Ruger P345


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wmenorr67
July 2, 2004, 01:12 PM
Has anyone had a chance to fire the new Ruger P345 yet? If so how does it compare to its big brother?

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wwsnyder
July 2, 2004, 02:00 PM
There is some info in this thread from Rugerforum
http://www.rugerforum.com/ubb/Forum2/HTML/003920.html

wmenorr67
July 2, 2004, 03:46 PM
Checked it out...Thank you. Every gun I own but one is a Ruger and didn't know about that site. Guess I will be checking it out a little bit now.

blackpanther
July 4, 2004, 08:08 PM
Skinny,only 29oz,excellent grips.A mild recoil even with hot loads. The double action pull a little heavy.The single action is very lite.The only thing you feel is the spring tension.It sounds crazy but I am going to have to adjust to a trigger this smooth.Ruger sure did their home work on this one.Extremly tight frame to slide fit.I am glad it only comes in .45 because my favorites are,were my P94 and p944 with hogue grips.That will save me some money if they don't make it in .40 and 9mm.I have not really tested for accuracy but was getting two inch groups at 50 feet.I was just having to much fun shootin it.The only gripes that some people have is the key lock which is really a non issue but the mag disconnect really bothers some but not me.It will be a hot seller for ruger fans and probally cut sales of some other brands.It is a lot more than I expected.

Ed

Murphster
July 7, 2004, 05:47 PM
I've owned one for two days. Yesterday I bought and shot it. Today, I took it to UPS to send to Ruger for repairs. Here's my tale. Heard/read good things about it. Bought it yesterday. Brought it home and cleaned it.
Took it to the range. Gun was great. Feeds, fires, ejects everything perfectly. One jagged hole groups at 7 yards (beyond that, my Geezer Eyes kick in and louse up accuracy testing). Gun is tight. Thinner frame fits my 1911-loving hands better than a Sig. Nice sights that are both drift adjustable. My overall impression is the same as blackpanther's. Brought it home, disassembled and cleaned it, and after reassembling it, the safety (which I hadn't messed with during cleaning) wouldn't work properly. Took two thumbs and a grunt to engage or disengage it. Have no idea what happened or why. Called the nice folks at Ruger. They said send 'er back and they'd fix it and reimburse me for shipping. I'd like to say bad things about the gun since it went on the blink so quickly, but it's the only weapon I've ever had to send to a factory for repair so I was probably overdue. I'm hoping the problem is an easily fixed anomaly. I still like the pistol.

Shane
July 9, 2004, 01:15 AM
Ruger already has an ad out for this model in the latest issue of "Handguns" magazine. I scanned a copy of the ad and attached it.

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Brad Johnson
July 10, 2004, 03:09 PM
The gun looks and feels great, but I made a decision years ago not to buy anything with a magazine disconnect. I despise the disconnect, and I have witnessed several non-fires at the range from people who inadvertantly hit the mag release. Not the kind of thing I want to happen if I have a BG coming at me.

Methinks you could probably buy the disconnect reversion parts from Ruger, as the gun is available to LEOs without the disconnect in place. If that's the case, I will consider one.

In case some of you don't know, the 345 and new Mark III pistols all have the CA required disconnect and built-in gun lock feature. I like the built in lock 'cause it lets me safe the gun when I want to, but don't care for the mag disconnect for just the reason I stated above.

Brad

otomik
July 10, 2004, 07:24 PM
In case some of you don't know, the 345 and new Mark III pistols all have the CA required disconnect and built-in gun lock feature. I like the built in lock 'cause it lets me safe the gun when I want to, but don't care for the mag disconnect for just the reason I stated above.
well that's just great so once california passes a law mandating that all private citizens store their pistol unloaded and internally locked (since they've mandated the internal lock and they've mandated you buy a gunlock with purchase of a pistol). yes now that Ruger has introduced a california law internal gun lock and is putting it on guns before they are even legally obligated to (2008), and standardized that model for the entire country so you in texas can buy one that means the legislators are a step closer to enacting their version of that same california law that obligates you to store it in a useless state.

not for me thank you and i took the useless mag disconnect out of my Bersa just on principal.

Surefire
September 12, 2004, 08:54 PM
The P345 is now approved for sale in PROK.

JohnKSa
September 12, 2004, 09:05 PM
I think removing the mag disconnect on the 345 is going to be very difficult. Looks like at least part of it's molded into the polymer frame.

I don't mind a mag safety as long as it doesn't affect the trigger or other funciton. My biggest gripe about the 345 (based on handling it in the store) was that the mag safety design makes inserting a mag more difficult. If you push the mag in slowly, it takes a good bit of effort to push it past the mag safety which it encounters about half way into the mag well. Irritating.

Surefire
September 12, 2004, 11:44 PM
If a gun store has the P345, I'm at least going to pick one up and take a look. I'm curious if it is improved over the P97.

Longbow
September 13, 2004, 06:13 PM
With Ruger not making any hi-cap mags for their guns even after the ban, I don't see why one would even consider buying their products? I surely won't.

Murphster
September 13, 2004, 06:25 PM
Update fwiw: I'm the one that had a P345 for about four hours until it broke. Ruger fixed it for "free" and returned it within 3 weeks. I'm still out the $45 or so it cost to UPS it to Ruger. Although they returned it in like new condition, I knew I'd never completely trust it. Traded it in on a Sig P220 and never looked back. I know there's a lot of Ruger fans out there, but it looked like on this model that Ruger didn't use 2 parts anyplace they could get by with 4. I prefer what I believe to be the simpler design of other companies' .45's.

Derm95
September 14, 2004, 03:01 PM
I had a P97 and sold it after getting a p345. Paid about $365 for the former and $419 for the latter.
The new one shoots much the same as the old one. Its just that the P97 was ugly. The new one looks halfway decent. The size of both is also quite similar, but the P345 is sleeker looking.Both models are overall very good handguns.

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