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Taurus PT145 Mil Pro vs other Polly pocket 45's.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HighVelocity, Nov 14, 2005.

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  1. HighVelocity

    HighVelocity Member

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    About a month ago I picked up a used PT 145 Mil Pro w/stainless slide. I had my doubts being this was my first Taurus product and the price was incredibly low at $200. :eek: (I saw them brand new at a gunshow for $289)

    I own or have owned a few compact polymer 45's. Glock 30, HK USP V1 and a CZ TT.

    In my hands, the PT145 out handles them all by a wide margin. This little gun is well designed, has great ergonomics and is built tough enough to chug down box after box of 230grainers without cleaning and never miss a beat.

    Some of the advantages as I see it...

    1) Smallest of the lot with high capacity
    2) Snag free (no sharp edges)
    3) Smooth DAO trigger and NO little lever in the middle of the trigger
    4) Thumb safety and slide stop levers placed just right for a 1911 guy.
    5) Slim profile (smaller than G30) but still holds 10 rounds
    6) Standard rifling will safely accept cast bullets
    7) Good sights and very accurate
    8) Loaded chamber indicator
    9) 100% reliable from day 1 with all ammo I've tried (1,400 rounds so far)

    There was a lot of attention to detail put into this gun. Little things like a small dished out spot on the both sides of the frame (lefty friendly) right behind the accessory rail to rest the thumb of your off hand in. So simple but makes a huge difference by insuring you get the exact same hand placement on every draw.
    A nice big serrated mag release button that is easy to find but doesn't protrude so far as to be hit accidentally. The shape of the trigger is DA revolver like and is smooth on the front, not serrated.
    Wide cocking serrations on the slide.

    In summary, I will recommend this gun to anyone looking for a compact 45acp pistol for concealed carry.
    It is the best bang for the buck in the polly pocket 45 class, hands down.
     
  2. bigmike45

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    HighVelocity,

    I have been carrying one now for a couple of years as my BUG behind my primary 1911. It also performs the duty as primary carry in the office/church or anywhere I need a gun in my pocket because I cant wear it in a holster of some sort.

    Mine......like yours has been exceptionally dependable, extremely accurate, and I love that it shoots to point of aim right out of the box. Mine has the little rail in front of the trigger guard and I have an XML light that I attach to it at home. I have been told that the rail model is the newest model, supposedly with all the frame cracking and other noted problems corrected. All I know is I am passing 2500 rounds and the darn thing is like an old Timex watch..."Takes A Likkin and Keeps on Tickin".:D

    Darn good gun for the money.;)
     
  3. HighVelocity

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    Mine too! I forgot to mention the rail. I think the little xml light looks better on the Taurus than it ever did on my XD. :D
     
  4. madmike38

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    iv'e got the older millenium pro,when they first came out i have about 3,000 rds through mine, no cracks found in mine. but anyway it is my main carry piece i love it. no problems with mine.
     
  5. mjolnir

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    You're right:
    It's one of the smallest 10 round 45 ACP semi-autos.​
    Trigger pull decent and not that long.​
    Second strike capability (no racking slide to reset striker).​
    Safety lever.​
    Mine also shot exactly to point of aim right out of the box.​
    SURPRISINGLY good accuracy (barrel doesn't move at all). At least equal to my P345, P220, and Kimber Target II.​

    That said, I wouldn't expect it last long with continuous firing. Small package = small parts.:uhoh:
     
  6. bratch

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    How does it compare in height to a Kimber Compact/CDP?
     
  7. madmike38

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    i think the cdp is slightly taller.not by much, i just ran across a cdp ll at gander mountain,i'm not into 1911's but this gun was never fired and they wanted 725.00 for it so i threw it on lawaway,they said it retails for 1.200, as soon as i get it i'll snap some pics.
     
  8. MachIVshooter

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    Most of the micro 1911's are slimmer, but they are also heavier and, excepting the para "Hawg's", have less capacity. IMO, the little Taurus is in a league of it's own. It is simply the smallest and lightest full capacity .45 out there. It is dimensionally smaller than the new Kahr P45, albeit a tad heavier. And it certainly beats them all price-wise.
     
  9. wally

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    Kahr P45 is significantly thinner than either the PT145 or my Kimber Ultra Carry.
    Not sure it justifies the high price though.

    --wally.
     
  10. Babalouie

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    I have a PT 140 Mil Pro and love it the same as you guys. Its my main ccw...carry it in a Tucker Texas Heritage. Never a failure of anykind. Shoots a little low left though.
     
  11. mjolnir

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    Wally, it's thinner because it's a single stack. For a large-capacity .45, the Taurus is tiny.

    As an example, my Glock 38 only holds 8 rds in the tube, has a larger grip circumference, and a longer reach to the trigger. This with a midget round!

    The Taurus holds 10 full-length ACPs, has a smaller grip circumference, and a shorter reach to the trigger. It's also lighter.

    Of course, the Glock will probably still be shooting when the Taurus is ready for the old gun's home.
     
  12. made2cut

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    My pt145 is shooting a little low as well, if I want the shots on target I have to cover my POA with the sites. Otherwise I am satisfied with the accuracy. Last night I was able to put 10 rounds on an 8 1/2 X 11 target at 20 yards at the end of the night when I was pretty tired. I was very happy with that given my skill level.

    This was the second time shooting the gun and I am still having problems with rounds failing to fire the first time around. Using the DA second strike capability of the trigger they go bang but this problem is starting to bother me. I had failures last time with WWB so I tried Federal American Eagle FMJ last night with similar results. I cleaned it good when I came home and will try again tomorrow. I'm hoping this is a break in issue as I have less than 200 rds through it.
     
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    Well, with all the recent posts about this little pistol, and my desire to have a smaller and lighter 'light clothing' CCW than my Witness 10mm compact, I decided I had a bona-fide need for a PT145. So today I meandered on down to Sportsman's Warehouse and picked one up. Timing was perfect, too, as Nov. 14-18 they are having a 6% off sale on all guns to cover sales tax. So $283 later I went home to try out the little all-black bullet launcher . Ran a mixed bag of ammo through it (230 gr. ball, 230 gr. Hydra-Shok, 185 Gr. Gold Dot +p, 230 gr. WWB). Several minutes later with a 3-3/8" 25 foot group consisting of 40 holes, the little pistol is still hiccup-free. I still do not like the ILS or loaded chamber indicator, but I can live with them. The LCI being located on the extractor is not too obtrusive, and the lock will be permanently unlocked with superglue.
     
  14. HighVelocity

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    Who do I call at Sportsman's Warehouse to get my commission check? :D

    Congrats on your new pistola. Regarding the ILS, I just ignore it.

    On a side note... Regarding holsters, I carry mine in a Donner Gunleather high rise belt holster (similar to Galco Combat Master) designed for a Glock 27. It's a perfect fit.

    [​IMG]
     
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    The .45 Mil Pro is the man of men for a small Hi Cap .45! It's the schnizzit.
     
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    I have to agree. I'm enjoying mine. And it shoots right to POA.
     
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    how is it compared to a Glock 30, size wise?
     
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    Glock 30
    Length 6.77 in
    Height 4.76 in.
    Width 1.27 in
    Weight (without magazine) 23.99 oz (an empty magazine is 2.50 oz.)

    PT145 Pro
    Length 6 in.
    Height 5.125 in.
    Width 1.25 in
    Weight 23 oz

    (The Glock is shorter, but I do like the full hand grip of the Mil Pro over the stock Glock, personally.)

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  19. RussK

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    Hi guys. Just registered today so I could also brag on my Taurus PT-145. I've had it about 2 months now, only have approx 250 rounds thru it without any problems at all and LOVE this gun! I carry it in a Desantis IWB holster. When I first shot it, I too noticed that my rounds were a bit low and to the left. But using a rest, and covering the target with the front sight, I was right on the money. So it was me and not the gun. This is a fine handgun, and for what they sell for, a very good value.
     
  20. ulflyer

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    Issues with PT 145

    Made2cut: I had problems similar to yours; some failures to ignite the primer but mine wouldn't fire on repeated trigger pulls. Tried all sorts of ammo including reloads with Federal primers which are reputed to be the softest. Didn't seem to matter. Never did isolate the "problem" but eventually it pretty much worked itself out with only a rare failure. Kept it for awhile but traded it in as I could never be comfortable using it as a carry gun.
     
  21. HighVelocity

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    Were the light stike issues with the pre Pro milleniums? Did the ones that had trouble have light rails on them?
    I'm trying to figure out if it a design flaw that has been corrected or a quality control problem. :confused:
     
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    I know it would be a real pain the butt but those light primer strikes can be fixed by sending it to Taurus for repair. Sounds like a stronger striker spring is needed, but I'm no gunsmith.
     
  23. made2cut

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    Mine is a Mil Pro with the light rail. If the problem continues after say 500 rounds I will be contacting Taurus to see they can fix the issue.
     
  24. HighVelocity

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    Don't wait, go ahead and call. It should run 100% out of the box.
     
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    Light Strikes

    Mine was a Mil Pro with the light rail...I made sure it was a current production model before I bought it. This was earlier this year. I don't keep track of rounds fired, but doubt that I ever got to 500. I subscribe to the notion a gun should fire properly right out of the box, and have no patience with one that doesn't; nor the patience to deal with warranties and shipping. I should note that I liked the gun and find myself picking them up at gun shows and wondering if I dare try another.

    I later bought a Taurus 24/7, which has the same internals as far as I can tell, and it performed as it should. No problems.
     
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