Recently picked up this gun from SWFA through their gunbroker No Reserve Auctions. At first it was just a whim to toss a bid out there but the more I looked at it and read the reviews the more I hoped I won it, sure enough I did. For a steal I might add too!
Anyway. I got it home from my FFL's and started playing with it a bit. It felt really good in the hand and points naturally to me. Grip angle is very very similar to a 1911. It being a double stack 45 I was apprehensive about it being to thick to comfortably control but it was just perfect, for my hands anyway. I like the ergonomics of the gun and the safety control on the slide wasn't to bulky to get in they way or bite into you when carrying concealed. It does have several other safety features as well besides the thumb safety on the slide. There is a firing pin block safety, Taurus's genuis (sarcasim) key safety that will make the gun in-operable, and a trigger block safety.
I found a few snap caps to play with the gun that night as it was to dark and rainy to go shoot when I got it home. The trigger pull takes a little getting use to. At first I didn't think I was going to care for it at all as there is a long travel before resistance and then it breaks super fast. I soon found out that after racking the slide it "semi" brings the firing pin back and locks it in until you pull it the rest of the way but you can also after an initial trigger pull pull again and it will re-engauge the firing pin for another stike. The later, 2nd pull, is much different than the first in fell and travel. I guess in a situation of a light primer strike or failure to fire on one primer strike being able to just pull the trigger again vs having to rack the slide is a nice feature. Overall after a few hundred dry fires I developed a nice affection for the trigger, its features, and how it worked.
Next day proved no good for shooting either as we had an ice storm and was still sleeting most of the day. But finally after a few days of fondling it, a thourogh cleaning, I got a chance to run it through some rounds. I started with some reloaded lead ball ammo that I had made up for my 1911. Simple rounds, fairly mild just for plinking really. It ate them and begged for more. Not a single failure to fire or feed. No stovepipes or failures to eject either. 5 shot groups at 10yds proved promising with several about 1.5-2". I shot about 200 of my reloads through it testing every way I thought I could get it to fail. Still didn't. I had bought a case of gold dots a while back to use for carry and was actually given another full case buy a widow who's spouse shot allot and it was left over. I ran another 250 rounds of Gold Dots through it with again not a single malfunction and much better groups. I was holding about 2" for all 10 shots at 10yds. I did not clean the gun at all during this shooting session and even dropped it in dirt and wet grass a few times to make sure it wouldn't jam up or cause it issues during less than ideal conditions.
It was a fun little gun to shoot and after almost 500 rounds I was getting some pain in my wrist but I think that was more from not shooting as often as I need to and mostly shotting 9mm out of a metal frame CZ that ain't got no recoil. Before I put it away i put an old freon jug used for AC repair out at 50yds and took aim with a nice hold over. First shot hit just low about 1", 2nd shot sent the tank spewwing the residual air left in it. Didn't get a pass through but was enough to pierce one side of the tank. I was able to walk 5 out of the remaining 8 shots into the side and end of the tank as it laid over and rolled with each hit.
I found that holster for several of my guns worked with the PT145 and have a holster from Atomic Dog Holsters (not my favorite company to deal with but makes a good product) they made for my CZ P07 duty that worked the best. Slight bit of retention and convertable for IWB or OWB. I cleaned the gun again and fired a few fouling shots the next day and loaded it up with gold dots and have been carrying it since. I am highly impressed with it. Not sure it will always be my carry but for now it will be my primary for its size, accuracy, and reliablity its shown.
I didn't get any pictures that day but plan on another range day with it again soon to get some.
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