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Review of the PT145 from a new owner

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Obviously one of the most important aspects of a gun is its durability. As I new owner, I cannot speak for durability. However, I can give you my opinion of the functionality of this gun. AS I posted previously, the size and feel of this gun make it absolutely great for conceal carry. The grip is extremely comfortable and surprisingly slim for a 10 round mag! The finish and overall appearance was pleasing and it had the "look" of a high end handgun.

Before hitting the range, I broke it down and inspected everything. The gun was a little tough to take apart. The process is simply but it took some force. I assume this will get much easier with time. I have already gotten much quicker at disassembly. This particular gun had grease and oil dripping off of it! No big deal, I cleaned it and took it to the range with 150 rounds of Monarch ammo.

This gun handles well and balances very well in my hand. So I squeeze off my first shot and it hits about 10" low at 9 yds!!! Whoa, I was a little concerned but I remember reading about these sights. After my first clip, I was grouping them pretty well and hitting the mark! I moved the target to 7 yds and got comfortable with it before moving it back. The sights certainly took sometime to get used to but the gun did its part. By about 75 rds, I felt very comfortable with the sights and shot this gun well.

I ended up shooting 150 rounds and wanted to go more. This gun handles much better than many others in its class. There was never a hiccup and I was using fairly cheap ammo. If this gun is still performing well at 1000 rounds, I will be getting the Pt111. It would be nice to shoot some cheaper ammo!

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Addictin', ain't it?

Sounds like you like yours, as much as I like mine. I've got a PT111, and its sweet also. :thumb:
Nice to see a satisfied customer. Making big holes in targets,reactive or otherwise, is fun. :)

Now on to other things.

The 9mm. is cheaper to shoot,granted. What you do it from is the subject.

The PT111 Mil/pro is a fine gun. If the gun is going to be used for primary CCW then that's fine. These will work as a home protection firearm as well.

Shooting a larger size gun is easier than the the pee wee guns.

Are you going to try IDPA,IPSC,pin shooting, or other competition? Competition in any of these is fun and makes one a better shooter if the effort is put forth by the shooter. If so then a larger 24/7, OSS, PT 911, or PT92 might be something to consider.

24/7s are kin to the Millennium Pros PT111. Therefor alike and easier to get aquainted with and stay that way.

These can double as home protection gun. This goes for other brands of handgun also. It's easier to stay proficient with the larger guns as well.

Not to say it can't be done with the PT111 Millennium Pro. It can. Just depends if versatility is needed or a want as to which way to go.

As an example the Ruger P95s come out more and are shot for competition and are more likely to be the house gun. CCW carry doesn't exist here in Wisconsin so the PT111 is used for carry on the property,answering the front door at o'dark thirty at night, or under other discreet conditions.

I procured the Rugers because the Tauri guns were hard to find or procure around here way back when.

So a centerfire full size or slightly smaller size might be the ticket.

If shooting cheaply is a must then getting a good .22lrf pistol of the Ruger MK.III , 22/45, a Browning Buckmark, or something similar would give you quality range time at a much lower price than with the centerfire guns. Centerfire ammo prices are going to be high for a long time to come.

Consider the .22lrf pistols as understudy guns to the cneterfire ones. In other words it's possible to get real quality range time practice in with the rimfires.

These are just being put out for consideration.
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Great post qwiks! I agree and will look into some of the bigger guns. I was shooting my buddies Sig today and it was a shooter! I believe it was a P220 and it was heavy as a brick but I shot lights out with it. I have a Sig P230(.380) but actually enjoy sshooting the PT145 more. At $16/box and $15 range fee, it gets costly to shoot.

I also agree about the .22lr. I have a S&W Model 622 stainless that gets a lot of work in. There is just something about the big guns that I really like though.

Thanks again for the post. It gives me something to think about.
No problem. Just covering the basics.

There are reconditioned SIGS for sale at various online sites and some gun stores have them as well. SIG has a recondition section at their web site , but one has to use their Dealer Locator to find out where to find these. Then you have to go to or call the dealer for find out what's available.


Or as said earlier the 24/7 does come in a budget minded package.
Hey boykinhntr, that .45 ammo is almost as expensive as gas!...but I truly am addicted to my PT 145. I've started shooting IPSC twice a month with it & thought I was going to have to mortgage my home just to keep in ammo, but I've started reloading again and it helps on the cost and it's a ton of fun, maybe you could do that to defray the cost if you aren't already reloading. :D
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Hey boykinhntr, that .45 ammo is almost as expensive as gas!...but I truly am addicted to my PT 145. I've started shooting IPSC twice a month with it & thought I was going to have to mortgage my home just to keep in ammo, but I've started reloading again and it helps on the cost and it's a ton of fun, maybe you could do that to defray the cost if you aren't already reloading. :D
I have never looked into reloading. It does sound fun...How much cheaper is it?
I just finished reloading 1,000 rounds of .45 ACP this afternoon. Components are up just like factory ammo, but I figured my cost was about $6.15 per box of 50. Still have a good portion of a pound of Bullseye powder left after that. ;)
Reloading is expensive when you start out, but pays for itself after a couple of thousand rounds. you get your money back even faster if you reload several different calibers. So buy more guns! :D
Can't say enough good about the PT-145. Bought a second generation (new) and was surprised at how well it shot and carried. (I've owned most of the Glocks, especiallly the 45s -G21, G30, G36, also G26 and G27.) After discovering the PT-145 I bought a second, identical one - never want to be without one.
I have had my pt145 for about 6 months and love it. I can shoot the bulls eye ever time with it . and yes the cost is high to shoot alot but i think its addictive. i have a 9mm but the 45 gives you the bigger bang.the 45 is my every day carry.
I've had my PT145 for over 1.5years, and it's at about the 1K round count if not more, with only issues being the Williams
firesights. It shoots my target light reloads to +P self defense loads. I've fed it Federal HST's, GoldenSabers, GoldDot's, and even the MFS ashtrays :D. ALL worked 100% reliably.

It shoots almost as accurately as my Glock 21sf (Full size 45acp)(which I'm selling btw), is small enough for CCW,
higher capacity than most full size 45acp handguns.

When I feel like carrying a .45 instead of my Glock19c 9mm, I always grab the PT145. I just have to remember I can't rapidfire it as easily as the Glock 19c 9mm. :p
I think the PT145 is one of the BEST values on the firearms market. (As long as you don't get a bad one like my buddy had form factory.)
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