Taurus PT845 .45 ACP Handgun Review

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When the United States Special Operations Command announced that it was considering adopting a new service handgun, and laid down the performance requirements for the pistol, a number of handgun makers responded. The result was several new handgun designs that, in light of the postponement of the SOCOM tests, have now been made available to the civilian market.

taurus2.gifOne was the Taurus 24/7 OSS. As a full-sized service handgun it’s proven to be rugged and reliable. But it’s a bit much to pack concealed on a daily basis. Taurus responded by taking some of the ergonomic features of the 24/7 OSS, adding a few innovations, trimming the size and weight, and introduced a new line of mid-sized semi-auto handguns. The result was the Taurus 800 Series that was introduced in 2008. It is available in 9mm (PT809, 17+1) .40 (PT840, 15+1) and .45ACP (PT845, 12+1). For our test we had the big bore .45ACP model.

The PT845 .45ACP is built on a polymer frame with either a forged steel slide with a black Tennifer finish, or a stainless steel slide. My test model wore the Tennifer finish. A captive recoil spring with a full-length stainless steel guide rod mated with a bushingless barrel to complete the upper unit.

The empty weight is a relatively light 28.2 ounces. The ramped barrel measures 4 inches, providing an overall length of 8.25 inches, a height of 6-inches, and a width of 1.14 inches. An integral rail allows for easy mounting of light or laser. Capacity is 12+1. 

Ergonomics
Noted pistolsmith Wayne Novak, who made a career out of customizing concealed carry handguns, once observed that a good carry pistol “should feel like a well used bar of soap.” It has become an overused cliché, but I can’t find a better way to describe the way the PT845 comes into my hand. 

The backstrap features Taurus’ aggressive ribbed checkering, while the rear portion of the side panels are smooth. The ribbed pattern continues on the front portion of the side panels and wraps around the front strap, where two slight projections create a subtle finger groove effect. Right and left side memory grooves channel the trigger finger to the proper position. When my hand contacts the gun in the holster a proper shooting grip is automatically achieved. 

Complementing that is a nicely undercut triggerguard that has the sharp lower edge relieved. I own several makes of polymer framed pistols and shoot them regularly. All required some attention with a Dremel tool to smooth the triggerguard edge. That wasn’t necessary with the PT845. It’s a very comfortable pistol.

Three interchangeable backstraps of different sizes are supplied. They are changed by drifting out a solid retaining pin at the lower portion of the backstrap, which also serves as a lanyard loop, and sliding a different size insert into place. I have average-sized hands and the backstrap that arrived on the gun was an excellent fit for me, so I felt no need to try the other two sizes. 

Firing Mechanism
Taurus notes that the PT845 was derived from the Taurus 24/7 OSS series, but the firing mechanism is quite a bit different. This is not a striker-fired, internal hammer pistol. A slide mounted inertia-type firing pin provides the primer blow. This is a traditional DA/SA design with an external hammer and has repeat strike capability. In the same manner as the CZ-75 or the Beretta Tomcat, the gun can be carried with the hammer in three different positions. When the hammer is fully lowered it provides a lengthy DA pull with a slight, but noticeable, stacking at the rear of the stroke. My Lyman Digital Trigger Pull Gauge says the pull is 10.5 pounds. Ease the hammer back slightly, to what amounts to a quarter-cock position, and about half of the trigger pull length is turned into take-up slack. The pull weight remains the same but the pull length is significantly reduced.

With the hammer in the SA mode the pull weight is a relatively crisp 6.5 pounds with only a suggestion of creep. The trigger is smooth faced and nicely rounded.

A frame-mounted ambidextrous safety allows the gun to be carried DA or SA (cocked and locked) and the safety can be engaged to block the trigger in each hammer position. The frame-mounted safety has a third position that also serves as a decocking mechanism. With the safety engaged in the up position, depressing it to the middle position disengages it. Push it further down to the third position and it decocks the pistol. The PT845 also includes an internal firing pin block that prevents the firing pin from moving forward until the trigger has been moved to its final rearward position.

Completing the operating controls are ambidextrous slide and magazine releases. A loaded chamber indicator peeks out from the upper side of the extractor when a round is chambered.

The PT845 does not have a magazine disconnect safety, and will fire with the magazine removed. The double stack magazines are solidly made with right side witness holes at 6 and 12 rounds and are a drop-free design. A finger extension base plate provides a comfortable rest for the support hand and also makes magazine insertion very positive. A magazine loading tool is provided, but I didn’t need it. Finger power alone was enough to easily get all 12 rounds into each of the two supplied magazines.

Sights are a three white dot pattern and are drift adjustable for windage. Both front and rear are dovetailed into the slide and securely retained via an Allen screw. They are cut a bit taller than many other sights and allow a generous amount of light around the front sight. I found them very quick to acquire.

The PT845 arrived in a foam-lined pad lockable case with two magazines, a bristle bore brush, magazine loading tool, two additional interchangeable backstraps, and two keys to activate the Taurus Security System lock, which is located on the rear portion of the lower right rear grip panel.

Range Time
Prior to heading out to my backyard range I did a quick field strip and added oil to the appropriate points. A Bianchi Model 7 Shadow II three-slot pancake holster for the Glock 29/30 was an excellent fit for the Taurus. So, I headed out to the range with the PT845 and holster.

Test ammunition included 230-grain Winchester Target/Range FMJ, Federal’s 230-grain Hydra-Shok and 165-grain EFMJ, Hornady’s 185-grain Custom XTP JHP, Remington’s 230-grain Golden Saber, and my 230-grain LRN match reload. I also had a hundred 185-grain lead semi-wadcutter reloads of dubious heritage that I figured would be a good test for feeding, so they were included.

Working from the holster, my initial shooting was no more complex than ringing some hanging plates and bouncing empty beverage cans from the 10- to 15-yard mark. The gun proved to be a natural pointer that came quickly to hand. And, even with full power 230-grain loads, it was very controllable and soft shooting.

The gun fed everything that went into the magazine (even the 185-grain LSWC reloads) and case ejection was smooth and consistent. 

Once I had about 200 rounds through the gun I settled down on a 15-yard sandbag rest, shooting SA, for accuracy tests. The PT845 was not a fan of swaged lead reloads, but did have an affinity for jacketed fodder. The 230-grain loads showed the best accuracy, as is often the case with the .45ACP, but lighter bullet weights proved more than accurate enough for self-defense tasks. 

Timed Drills
Plinking, bench rest accuracy tests, and a few basic handling drills can tell you a lot about how a pistol will perform, but they don’t give me as clear a picture as does running the gun under some degree of stress or at the least, running timed drills against the clock. An IDPA or USPSA match would have been a nice test, but with only two magazines in hand it wasn’t in the cards. Instead, I ran some of my basic practice drills with my PACT III Club Timer. I have been running these drills for years and know what my normal PAR time/score is with whichever of my match guns I’m running.

The first test was three IDPA targets set up 6 feet apart at 7 yards. The drill is simple: at the buzzer, draw and double tap each target. I ran this ten times with 230-grain Winchester Target/Range full power ball ammo. The first two runs were 4.46 and 4.27 seconds respectively. The next eight runs were between 3.93 and 3.67 seconds. The second drill is a single IDPA target at 7 yards, two to the chest and one to the head. Ten runs produced times of 2.41 to 2.33 seconds.

The times on the first drill were within a half-second of my normal time with my match-tuned .45ACP, while the times on the second drill were almost identical. The scores were not quite as good. I had a tendency to drop the first round a bit low and out of the 0-zone with the DA pull, but follow-up shots were on the mark with the gun in the SA mode. That, however, is comparing a stock, out-of-the-box, DA/SA semi-auto in a high ride concealed carry holster against a match tuned semi-auto with a crisp 3.5-pound trigger, fiber optic sights, handloads softer than full power ball, and from a straight drop Blade-Tech competition holster. 

Final Notes
Well over 300 rounds went downrange in this test. They included bullet weights from 230 to 165 grains, as well as some dubious semi-wadcutter reloads. The only malfunctions were my operator errors with the thumb safety. Once the basic tests were done, I cleaned the gun, stuffed it with Federal Hydra-Shoks, and carried it for two weeks in place of the compact 9mm that’s my normal carry gun. I found it to be every bit as comfortable to carry. That’s a lot to ask from a pistol that packs 12+1 rounds of .45ACP, but the PT845 delivered.



 

  • James Sharp

    Chris Christian’s article on the Taurus 845 in the May issue is of concern in what it does not say about this company. The two pistols he tested obviously were selected by Taurus. I say obviously because the two serial numbers were only two apart.
    This company is capable of assembling good, well engineered products. The reality is that they have severe problems in quality control and customer service. With Taurus it is a hit or miss proposition. If you are “lucky” you get one of the good assemblies. Far too often, however, these guns leave the manufacturer flawed and poorly assembled. It is then up to the buyer to get the problems fixed. Certainly, they have a much vaunted lifetime guaranty. What is not widely known is that the process can take three, four or longer months to get the defect corrected. Then there is the customer service element which is made adversarial by the company. The customer is the quality control. The reason it takes three or more months to get the problem fixed, I speculate, is the sheer volume of product being returned to Taurus.
    We, the readers, depend upon writers such as Mr. Christian to give an objective testing. I have no doubt that the two pistols tested performed exactly as written. All of Taurus’ products are capable if they had a

  • James Sharp

    Chris Christian’s article on the Taurus 845 in the May issue is of concern in what it does not say about this company. The two pistols he tested obviously were selected by Taurus. I say obviously because the two serial numbers were only two apart.
    This company is capable of assembling good, well engineered products. The reality is that they have severe problems in quality control and customer service. With Taurus it is a hit or miss proposition. If you are “lucky” you get one of the good assemblies. Far too often, however, these guns leave the manufacturer flawed and poorly assembled. It is then up to the buyer to get the problems fixed. Certainly, they have a much vaunted lifetime guaranty. What is not widely known is that the process can take three, four or longer months to get the defect corrected. Then there is the customer service element which is made adversarial by the company. The customer is the quality control. The reason it takes three or more months to get the problem fixed, I speculate, is the sheer volume of product being returned to Taurus.
    We, the readers, depend upon writers such as Mr. Christian to give an objective testing. I have no doubt that the two pistols tested performed exactly as written. All of Taurus’ products are capable if they had quality control in the assembly process.
    Frankly, their primary sales point is price. I would not trust my safety to a weapon with the history of this company.
    Just my thought.

  • bobby

    i own a taurus pt145 and hane not had any real problems with it so far,maybe i got lucky?

  • Brew

    I have the PT140 and is has 500 rounds thru it with no issues! I will buy another Taurus next pistol purchase!

  • JW_In_Florida

    I’ve owned numerous Taurus handguns throughout the years – never once did I have a failure or single issue with ANY of them. Why do I not have them anymore? Because I ended up selling them due to financial issues. Obviously I keep going back to them though! And I am shopping for another one right now! Sounds like someone has a beef with Taurus and is trying to scare everyone who might be interested in them.

  • Jimmy Jack

    All the taurus that i have shot work just as good as any other quality brand.i havent owned any but have a friend that owns a couple. Those have been 100 %. Most people who complain of the quality probably never owned or used one. Because they are made in brazil and not in usa germany italy czec most think that they are not the same quality. Reality is they are the same in quality but cost almost half of guns from the other countries above. I think the accusations of low quality are from those who hear it from others with no personal experience and cant think critically enough for themselves and leave an open mind to actually use one before they make a claim to realize Taurus as a quality manufacturer.

  • Taurus or bust

    Well, I just picked up a PT-24/7 in 45 cal. I looked at Glock, Sig, S&W, Walther, HK, etc. None of these pistols fit me as the Taurus, and NONE of them were in the price range. I have not owned a Taurus but I’ve had many, many friends who have and I’ve had in depth experience with their product. I will find out soon enough if my pistol is truly the quality is screams, but as for my buddies pistols they NEVER had any problems with them after 1000′s of rounds! I bought because I had indirect experience with their quality, now it’s time to be a first hand customer ;) I have a feeling I’ll be a very happy customer!

  • C.McWilliams

    As with any firearms company their will be those who sing its praises and those who do not. Taurus puts out alot of weapons and some of them need some t.l.c. as can be said with any mfg. now days. My PT845 works as advertised after the usual breakin period. It digests hollow points and hard ball with no hitches. I like mine its what i can afford and its round count makes me feel much better if the wolf shows up.

  • Jon

    To respond to James Sharp. I have a 24/7 OSS in .45ACP and put 500 rds through it on the first Sunday afternoon without a problem with the weapon. I shot fiocchi, magtech, and even 50rds of wolf steel case without a hitch. One round of wolf did’t fire, that was a problem with the round. I have a variety of friends who are retired SOCOM, US Army Combat Arms (as am I), etc… We all have our “pretty” weapons in 1911A1 varieties, but we have Taurus auto loaders to carry and shoot, not Rugers or S&W.

  • http://www.2-houghs.com Seabear1500

    I have over 30 years exp. with handguns and I have had many different brands and models. I will not say that I have never had a problem with a Taurus because I have, but that was in the mid ’80s I think many complaints and the bad reputation come form that era.

    I recently purshased a blued PT845. I have only had one range visit with it, but it was flawless. It fed and ejected like it should, and it shoots better than I can. My first 12 rounds through the gun at 5-7 yards were all in one hole about 2.5″.

    It still needs break in, the mag release and slide release are stiff, but function well, the trigger is getting better.

    I will have to agree that QC is lacking, but that isn’t uncommon with any manufacturer at one time or another. I suggest if you want one you inspect it closely. I had two to choose from and one was definately smoother than the other. Not much, but enough to notice. Mine had one flaw. Looks like a punch gouge when they inserted the trigger pin. Like it slid off the pin and scraped the polymer frame. It’s no big deal, I am sure it will get more scars down the road. What it did have was the shiniest polished ramp I have ever seen! Like a mirror. That’s why I picked it.

    If you are in the market for a large .45 you’ll love it, but I would suggest not buying one you can’t inspect. Most of the people I have read about or talked to that had a problem with a Taurus or any other weapon purchased without looking them over. If you can inspect it and it looks solid anr well put together, I bet it is.

  • Archie

    i got my new taurus pt840, it grouped 2in at 25 yrds offhand….i like the trigger, an improvement over the 600 series w/c i have…and the trigger return is very short….a little bit heavy on the let off thought. i also like the ambi controls, did not liked the novak sights, preferred the heinie like in my pt 640, 3-dot with serrations on the front and rear. fire off a 100 rounds and never jammed or missed fire.

  • wailer

    i own 845 good part about this gun is 2nd strike if you have a missfire you an just pull the trigger until it fires

  • Dennis

    I have never owned a Taurus but plan to buy the PT845 this week … without any concerns (other than finding ammo – very scarce these days). My buddy has one of their 9mm’s and loves it. I own two South American pistols (Bersa Thunder 380 & Thunder 9) that I shoot and love. Never a problem with either of them and both have good groupings.

  • Jeff C

    I bought my PT845 soon after it came out. I’ve only put about 50rds through it since the ammo is hard to come by out here.
    Blazer Brass I bought at Wally world wasn’t very good. The casings were out of round causing 3-4 rounds to not chamber. A quick bump back on the slide was my solution. I have some Winchester “white box” I’m gonna try soon. I’m very impressed with the gun and the price I paid for it. Shot grouping was a breeze, all with-in 2″ of each other.
    I’m also anxiuos to buy a light/laser for it, as it has the Picitany rail. :D

  • http://www.TomThompsonPhotography.com Tom

    I’ve had my 845 about three months and have had no problems with it. Can’t find magazines for it though. Since I’m still waiting for my Texas CHL I am just browsing for IWB holsters.
    I bought mine at Academy Sports. The display model was a little loose and the mag was difficult to release.
    They had another in the safe and after I inspected it and found it much tighter and very nice I bought it. Took it to my local gunsmith for his opinion. He stripped it down and was impressed with the tooling,etc.
    I am left handed and love the feel and accuracy of this gun.

  • http://www.jimhancockproductions.com jim H

    I’m tired of people knocking Taurus, I own several Taurus along with several other brands and have not had any problems with any of the Taurus… I’ve had 3 9mm 24/7 compacts (2 of those I bought as gifts for my son and ex wife) I have a PT 100 (love it) A pt745 love it……. my most recent was a pt709, this is an awesome gun…I looked at Keltec and Kahr….. no Thanks…. I sold both my Glocks couldn’t get past the no safety thing. I love my Berretta’s my Ruger revolvers, but no more then my Taurus guns and they cost me about $150 less everytime. Lifetime warrantee, (but never had to use it) What’s to knock? My next one will be the 845.

  • raymond

    After reading most of the comments here I think I’ll cross bridge after I have fired 500 rnds.. from the taurus pt845 i bought. Though its a bit alarming to note that buying a good one depends on luck. If only the qc can address this issue then there wouldn’t be much of a problem. Building a plant in the states would probably address this, I hope, otherwise, it would be just another bad investment for me and sadly im an impressionist who doesn’t give a second look if a product fail me once.

  • PT problems

    Got a new 845 with several serious function problems. Has been at their repair center over a month. They dont inform you what is going on with it what they are going to do just alot of run around. Not happy. Will post later what they send me back. Taurus is cranking out too many new models they cant even provide parts or repair for imho. Alot of hype on this gun but what good if it doesnt work? Nice grip, nice sights, decent trigger when it works. No accessories or mags available for this pistol right now. Advise anybody looking at 845 to wait for QC to catch up to this one or be prepared to wait for repair.

  • Bruce

    I have a Millenum Pro 9mm, love it and never had any issues. My son had an XD-45 and sold to buy two 24/7s. Both group great and no issues. 3 for 3 ain’t bad. Until Taurus gives me a reason I’ll stay away from the big name/expensive guns.

  • james sammons

    I just this week purchased a taurus pt845. The weapon performed well with all of the ammo I fed through it which included hydro-shoks -lead semiwadcutters-Hornaday custom 230grs-blazer flying ashtrays which have never fed my other 1911 weapons. My only complaint is the magazine release and magazine drop. The magazine release works well without a mag inserted. The mag will not fall free upon release. I checked the mag loaded an it seems that a round which protrudes into the magazine catch hampers the release pin. I called Taurus customer service and was told that this was not a normal complaint and to his knowledge they do not have a drop free mag. He also said “Give us a jingle back in a couple of months when we get new mags in. None in stock at this date.” Well I guess if I ever get in a situation where I need more than one mag. I am a world of hurt to start with.

  • angellopez

    I have pt840 and cant find a good kyndex holster for it anybody has an idea.

  • Douglas Dunham

    I bought an 845 about 6 months ago on gun broker and had to send it in to Taurus to correct a defect in the barrel(looked like a weld spot). At the same time I called Taurus Customer Service to ask which magazines to buy. The lady I talked to said that 24/7 mags in 45 will work, so I bought 3. Surprise, they do not fit and after 6 months of trying to get Taurus to swap the mags, I put them back on gun broker. The gun does shoot ok, but would like to get a spare mag, mine only came with one.
    gdd

  • dan

    I got my pt840 this morning,and tried it, i used magtech ammos 200 rounds, non misfired, it functioned flawless, did even hit a rat at least 14yards from me. at first the mag release burdens my thumb, after a couple of rounds its softer.

  • Rob V.

    First I want to say I love the .45 ACP round and firing this gun was like falling in love all over again. I have the PT845 in all black. I fits like a glove and fires true. I regularly practice my qualification drills with it and hit center every time. Even after 300 rounds it feeds smoothly and still hits the mark.

  • EPWrangler

    I own a PT111 and a PT 140. both are good guns and several years old. I carry one or the other IWB with a Clip Draw and no holster. That works fine and so do they.

  • Bob Lewis

    My personnel experience with the 24/7,45acp The gun was a piece of junk when I got it. Failure to feed
    stove pipe. No matter what ammo it would not run.
    contacted taurus they said send in your old mags and we will replace with new ones. Took a month but that did not work either. Finally sent the whole gun back.
    After several months got the gun back They replaced the grips, on a 24/7 thats the whole support structure of the gun, The captive fireing pin spring replaced and the guide rod spring replaced, It did not say on the invoice, but the mags looked new too.
    I could not believe it when I took it to the range. It acually worked
    My compaint is that why should I have to send a new gun back and wait months before it will work.
    I have Rugers, S&W, Kel-tec, Walthers And they all ran fine right out of the box.
    I would think it would be cheaper for them if they would get it right before they left the factory.

  • Jim H.

    I commented back in Sept of 2009 just after my 709 purchase and was happy as could be, and I said my next Taurus would be a PT 845, it was and it’s my favorite gun, just feels great and shoots great and has every possible feature on a modern handgun. The comment about the magazine not dropping free is a consequence of the ambidextrous mag release…… that made it necessarey for the magazine to snap into place in front of the magazine rather then the corners like one side or the other…… I wish they had not made the release ambidestrious but switchable…….. my only gripe…… but it will break in and the magazine will fall free….. you can speed the process up with a small file.

  • Herb @ Pahrump

    I bought my first Taurus (PT-145 Millennium) three years ago and have carried it since. It is completely reliable,concealable and plenty accurate for a self defense firearm. A year later I bought my PT 845 and I am as impressed with it as the 145. I especiqlly like the Double Action/Single Action feature of this gun. I can carry it in condition #1 cocked and locked or carry it in the double action mode with safety on or off. Fully loaded with 11 rounds of 185 Gr. Ammo, the PT 145 wighs 29.3 ounces, the PT 845 with 13 rounds of same weight ammo weighs 36.7 ounces. Taurus advertises the 845 as having a 4 inch barrel. If you measure the bore from crown to closed slide, you will find it is 4 1/4 inches long. The outside finish of the Taurus is not as shiny as some other guns costing more money, but after a couple of years of carry they don’t look that much different.

  • David Lim

    Hi to All,

    Got my Taurus PT845 duo tone yesterday and fired 100 rounds of FMJ Armscor. The hits are dead center unfortunately. I encountered problems with it. The problems are the following:
    1. 5-7 Failure to feed. I noticed there would be instances as the slide is going into battery and pushing the cartridge. The tip of the cartridge would “nose down” and hit the tip of the magazine causing the slide to fail to return to battery.
    2. On the last round there were instances that the slide will not open after the last round. I thought it was how I handled the weapon but upon closer examination. I noticed that the follower totally did not come into contact with the slide stop to push it up. However at times that it would push the slide stop. I noticed that the slide stop would hit the very edge of the follower. This has caused “indentations” on the plastic follower and am afraid that continued contact in that condition could prematurely wear out the part where the metal slide stop hits the plastic follower.

    After the 100 rounds I fired 50 rounds of reloads. The problem 1 no longer appeared but the problem 2 persisted and was followed by another problem.

    3. Failure to ignite the primer. I encountered 3 of these in the 50 rounds. Upon examination the firing pin would “lightly” hit the primer causing failure to ignite.

    These are the major problems I encountered with my new gun. The minor problems are as follows.

    1. While inserting the magazine while pushing forward the base of the magazine I felt that the base of the ammo would come into contact with the “cross member” of the hammer support.
    2. There were times pressing the magazine release would be super hard. I had to use extreme force to release the magazine.

    3. At the bottom of the slide there is a gouge at the underside of the slide.

    4. At the tip of the barrel feed ramp. It is quite sharp.

    5. The firing pin stop seemed “loose” while I was cleaning the gun.

    I have been shooting for many years and have own a variety of firearms. However this new Taurus has disappointed me. I am planning to return the gun to the importer of Taurus since I cannot take advantage of the “life time warranty” because I am from the Philippines. By the way I had the firearm cleaned and lubed prior to firing.

    Has anyone encountered problems like this? If you want to see pictures of the major problems email me at davemlim02@gmail.com.

    Any suggestion?

    Thanks!

  • doug

    Ive held just about every gun listed under $1000 retail and discovered the 845 to be the absolute best fit. Prior to purchase i owned the S&W M&P 45 which also fit well and a good shooter after some 500 rounds but decided i needed a 45 DA/SA with second strike capability + + so quickly sold it, not that i didnt like the M&P cause i did, i just didnt have the need well not true i do have the need for another gun and another one and a…. I cant get enough of em. but my bank account limits me to one 45 for now. And fortunately I havent been carrying guns for that many years and had no “bad taste” for taurus like i hear from so many “ol timers” The PT845 is a damn good shooter that feels good in my large hand and now some 500 rounds later Im very pleased with my purchase. If youre looking to buy a dependable 45 auto give this one a good look see and tell me it if it doesnt just “feel good” in your hand.

  • PT Problems

    I had tons of problems with my early production PT845, after a big run around and some heated conversations Taurus “customer service” in Miami finally did the right thing and sent me a new replacement. The new 845 works fine and is accurate, HOWEVER, the Taurus manager told me he would include the old mags I sent in with the new gun and they didnt, and currently magazines for the 845 are completely unavailable from Taurus or any other source, so if you need more than 2 mags with your gun you are in trouble. Since then i got a Springfield XD45 and consider it a way better shooter than the 845, and XD45 mags are readliy available. Taurus customer service and support is seriously lacking and if i could turn back the clock would have never bought the 845, just the XD45.

  • Shamil

    I’m having difficulty finding a good fitting holster
    for my 845. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • RugerFan

    I’ve been reviewing the new Taurus 84522SS and was wanting to know if anyone heard when it will finally hit the gun shops.

  • Brian

    Just got a brand new PT840SS I really like the way the gun looks, feels, BUT I have 2 issues, issue one straight out of the Box the magazine release sticks when you push it in from the left side I have to push it back from the right side, when pushed from the right side it will spring back every time just fine. Issue two the gun is shooting low and left. I’m guessing I will have to send a brand new gun in for service.

  • djy71280

    I purchased a Taurus pt 845. The very first time I went out to shoot it, the gun did not fire. Talk about disappointed. So I did what anyone would have done, I contacted Taurus customer support. After five attempts each resulting in a 25-30 minute hold time, i was finally able to reach some one who I thought would be able to help me. Boy was I wrong. Not only was the person on the phone very rude, but they told me i had owned the gun for two years when it had only been a few months. The service rep. said there was nothing they could do for me and i would just have to pay to have it shipped and fixed. ????? so much for lifetime warranty. I guess i am trying to say that the gun seemed nice in the store and in all the articles, but when I got it, it was little more than a fancy paper weight. I plan to take the gun to a local gunsmith, get it fixed, sell it and never purchase another Taurus fire arm as long as I live, and i urge every one who reads this to do the same. Sure, not all Taurus firearms are pieces of junk, but when it comes time to deal with a broken firearm, you’ll regret buying a Taurus.

  • mmbsrusa

    I am tickled at how many of the complaints begin with the type of ammo selected to be used. Buy quality & you get quality performance. Everybody runs out to buy a fine piece of weapon but wants .03 cents a round ammunition for it. Additionally, I would bet that 8 out of 10 complainants fail to even service/clean their weapon prior to firing it at the range the first time. I am VERY suspect of all complaints. I have purchased the PT809, 840 and 845 over the past few years & did not encounter one noticeable hiccup or issue. In fact, I called Taurus for advise on where to possibly locate extra magazines, in the northeast, for the 845. A young lady entertained my question, put me on hold for several minutes came back & requested my name and address & said she would have someone call me back. In less than 48 hours, Fedex was on my doorstep, with TWO brand new magazines @ no charge to me. I also believe the majority of you call up with pretty nasty attitudes, so you get treated the way you do and rightfully so. I would further bet you are also the type that complains about EVERYTHING in general. In 2009, Taurus outsold the next two handgun manufacturers combined, in worldwide sales. Of those sales, Taurus averaged a return rate of less than 2.2%. Glock, with much less sales, had a return rate of almost 6% & 2% of those failures were catastrophic. Springfield publishes similar findings. In 2010, Kimber AND S&W refused a request to put up the model of their choice against a Hi-Point 9mm ‘Abuse & Destroy’ story done by Combat Handguns. Taurus submitted an 840, Glock submitted a weapon and FN/FNP submitted a weapon, as did Beretta. A three way tie was enjoyed between the Hi-Point, the FN/FNP and the Taurus…. go figure.
    Sure, by all means, submit an issue or problem experienced, and share it responsibly, but stop the immaturity and bulk grouping non-sense like ‘all their weapons suck’ or ‘never buy this type or that type’….
    Take personal ownership of your own issues… thoroughly disassemble, clean, lube and reassemble the weapon. Do the same to the mags. Forget Dremeling anything unless your an efficient gunsmith. And most importantly, research a weapon before you buy it. If you are lazy and need a weapon that requires little maintenance then you should know you have two options…. an AK-47 or an old war era Colt M1911A1…. otherwise, pride yourself in becoming a knowledgeable gun owner and work on your personal communication skills.
    Enjoy your day … MMBSR, Armorer, NYPD & NYNJPA

  • Stevie C

    As a former Marine, I say (ya can’t touch this one). No trouble at all. Got my first one got another one.

  • Don Settie

    I own four taurus firearms, two mod 85, 1 model 66 and a 24/7 9mm. No problems with 500 – 1000 rounds fired in each. Taurus corp. can be slow but
    I havent found them to be rude when ordering accessories.

  • Sparky

    I bought a pt809 1 month ago, had nothing but problems(misfires, jams, Taurus patented safety lock engaging on it’s own, etc. after two weeks of shooting, cleaning, lubing, repeat. this gun now runs like a sewing machine. last 500 rounds through it without a hitch. I think the taurus just has a break-in period and needs to be maintained.

  • Perry Wilson

    I recently purchased a Taurus 809. Love how it looks and feels. The trigger is good, and the gun is accurate. However, about every other round jams. There are failures to eject and failures to feed. Very frustrating. I really want to like this gun, but I am very much regreting the purchase.

  • Bubba

    I have a PT845 and I think it’s one of the best made handguns out there. As always, when I purchased this gun I broke it down and gave it a good cleaning and oiling. Have gone to the range on a couple of occasions and am quite pleased with the handling. The recoil is quite manageable and the weight is very balanced. I also own a 24/7 in 9mm, and am very confident in the line. Taurus doesn’t seem to get the respect it deserves because it a Brazilian company, but the are numerous countries military tha t carry the Taurus as it’s service weapon.

  • Darrell

    I have a pt145 with over 2000 rounds through it. Got it after being in a situation that I had wished I already had it. The only times it ever, EVER missed, was the first time my wife ever shot it, or any gun for that matter. Limpwrist it, and it will not eject correctly. Proper form, and maintenance will prove this gun to be just as reliable as a revolver. I look forward to my pt845.

  • Ian

    I purchased my PT845 almost a year ago. The first couple hundred rounds it worked great. It was properly cleaned and oiled after every firing range visit. I’ve been using Winchester/Federal/Tul Ammo. I’ve expirience several failure to feed that required me to unlock the slide in order to resume firing. I thought it was the magazines so I returned all four and got new ones. Went to the range and all was ok for a while. Later down the road the same issue began again. Since then I’ve stop using Tul Ammo do to the fact it dirty ammo that causes alot of carbon build up. If any one has had this same issue or have any recommendation it would be great. ian.collazo@gmail.com

  • PT Problems

    The comments about Taurus needing a break in period, quality ammo and being nice to the Taurus reps to get them to do their job are hilarious. A Glock 21 or XD45 will digest anything and shoots straight right out of the box. The whole concept of a break in period on modern CNC constructed guns is ludicrous. Sure, quality ammo and proper cleaning is a optimal, but a Glock 21 or XD45 will put anything you stuff in it reliably and accurately right out of the box. Glad the one guy got some free mags from Miami. Maybe this internet feedback is compelling Taurus mgmt. to get on the ball.

  • gmiller

    I am going to make a website called brokenglocks.com, just so I can show all you freaking Glock sycophants that they are not God Guns. I have now owned 2 other Taurus pistols, a .357 snubby, PT1911, and now I bought the PT845 today. I will come back from the range having treated my gun well before use and will be rewarded with a well-firing gun, I guarantee it.
    Honestly, if I could go to a range or gun store without having to hear about the greatness of SIGs and Glocks, I will call it a good day.

  • bandanna

    Taurus has sever quality control issues. I have could write a book on issues with their products.
    Every taurus I have ever bought had to be reworked because of poor fit and finnish. Exceptions are PT92 and 24/7/OSS. PT809 ?, EIGHT broken trigger springs, firing pin block broken, extractor pin flew out.. I could go on. After two years no usefull time at the range without failures. No more taurus for me.. too many good other options out there.

  • ToddMac

    Shamil- the holster that I use for concealed carry of my Taurus 845 is the Bianchi 7 Shadow II, advertised to fit the Glock 19 & 23. Fits the 845 perfectly. I also use that same holster to carry my Baby Desert Eagle in .45. That was my carry gun for a while but it’s all steel and heavy and only 10+1, so I bought the 845 which is 12+1. I own several hand guns- S & W, Ruger, Sig, Taurus, Magnum Research, NAA, and others, and I chose the Taurus 845 as my concealed carry weapon. Keep it clean and use good ammo like others have mentioned, and you’re good to go. I carry Federal 230 gr JHP in mine. I shoot a lot of ammo of all different kinds (except for Wolf or Tull, I won’t use it due to its poor rep) and have never had a fail to fire or extract.

  • the_mp

    ive owned many weapons and fired even more one of my favorites was my full size pt101p. taurus may have at one point had a questionable record but as far as i am concerened i trust them as my ccw.

  • llm7676

    Purchased the PT845 February 17th, so far shot a good 500 at the range and beach and no problems what so ever. Used Winchester, Fiocchi, and Blazers. So yes it was a good purchase, perhaps I was a “lucky” one but whatever. Ill Trust this Taurus over a Glock or Sig anyday

  • http://tactical-life.com rome

    i bought me a taurus pt845 because i like the reviews i read. i haven’t shot it yet but plan to. so far so good i like the feel and enjoy every moment of it being in my hand. i actually fell in love with it first sight cuz my plan at first was to buy me a smith and wesson sigma but i got introduce to the taurus and love it no regrets

  • BJ Giddens

    I shopped around looking for a new style .45 i actually purchased 3. The Sig version, the Springfield Armory, and lastly the Taurus pt 845. Not only was the Taurus the cheaper of the 3 i found its design a better fit for me. During putting these weapons through their paces my groupings and times were far better with the 845. The cleaning and take down of the weapons again there was no match to the 845. Im now looking to sell/exchange the other 2 firearms for a new assault rifle, which again i will purchase 3 and make my decision. Any opinions welcome about a rifle. Of course who doesn’t like the M16/AR platforms im open to ideas

  • STEVE O

    I HAVE A PT845 AND HAVE FIRED SEVERAL HUNDRED RDS. THROUGH IT WITHOUT A MISHAP. I HAVE ALMOST EVERY CALIBER TAURAS MAKES AND LOVE THEM ALL.
    I DON’T FIRE CHEAP DIRTY AMMO AND CLEAN MY FIREARMS REGULARLY.
    TAURAS STANDS BEHIND THEIR PRODUCT BUT I HAVEN’T HAD ANY ISSUES THAT NEEDED THEIR ASSISSTANCE. I THINK FOR THE MONEY THEIR THE BEST AROUND.

  • sterling

    I have owned my 845 for about 7 months now, I picked it up as a new personal carry firearm to replace my 9 millimeter Taurus which I absolutely love PT 111 because I wanted a little more kick. I fully agree with everyone thats saying that Taurus is a underrated company because I’ve had nothing but good things come from my 9 Milan my 45 and I will continue by Taurus as my brand because I feel that I can trust that handgun save my life in that situation. I now have about 800 to 900 rounds through my 45 and completely content with it. not 1 malfunction

  • lordthorr

    I took this gun to the range and had multiple FTE and FTF jams. I was feeding roundball, no hollows. The gun is a good shooter when it shoots but I don’t trust it to protect me. Other places on the internet also speak about these problems. Buy something else people..your life may depend on it.

  • Mike

    Have owned the 845 for two years now and only fired 285 rounds when the firing pin broke. Not good. Yes, Taurus has a lifetime warranty but you must send the entire gun in and you have to use FedX overnight shipping to the tune of $50. You can not buy a firing pin and replace it yourself.

  • Guest

    These two must not know how to properly maintain a firearm or something. I have put thousands of rounds through my 845 and it has never given me one issue. Clean, oil, grease, and use quality rounds.