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I shot my new PT145SS for the first time tonight. When I picked up my brass, the mark from the firing pin was not round. The dimple was long and dash like. -See picture at bottom- At home I fired the gun on a brand new plastic dummy round. The dimple was as you would expect. The firing pin looks normal. It would appear that the gun is ejecting the shell while the firing pin is still protruding into the primer... Could somebody please explain to me what is going on? Is this typical for the PT145?

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Mark



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You did not say what type of round you were firing.

I took a quick look at my PT111 9mm casings. I know there is no comparison, but In the 115gr, a perfect dimple. In 124gr Wolf Steel casing, there was the slightest little imprint like yours, but sure not that large, as yours go all the way to the edge of the primer.

Maybe, some of the other guys here, will have more information.
 

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Firing pin smear. All my autos do it, though not quite as much as your photo. My 9mm and .45s do it just the same. I pick up a lot of range brass in .45acp, some of it my own and this appears to be very common. It's never been any kind of problem for me and I think you hit the cause of it exactly.
Not to worry. :shooter:
 

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My PT145 leaves the primer looking pretty much like yours. I don't worry about it.
 

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My PT145 does exactly the same thing. I was worried enough about it (didn't want to screw up the firing pin) that I took it to a gunsmith. He told me not to worry about it, and that it's idiosyncratic to the gun, but shouldn't pose a problem.

Further than that, I had bad jamming problems with the pistol, and sent it to the factory. They replaced the entire upper part of the gun (including a new firing assembly), and it still does precicely the same thing.

Hope this helps.
 

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I should add that the jamming problem was largely fixed (although it's still very picky about ammo, and I'm still looking for it's favorite food to feed), but the odd pin indent had nothing to do with the problem.
 

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My PT145 leaves the same marking as in the picture. Don't concern yourself over it.
 

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Hey thanks to all who responded. I'm glad to know it's a typical situation with PT145s. Won't give it much more thought. I will rest assured that all is well with the gun. I can get on to thinking about other stuff like what to buy next...

Thanks again!

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My PT145 leaves a mark similar to riderundead's photo. The mark left on the primers from my pistol look like the marks left on a fired .22lr.

Hey, laotzu. Could you describe you jamming problem in more detail. Mine is failing to feed the first 4-5 rounds from a full magazine. Didn't do it for the first 300 rounds. Does it all the time now.
 

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Check the FAQ section on Firing Pin Wipes
 

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Hey Riderundead,

You bet. There's a small thread on the topic:

http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=3861.new#new

It will fail to fire around #4 or 5. The oddest thing - usually jams happen in the first or last three... It often appears that the front of the round is grinding against the mag, but it jams just as much on slightly shorter hollow points. It still jams at least once per mag, so I'd NEVER use it as a DS weapon (I'm a revolver fan anyway). I'm going to try teflon coating the inside of the mag. I'll post if it does any good.
 

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When you take it apart to put teflon coating, I think you will find that it either needs cleaning already, or possibly that you have a cracked or defective mag.
 

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Success! (at least for now) on the pt145 jsmming. I'll post what I did on the other thread. (and normally I would agree with you, Robby. I don't like messing with magazines - but one was brand new and the other had already been cleaned.)
 
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