Battle of the Micros: Taurus G3c, Sig P365, and Springfield Hellcat

When it comes to buying a new firearm, you want to make sure you do a lot of research to make sure that it’s reliable. However, a lot of times, the choice is dictated by your budget. Finding something at a lower price point with quality, reliability, and dependability is important.

In a recent review, the Taurus G3 was impressive compared to past models as they have had some quality control issues. Sootch has stated that he believes Taurus has really turned the tables over the past five years and is still offering a reasonably priced firearm. The G3c was another impressive firearm. It has a lot of features to it even though it is a budget firearm and it still compares to a lot of the quality choices out there. Now, we’ll compare it against the SIG P365 – which is probably the most popular concealed carry option on the market today – and then, not far behind it, the Springfield Armory Hellcat. The reason why we’re putting these three together is they’re all three double stacked, and they hold more rounds than any other subcompact out on the market.

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The G3c is a nice subcompact pistol that has a 12+1 and comes with three extra magazines. Pointing out some of the latest upgrades. It is a tenifer finish which is better than the original oxide finish that was on the G2C, and it holds up longer. The trigger has been improved, with deeper serrations, making it easier to pull back on the slide. It is Glock site compatible, but they are metal sites, black outline, and then a white dot. There are a few other features, but the big thing we’re going to do today is to really compare this with the P365 and the Springfield Armory Hellcat. The G3c is definitely a budget option of those two pistols, but there are some things about this pistol that kind of stand above the P365 and the Hellcat.

Now, we have the Springfield Armory Hellcat, we have the Taurus G3c, and then we have the SIG P365. These are really comparable in a lot of ways. Mainly, that they are double-stacked subcompacts. However, the SIG P365 and the Hellcat would really be considered a micro compact because it’s about the same size as most of your single-stacked firearms, whereas the G3c is a little bit thicker. Here we can get a good comparison of the slide thickness. It has definitely got a little bit more width on the G3c, but it honestly doesn’t have as much width as a lot of the full-size pistols that are out there, so it kind of falls in between.

Battle of the Micros: in-depth comparison video of the Taurus G3, SIG P365 and the Springfield Armory Hellcat

As far as comparing weight between the three firearms, the Taurus G3c comes in at 21.8 ounces, the SIG P365 at 18.6 ounces, and the Hellcat at 18.2 ounces. With the Hellcat, there is a 3” barrel, a 3.2” barrel with the Taurus, and the SIG has a 3.1” inch barrel, so really all very comparable. You get three extra magazines with a Taurus, two of which are 10 rounds plus a 12-round extension. On the Springfield Armory, you get 11 rounds and then a 13-round extension. Additionally on the Taurus is the feature of a frame safety which may be a plus for someone who thinks that may be a minus but the two other options do not have that frame safety.

As far as trigger pull, the Hellcat has a little more of a crisp trigger when it comes to these. The trigger on the P365 is a little bit spongy but nice. When it comes to the Taurus, there’s a definite difference in the trigger. One of the things that they’ve upgraded over the G3c is creating just a better, more crisp trigger with a decent break. However, it is a little bit more of a longer trigger that comes out a little farther than the other two.

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Taking all three pistols down to the range, just shooting them side by side, really gives you a lot of insight into the differences between these pistols. All three are very reliable. All three are really good solid firearms, but of course with the budget price of the Taurus, sometimes we really expect less – which was not the case in this instance. Side by side we shot the Taurus G3c, then we came in with a SIG P365, and then we took the Springfield Armory Hellcat.

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One of the things that we noticed with the G3c is that it honestly tracked better than the other two. We were able to get back on target really fast, which definitely has a lot to do with the grip being just a little bit larger and filling your hand just a little bit more. This can give you a little more control over the firearm. With the G3c, we have had no malfunctions whatsoever but, we’ve also not had any malfunctions with the P365 or the Hellcat. But with the price coming in at about half of those two firearms, that speaks a lot about the Taurus.

We agree that the Taurus G3c was the softest shooting out of the bunch. It’s just got a great feel to it that we think has to do with just having a little more grip, that is just a little thicker. Side to side it is still pretty similar to the Hellcat and P365, but front and back, you can see the difference in the thickness.

Next in the line was the SIG P365. It does shoot very well with a little bit more muzzle rise and a little smaller and snappier. We think the way they did the magazine on it helps to kind of keep it going down a little bit, shooting fast, especially when we were shooting one-handed. It really allows you to feel like you’re a lot more in control over the pistol.

Next, the Hellcat. It has a great grip and it is the snappiest out of the box. Maybe to the detriment of our larger hands, this gun just doesn’t fit our hands well and tends to want to move around because of the small size of the grip itself.


The G3c just really was the best out of this bunch as far as shooting the targets. We felt like we had more control over it. It’s not that much bigger than the Hellcat, or the P365, and still, you have the 12 + 1 capacity with the extension on it as well.

The big thing to take away is that it is all about personal preference and putting these guns in your hand to see what you think. Choosing between these firearms? Let us know your choice in the comments below!

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I think you should have included the S&W Shield. But of the ones you did review I would go with the SIG.

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Been shooting Sigs since 1991. Have P228 and the 320X5 Legion, AND the P365. I can't explain it, but the P365 is the sweetest shooting 9mm I've ever owned. It's a combo of the size, trigger and 'feel.' Regularly make 'head shots' at will (at the range) from 50+ yards , and torso shots at 100+ yards, even with the 3.1 inch barrel! The comparison with the HellCat and Taurus as far a size goes isn't quite accurate, IMO, as the P365 with the 12 round Mag (giving 12 +1) is the same size or smaller than the HellCat shown in the Vid. P365 is Sigs greatest product, IMHO, and the only way that I can see it being better is if I had a P365 with a longer barrel....and I may just buy it!

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I was plesantly surprised at this comparison as I believe that the G3c is the better of those three firearms but all three are really great 9mm's. I have owned Taurus firearms in the past and have been fortunate that all have turned out to be great firearms with no problems. I currently own a PT 24/7 in .45cal and it is a vg firearm with large capacity and punch, but heavy. I currently carry a Springfield Shield Performance Center 9mm which is really a fine firearm but doesn't carry a large cap magazine. This is why I considered the Hellcat but the G3c has been looking better and better and think it is my next ccw.

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You did not review the winner of this category. The Glock 43 X with the Shield Arms magazines. Same exact size as the 10 round Glock magazine but holds 15 rounds. I carry 1 back up magazine plus the gun. 30+1 all day. No need for a magazine extension. If I choose to add an extension I can get 34+1

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Thanks to Get Zone & Don for posting this very important comparison. Well done, good points raised, & fairly presented. ALWAYS look forward to Don's views!

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