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Post by Oleg G on 10/15/2020, 2:38 pm

Folks,

I am thinking about a Pardini GT45. I like two-stage triggers and this is the main attraction of the pistol to me. I have read on this forum that the grip is rather thick, and this is the main reason for some people not being happy with the pistol. I have a Taurus PT99, which has a rather thick grip at 1.36." My hand feels very comfortable holing this pistol and I have no problem with finger placement on the trigger in either double-action (further out) single-action mode. I have long thin fingers, so I don't think that I will have a problem with the grip.

I would love very much to try the pistol before I plunge into this purchase, but I don't know if there are any locally for me to try.

Those of you who own and shoot GT45s, can you tell me the grip thickness and how the pistol behaves with lead hollow-point ammo?

Thanks,
Oleg.
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Post by Jon Eulette on 10/15/2020, 2:44 pm

Very large double stack frame/grip. So more friendly with larger hand. My buddy John Zurek shot 2650 with Pardini 45. That should answer part of your question.
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Post by weber1b on 10/15/2020, 2:48 pm

I don't have direct experience but know 3 people who own or have owned them. They all struggled a bit with them getting a load that the gun would cycle reliably. Ultimately 2 of the 3 were happy with them. One of the guys bought it for the trigger and finally sold it in frustration.

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Post by weber1b on 10/15/2020, 2:48 pm

And to be more accurate, feeding was more the issue than the cycling.

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Post by Oleg G on 10/15/2020, 2:49 pm

That's a very impressive reference, thank, Jon! Smile
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Post by SteveT on 10/15/2020, 2:51 pm

Jon Eulette wrote:Very large double stack frame/grip. So more friendly with larger hand.
+1 big and square grip. Putting ortho's on it only makes it bigger.
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Post by Oleg G on 10/15/2020, 2:57 pm

Steve,

I realize that the grip is big and square. Smile 
So is the grip of my PT99. Plus the trigger position on the Taurus is significantly forward in double-action mode. This is why I am looking for the thickness measurement to compare.

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Post by Jwhelan939 on 10/15/2020, 4:11 pm

I have one, though admittedly I haven't played with it much yet. I will say I was very surprised by the grip when I got it. I have always heard how big the grip is. I have ergo grips on it and I must say it's actually small for me. I use a large in rink, pardini, and nil if that gives you an idea for comparison. I'm just as comfortable shooting it with the ergos or with just grip tape. I don't have plain stocks for it, but I plan on finding a set eventually. I will say the squareness of it is a little odd at first.

Again, I haven't shot it much. Maybe 100 rounds. But I shot zero 185 hplswc with 3.9. feeding was fine, though the slide was noticeably slow. I'll probably bump it up when primers are plentiful enough to play.


Hope that helps a little. If you find yourself in southeastern Pa shoot me a pm and you can try her out!

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Post by SteveT on 10/15/2020, 4:30 pm

1.52" wide with grip panels, 1.1" without.

2.04" front-to-back measured perpendicular to the grip angle, 2.25" front-to-back measured parallel to the barrel bore (approximately).
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Post by Sa-tevp on 10/15/2020, 4:34 pm

SteveT wrote:1.52" wide with grip panels, 1.1" without.

2.04" front-to-back measured perpendicular to the grip angle, 2.25" front-to-back measured parallel to the barrel bore (approximately).

Oo... now I have to find out what a double-stack 1911 measures. I held a Springfield 2011 at a gun shop last year and had happy hand. Thanks for the dimensions for the GT45.
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Post by Oleg G on 10/15/2020, 4:52 pm

Thanks!!! This is what I was after. My hand will fit well around this.
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Post by ASchlem on 10/15/2020, 5:12 pm

I have and shoot a gt45. Mine eats everything i put in it. The person i bought it from said it would only shoot jacketed bullets? Im not sure of there relaoding specs. I dont have big ass hands, and the gun fits just fine. Finding a accurate load was as easy as trying what others recomend. Mine is a 6" and likes 160gn swc. Good luck, you will like the trigger.
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Post by SteveT on 10/15/2020, 5:41 pm

Sa-tevp wrote:Oo... now I have to find out what a double-stack 1911 measures. I held a Springfield 2011 at a gun shop last year and had happy hand. Thanks for the dimensions for the GT45.

I find the GT grip a lot more square than a wide body 1911. The front and back straps are essentially flat.
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