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Anyone carry a Ruger P345

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TennJed, Oct 20, 2013.

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  1. TennJed

    TennJed Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    I am used to slide mounted safeties. I started out shooting 3rd gen s&w and beretta 92s. I am considering picking up a Ruger P345 online. The biggest problem is I can't find one locally to hold first. I like the idea of a single stack 45 with a slide mounted safety but I worry that it might be to big.

    So does anyone carry one? How do you carry and what holster? Any other suggestions for a single stack 45 w/ a slide mounted safety? Like I said I am experienced in the 3rd gen S&Ws but in 9mm. What models compact 45s are there?
  2. Capt. Ct.

    Capt. Ct. Member

    May 30, 2011
    SE Connecticut
    I had one. It was a good shooter. For my taste it was just too heavy and big for carry.
  3. winddummy

    winddummy Member

    Dec 9, 2005

    The P345 is wider than a 1911 but is lighter than a standard one. It also a double/single action pistol. Some people don't care for the trigger (a little heavy on double action) I happen to love mine but I've put a lot of effort into it, Magna Ported, removed magazine disconnect, replaced the recoil spring (heavier) , replaced the hammer spring (lighter), polished the ramp and breech face, cut the frame for a higher grip, removed the front grip checkering and added a heavy skate tape material, hi viz sights. It sounds like a lot of work, but had to do more on 1911's. I use it at matches and it runs with all the other 45's. My normal carry holster is a Kirpatrick TSS which is a OWB, the Ruger feels a little clunky for Concealed Carry.
  4. Double Vision

    Double Vision Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    NJ USA
    I'm not crazy about the DA/SA nature of the trigger.
    I really need to take mine out and give it another chance - or sell it.
  5. camsdaddy

    camsdaddy Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    I had one and it was super accurate.
  6. Dogguy

    Dogguy Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Had one. Excellent handgun, especially considering the price. If I remember correctly, it's closer to a Commander in size than a full size 1911. The grip is smaller than that on many .45 autos I've tried.

    Totally reliable. It was my garbage disposal handgun--I had an ammo can full of 30-year-old handloads of questionable quality loaded with dirty powder and lead bullets that had started turning white with age. It never choked on a single round even when the gun was so filthy the slide moved in near slow-motion and the barrel was badly leaded. Fed JHPs and FMJ equally reliably. It was more reliable in every way than the two Colt 1911s I've had, pretty much as reliable as a Glock G30 and SIG P220 I've also owned. Very accurate and pretty easy to shoot well. Relatively light weight and felt good in the hand.

    I wasn't entirely fond of the field stripping procedure but got used to it. Ruger put a stupidly designed magazine safety in the thing that would break if you dry fired it without a magazine in place. The mag safety is easy to remove but that may be a questionable thing to do for a carry piece given our hoplophobic justice system. Yet, I would never trust carrying it with the mag safety in the gun--another case of you getting screwed no matter what you do. I never intended my P345 as a carry gun so I easily removed the magazine safety.

    Trigger was sloppy but, again, you can get used to it. I'm convinced human beings can adapt to most anything given time and perseverance. I don't like the slide mounted decocker/safety but I could use it okay.

    Overall, I've owned other guns I liked better but none any more reliable.
  7. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Member

    May 29, 2003
    I have one.

    I agree.
  8. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    The Land that Time Forgot
    Handled one. Didn't care for the trigger, it was large, and the grip didn't fit my hand properly. I passed.
  9. CommanderCrusty

    CommanderCrusty Member

    Aug 6, 2012
    Foothills of the Blue Ridge
    I just got back from a day carrying my new P345. I used a N8 Tactical IWB holster and a paddle magazine carrier. It was well hidden under a light vest.

    I find the P345 to be thinner than a plastic wonder nine, and lighter than a steel 1911. So, if you are used to carrying a service sized pistol, the P345 should be a breeze.
  10. Jim NE

    Jim NE Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Old thread, but I very much like my PT-345. I don't carry mine, but in a world where many carry 1911's, I can't imagine there would be a problem with this gun. It's slim single stack feel should make it concealable in that respect. I have many other carry options, so size isn't the reason I don't carry it. Can't help with holsters.
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