Taurus PT845, I'm LOVING it

Taurus PT845, I'm LOVING it

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    Taurus PT845, I'm LOVING it

    I've tried several 45s (1911, Glock 30) and I just didn't like either for carry so I sold them both. Today, I picked up my Taurus PT845 stainless slide I purchased from a DC member here. For the price I just had to try it out and let me say I'm really liking it. I took it down and cleaned it thoroughly and inspected it closely. I also took my Sylvac digital caliper and took a lot of measurements inside and out to compare consistency of clearances. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the fit and finish of the handgun. It seems they have paid a bit more attention to fit and finish with tooling and machining in this line. No tooling or machining marks, no burs or sharp edges, very nicely finished. The feed ramp is polished to an exceptionally high finish.

    Other features I really like are it is a hammered semi-auto that is both double action and single action with de-cocker/safety. It can also be carried cocked and locked similar to 1911s, and it has a quarter cock option also. I'll likey carry it in the quarter cocked position (DA) with the safety off. It has a firing pin block, so you do not have to carry it quarter-cocked for it to be drop safe. Both double action and single action trigger pull is really good.

    It also has full ambidextrous controls (slide release, safety, mag release) that are solid steel. The extractor is well designed, spring loaded, with a very small thin loaded chamber indicator that protrudes slightly on the side of the slide. It isn't obtrusive at all. A slight rub of the finger and you can feel it, but it isn't really noticable visually unless you really look closely. It also has NO magazine disconnect, so it can be fired without the mag inserted. Another feature I like is you do not have to pull the trigger to take down. It takes down very easily. The magazines taper to a single stack at the top, so the top 2 rounds are single stack, which I believe could improve consistency of feed.

    Size. This is a full size pistol but the slide is exactly 1.00 inch wide, with the top quarter inch of the slide rounding to a flat width of 0.65 inch. The Grip is 1.136 inches wide. It has 3 backstraps, and I personally chose the largest one as it just feels right in my hands. The gun holds 12+1 of .45ACP and it isn't overly heavy even when loaded. The ergos are great. The 3 dot sights are very friendly to the eye. It fits in my OWB holster for my XD40sc (except the barrel sticks through the open end a bit) and the retention strap snaps just right. It is actually a bit thinner than my XD.

    Things I don't like. The shape and height of the front sight. It sticks up high and the back side of it is almost straight up and down. It could be a snag issue and should have had more angle and a rounded top edge. Also, the magazine grip extension. It is totally un-necessary and should have been flat on this size pistol. The mag release is difficult to push in. I'm going to work on this to smooth it out over time.

    All things considered, this is a large comfortable hi cap pistol that is thin and easily carryable IWB. It has a long sight radius and a good trigger. The fit and finish is much nicer than I anticipated. Coming soon is the range report as well as the .22lr conversion kit.
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    Congrats.

    I was considering an 845 earlier this year, but came across a good deal on an XD so got it instead. I will be interested to hear how it does on the range.
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    Excellent report. I have a friend that is interested in the PT845. I will send him this link to read up on. God Bless

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    I'm glad you are enjoying your new gun. I have never handled one before. I have a couple of questions for you.

    1.) How heavy is the trigger in DA? SA?
    2.) I have seen some terrible safety/de-cockers before that claimed C&L capability. How is the safety (mushy or with a positive snap)?
    3.) Any idea what they were thinking when they put a finger extension on a full-sized handgun?

    Thanks for the review.
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    That 845 is very similar to my 24/7- looks like the same magazine, same capacity. Biggest difference I see is the full ambidextrous controls, the take down- you have the two little levers, I have to pull the trigger- and mine is striker fired, not a hammer.

    I love my 24/7, and I hope you enjoy your 845- I looked at one when I was shopping around but found the better price on the 24/7.
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    Glad you found something you like. the 845 has a lot of great features and they are really nice to shoot! great pick up.
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    Sorry for the late reply, been at the PGA Greenbrier Classic golf tournament (unarmed, ugh) in West Virginia all day. Pretty neat getting less than 10 feet from guys like Tom Watson and Phil Mickelson while they're actually hitting.

    Trigger. DA pull is no more than my SP101 or 442 (AFTER wolff spring replacements and polishing), so I'd guess about 10 lbs at the point of break. It is long, but no initial take-up and is starts out lighter and smoothly stacks heavier to a crisp clean break. SA trigger, maybe a quarter inch initial take-up with NO resistance and then a very short, very crisp, and very light (maybe 3 lbs as compared to some of my revolvers in SA) pull with a super short reset...like 1/8th of an inch if that. SUPERB trigger.

    The safety/de-cocker is VERY crisp and very easy to maneuver but clicks into place. NOT mushy at all. Very nicely done. The mag release button is VERY easy to operate if you use it versus pull the slide back to release. The contour and texture of the controls make them very easy to utilize.

    Upon examining the magazines, it isn't actually a grip extension. That is the shape of the magazine and the mag cap comes up the mag to appear like a grip extension. My guess is it was a capacity design and they stopped the grip flat and made the magazine cap to fill the gap and appear like an extension rather than make the grip longer and angled with a flat appearing end cap. Either way, I think I would have liked it better with a shorter mag and a flat bottom designed mag and one less round capacity. It's not enough of an issue to really bother me, but on a full-size pistol I prefer the look of a flat grip and mag.

    The 800 series was based off of the 24/7 platform with a few more bells and whistlesm the main difference being it is a hammered semi-auto verses striker-fired. Both the 24/7 and 800 series pistols have had great reviews.

    I absolutely cannot wait to shoot this pistol. Hopefully soon, I'm carrying my XD40sc until I get some trigger time behind it.
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    I toured it several times over the years when I stayed there (business meetings there, so not on my dime). They've turned it into a casino now, so they don't do the old tours anymore. It doesn't look anything like it did. I have a lot of extended family that lives in White Sulpher Springs and had an uncle that worked in the bunker when it was still operational and a secret. He was supposedly a TV repairman for the resort, but I remember hearing him and my parents talk about what he really did there when I was a kid. I'm driving back and forth to the tournament, about an hour and a half drive. The only room I found remotely close (30+ minutes away) was $300 a night, so I'll drive it. I should have looked up a couple of my long lost cousins for a place to crash.
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    Looks good. I'm looking forward to your range report also.
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