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I'm sure we're in the minority compared to the PT145 owners, but how about a show of hands from everyone who has a 745? I have a 3rd Generation Stainless that is at the Taurus Doctor for a slide release operation.
 

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rman, I saw your post over at the other forum. THIS is the place to ask about the 745. Here you'll get info, not "attitude".
 

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I currently have a 24/7 Pro 9mm and am trying to find a 745. Do either of you guys have a 24/7 as well? How does it compare?
 

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I have the PT745. Because I have small hands this was the best fit for me. It is very concealable.

Does anyone own both the 745 and the 111? I'm considering getting the 9mm primarily for the range as the rounds are less expensive and the weapons are similar. As I am new to the Taurus brand input would be appreciated.
 

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The MRS really liked my PT145 but it was a little to be for her hands. So like sar said the PT745 was the best fit for her and we picked up one recently for her.
 

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The PT111 Mil/pro and the 745 are cousins. Triggers are a bit different, but both types have a DAO trigger of sorts so there is not enough difference except getting use to each particular trigger on each type of gun.

If you have experience with SA/DA or DAO there is not enough variable to make things a problem. PT745s and PT111s go down under compact designation.

PT145 and PT745 have only a few minor differences including the obvious magazine capacity. Barrel length difference is not a major factor. Grip circumference is.

While the 9mm. is cheaper to shoot there are cheap ways of shooting the .45ACP.

Generic ammo put out by U.S.A. makers can cut that problem down somewhat without having to obtain one caliber for practice and another for regular use.

Makes more sense if the second caliber is going to be used for real world use. Othe wise a .22lrf semi-auto is a cheaper alternative and more user friendly.

Russian Siver Bear, Brown Bear ammo, or Sellior and Bellot ammo can be used for practice and the American ammo used for regular use. These are decent products.

Black Hills and several other companies do make good remanufactured ammo which is as good as anything of the regular type. Have to go with a ammo maker whose quality control is excellent though.

Handloading is another viable alternative though time and money starting up are small drawbacks. Done safely and following guidlines and recommended recipes in handloading manuals can cut expenses drastically.

One caveat. Pistols( includes the shorties of which these are) are ammo sensitive.

Do own a PT111 Mil/pro. Have had no FTFs or FTEs. Accuracy is good.

Do have small hands and the PT 111 fits well. Can't say that with any of the double stack .45ACP pistols. That's personal experience though.
 

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Qwiks,

Thanks for the details. The grip was one thing I was wondering about. I do have a couple of .22s for range time. I guess I'm making a reason to make another purchase. ;D

I looked at one briefly when I bought the 745 but that wasn't what I was looking for at the time. The 745 has taught me to appreciate the Taurus brand. So yep, I think I need to go shopping.
 

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Off to the gun store with you then,man. :) Female contingents are not always understanding about why we always need another gun. :)
I am the female contingent. Guess my hubby is lucky. :)
 

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Well, young lady, good of you to speak up on that issue. ;D An assumption along that line is being made of course. ;) :)

Check out the www.corneredcat.com site if you haven't already. Very interesting and one of the best. She's linked with Mas Ayoob's LFI people as well.

There are penny pinching hubbies to deal with.Know a few. ;D
 

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While this stuff may be known to a lot of shooters this still needs to be posted for those who don't.



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Re: The Glock 26 is sooooo small
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Glock 36s are in the Gun Test magazine this month. It wasn't the test that interested me so much as the incites the staff at the magazine had on the G36 as firing the gun.

It's there take that the 185 gr. bullets and lower are a good idea. Less recoil, better shot to shot recovery, and less muzzle flip that is pronounced in these small pistols. G36, Taurus 745,PT145, or any of the smaller pistols all have similar issues regardless of caliber.

Putting a crush grip without it hurting was recommended. Where the fingers were placed on the grip was also addressed. Since Kahr and a S&W were also being tested there was much to say about how DAO triggers take a lot of practice.

There was also the fact that this was different from gun to gun and most all the DAO guns seem to have long trigger pulls. These all need extreme deication to learn and the act of gripping the gun has to be adjusted because getting good accuracy whether rapid fire or taking ones time, meant that these were harder to learn, but once mastered were good guns indeed for defense.

People were to forget most of what one had learned about shooting regular DA/SA pistols and some revolvers and dedicate one's training to DAO and mind set strictly to these small pistols.

Finger placement was addressed. Whether one use just the finger pad or used the joint as well were also a case by case basis for each type of pistol. The cosensus was that the pad only was to be used if possible for DAO shooting, but trigger pulls being long and as hard as 7 to8 pounds of pull might mean that the knuckle of the digit is needed to assist the shot.

This may not be news to a lot of people, but the gist is that the small pistols take much experimentation, trial and error, and experience to get used to shooting accurately more so than with the bigger pistol brethren.

It might be wise to learn how to shoot the bigger pistols first, thus getting the basics down and then going to the smaller ones.

As has been pointed out before snubbie revolvers and small pistols are specialist guns.

Many staff and members here have gone straight into the specialist gun pool. Not a criticism. Just an observation. So the troubles we see with POI and also accuracy are not surprising.

Fixed sighted guns POI on a case by case basis will vary greatly depending on the shooter and that particlar example of pistol.

Massed produced gun POI is hard to regulate at the factories for any brand, make or model. This is doubly so for the smaller or compact guns.

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Re: The Glock 26 is sooooo small
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I agree totally Qwiks. It does take a lot of practice and "reconditioning the mind" to shoot these little guns accurately. However, they offer so much in such a small package it is worth it IMO to learn how to shoot them effectively.
I do enjoy taking some friends who are newer to shooting to the range and let them shoot my 1911, Mark II Target or the PT92 to get their confidence up then give them the PT140milpro. They can't hit the paper often times and realize there is more to shooting than just pulling the trigger.

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03 Shadowbob, agree with you on your observations. What was printed is for the members and staff to realize what's needed to get the most out of their pistols and the amount of dedication needed to become and stay proficient.

With DAO style triggers there is no worry about dropping the hammer on a live round after the shooting is done or before holstering. Put the safety on, if the make has one, and holster.

DAO also means the trigger pull is normally the same each time shot for shot.

There was an interesting side bar about how even some makes or brands have trouble where the DAO trigger will break. Even for each pull.

The Kahr was sighted as being one of these. This was for the .45ACP version of Kahr's new polymer model. Just for that one example.

Want to make a bet that this will be taken up by the bashers and cited as their reasons for having problems because they are having extreme problems? Didn't think so.

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Re: The Glock 26 is sooooo small
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Did figure one way to deal with traditional DA/SA and DAO problems. When going to the range just take similar type guns,pistols and or revolvers. That way there is no having to reset the mindset. Might seem obvious, but have to say it.
 

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I have the PT745. Because I have small hands this was the best fit for me. It is very concealable.

Does anyone own both the 745 and the 111? I'm considering getting the 9mm primarily for the range as the rounds are less expensive and the weapons are similar. As I am new to the Taurus brand input would be appreciated.
I don't have both - I have a 745 and my son has a 111. They really do make a nice pair. I'm really surprised at how well both of these shoot. His has been flawless, even with lead rn reloads. Mine has given me a bit of trouble, but I like it too well to give up on it. I shoot mostly indoors any more and most of it is at 10 yards or less. My old eyes don't work very well at a distance unless I am in full sunlight. At 10 yards though, both will eat one big hole out of the center of the target, and I don't find the recoil to be objectionable in either gun.
 

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I own a 3rd gen 745. Had a 1st gen 111 that I bought used. I hated the trigger and sold it to co-worker.

The 745 is a great carry gun. I've decided that if I'm dressed, I'm gonna carry, so I carry practically all of the time.

I use a comp-tac IWB at 10:00 (I'm left handed) without problems.
 

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Just got a 2nd Generation 745!

I just picked up a 2nd Generation PT745 from gun broker and I love it. Went straight to the range and put 100 rounds of ball and 20 round of Federal JHP (230 grain) through it with no hitches. Pretty accurate for 3 inch barrel. Which I could get Heinie sights for it though.

I want the DAO gun because I carry with one in the pipe, and I don't want a gun with an internal hammer that I can't decock, even if it does have a manual safety! What the hell was Taurus thinking moving to DA/SA? They make the big 24/7 available with a de-cocker.
 

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I want the DAO gun because I carry with one in the pipe, and I don't want a gun with an internal hammer that I can't decock, even if it does have a manual safety! What the hell was Taurus thinking moving to DA/SA? They make the big 24/7 available with a de-cocker.
I agree with you - I also would have preferred DAO.
 

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I have a pt745 and have had for about a year. love to shoot it and it is my ccw pistol. I buy ammo at wally world and it is I think impossible to beat their price, on the internet after shipping it is expensive. If you carry this piece, what do you use for holsters. I use a belt slide and the ccw t-shirts.
 

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I use a cheap Uncle Mike's pocket holster. I've been thinking about getting a Mika pocket holster. I've read a lot of good things about him and his holsters.
 

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I have a Mika's pocket for all of guns. He does make good ones and they are unexpensive. But, for the 745 to me it bulges to much. just me im sure. :)
 

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PT745 Mag Problem ?

Just bought a used PT745C. Love the feel :), but I'm having a problem with what I think is just a bad magazine. With an empty mag in and the slide back, I release the slide and it catches after moving a fraction of an inch. :???: It's fine with the mag out. Is there something I can do to the mag? The follower just seems to be up a bit too high and not allowing the slide to move forward. :rolleyes: Thanks for any help you can give. PS - Are all 745's 745C ?
Sorry about all the smileys.
 

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Ammo for PT745 ??

Best range ammo & best self defense ammo for the PT745C ? I want to be able to hold onto this thing for the 2nd shot.
 
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