Taurus PT145 SN question


Big Al
January 9, 2003, 03:52 PM
Okay guys, a local dealer just got one of these in stainless. The SN is NVF 091xx. Is this one of the newer ones made after they fixed the frame cracking problem, or is it a frame-cracking dog?

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January 9, 2003, 06:57 PM
I cannot say definitively it is past it, but based on my conversations with Taurus, it most likely IS.

Serial number indicates June 2002 manufacture. Mine is August, Problem was supposed to be fixed late 2001, early 2002, so you are most likely ok.

So far, I have been pleased...it is a light weight, easy to carry weapon. Design is good. Lock is good. I even like the double action trigger. Accuracy was great, better than I expected.

Just don't use super hot ammo, which you are not supposed to do anyway...

It is an excellent carry weapon. Lock it up when you don't have it on you, and put the key on your keyring. Its quite nice.

January 10, 2003, 04:07 AM
Heres an explanation of the serial numbers as written on PT145.com's website. Stratfordholdings I believe had this site up and running when he bought his.

From what I have been hearing Taurus has made improvements on the frame and its suppose to be good to go. Quite a few folks from TFL and here have accquired one and we are awaiting to hear if they have had any problems with them. I was wanting to get one but have held back for obvious reasons.

According to this dealer, the three "alpha digits" that your PT-145's seial number begins with designates the year and month of manufacture, with the third letter designating the month. If the third letter in your serial number is an "A," your pistol was manufactured in January. If the third letter in the serial number is a "B," then your pistol was manufactured in February, and so on through the letter "L."

NU are 2002 models and NV are 2003 models Im assuming.

January 10, 2003, 09:01 AM
Not quite...NU=2001, NV=2002, NW would equal 2003. Month equivalent for third alphanumeric character is correct, A=Jan, B= Feb, etc.

January 10, 2003, 09:46 PM
Ahh,thats right, I thought I was a year off. Thanks for updating me.

January 15, 2003, 09:47 AM
It appears that Taurus plans to release a "Millenium Pro", a new Millenium pistol in all current Millenium calibers with a revised polymer lower (same upper, according to Taurus customer service...we'll see). I don't think the old version will be built for 2003.

So, you might want to wait a bit Big Al, and see the pics of the new Millenium Pro, or leverage the fact the new pistol is planned for Feb release to see if you can get a good price on the existing pistol.

Revisions were said to include a revised mag release, slide release lever, and grip. Possibly others as well. Taurus website should be revised at the end of the month with photos.

Big Al
January 15, 2003, 05:22 PM
Thanks for the heads-up. I'll keep an eye out for the Pro series before I shell out.

January 16, 2003, 03:46 PM
It's a good one, Big Al.

Depending on what the dealer wants for it, I'd consider grabbing it. One of us paid $365 NIB at a gun show, but I don't remember if it was stainless or blued.

The "Millenium Pro" may simply be a marketing trick to dispel the bad press the "Millenium" brand has gotten. I'll be surprised if there are any "real" changes. If that's true, the other effect is that it will drive the prices of new "Millenium" pistols down. MHO, of course.

January 17, 2003, 12:51 AM
Stainless for $365. With tough negotiating, playing one table off another at a gun show.

January 22, 2003, 11:40 AM
I bought a PT145 on December 22 2002. I was very Impressed with it, But was concerned that after I bought it i was reading of the Frame cracking, but never found 1 person that had actually had on crack or seen one that was cracked. so I assumed it was a Rumor. After fireing around 150 rds through her, I looked down and there it was a crack on the Frame right below the back part of the Slide.. and it ran all the way to where the serial # was , on both sides. I called Taurus and gave them my serial number NDV84xxx . They did'nt ask me any questions and sent Fed-ex to come pick it up the next day. After a few days I called and spoke with their customer service MGR, he was a very nice guy ( I won't mention his name), he told me that the cracking was due to a step that was skipped when the Poly frames were made in the earlier models. I then asked him if mine was an earlier model .. he told me no that it was manufactured in April of 2002 , and should Not have cracked it was a newer model and he had'nt seen any of the new models crack before. Leave it to me to get the defective one. Anyways they replaced the Frame and had it back to me within a few days. I received the firearm back , and the frame was visibly thicker and actually looked much better than the original I took it to the range immediately to test it out, I fired 100 rds through it , and it jammed on me 4 times in a row on the second clip... Im willing to chalk it up as cheap range round because it did'nt jam anymore and i fired 8 more clips through it without issues and most importantly NO CRACKS. I was assured by Taurus that it would not crack again, and that it had a lifetime warranttee if it did. But I feel like I can't trust this weapon anymore, and I bought this for personal protection and CHL, so if it does crack again I'll have to send it back and be without my weapon unless I buy another. I guess to make my long story short, Taurus's customer service was impecable they did everything they told me they would but the first time I saw the crack the Damage was already done.. I have'nt had it three months and I'm already looking for a different handgun..it's really rather dissapointing !!

January 24, 2003, 12:49 AM
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