Taurus PT145 VS PT745

Taurus PT145 VS PT745

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    Taurus PT145 VS PT745

    I'm in the market for a small easy to carry .45ACP. I am looking at and really like the Taurus PT745 and PT145. I just can't seem to decide if the few extra rounds in the 145 are worth the extra thickness and weight. Do any of you guys have experience with the PT145 or PT745??
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    I was once where you're at. I've never heard a bad thing about either pistol, so long as it's the newer Millenium Pro. The width difference is small in reality...personally I'd go higher capacity. I'm not sure either would make it as a pocket pistol.

    I wound up getting a .40 Glock 27, and couldn't be happier. With the ability to use larger mags, grip extenders, mag extenders, etc...this thing's like a transformer. So many different ways to carry it, small, decent capacity no matter what config it's in, infinite accessory options... Just something to consider.

    But again, I've heard narry a cross word about the Mil Pro's in all the homework I did on them. Both are fine weapons. Just make sure the accessories you'll want are available.

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    Accessories are not really an issue. As long as it feels good in my hand.
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    I just recently was looking at both of these. I had the same concern. I went to a gunshop and looked at both right beside each other. They are almost identical. The receiver portion of the pistol is the same size. The only thickness increase you mention is in the handle. I actaully prefer the PT145 because the grip fills my palm better. I would go with the PT145. I have had mine for a few months and I love. I have been carry in a self made holster with just light overshirts and I have no problem with concealment.

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    PT-745

    I purchased a PT-745 mil. pro SS at a gun show a year or so back. Only two things I don't like about it. It does not like hollow point ammo. always hangs up from the ramp to the barrel entry. Also, hard to find a good selection of holsters for any of the PT-pro pistols (yet) I've ordered a high quality leather holster (custom made) but it will take (6) months to arrive. In the mean time I'm using a Fobus paddle holster which I do like. Easy to put on and remove, comfortable, holds the gun close and secure. If I had it to do over I'd probably go with the PT-145 as more is always better but the added weight is a factor. IMPORTANT! Invest in a high quality 1-3/4" belt for the large caliber pistols.

    I use Pow-R-Ball rounds for carry. Expensive but they feed reliably and are rated pretty high on the effective stopping scale.
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    I have the 745, real thin, easily concealable. Can't really go wrong with either. Which ever one you go with make sure you get it in stainless. Good luck.


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    I've heard something about there being a few different versions or generations of Mil. Pro's, is this true? And if so how do I tell them apart? I've seen some that say Pro next to the model number on the right side of the slide and others that say pro next to "Millenium" on the left side. Some have a light rail and some don't. Which one is which? And what are the differences?
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    Posted by another member (do a search)

    Pt145 Mil Pro 3 rd gen is my carry. Best for gun for the money. 6 inches long 5.12 high 1.18 wide.Slightly bigger than the 9mm and 40 Low recoil. SA/DA trgger long but smooth and crisp.Has safety (right hand only). If you but one make sure its 3rd gen Millenieum on one side PT-145 PRO on the other . Serial NO. starts with NZ. If you carry with one in the chamber its always SA use the safety. Same as Cocked and Locked. Also own 9mm 2nd Gen. Good gun. Both have several hundred round through them and both have been flawless. Good Luck
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    here is the pictures of my PT-745

    This is my 3rd gen PT-745 mil pro SS
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    How do you tell the difference between the generations?
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    ONLY gen 3

    Don't fool with anything other than Gen 3 which is pictured above. Gen 1 had breach cracking problems. there are mixed feelings about gen 2. stick with the new stuff.
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    Well, the 745 is listed as an 1/8" narrower through the slide (Obviously the grip's narrower), & it's less than 2oz. lighter. That's not much of a difference for the extra capacity.

    As to comparing it to a Glock 26/27, the Taurus's have full grips lengthwise & they're about 1/4" shorter. The longer grip is nice & if you're going to get a pierce grip extender for the Glock, what's the point?

    BTW, I'm selling a 3rd gen. PT145 Mil Pro, if anyone's interested. It's a good gun, but between my Kahr PM9 & Para LTC lightweight, I don't need it.
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    The Generation 2 guns have all the problems fixed that pleagued the Generation 1 guns. My Gen 2 has over 5000 rounds through it and has been flawless in operation and dependability. I recently replaced the standard sights with Trijicon night sites......that is all I have done to it. It is extremely accurate and just plain a hoot to shoot.

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    I had a lemon 3rd generation PT-145 (the new ones). That being said, it was a very nice pistol with lots of potential. They seem to be hit or miss, some folks never have problems out of their Taurus, some have nothing BUT problems.

    My PT-145 Pro was very concealable and it fit my hands perfectly. The 10+1 capacity of .45 was nice too, and the recoil was very manageable. I really wish that pistol would have worked out for me!

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    So are all the 3rd gens SA/DA? Or do they produce a DAO model?
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