Will I like the Ruger P345?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BigRedBowtie, Dec 27, 2004.

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  1. BigRedBowtie

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    Nobody around here seems to have any p345's for sale, so I haven't been able to fondle one as of yet, much less shoot one. I did, however, have the opportunity to take a SW99 for a twenty-round ride yesterday... I DID NOT like it at all.

    Is my lust for a P345pr misplaced? I've been an every-day-government guy for the last year or so. I really like .45s, but I think I want a plastic variant. I REALLY like XDs, but .45 GAP is out of the question for this .45 reloader. So, american handgunner introduced me to the p345, but after my experience shooting the '99 this weekend, is a polymer not my deal altogether, or should I keep my head up and find the right one?

    Saving 7oz on my belt while retaining a full-size pistol and my current claiber is the main attraction to me, but I gotta LIKE it!!!
     
  2. wally

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    Will you like Ruger P345?

    Do you like DA/SA autos with sllde mounted safety that rotates "backwards"?

    I know I wouldn't like it because of the above. Might make a decent range gun if I found one cheap enough, but totally off the table to buy for SD because of the above for me. YMMV.

    --wally.
     
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    NO!! :what:
     
  4. Black Snowman

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    It's the only model Ruger makes that I have any interest in at all. And that interest isn't real strong. I'd want to shoot one before spending any money on one. I like the CZ 97B, Glock 21, and the Baby Eagle in .45 over most of the other offerings. The SIG 220 is pretty good and the Witness would be OK in a pinch as well. I can use a 1911 but it's not my preference and they have to have an arched MSH. After all that the Ruger 345 finally makes it to the list.
    YMMV and all that. But it's definately a try 1st gun for me.

    Edit to add: Forgot about the HKs, that moves it down the list another notch.
     
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    IIRC the one thing that turned me off to it was the built-in malfunction...uh, I mean, uh...magazine safety.
    I drop a mag in a fight and it's no longer a gun, but a club-- whether there's a round in the chamber or not. :barf: :banghead: :fire:
     
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  6. BigRedBowtie

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    Mag disconnect gets filed in the "con" column.

    As the safety goes, being a 1911 guy, and not caring to re-learn how to turn off a safety, it'd probably be a hammer-down, safety-off, DA-first-shot kind of affair for me. It'll make a nice de-cocking lever, at best.

    To those who have handled/ shot this weapon; how thick is it in the slide- comparable to a 1911? It looks as though it has been slimmed down from the standard Ruger auto profile. How does it recoil? The SW99 had a violent muzzle jump. I can handle a "pushing" sort of recoil, but that jump was downright unpleasant. Not too much unlike the baby guardian arms .380 I had played with earlier in the session- no fun to shoot. I'd rather shoot a .44. :evil:
     
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    We got them in last week.
    Grip is thinner than a standard P-90.
    Sights are pretty good.
    Everything about the gun seems cheap and cheezy, just my 2 cents on the subject.
    Personally, after handling the 345 I would go looking for a 220 Sig and I don't care for Sigs.
     
  8. Marshall

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    They're probably real good guns but, I like aesthetically pleasing too. If they made that dang safety to where it didn't look like a pop top off a can of coke, I'd probably have bought one. It seems like the Ruger P345 and the Taurus Mil-Pro are about the only smaller sized .45's in that price range, with the Ruger being a little larger.
     
  9. Brian41

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    I've put about 50-75 rounds through a 345, and near a hundred or so through a P90. The 345 does have a much narrower grip, and a slimmed down slide in comparison to the P90; still the gun has a very controlable, comfortable recoil in my opinion. My dad adn I rented a 345 a few months ago bc he was considering purchasing one, but opted for the p90 for one main reason, the wider grips. Both of us have large hands, making the narrower grip less comfortable. It does have the trademark ruger heavy DA pull, but that can be adjusted to meet your preference. I would say find one you can atleast fondle some, if not fire, and make your decision from there.
     
  10. Texshooter

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    Well, nothing shoots or feels like a 1911 to me BUT right now my budget would not allow a 1911, so I got a P345 for $399.

    I think Rugers are built like tanks, and I will never be ashamed to buy American. Is it the best .45 I ever shot? No. Has it ever FTF, FTE? No.

    It works, feels good in my hand and is fun to shoot. For the money, I am more than pleased.
     
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    The only one I held in a shop seemed pretty good. The only criticism I have is that the trigger was L O N G and felt like I was dry-firing a Windex squirt bottle. Oh, I don't mind the magazine disconnect. Mike
     
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    Yes.
     
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    I held one once -- I can say it's slimmer than an HK USPc in .45acp. It felt OK to me -- no idea how it shoots, however.

    What handguns have you held/shot that you liked? That might help in answering your question.
     
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    If I was in the market for another .45 I'd probably go with the 345. When I bought my Glock 21, I considered a P97D, S&W99, CZ97, and even a Baby Eagle. I almost went with the Ruger but it was just too thick. Not so with the new 345.
     
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    I like mine. It fits the hand well. Is reliable and accurate. The safety features are transparent to me. It's not my carry gun so I don't worry about the mag disconnect. It will take any of the Ruger .45 mags.
    It's a good DA .45 for the money.
     
  16. BigRedBowtie

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    Well, I really like my 1911, but I'd like to get it in for a little trigger work, and don't have another carry piece. (this is going to be one expensive trigger job!)

    I can't afford the 1911 I want, so that sets me looking elsewhere. I REALLY like the XDs, but alas, .45 GAP... :barf: Glocks don't suit me, and the aforementioned SW99 wasn't my cup-o-tea. I didn't really care for the beretta 92 (I think) that I shot, either. I like GP-100s so much that I can't even tell you, and a SW629 seems to make my hands pretty happy... if those are at all relevant.

    At under 4 bills, the 345 is looking pretty good, and with the light rail, it gets bumped immediately to nightstand duty. I'll have to see if there's one available for rental yet... thanks for all the input!
     
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    For what it's worth, Kahr is also bringing out a polymer-framed single-stack .45ACP in the near future.

    I've been very impressed by Kahr's very compact stainless steel pistols, but don't have too much familiarity with their polymer models. I understand they had some teething issues, but that was a few years back. They're about the smallest full-caliber pistols in their price range, and pretty decent trigger without any inconvenient safeties.

    -MV
     
  18. wally

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    Kahr 45 will likely be well out of his price range, unfortunately.

    If he really likes the 1911 but only has ~$400 to spend, take a look at the RIA for ~$290, or the Armscor45 ~$330, (both made by Armscor, the RIA is pretty much GI, the Armscor45 compares to Springfield Loaded models in terms of creature features) or the Springfield GI for ~$390.

    --wally.
     
  19. Murphster

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    I had one for a day. It broke the first day I owned it. Sent it to Ruger who fixed it for free but I was out $43 for UPS costs. Only gun I ever had to return to the factory. As I recall the safety had to be replaced and the mag safety had to be replaced. Might have been the only bad one ever made and might have remained fixed forever but I didn't trust it and dumped it. Replaced it with a Sig which functioned with boring reliability. The Ruger did function reliably up to the point where it quit. One complaint from me (I like things simple) is that it appears that Ruger didn't use two parts anywhere on the gun where they could use 4 instead.
     
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    Despite the negative reports (sketchy, though they are) here at THR, I bought a KP 345 last night. I wanted a daily carry gun with controls very similar to my Bersa Thunder, and the safety/decocking DA/SA is nearly identical to my Bersa, including the long DA trigger pull which some here don't like. It was actually a selling point for me.

    Aesthetically, I like a good-looking gun too, and found this one to *look* pretty slick. It's well balanced, fits nicely in my average sized hand, and isn't at all uncomfortable in a pancake holster..

    I've got to register it today, and will post a range report in a few days.
     
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