First post, hello all. I am gonna buy one and looking on Gunbroker I see some with an access. rail and some without. I want to make sure I get a 3rd gen model. The Taurus site shows only a non rail model. A little help.
I carry a 3rd gen bought back in November I have to disagree with the serial# including a Z here is a pic of mine SN visible.
They need to update the Pics on their website as it is still showing 2nd gen as new guns.
It has Heine8 dovetail sights
Millennium on one side and PT 145 Pro on the other
Front of the trigger guard is smooth
1: the barrel showing at the ejection port is black
2: no rail
3: the word PRO is not there
4: the sights are not dovetailed
5: the front of the trigger guard is stippled.
6: the profile of the sights is different
+1 on 3rd Generation 145's not needing a Z in the first three letters of the serial #.
My 3rd generation 145 begins with NBT-----. I've read elsewhere in this forum that the 3rd Gen's all have either A or B (like mine) as the second letter in the serial #.
I recently had the chance to handle about two dozen 145's, 140's and 111's at a big gun show; all the 3rd Gen's had an A or B as the second letter. Handled several 2nd Gen's (140, 145, 111's) and one well-used 1st gen 111 as well; none of them had an A or B.
That used 1st Gen PT111 by the way felt a lot more concealable than the current 3rd Gen 111's. Flatter grip.