Thinking of Buying a PT-145
I would be interested in hearing the opinion of of the PT-145 from those of you who own one.
The gun feels great in my hand, but the range I shoot at does not have any available to rent. So, I'm most interested in the amount of recoil this model has, particularly do to its small size.
As a frame of reference, I currently own a Kahr CW9 and a Kel-Tec P3AT.
Any help will be most appreciated.
I don't think I would ever buy another Taurus, personally. I have a PT22 that I owned for years - worked fine, and now my mom has it. But I hear too many stories of terrible customer service. And, none of their guns really interest me. There are a few satisfied owners of Taurus guns here, though. Maybe they will chime in here...
I have 300 error free rounds through my PT-145. It feels good in my hand. It is a charm to shoot. I've shot a Keltec P3AT before and that thing just wanted to jump out of my hand. The muzzle flip was terrible compared to my 4" XD9. The Bersa 380 was about the same but a little more tame. The PT-145 has about the same manners a 3" XD9. The .45ACP is a slow round so you don't get a lot of muzzle flip. It does push back as most .45s do. The first day I shot my PT-145, I put 100 rounds in the body of the target below at 7 yards. The hole in the head was made with 120 rounds through my XD9. Comparing the two, it wasn't bad for my first time out with the PT-145. Today, I was doing 5 round bursts starting and ending with the gun on the table and at 3 yards my hits were all inside a 5" ring. The PT-145 is small enough to make it easy to conceal yet full enough to where it handles well. The gun is manageable enough to make follow up shots quite easy.
The only thing that worried me was the primer strike sweep, as shown in the pic below. After searching and reading Taurus boards, it's quite normal. In fact, my XD45 does it a bit.
Having 10+1 rounds of .45ACP at my disposal is a nice feeling.
I've never seen a primer that looked like that before. Interesting....
I love mine....have one of the older DAO Millenium Pro's with regular 3 dot sights. 900 rounds and the only problem was with 2 boxes of WWB that had a few light strikes/failure to ignite on the first strike. Never had that happen with any other ammo.
It's an absolute joy to shoot for being such a compact .45 and it conceals and carries very well. Taurus warrants the gun for a lifetime, even if you buy it used.
Size comparison with an H&K USP compact .40 (see why I carry it over the H&K?) And 10+1 rounds of .45 ACP:
Here's my primer strikes, the swipes are in fact normal (the one in the upper right hand corner was one of those aformentioned light strikes with WWB)
I've shot 300 rounds of CCI Blazer Brass through mine. I did get a few light strikes with the PT-745 I had. That was with WWB. I currently have 200 rounds of WWB. I'll see how my PT-145 shoots those.
Just make sure it's a Millenium Pro version of the PT145. There are some PT-145 Milleniums out there yet and they were very problematic. I, too, have both the PT145 Millenium Pro and the H&K USP Compact in 40S&W. I like them both equally as well. I've run a few hundred rounds through my PT145 and have had NO problems. I really HATE WWB, so I use CCI Blazer Brass or UMC. I also ran some SJHP through it, no problems. (IIR, that was Remington). I have the DAO model, too. The reset is a touch long, but I don't mind it.
I was at the range today and there was a guy buying one off the girl there. I was standing at the counter waiting my turn, and he handed it to me, and ask me what I thought. I told him I never shot one, but I said that puppy sure felt good. It balanced good, and it would be no problem to bring up on target in a hurry. I also have heard some horror stories about their customer service. I didn't say anything about that.
Last edited by Baldy; 09-21-2006 at 10:19 PM.
I shot some WWB through my Millenium Pro PT-145 today. No problems at all. That makes the list include CCI Blazer Aluminum, CCI Blazer Brass, Winchester Ranger and Winchester White Box. All trouble free. No weak primer strikes.
I really like this gun.
Well if you keep looking you might fine something it don't like. Heck you got some good brands, just go with them and be happy. I would. Glad you like it.
I wasn't trying to find a brand it didn't like. That's just what I happened to get at the store.
It was the first time I shot WWB through this gun. I had a PT-745 before that had a few light primer strikes with WWB so I wasn't sure how this PT-145 would handle it.
I purchased a pt-145 about 3 weeks ago. I love it for what it is. I put 89 rounds through it before i left the store. I had no problems with it. When i went looking for info about it i found people had alot of problems out of the old ones and the post were from 2002. The biggest complaint i have heared about them are they only come with one mag BUT when i bought mine it came with 2.
Another thing i like about it is. If you get a FTF because a primer doesnt go off you pull the trigger agian and you will strike the primer agian. the new ones are DA/SA.
I wouldnt compare it to a 1911 or a xd45. but in my opinion its the perfect carry gun. From what i can tell its reliable its small but still has a 10-rd mag. Its not so expecive that if you had to use it and loan it to the police you woun/t be out a ton of money
If i had to do it over agian i would have bought 2 lol
Also, having 10+1 of .45 ACP in a subcompact size means I don't really need a winter carry and a summer carry. One gun for all year round.
I have one of my own. Got no complaints with it. I think it is a perfect carry gun. Small, plenty ammo, balance is sweet. I looked at the Glock and HK before I found the PT145. I wanted compact for daily carry but the Taurus just felt good to me. Plus, I could get 2 for the price of one HK.
I ended up buying one two weeks and am very impressed. It has far less recoil than I imagined. It is not like shooting my 1911, but it seems like a quality handgun for $325.
I took my new Taurus Millenium Pro PT145 to my usual indoor range today. Mine is the newest version that is advertised on the Taurus website as having a DA/SA trigger. In reality, it is always in SA mode unless there is a failure to fire, in which case the pistol's trigger goes into DA mode for a second (or third, etc.) strike on the same round. If the 'problem' round is ejected, the pistol resumes SA mode.
I do NOT ordinarily shoot factory ammunition at the range and today was no exception. I took a quantity of 3 different recipes from my personal handloads - 1. 200 grain LSWC bullet w/ 4.0 grains of Bullseye and a Federal primer, 2. 200 grain plated SWC bullet w/ 4.5 grains of Bullseye and a Federal primer & 3. 230 grain plated RN bullet w/ 5.0 grain of Bullseye and a Federal primer.
Out of a grand total of 150 rounds, the PT145 experienced 3 failures to feed. These all three occurred with recipe #2, above. This is not unusual since many of my guns are finicky about feeding the 200 grain SWC bullet profile. It is often necessary to adjust the COAL to the individual gun.
At 10 yards, I found that all rounds shot somewhat low (between 1.5 - 3 inches), but pretty good regarding windage. Since it is basically accepted that heavier bullets shoot higher, it surprised me a little that recipe #1 shot closest to POA followed by #2 and then #3. As time permits, I will experiment with other bullet/powder combinations and try to improve upon these results. Nevertheless, I was satisfied with this level of accuracy for a handgun designed for personal protection.
At $310 plus tax, I think these guns are a pretty good value.
As long as U are happy, that's all that matters
I have had my pt145 mil pro for over a year, and like it very much. The grip fits my hand perfectly, the trigger is smooth, and it is pretty reliable. Here's my review with pictures:
It's the most "bang for the buck" you can find, I think.
i like the pt 145
but i dont like the SA trigger feel
i never had a problem ( o wait i did )
i went to a indoor range and had to use there crappy ammo
1 ftf so taurus said you can keep firing till it shoots
and i did on the 3rd tri it fired.....
Bought PT-145 Last Week
I figured there was no better way to celebrate Presidents' Day than to buy a new pistol. George Washington believed in a well-armed citizenry, and so do I.
This was my first experience with a Taurus, and I have to say, I'm really impressed. I purchased the stainless steel slide model, and the fit and finish was impeccable.
I took it to the range with 100 rounds of CCI Blazer Brass, 50 rounds of American Eagle, and 50 rounds of Winchester White-Box Personal Protection ammo. That little pistol went "BANG!" with every single pull of the trigger. Zero misfeeds, zero failures to eject, zero light strikes.
My only complaint -- if this is even a complaint -- is that while my groups were pretty tight, they were about two inches low (but dead-center). Taurus included a sight adjustment wrench in the box, however, so I'm sure I can correct this issue on my next trip out.
I've read here about the frame cracks, etc., so I carefully inspected my PT-145 after cleaning, and it remains perfect. I couldn't be happier.
Springfield XD-45 4" Two-Tone, Walther PPK Stainless, S&W 638 Airlight, Kel-Tec P3-AT, Taurus PT-145 Millennium Pro
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