by Friedrich Seiltgen
Taurus Firearms has been on a tear lately. They’re introducing new models, updating older ones,
and establishing themselves as a major player in the EDC market. Improvements in quality
control have been made, and the addition of a new U.S. based manufacturing facility has helped
Taurus keep up with demand.
New for 2022 is the micro compact Taurus GX4XL Long-Slide with their T.O.R.O. system
(Taurus Optic Ready Option.) The XL is a longer slide version of the GX4. Let’s take a look.
The frame consists of a stainless steel insert with polymer grip. It comes with two
interchangeable backstrap options. The standard profile is a slight palm swell with an optional
high profile palm swell included. Other features include a flat face serrated trigger system with a
crisp, precise break, reversible magazine release, a simple takedown pin for easy disassembly,
magazine & grip cuts for stripping the magazine, and the Taurus signature indexing & recoil
Safety systems include a striker block, trigger safety and a visual loaded chamber indicator.
The Slide & Barrel
The carbon steel slide is gas nitride coated and now one inch longer than the GX4 which gives
you a better sight radius and increases muzzle velocity.The barrel is factory milled with the T.O.R.O. system and it’s outstanding. It accommodates today’s most popular optics, and allows direct thread mounting of your red dot to the slide without the use of an adapter plate.
The stainless steel barrel is finished in DLC (Diamond Like Coating) which ensures reduced friction, which enhances accuracy.
Frame Size: Micro Compact
Type: Striker Fired
Magazine Capacity: Flush Fit 11 Rounds or Extended 13 Rounds
Sights: Fixed Front, Serrated Drift Adjustable Rear
Barrel Length: 3.7 Inches
Overall Length: 6.43 Inches
Overall Width: 1.08 Inches
Overall Height: 4.40 Inches
Weight: 20 Ounces
URL: www. Taurususa.com
The GX4XL is a winner! Its extended slide provides a better sight radius and increased muzzle
velocity and since no changes were made to the frame height or grip, magazines from the GX4
will fit. It’s loaded with features that cost a lot more from other manufacturers.
That’s all for now, folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as
always – “Let’s Be Careful Out There.”
Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando
Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counter Strategies, Firearms,
and Active Shooter Response. Contact him at [email protected].