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The PT-945 is the largest caliber in Taurus' medium frame pistol series. Its design relies on the modified SIG-type Colt-Browning tipping-barrel locking system. This model offers the same features as Taurus' large frame 92 series pistols, including drop hammer forged steel slide and forged ordnance grade alloy frame, a loaded chamber indicator and a three-position frame-mounted ambidextrous safety that allows for a classic SA "cocked-and-locked" mode, as well as functioning as a DA decocking lever.
This cartridge was developed by John Browning and was adopted by the United States Ordnance Department along with the Colt-Browning automatic pistol in 1911. It has also been made the official military handgun chambering by several other governments, notably Argentina, Mexico and Norway. The 45 Automatic is the most powerful military handgun cartridge in use today. This is a heavy and powerful sub-sonic round. Although its muzzle energy can exceed 400 ft-lbs, its velocity and bullet weight creates a steep trajectory curve that limits its effective range to self-defense distances.
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