First impressions: Taurus PT-745
6+1 rounds of .45 ACP in a small package... $320 after tax.
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I was going to get the Bersa .380 for concealed carry but this one is about the same size, if not smaller. I figured 6+1 rounds of .45ACP will beat 7+1 rounds of .380. It shoots really well too. It doesn't try to kick out of your hand like the Keltec P3AT. Believe it or not, this Taurus PT-745 has less muzzle flip than the Bersa 380. It's actually a small concealed carry pistol that can be a range plinker. My first 20 or so rounds formed a vertical line on the target about a foot long. I didn't have the sights figured out yet. It was easy to stack the two dots on the forward and rear sights but I wasn't sure of the vertical alignment yet. Once I got the feel for it, I was putting 6 rounds in 3-4 inch groups with ease.
I'm still pondering the manual safety on this pistol. It seems easy to get used flipping the safety with my thumb when I draw it or when I bring it up to aim. I just have to do it a few times at night for a week and/or at the range to get the motion memorized. This is why I like the XD. It has safety features that do not require additional action. Still, I like my new gun.
The PT-745 holds 6+1 in a single stack magazine. The PT-145 holds 10+1 in a double stack. The slides are the same size while the 745's frame is narrower. I went back and forth for a long time trying to decide between the two. From what I've read, the magazine capacity is the only difference other than the width of the frame. In the end, I chose the 745 because I plan to carry it. The narrower frame and slightly lighter overall weight made the difference. There is no grip safety or trigger safety. Just a manual safety. I believe it has a firing pin block. It has a chambered round indicator located on the side by the ejection port. It has a long trigger pull compared to my two XDs but for a self defense pistol, I don't see that being an issue. I'm sure I'll be pulling the trigger till it fires. If the round doesn't fire, pull the trigger again for another chance at firing the same round. If that doesn't work, manually cycle the slide to eject the bad round and load a new one.