if it ran this good with steel, I suspect it will do even better when brass ammo makes a comeback.

Pros & Cons

The texture on the grips is fantastic. Feels a lot like Sig Sauer grips. I think your hands will be happy.

I also love that the magazines are made by Mec-Gar in Italy. Best magazines in the business, for real!

Taurus GX4 Mags with 9mm
Love the Mec-Gar mags!

Finally, I really like the size. An inch wide is awesome!

All of that wrapped into a pistol with an 11-round capacity…yep, it’s SOLID.

Now, as far as shortcomings, there’s not much to complain about with the GX4. But I really wish it came with a pinkie extender mag.

Taurus GX4 In Hand
A pinkie extender would be nice.

Taurus said they’re gonna offer one, but I just wish they offered it in the box.

If you have tiny paws, you’ll probably be fine, but if you come with bear hands like me, that pinkie dangling in the air is annoying.

Taurus GX4 In Hand
My pinky just kinda hangs out down there.

Finally, in case you haven’t heard yet..this gun is small.

If you have full-sized hands, you gotta practice your grip before pulling in some range time.

Taurus GX4 In Hand
Eek! Might want to adjust your grip a bit…

My regular grip saw my thumb a little too close to the muzzle for my liking, so I had to readjust.

Don’t shoot your thumbs off, y’all.

Taurus GX4 Grip
Much better.

By the Numbers

Reliability: 5/5

Two words: it RUNS.

Ergonomics: 4/5

For what it is, it’s not bad at all. Grip feels good. Slide is easy to get ahold of. Not bad.

Taurus GX4 Shooting
It runs.

Accuracy: 4/5

You’re not gonna win any sniper medals, but for getting shots on center mass in a defensive situation, you’re good to go.

Customization: 2/5

Not much to see here, folks…move along.

Value: 5/5

I appreciate what Taurus does. They get reliable carry guns to people at a crazy affordable price. An 11+1 capacity at this price? Solid, solid value.

Overall: 4/5

OK so we wish it had night sights and maybe an extended magazine, but at this point we’re just finding something to complain about. The new GX4 is cool with us.

Conclusion

The Taurus GX4 hits the sweet spot bringing an inexpensive, super concealable 9mm pistol that runs.

Overall, I had a great time with the new GX4. I think Taurus scored another hit with the GX4.

Taurus GX4
I’m happy with it!

In my opinion, it’s a winner. If you pick one up, I think you’ll be happy with it.

Again, to see the GX4 in action, check out my video review below.

What do you think of the Taurus GX4? Let us know in the comments below. Ready for more Taurus pistols? Check out our reviews on the G2C and G3C. Or see more concealable pistols in our Best Concealed Carry Pistols Guide.

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  • MichaelH

    "...she's not a looker." Huh? Compared to what? Seems like it might have been fair to compare aesthetics to the almost identical Sig 365 and Springfield Hellcat. Honestly, I also think it's better looking than the ugly Shield plus (it's probably just me, but the M&P pistols are not attractive at all) and the super ugly Ruger Max 9. What's great about this firearm is that in the post-pandemic, things are getting back to normal again, 9mm target ammo is .20 a round, world I can see these being on sale + a rebate for less than $319.

    June 17, 2021 12:32 pm
  • King Fisher

    Bought a Taurus 845 .45 auto years back. It was the worst, inaccurate lemon I ever bought. Their revolvers are OK, but no more Taurus semi autos for me, thanks.

    May 20, 2021 8:18 pm
    • 720 Highlander

      Bought a PT709 Slim with terrible accuracy too. I don't want anymore Taurus pistols.

      May 21, 2021 11:24 am
    • MichaelH

      I've got their TX 22 and it's both super accurate and reliable. It shoots far more reliably than my Ruger Mk iii 22/45 "target" model. I'm sure that Taurus sources some parts of their newer poly semi-autos from Brazil, but I think these are at least assembled in the states. For those who ain't got the dough they're an alright option.

      What's funny is I've seen comments about Taurus pistols almost the opposite of yours claiming their semi-autos to be reliable but their wheel guns to be garbage.

      Also, Kias and Hyundais were once terrible cars and now they give Honda and Toyota stiff competition as far as driving experience (better than Toyota) and reliability. Companies change as they make inroads into the marketplace.

      I wouldn't choose to buy a Taurus knock off of a proven pistol format like the 1911 or the Beretta 92 to save even a couple hundred bucks, but a cheap reliable plastic fantastic....sure.

      June 17, 2021 12:45 pm
  • Marty

    I got the emails a week ago and saw the intro yesterday, the launch. I have the G3C, which I love, the TX22, which I love even more.

    I expect this would run as good as my G3C.

    Taurus does have accessories for this already. An extended 13 rounder is already on the site in stock ready for purchase.

    They also have about 5 holsters, a laser, and more.

    It uses Glock 19 size sites, just like the G3 series.

    This would be my go to if I were in the market, and may still pick one up at some point. This looks real nice.

    Handgunhero also has it if you want to see size comparisons.

    Thanks for the review Johnny!

    May 20, 2021 6:40 pm
  • Deez

    Say you want to be dog without saying

    May 20, 2021 5:23 pm
    • Matt

      Up the Irons!! Somewhere down the line....

      May 21, 2021 1:35 am
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