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S&w 845/945

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by carguy2244, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. carguy2244

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    Not 1911's, but close enough that this crew might have some opinions.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. bac1023

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    The 945 is incredible.

    I never shot an 845.


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  3. carguy2244

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    Apparently there are 2 945 PC versions.
    The 1st version has "945" on the slide.
    The 2nd version just has "Performance Center" on the slide.
    Are they the same gun?
    How do they rate as shooters compared to a Les Baer TRS, or a Wilson CQB?
    Thanks.
     
  4. bac1023

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    Same gun, different years. There was also a "short" version of the 945 with a shorter frame and a shorter barrel. These are rare and not produced any longer.

    As a shooter, I'd certainly rate it with the others you mentioned. The trigger is outstanding. Though its a close relative, the 945 is not a 1911 and has a slightly different feel to it. It was designed in the day when S&W refused to build their own true 1911.
     
  5. BuckyP

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    What magazine does it use? Does it use a 1911 mag, 4506 mag or it's own? Also wondering if it has a FPS and if it's trigger or grip safety activated?

    TIA.
     
  6. bac1023

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    Bucky, the 945 uses a firing pin safety that is activated by the grip, just like S&W 1911s do.

    The mags are stamped ""MODEL 945 ONLY", so you can take your assumptions from there.
     
  7. BuckyP

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    Thanks for the info. Man, I sure do hate the grips activated FPS (though have no problem with the trigger activated series 80).

    Also, bad marketing decision on the mags IMHO.
     
  8. bac1023

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    I don't like any firing pin safety, quite honestly. They're all equally ridiculous to me.





    Maybe so.

    However, when S&W designed the 945, they weren't even producing full 1911s, just parts. The mags are easy enough to get.
     
  9. bac1023

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    I'll also add that the old 845 was more closely related tom the 952 than it is the 945, despite the caliber.
     
  10. BuckyP

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    Given a choice, I'd prefer neither. However, EGW got a crisp 3 lb pull out of my 1991A1 without deactivating it any. To be honest, I'd really love to rip the FPS out of my Smith Pro, but IDPA says no (even though Smith now sells a gun without one). :upeyes:
     
  11. bac1023

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    I certainly think S&W should keep their FPS safety off of their Performance Center guns.

    The vast majority of people who spend the money on these guns don't want that crap.
     
  12. TonyT

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    I have used a S&W 945PC for several hyears in bullseye psitolshooting. Very accuate, superb factory trigger and feeds 185 gr. LSWC;s with total reliability. I have it equpped with a Docter red dor reflex sight using a BME mount which replaces the rear sight.