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Any thoughts on the Ruger P 345?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Jim NE, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    There are a couple of forums dedicated to everything Ruger. The one I frequent has ways of dealing with some of the "issues." Search "cleaning under the rear sight." ;)

    Never mind... let me. :D


    Haters say my KP90 is "big, heavy & ugly." Well, I don't think it's ugly. I prefer "businesslike." "Big and heavy" aren't issues because if it's not at the range it's sleeping in the bedside safe. Always gonna be haters no matter what.
  2. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Haven't decided what I'll do about that, yet. I haven't read of any negative effects of disabling this function so I'll probably end up doing it, but I'll wait to shoot it first.

    Appreciate your input.
  3. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    The biggest negative I've read about (and it goes for most guns) would be if you need to send it to the factory for warranty or other work. Example: Send your unmolested 3 screw Blackhawk to Ruger and it will come back with the transfer bar safety and you probably won't get the original parts back either. MIGHT be an issue with your local gunsmith. Returning a gun to the owner without the as issued safety features, regardless of who removed them, could open a major can of liability worms.
  4. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    In my humble opinion, the SR45 has made the P345 obsolete.
  5. Delford

    Delford Well-Known Member

    Maybe, but I love to shoot mine. Perhaps I'll get the sr45as well:). I have to do a comparo with the s&w m&p 45c when it comes out. I hope to get an XDs also. Can you tell I like .45acp?
  6. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    Ummm.. no. Some of us prefer a handgun with a proper hammer. ;)
  7. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I guess I just have an affinity for the "old and obsolete" then. Since I own 1911s, a "T" model BHP, a S&W 1006 and a brace of KP90s to name a few.

    Striker fired guns are indeed a late addition to some maker's lineup, but I seriously doubt hammer fired is really obsolete.
  8. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    Allow me to amend my previous comment, just for you hammer fans...

    In my humble opinion, the SR45 and the SR1911 have made the P345 obsolete. ;)
  9. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    My brother has a SR1911, and it's nice.

    My main goal was to provide some basic coverage in .45 acp. This all stems from the recent ammo panic/shortage nationwide - it turns out you never know which calibers are going to be available in future panics, or what there prices will be.

    Before the panic, I would've thought that 9mm and .22lr would've been the last calibers to disappear from the shelves or go through the roof on price, but I was obviously wrong. The .45 acp ammo was more available around here than many other calibers.

    I don't see myself shooting a lot of .45 because the ammo is more expensive, but I have a small stash, and I think my Taurus PT 145 and my new Ruger should provide me with affordable solid guns. The PT 145 has been great. I'll update you with my impressions when I shoot the Ruger this week.

    Of course, if 9mm prices never come down, maybe I'll invest in a SR1911, too. :)
  10. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    It made it obsolete by bumping the 345 out of production, I guess.

    Generally, I was never a 345 fan though I will concede that they shot well. My P90 that I had for eons and sold last year always felt better in my paws than the 345, and for whatever reason I particularly hated the safety of the 345. But, then again, the people that did give them a chance seemed to like them by and large.

    The SR45 looks like a nice pistol, and I loved the SR9 I used to own. But alas, I just don't need or even really want a doublestack .45. My SR1911 does everything I need a 45 to do!

    And as may be blindingly obvious, I am a humongous Ruger fan!!!
  11. Fishslayer

    Fishslayer Well-Known Member

    Well, actually I think Ruger dropped the ball when they eliminated their alloy frame DA/SA P Series .45s. AND the P345. Now they have zero DA/SA .45 in their product line. As much as I like my 1911s its a KP90 that sleeps next to the bed. ;)

    None of them are "obsolete" meaning they can no longer accomplish their task, they just don't have the profit margin of the polymer striker fired pistols.
  12. Miata Mike

    Miata Mike Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth, I like mine a lot. Shoot my Kimber 1911 most of the time however.
  13. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    Okay, just got back from the range, and I was impressed with my new used P 345. Shot 80 rounds with no misfires or jams of any kind. Accuracy was good, better than I am. It was the typical accuracy scenario I have with every new gun or unfamiliar gun, though - started out the first few shots with pie plate size groupings at 7 to 10 yards, then worked down pretty quickly to saucer sized groupings, a tad low and to the left.

    Low and to the left usually means operator error in my book, so I concentrated and by the time I left I had pretty much zeroed in. No reason to believe I won't have tea cup sized groupings in time, but the problem is ammo is so hard to come by, so I'm going to have to put off practicing until I build up my .45 ammo stash a little. I'm sitting ok, but some people are saying November before the shortage ends.

    Pros: Really is light on the recoil, doesn't seem at all prone to limp wristing.

    Cons: I guess I've gotten used to rubber grips with my CZ 40P and the Hogues on my Ruger P 944. The recoil wasn't unpleasant at all, but the hard grips could be made more pleasant with a rubber sleeve. I have a full sized Handall lying around, but the contour doesn't look right. Saw some other brands at the store.

    Overall, A fine gun that gives me what I need for the price I wanted. :)

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