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Taurus TH45

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45acp muzzles are always a sight, the Taurus TH45 is no exception.
45acp muzzles are always a sight, the Taurus TH45 is no exception.

We had several requests to review the Taurus TH45 and were lucky enough to get our hands one. The good news or bad depending on your opinion is that it bears a striking resemblence to the TH9, it's just bigger.


The Taurus TH45 is a full-size frame and "commander" length 4.25" barrel
All controls of the Taurus TH45 are ambidextrous

What Is It? The Taurus TH45 is a double-action/single-action doublstack chambered in 45acp. The polymer frame helps keep weight down, and thanks to 45 acp ammunition size 13 rounds fit in the full-size grip. The barrel may not be of the length SAAMI uses to standardize 45acp ammunition, but fortunately the gun is +p rated if you feel the barrel's too short.


Modern fissure texture and subtle finger grooves on the Taurus TH45 grip
Modern fissure texture and subtle finger grooves on the Taurus TH45 grip

Who's it For? Contemporary standards might say the TH45 is a bit large for carry, but ultimately that's up to the individual's needs and preferences. I've carried guns of the same size in cooler months, and could certainly see it as a "field gun" type of handgun. The 4.25" barrel should provide decent terminal performance while still being small enough to carry without feeling like a stint has been installed. No changes have been made from the TH9 line aside from scaling for the cartridge.


Get a closer look at the Taurus TH45 in the tabletop video below:

Specs:

TH45 Box and contents
TH45 Box and contents

  • Barrel Length: 4.25 In.

  • Overall Length: 7.80 In.

  • Overall Height: 5.80 In.

  • Overall Width: 1.43 In.

  • Overall Weight: 28.50 Oz. (Unloaded)

  • Twist Rate: 1:16 - in RH twist

  • Grooves: 6

  • Ambi safety/decocker

  • Ambi magazine release

  • MSRP: $530.99

Pricing found as of 29MAR24


It had been a while since I've shot 45acp, and even longer since a doublestack like the TH45. In hand it didn't feel overly-large like some double-stack 45acp 1911s can feel. Keeping with tradition, and keeping the review relevant to the hundreds of other handguns reviewed on the channel, the standard GBGuns Range Review protocol was followed including:

  • Cold Shots: Truly the first rounds through the gun.

  • Full Magazine +1: Suprisingly some modern guns still struggle with this. It's a test of how much play is in the magazine as well as how the slide cycles with pressure. This is also when I do my best to learn the trigger.

  • What's For Dinner™: A test to see what ammunition the gun will eat. Does the gun feed the round from slide lock, will it cycle and feed another round of the same type, does the slide lock to the rear on empty, and is there any notable point of impact change with different loads.

For this gun we used the following ammunition:


What's For Dinner for the TH45
What's For Dinner for the TH45

Priced and linked where found at the time this article was written

78gr Liberty Ammunition Civil Defense $29.79/20 at Firearms Depot

185gr Steinel SCHP

185gr Hornady Critical Defense $26.99/20 at Brownells

230gr Blazer Aluminum $23.08/50 at Sportsman's Guide

230gr Sig V-Crown $24.99/20 direct from Sig

230gr Speer Gold Dot $30.67/20 at Global Ordnance

230gr Armscor JHP

230gr AMMO, Inc JHP

230gr Remington Ultimate Defense Golden Saber $30.39/20 direct from Remington

Range Ammo was 230gr PMC Bronze $26.99/50 at Brownells


  • Sights & Trigger Control: on a 6" spinner target at a distance of 12 yards. We got this from Titan Great Outdoors and use it to gauge how learnable the trigger is and usable the sights are for forced, timed, precise shots.

  • Practical Accuracy: Five shots from a distance of seven yards at a one inch target. This isn't so much about printing a tight group as it is a culmination of our shooting experience and time for us to collect thoughts prior to making a conclusion.

  • After Shots: Final impressions and reflections from the range session.

The entire process can be seen in the Shooting Impressions video below.

Ammunition seen in our Shooting Impressions video was made possible by our Patrons and supporters of our ammunition savings account through Ammo Squared.


On the Range the TH45 did great. I struggled a bit to learn the double-action trigger and found it a bit undefined, but that's just my shooting style and preference. As a pull-through trigger it's fine. Perhaps a bit heavy, but likely as a safety measure since the gun can be carried decocked with the safety off. I felt like the TH45 wasn't quite fitting my grip, changing the backstrap would likeky help.

Reliability was flawless, and aside from my own shooter error the TH45 proved very accurate. I did not chronograph any loads, but even though the barrel's shorter than what 45acp ammunition might be made for, the spinner target definitely showed that the TH45 can hit hard.

The TH45 has three backstraps, but none of them change the trigger reach.
The TH45 has three backstraps, but none of them change the trigger reach.

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Got around to watching both videos. Taurus 45 .Seems to be more pros than cons. No question. Especially nice for the cost. Thx GB.

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For some reason I did better with the TH10. They were both filmed the same day, and I did the TH45 first, so it could be for a multitude of reasons: I was getting better with the platform? Taurus QC had the TH45 at the bottom end of trigger acceptability and TH10 at the top? I can't say for sure, but yes, the TH45 performed well. Not many other DA/SA doublestack 45s out there.

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Owners manual &/or all the manufacturers recommendations as far as ammo that works best & a good break in period will definitely get you going in the right direction. One example that comes to mind ,at the moment, is a surplus,Italian made beretta 81 I bought a few years ago. I can’t remember for sure exactly where I found all the information about that gun.Some of it might have been here im thinking..Anyway,a 32 acp beretta made in Italy in the 60sor 70s (again it’s been a while,think that’s the time frame of manufacture. Was in a flap holster,rarely used.Looks almost new)is a beautiful thing.Of course there are different levels of quality and craftsmanship no matter what the year is…

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This review pretty much sums up the entire TH series. I carried a TH9C for a couple of years. It was 100% reliable and had good ergos, but still left much to be desired. In the current market I think it's better to save another one or two hundred dollars and just go buy a better gun. Aka, one with a better trigger, recoil impulse, and controls. In 9mm I could name quite a few of these, but not in 45ACP.

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What do you mean by "soft ammunition?" What do you mean by an "average" guy? Define your terms. Out of all my collection 3 have been nightmares. A Girsan 1911 was one of them. (OK not a 2311 but a shame for a Turkish gun given I have just about every Tisas and they shoot great.) I don't think it was the ammunition I use or that it was my fault. I am a competent shooter. The optics system stopped working after one trip to the range. If I had to guess it would be a loose connection somewhere but I don't intent to find out. I replaced the recoil spring and installed a GI support rod in order t…


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"Soft ammunition" was dmeonstrated here: https://www.gbgunsdepot.com/post/the-9mm-range-ammo-guide where we found that among standard range ammunition (9mm in this study) there was more than a 30% difference in the range of energy generated. Why did oyu not simply return your gun under warranty instead of spending time and money to take it out of warranty?

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Sir, I enjoy your reviews, very thorough and informative. It is great that you have very few if any problems with the pistols that you review. I recently read some reviews others have done on this pistol that make me wonder why they have certain problems while you do not. My conclusion is that you must inspect and prepare your reviewed pistol prior to the testing. Am I correct in this assumption?

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Excellent question, I've often wondered the same thing. Many of the failures I've seen happen to other reviewers have appeared to be user error. I read the manual, use the firearm as intended, and thanks to hundreds of hours of training and hundreds of guns reviewed have an understanding of what most firearms need to operate correctly. I do my best to abide by that. Forks make for lousy spoons, and spoons make for lousy knives, but when used as intended and intelligently they're both great tools.

I suppose what I'm getting at is while many reviewers offer the opinion of an average guy, I do my best to use the item being reviewed within the parameters it was des…

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