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Taurus PT145 Range Review

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tallball, Mar 19, 2022.

  1. Tallball

    Tallball Member

    Oct 2, 2014
    I've never had a small 45acp handgun and decided to treat myself to one.

    Yes, I know, 1911. I already have small ones in 380 and 9mm. But one in 45acp would be cool, and the Springfield and Kahr looked pretty good...

    Then I accidentally won a GB auction from a police department's seized property division. I didn't think that $201 would win a real auction. I was wrong.

    I won a Taurus PT145, the 45acp version of the Millennium series. Yeah, the dreaded Taurus. Aaarrrgh!

    I've owned and shot the Millenniums before, just never in 45. They're the same size as a Glock 26. The trigger is usually kind of mushy. It's the precursor of the slightly more refined G2c... and I'm guessing the current G3 as well. (I've never seen one of those in person.)

    This one was made in 2007. It's the slightly fancier "pro" version, and someone even paid extra for the stainless slide. Then they abused it.

    Someone somehow managed to let the stainless steel slide get very rusty. That must have taken some dedication. Then that person, or perhaps another person named Bubba, decided to seriously buff the rust off. Bubba buffed that slide until it was buffer than buff. He buffed it so much that the grip serrations are significantly smoother! That is some serious buffing. He didn't manage to buff out quite all of the pitting, however. Perhaps he ran out of beer.

    Bubba or whomever ended up with the pistol was unfamiliar with the concept of cleaning guns. The grip area actually had mud in the serrations. The inside was filthy, of course. I gave it a good cleaning and lube. Then I took it to the range with me this morning.

    You might think that a pistol this small and light would have some serious recoil in 45acp. That thought did not bother me one little bit. I'm recovering from a broken hand and it's waaaay too early for me to be shooting stuff like that! My friend had already texted that he wouldn't mind test firing a pistol for me. He didn't ask what kind it was.

    It was my first opportunity to display my new firearm in public. My friend was suitably impressed. "Another Taurus? Really? Holy poop. Someone must have left this thing buried in the ground. You paid money for this thing? Really? (Notices large hole at the naughty end.) Holy poop! This little thing is a 45? How are you gonna shoot that thing with... holy poop. You're kidding, right?" And so on.

    But we live in Texas, and even the women and kids were looking at him like he was some kind of sissy pants until he manned up and reached for the box of ammo. He might've thought everyone was watching him, but everyone wasn't watching him. One old lady was asleep. Everyone else was watching him. The range was silent. Not a single bullet zinged through the air.

    My young strong friend loaded up the magazine and started feeling confident. The women and kids smiled. The men nodded their heads and tipped their hats. The mag was easy to load. It slid into the pistol smoothly. He reached down to rack the slide. He gripped it and started to... nothing happened. He gripped it again and struggled valiantly. I thought he would break his own wrist. The slide moved a little bit, slowly, then his hand slipped off. The crowd murmured. Some little toddler laughed. Finally, out of desperation, my friend grabbed the slide in a way that I have never seen before. I don't think I could recreate it. I'm not sure how to properly describe it. Maybe it looked like someone trying very hard to open a childproof medicine cap, but they didn't know how.

    Finally, after getting a muscle spasm on one side of his face, he managed to use his special yoga techniques to finish racking the slide. Ka-chunk! Everyone breathed in to begin the booing and jeering... then simultaneously realized that he had just succeeded in loading a firearm, and he was having such a bad day that half of his face was twitching. He got a polite round of applause, then stepped up to shoot at the seven yard target.

    He kind of cringed as he pulled the trigger. The pistol went bang. A hole appeared on the side of the paper target. My friend realized that his hand didn't hurt, and hadn't even really moved around that much. He's young and strong and a pretty good shot, so he managed to put the next nine rounds into a nice little group at a steady pace. The crowd applauded him, then they went back to doing Texas things: hooting, hollering, shootin' hog laigs, showing tattoos, and so forth.

    My friend was kind enough to put a couple more magazines through the pistol without any problems. No malfunctions, recoil wasn't bad, shot "almost as accurate as my Glock 43".

    I think the PT145 will be okay. Its trigger is surprisingly decent. The insides looked good after I cleaned them. The rails look fine, not much wear. The barrel is good. Maybe I'll replace the springs. I don't plan to start carrying it, but if it goes through a couple of hundred rounds of random scrounged ammo with no problems, I could use it as an OWB pistol. I don't really care if it's ugly. Lots of my firearms are ugly. I just like them to go bang and make a hole pretty much where I point them. My hands are unusually large/strong and I can already rack the slide if I reverse my left hand. It will be fairly easy for me once my right hand heals.

    LoL! I'm a poor photographer who just uses his phone, but any picture of this pistol will look out of focus, because all of the markings are a little bit worn down. Apparently I was the only bidder to not notice that! :)

    Thanks to board member Sovblocgunfan, for sending me the nice Don Hume holster. It fits perfectly and I really appreciate it. :)

    Last edited: Mar 20, 2022
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  2. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Southwestern Ohio
    Will make a nice truck gun, backpack gun or one discretely positioned within the house “just in case”…

    $200 for one that feels good, feeds well and goes bang isn’t a bad thing. Enjoy.
  3. Blkhrt13

    Blkhrt13 Member

    Mar 18, 2017
    The armpit of Satan (south Louisiana)
    Wasn’t there a thing about the millennium not being drop safe. Other than that I wish they had brought back the 45
  4. BrotherMaynard

    BrotherMaynard Member

    Aug 15, 2020
    Moscow on the Brazos
    Looking at the pic, I wonder if someone tried to remove the factory coating in an attempt to bling it up a bit. The front and rear sights look to be in the white.

    Congrats regardless. Even beaters seem to be on the expensive side these days.

    I own a couple of PT111 Pros that have been 100% as well as an original PT145 that has proven less than 100%.
  5. Sovblocgunfan

    Sovblocgunfan Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    You are welcome for the holster. Use it in good health.

    i found the trick to manipulating the slide was to shove the grip frame forward with your strong hand as you move the slide backward with support hand.

    maybe all the smoothing you describe has made it more difficult. Not sure what i would do about that. :)
  6. Dan-O

    Dan-O Member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Northern Colorado
    I still have a gen one pt-111 in 9mm around here somewhere.

    Nice find!
  7. Cornhusker77

    Cornhusker77 Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    I always liked the Millenium Pro pistols. I have a PT111 and a friend of my son had the PT145. I shot it and offered to buy it from him right then and there but he opted to keep it.
    Good find
  8. Grayrock

    Grayrock Member

    Jan 21, 2003
    The great state of TEXAS
    My PT-145 Millenium PRO is my primary CCW. I love it. Fits my hand perfectly. The night sights are starting to get a little dim, but it's around 15 years old now. Shoots anything I feed it. Recoil is manageable. 10 rounds of .45 ACP in a compact handgun is just icing on the cake. The Taurus bashers should have had my pistol, then they would love them.
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  9. LiveLife

    LiveLife Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Northwest Coast
    Over the decades, wife and I consolidated our primary defensive pistols to Glocks and transitioned from G17/19/26 and G21 to G22/23/27 with G30.

    When wife found Glock 30 grip too fat to be comfortable, I had her shoot different compact 45ACP pistols and she liked the grip on Mil Pro PT145.

    My Mil Pro PT145 has SA/DA trigger that stays and fires in cocked SA for lighter than Glock trigger. For whatever reason, if a second trigger pull is needed (maybe primer that wasn't fully seated?), trigger automatically switches to DA. Really like that trigger.

    When Taurus offered alternate pistols/revolvers for lawsuit settlement, I told them "No, I am keeping the PT145" as it is the only 10 shot 45ACP that is approximate size as G19 (It will fit SA XD 9mm holster).

    BTW, there is no deadline for the settlement and Taurus will replace the PT145 with your choice of current generation model pistols/revolvers - https://www.tauruscartersettlement.com/

    So I will keep on shooting my PT145 and if/when it breaks, I will have Taurus replace with current model pistol/revolver.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2022
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  10. Old Dog

    Old Dog Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    on Puget Sound
    I owned, and enjoyed, a (pre-Pro) PT-145 Millenium. Aside from the loooonng (a mile of take-up and a whole lotta creep) very "sproingy" trigger, the piece was remarkably accurate and dead-nuts reliable. 10 plus 1 of .45 ACP goodness in a quite compact package? Very concealable in a Kramer Belt Scabbard (horsehide pancake). What was not to like? I actually made money on it when I sold it, and always sorta regretted getting rid of it, as it was really a worthy little pistol.

    Fashionable as it is in these parts to bash Taurus (typically by those who've never owned one), the company has put out quite a few nice models at decent price points. My old '92 vintage Model 85 in stainless and my '91 PT-92 stack up well against a lot of way more expensive handguns. The newer G2/G3/GX4 series have garnered a lot of good reviews by some experienced and knowledgeable gun folk.
  11. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Member

    Jun 4, 2008
    They will not warranty this gun at all, they discontinued and only offer to keep the gun if you send it in. As long as you know that, I liked the pt145, had it for a while, sold it once Taurus tried to screw me.
  12. GJeffB

    GJeffB Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Southern Colorado
    Tallball, I had a .45 PT model quite a few years ago. As I recall it was a 1st gen. Does yours have the Heine two white dot "figure 8/snowman" sights? I don't recall the hard to rack slide, but I think I remember the trigger. Second strike capable? Decent pull if you had a Warn winch? If so, the one thing that is indelibly stuck in my mind was those sights. No good close or far, not the "speed sight picture feature," I always felt like I was seeing double vertically. Sold it after about 3 months, just not for me.

    -jb, wondering if we're talking about a similar model
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