Just announced is the Taurus 845 pistol chambered in the very popular .45 ACP cartridge. This completes the company’s 800-series of firearms which includes the original Taurus 809 in 9mm and the new 840 in .40 S&W.
The new 845 uses a double-stack magazine that holds 12 rounds. Including one in the chamber, that gives the shooter 13 rounds of .45, which is enough to end nearly any fight.
The new 840 packs a 17+1 capacity if you are interested in that handgun.
Taurus 845 Specifications
Here are the specifications for the Taurus 845 pistol:
|standard magazine capacity||12 rounds|
|# of included magazines||2|
|weight (unloaded)||28.2 oz|
|MSRP (at launch)||$656|
All of the pistols in the 800 series are polymer-framed and hammer-fired. Additionally, all of the pistols have the “second strike” capability, which is a feature that a growing number of shooters desire.
Essentially, this feature allows you to pull the trigger again on a round that failed to fire. According to Taurus’s research, most rounds that do not fire the first time will fire if you pull the trigger again.
The 800 series pistols have an external thumb safety/decocker. When pushed up, the gun is “on safe.” When the lever is in the middle location, the Taurus 45 is ready to fire.
To decock the gun, press the same lever down. This will drop the hammer in a safe manner.
Bob Morrison, President of Taurus International, said on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk that all three of the pistols were in production now, and that they would be on the shelves in April.
Touting the ease in which these pistols can be field stripped, Morrison said that the 800 series has “the easiest take down on a modern firearm.”
Earlier reports indicated that the 809 pistols would have a 17+1 capacity. However, Morrison stated that the 809 would actually have a 19+1 capacity.
The barrel length is 4″. It comes with a lifetime repair policy.
The price on these pistols? Try under $500 retail. Assuming that dog will hunt, it is a great deal in anyone’s estimation. Until I get my hands on one for review, however, I will hold off on giving these new pistols my endorsement.
Taurus is a decent gun company, but I have had mixed luck with some of their pistols. (Editor’s note: As an example, I reviewed a Taurus Spectrum that was utterly worthless. On the other hand, I’ve had a Taurus G3c TORO that runs great.) I don’t consider myself a gun snob, but I do expect that a gun carried for self-defense be up to the task.
Is the Taurus 845 up to the task? I don’t know. Without putting rounds downrange with one, I am not willing to tell people they should consider buying one. If you think this gun offers the features you want, and you are willing to put 1k or more rounds through it to test its reliability, go for it and let us know how it did!
Last update: May 30, 2021