A Taurus PT145 followed Me home today!


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Roadwild17
November 19, 2006, 10:21 PM
I went to the gun show today to meet up with some people I haven't seen in a few years (I used to work with them) and they had 1 Taurus in the sea of glocks and S&Ws. I started just looking at the taurus then handling it and my friend said give her to you for $300 even. I looked at it for about 5 more minutes then had to have it. I think it will make a nice little carry gun if I can find a good rig.

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

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torpid
November 19, 2006, 10:35 PM
I currently have two, and I like 'em a lot.
Here are some tips:

Clean/lube it before shooting it the first time (if you don't already). Also, you may need to pull the trigger to get the slide off during takedown for cleaning.

You may like the feel of a slip on rubber grip w/ finger grooves ( I use trimmed Hogue Handalls- NOT junior size).

If you have one of the new SA/DA ones with the Heinie straight eight 2-dot sights, you may find that you may shoot low, and some folks actually black out the bottom dot entirely.

Some folks also seem to have trouble with Winchester white box, but I've shot tons of it through mine and they seem to like it fine so far.

Enjoy! :)

Patman
November 20, 2006, 12:51 AM
I had eyed it for a couple of days and had to go back and get it. It's a Millenium PT145 Pro in Stainless. I haven't made it to the range yet, but can't wait. It seemed nicer in my hand than my Keltec 9mm does. I hope it is as trusty. It sure feels more like a gun (haha). The Keltec has been what I carry when I can't carry a "real gun". I sure like something larger. You know what I mean. They are just a manageable size when a big one is out of the question.

I have heard of some problems with the early models and I think they worked out the bugs by now. They say these are the 3rd generation and they seem to function fine. I have run mags of ammo thru it by hand and it seems it may even fire HPs with out a problem.

I hope it meets my expectations and it will be my main CCW weapon. I can't wait to get it to the range sometime this week.

Good luck with yours. Let us know how you like it. I will report on mine as well.

Thanks, guys,

-Pat

steelhead
November 20, 2006, 01:15 AM
Pick up a Para Ord 14 round magazine for the PT145. It's fun to watch the looks people give as your "little" .45 shoots 15 times:D.

http://www.hunt101.com/img/429938.jpg

Kamicosmos
November 20, 2006, 01:58 AM
I will definitely have to order a few of those para mags! thanks for the tip.


As far as a holster for these go: I ordered one from High Noon. I love their stuff. I got the Tail Gunner IWB (http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/_Tail_Gunner_W_Clip/_tail_gunner_w_clip.html).

Does your have the light rail? cause the ones with the light rail won't quite fit in holsters for the non-railed model. I tried a 145 marked Forbus, and it would only go in about half way. My High Noon is for a non-railed one, but I can squeeze mine into it okay. At least I won't have to worry about retention!

Fun guns, don't kick too bad at all for a small .45. Conceals a bit easier than my SP101, which is comparable in size. Mine has had a few light strikes with WWB. Good thing it's a true double action! I do need to experiment with some different carry ammo for it though.

Sisco
November 20, 2006, 09:55 AM
One followed me home a few weeks ago too! The trigger didn't take as much getting used to as I thought it would (other 45's are 1911's). I don't care much for the Heinie sights though, wish it had traditional three dots. I've searched the web for replacement sights but haven't had much luck. Those who do make replacements for Taurus autos don't make them for the MilPro. I contacted Trijicon and they apparently do not have plans to make any. They gave me a link to a place that will fit a set onto my gun, but they need the gun and about $175 to do it. Sorry, don't have the link anymore.

kirkcdl
November 20, 2006, 10:07 AM
Sisco and anyone else thats interested,scroll to the bottom of this page: http://www.williamsgunsight.com/gunsights/pistol.htm

Not actually night sights,but better than straight eights by far...

Manedwolf
November 20, 2006, 10:09 AM
I've searched the web for replacement sights but haven't had much luck. Those who do make replacements for Taurus autos don't make them for the MilPro. I contacted Trijicon and they apparently do not have plans to make any.

Ironically, there ARE Trijicons for the DAO version of the 145/745, which had a three-dot with a different, basic screw attachment. I have them on my 745 and love them.

steelhead
November 20, 2006, 10:41 AM
Yep, my DAO is wearing 3 dot Trijicons in the above picture.

Sisco
November 20, 2006, 10:49 AM
I think it will make a nice little carry gun if I can find a good rig.
I ordered a holster & belt from RafterS, it should be here sometime next week. Their stuff is affordable, and from what I've read here and on other fourms is very good quality. I'll do a review once I get it.

http://www.raftersgunleather.com/

BLACK-N-TAN
November 20, 2006, 12:54 PM
they are good pistols, Ive had mine DA/SA for most of this year....put over 500 rounds through it without a hicup. Although I do clean the hell out of it every 100 rounds or so.
I use a Bianchi inside the waistband rig with a clip on for CCW...but it is a little too thick for my taste.

**Good tip on the para mags, I will have to pick one up!!

DawgFvr
November 20, 2006, 01:09 PM
I purchased a High Noon slide guard model for mine. You will find that the best ammo for these small barrel pocket cannons are the copper tops...either the Taurus HEX or the Corbon DPX.

bb21
November 20, 2006, 02:04 PM
I ordered a "Split Decision" from High Noon Holsters for my PT-111, a great buy for the money. My DA/SA pistol seems to be reliable but I do need to shoot it some more. I am wondering if there are any magazines that will work with my PT-111, like the Para magazines any one know? The last magazines I saw were 10 rd Taurus magazines at $45 a piece, a little expensive if you ask me. Congrats on the PT-145 purchase. I believe I found some three dot sights one day while surfing that fit the Mil Pro. Let me see what I can find.
Good Luck and Be Safe!

Steelcore
November 20, 2006, 03:52 PM
So the PT145 is a compact version of the 24/7?Which Para Ord mags work in the 24/7?

steelhead
November 20, 2006, 03:57 PM
The PT145 is it's own design and is not related to the 24/7. However, the 24/7 is coming out with a compact design as well.

You will want the Para Ord P14 magazine. I don't know if it will work in the newer versions but it should. Mine is a Mil Pro without the rail and it works great. P12 magazines might work also but I haven't tried them.

donba27
November 20, 2006, 04:43 PM
Just bought it and have only been to the range once. We shot at 25 yards which is pretty far for a 3" barrel and we all stayed on paper. The recoil on the molded polymer frame is so much different than the all metal frame. With My wifes Taurus .357mag revolver, after a few rounds you can feel tenderness in the arch between your thumb and index finger. A friend of mine had an all steel 9mm makarov which is between a .380 and a regular 9mm. It shoots a 110 grain bullet and after a few shots I could feel discomfort in the arch of my hand. We fired both my pt145 and beretta PX4 Storm in .40 S &W. The Beretta .40 S&W had 180 gr FMJ and the .45 had 230 gr FMJ. Both will let you know you just shot a pretty big bullet, but its a smooth recoil. There is no shock to your hand or wrist. When my wife tried the .45 she really enjoyed it. Even though its twice the 9MM its a very comfortable recoil.

I used the old colt Gold cup in the army which is quite a bit larger and heavier than the Taurus, and had about 25% more recoil than the Taurus with a lot of shock and discomfort to the hand and wrist.

I love both my Beretta and my Taurus, wouldn't trade them for anything.

weregunner
November 21, 2006, 03:12 AM
Have you folks gone over to the Taurus Forum at www.unitedforums.com and poste your results and satisfaction with Taurus over there? If not then maybe you should. They can use the input over there. They need positive posts. Seems ther be trolls over there at times.giving these a bad rap. I have the PT111Mil/pro older model and have 4500 round through it without a boggle or burp. PT145Mil/pro holsters are supposed to fit the 9mm. PT111Mil/pro. Same frame.

Kamicosmos
November 23, 2006, 05:10 AM
I don't care much for the Heinie sights though, wish it had traditional three dots.

? My PT145 w/rail has normal 3 dot sights. They must sell them in different sight configurations.

KaliS-Pugilist
November 28, 2006, 04:26 PM
? My PT145 w/rail has normal 3 dot sights. They must sell them in different sight configurations.

actually you have a 3rd gen. PT-145 that was made before 3/2006 or so. those made after that time have the heinie sights, rail, and the new SA/DA trigger (as opposed to being DA/SA). the newest mil pros are just like the newest 24/7's but in a smaller package.

MrTuffPaws
November 28, 2006, 05:32 PM
Great little gun. Have the DAO railed version

And for an excellent IWB, try here. The most comfortable holster I have ever tried.
http://www.crossbreedholsters.com

Caimlas
November 28, 2006, 05:37 PM
I don't have the PT145, but i've got the pt111 pro - that is, it's the 9mm version of the gun, 'old' long DAO trigger, and three-dot sights. It shoots well, and I've never had it malfunction on me - I've put well over 1,000 rounds through it of various manufacturer. I can consistently hit bowling pins at 25 yards with it with only a little hold over (aim for the 'head' of the pin) which is, frankly, quite amazing for such a gun.

Taurus really needs to fix their catalog and nomenclature method: it would appear as if the original millennium pistols were an entirely different design than the millennium pros - the ones which supplanted them. Now, it looks like they're making millenniums again (no 'pro' scroll, same model # - that is, pt111), but with DA/SA triggers and two-dot heiene sights. Very confusing; I can understand the desire to keep the same advertising, but it leads to frustrated customers.

torpid
November 28, 2006, 07:12 PM
Taurus really needs to fix their catalog and nomenclature method: it would appear as if the original millennium pistols were an entirely different design than the millennium pros - the ones which supplanted them. Now, it looks like they're making millenniums again (no 'pro' scroll, same model # - that is, pt111), but with DA/SA triggers and two-dot heiene sights. Very confusing; I can understand the desire to keep the same advertising, but it leads to frustrated customers.

You've got that right!

I mean, they could even tout each new revision with bells and whistles when they made it. Instead, even owners who are thoroughly familiar with them have to rely on message boards to know what's what with the Millenniums.

Silly and frustrating.

dafitch
November 28, 2006, 08:24 PM
Hi All- new guy here.

I've owned two PT-145's, and still have the latest version which is SA/DA. Taurus does make identifying the different versions confusing for sure. The newest Millenium Pro pistols are stamped Millenium on the left side, and the "PRO" is on the right side with the model number.

http://dafitch.com/images/guns/pt145.jpg

I really like the PT-145 a lot- regretted selling my first one so much I bought a new one!

torpid
November 28, 2006, 08:52 PM
Welcome!

10-Ring
November 28, 2006, 09:01 PM
How is the shootability of the poly-Tauri? I'd be curious to know the quality of the fit & finish and the trigger pull...

dafitch
November 29, 2006, 07:12 AM
I've owned two of the PT-145s. First one I owned was the Millenium Pro DAO version with three dot sights. Sold the DAO version to finance another handgun purchase, and regretted it almost immediately. Went and bought another PT-145 about 4 weeks ago, this one is the newer SA/DA version with Heinie sights. I like the trigger on the newer version a whole lot better. The straight eight sights take some getting used to, but now that I've put a couple hundred rounds through mine I'm finding the straight-eights are easy to work with.
Both versions of the PT-145 Millenium Pro I've owned have been 100% reliable. The DAO trigger on the first pt-145 I owned was tough for me, and the latest SA/DA version fits me perfectly. I'm finding (and found) that the trigger break becomes smoother with time.
I own mostly poly-framed pistols. I prefer poly.
As for fit and finish- I think the stainless-slide version of the PT-145 I owned previously was a little nicer, the blue version has some sort of gold undercoat, and I'm not real confident that the blue will hold up well under a lot of holster wearing- but time will tell. By no means is the finish flawless, but I feel the gun is reliable and that's more important to me.
The trigger pull takes getting used to. When the trigger breaks, it BREAKS. Surprise can be good though. Trigger is stiff and heavy at first, but it really smoothes out with time and rounds down range.

carterbeauford
November 29, 2006, 12:30 PM
How is the shootability of the poly-Tauri? I'd be curious to know the quality of the fit & finish and the trigger pull...

I own the DAO version with the rail, circa 2004, so I cannot speak on the DA/SA trigger. The DAO trigger is about what you'd expect, but fit and finish are excellent. They are very nice to shoot and fit the hand better than, say, a Glock 30, in my opinion.

bigmike45
November 30, 2006, 04:28 PM
I've been carrying a PT-145 Millennium Pro for a couple of years and several thousand rounds now. I take all my favorite guns to the range to shoot then and once done pull the PT out of the pocket and shoot at least 3 mags worth every time I go. I can double tap with ease. Accuracy is great and its easily controllable even in rapid fire mode. If they came and took all my other guns and left me with onthing but my Taurus.....I would feel totally secure it the guns ability. Several of my friends have shot my little hand cannon and they now all three own one as well. Hmmmm mabey I should get some kind of birddog fee from Taurus :D .

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/mike_seale/MillProSmall.jpg

Drewrw
November 30, 2006, 08:38 PM
It seemed nicer in my hand than my Keltec 9mm does. I hope it is as trusty. It sure feels more like a gun (haha). The Keltec has been what I carry when I can't carry a "real gun".

-Pat



:banghead: :confused:

captainmorgan
December 4, 2006, 07:02 PM
Good Choice!

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Pick up a Para Ord 14 round magazine for the PT145. It's fun to watch the looks people give as your "little" .45 shoots 15 times.


Do they make extended capacity magazines for the pt111?

Roadwild17
December 4, 2006, 07:24 PM
Well I finally went and put about 150 rounds through it, have a total of 7 FTF. 6 of them were with remington UMC and the other was with magtech ammo. 2 of them (one of each type) fired on the second triger pull. All of the rest of the Remington UMC (5) only fired when put through a sig.

Walkalong
December 4, 2006, 08:09 PM
As far as a holster for these go: I ordered one from High Noon. I love their stuff.

Thanks Kamicosmos.
I ordered a holster just a minute ago. Just what I had been looking for, in stock and on SALE! Looking forward to getting it. :)

Walkalong
December 4, 2006, 08:11 PM
Went and bought another PT-145 about 4 weeks ago, this one is the newer SA/DA version with Heinie sights. I like the trigger on the newer version a whole lot better.

Been curious about em for a while. Might just need one. Whats it like compared to the 24/7? Hmm.......

steelhead
December 4, 2006, 08:33 PM
Do they make extended capacity magazines for the pt111?

I'm not sure if it would work but try a Para Ord P18 magazine. I discovered the P14 mag worked by accident. If the mag dimensions are the same between the PT145, PT111 and the P14 and P18 - you should be good to go.

captainmorgan
December 4, 2006, 08:43 PM
I'm not sure if it would work but try a Para Ord P18 magazine. I discovered the P14 mag worked by accident. If the mag dimensions are the same between the PT145, PT111 and the P14 and P18 - you should be good to go.
Where is the best place to get one?

steelhead
December 4, 2006, 09:08 PM
Check local gun shops, gun shows, or do a GOOGLE search.

Don't know if it is a good price but this place shows one for sale.

http://www.islandtactical.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=503



Good luck

Ukraine Train
December 14, 2006, 06:51 PM
These don't have a decoker, right? Are the SA/DA models safe to carry chambered/safety off?

steelhead
December 14, 2006, 07:00 PM
Yes

torpid
December 14, 2006, 07:01 PM
These don't have a decoker, right? Are the SA/DA models safe to carry chambered/safety off?

If I were to carry one of the SA/DA models it would be with the safety on.
Folks who carry the older DAO model tend to report doing it safety off.

Manedwolf
December 14, 2006, 09:39 PM
If I were to carry one of the SA/DA models it would be with the safety on.
Folks who carry the older DAO model tend to report doing it safety off.

Even though the DAO is as safe as a revolver, I still carry my 745 with safety on. That'd be because I tend to have it vanished into a Smartcarry when wearing cargo jeans, and where it's aimed when riding there. :uhoh:

ZeSpectre
December 14, 2006, 10:12 PM
Mine's a PT-140 (not a 145) but still a happy new member of the Mil-Pro club.

Mine is a 2'nd gen model with a "Y" in the serial number, Millennium Pro on one side of the slide and just the model number on the other side of the slide. (Translation: It has the long DAO trigger not the DA/SA and I'm glad because I wanted a DAO).

I was initially going to CCW my XD-40 service model then I decided I wanted something a little smaller. Bought the PT-140 and got it home and said to myself, "hey, this isn't THAT much smaller", but quickly realized that 1" shorter with a 1" shorter grip is actually a LOT smaller where CCW is concerned. :D

Man that 10'th round is a BEAR to get into the magazine!


http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/zespectre/pt-140b.jpg

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b66/zespectre/PT-140a.jpg

Redneck with a 40
December 14, 2006, 10:29 PM
Another happy millenium pro owner here.:D Mine is a PT-140 Pro that I have owned since Jan '06. I've put over 1000 rounds through it, ZERO malfunctions.:D I have the DAO version, which I actually prefer. The trigger was stiff at first, but after 500 rounds, it really smoothed out. This gun is accurate, reliable, has great ergonomics, and it was priced right, $350 out the door. I bought the stainless version because I wanted to durability of the finish for CCW purposes. This gun rides nice in an IWB holster. I would have complete confidence in this gun, if my life ever depended on it. Taurus has a real winner in this gun!

KONY
December 18, 2006, 08:48 PM
My PT-111 Pro has been flawless. However, as small as it is, I'm thinking about going smaller (ala a PF-9 or P3AT).

Kamicosmos
December 29, 2006, 03:57 AM
A little update about my PT145.

The P14 mags don't work real well for me. I seem to wind up pushing on them with a finger or palm, and it either makes the rounds not feed, or it jams up. So, I can't use those. Maybe with some kind of spacer to fill the gap. They do fit in the gun just fine though.

(Ironically, I picked up a SA 1911-A1 GI Hi-Cap a few weeks back. It uses the same P14 mags! So, at least they weren't wasted! :D :D )

Second point: I'm still getting lots of light strikes, on the order of as frequently as every other round! I have tried WWB, S&B, and PMC. Gun has at least 300 rounds through it at this point. I am going to load up some Federal-primed handloads for it next to see if it will strike those consistantly. If not, it might be Factory time, or trade/sell it. Which is sad, cause I really love the gun, but I refuse to carry a gun that won't go off every time....

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