Skip to comments.Ruger P345: reviews & Recommendations
Posted on 10/13/2007 6:27:32 PM PDT by MichaelP
I'm considering buying a Ruger P345 for CC. The written reviews I've read are excellent. However, it has to pass the Freeper peer review board before I buy it. So what do you think?
For the money, Ruger is hard to beat. What do you want to use it for? That is the first question that needs to be answered for us to formulate a better recommendation.
I learned how to shoot a rifle today. It was a .22 Ruger.
I’m anything but a gun expert but I have read a bit about the P345. If you get one then make sure it’s a ‘second generation’ as the first ones were bulkier.
It’s a quality pistol for it’s price. Ruger made a serious mistake with the magazine safety however. They are routinely removed (a very simple thing to do) by people who own them. My own 345 had the magazine safety actually break. I suspect that it may have been due to my dry-firing it without a magazine in the gun (Ruger’s manual stipulates that there should always be one in the gun for dry-firing). Aside from that it’s a fine weapon. Its profile is approximately that of a Commander pattern, and it’s ergonomics are quite good in my opinion.
Ive had them both at one point, and frankly, Id rather go backwards and get the P-97. The new model had a lousy trigger compared to the old one, and I am not a fan of light rails.
Of course, with certain clothing I also use a Kel-Tec P-11, an SW 637 J-Frame, and a Kel-Tec P3AT. Just depends. ;)
I've heard good things about the P345 too. Ruger has a good reputation. I just don't care for the way they look (Except for their wheel guns. Those are fine).
I agree with you about the P97. It and it’s 9mm counterpart the P95 are Rugers best centerfire autos (IMO). Ruger triggers have always been a crapshoot.
I’ve had a P-89, P-90 and a P-95. Each one fired any type of ammunition (ball, hollowpoint, semiwad, you name it) flawlessly. I’ve never had autoloaders that fire as reliably as my Ruger centerfire pistols. If you are going to trust your life to an autoloader Ruger is a good choice. Just go and try several and pick the one with the best trigger.
I could never get into the 345. I carried one off and on for about six months a couple of years ago and then embarked on my glock fascination.
What do I carry now?
A Walther P-99 in 9mm..just like 007
By the way, the P-99 is what the glock should be.
Yet another review: http://www.madogre.com/Interviews/Ruger_P345.htm
Whatever you get, put at least a few hundred rounds through it to break it in and get a feel for it. Find out how it handles with various brands/types of ammo and how it fits your hand.
They are VERY high quality and can be had for the same or less money than the Ruger.
Are you sure you're not thinking about the P90 (they are definately bigger)?
I just dug my P-Rugers out of the safe and the 97 and the 345 have almost identical profiles (HxW) and I can't discern any difference in the weight either. The P90 (also on the table with me) is big, and I would agree a bit bulky for ccw.
Damn I love guns!
I own a 9mm RAMI (and a P-01) and I think it’s a top shelf piece. I’ve heard some stories about reliability with the 40 though. Do you own one?
Congratulations! Full steam ahead! :-)
I have fired many hundreds of rounds through each without a single problem that I can recollect. I load all my own practice ammo and carry with Federal Hydroshock.
CZ’s are remarkable pistols. I can’t believe, considering what a 1911 bigot I’ve been most of my life (my favorite carry piece remains a Wilson Stealth), how much I’ve come to like them.
Hydra-shok dang it!
I actually just a had a close friend buy CZ and I was very impressed with how it shot. The Ruger P89 was the second pistol I ever bought. It has never jammed once and it’s sturdy. I don’t believe you can go wrong buying a Ruger, however I wouldn’t CC it.
The duty range officer, a former Marine, said “I don’t know if I should be proud or afraid” after seeing some of the targets I shot. Unfortunately, my smallest groups were shot at 20 feet away.
Indeed they are. I bought the 75B to replace a Browning Hi Power and fell in love with it over the years. Had to have a .40 though and never considered anything but the RAMI. No regrets to date.
I cant believe, considering what a 1911 bigot Ive been most of my life...
LOL! You and about 9 zillion others!
I have owned a couple of Ruger P89s and liked them. I did learn however that they WILL NOT stand up to a steady diet of +P loadings.
I believe most documented gunfights involving pistols occurred at around 10 ft., so don't despair, practice.
It sounds as though he wasn't being very supportive of an enthusiastic first-timer, which is unfortunate. Not everyone who has skills in one specific arena of life also have good interpersonal skills, and I hope that you won't be dissuaded from further practice by this experience.
Not many people have award-winning marksmanship skills instantly, the first time they pick up a gun, and most who claim to are liars. For most people, marksmanship is a skill developed over time and through practice, and if you stick with it and focus on essential things such as (but not limited to) proper stance, breathing, trigger control etc. etc. you should be able to identify areas that may need improvement and you'll see better results with time. :-)
They are indeed fine handguns but I, as a matter of personal preference, do not like DAO pistols of any brand.
When I began carrying I started with a Colt Officer's Model, which was fine for size, but I had a weird feeling about carrying it cocked and locked. I then tried an XD45 Compact, which is a great gun, but a bit big to conceal in warm weather/light clothing. Ended up with a Glock 27 in .40cal. Smaller than the other two guns and easy to conceal.
Most people I talk to start out with large handguns and then end up going smaller for ease of carry, even if they go down a caliber.
Born and Bred in New Hampshire Live free or die! Ruger lives in N.H. Go for it!
I don’t have a gun to practice with, and no car to travel easily with.
No more wasted years. :-)
Well once I get into better shape I’ll be a new person. So I hope something like breath control, and being able to steady the gun with my right hand will improve considerably.
I got it from a song :)
John Browning seemed to know what he was doing. CZ's are basically modified Browning Hi-Powers aren't they?
To tell the truth, I like just about anything that goes bang. When it comes to guns and shooting, I've got the morals of a crack whore.
Ping of interest.
Here's to a new you and a Happy Birthday! Cheers!
A G19 ;That is a stun gun
You need it in the proper caliber :
After some growing pains, and a lot of practice, I’m convinced that it is the finest handgun in the world.
Thank you, FRiend :)
How many rounds is that?
Do you have to know how to do a back flip to fire that thing?
10 standard but will take a magazine for a G21 at 13
How many rounds does that hold ?
I’ve always wanted an M1911 but they’re a bit out of my reach. I liked them when I was in the Navy.
After some growing pains, and a lot of practice, Im convinced that it is the finest handgun in the world.
I agree, to a point, that it's ONE OF THE FINEST handguns in the world... And I'm sure that I could come to get used to it, and probably would if I was going to go after a concealed carry permit. I would never carry my 1911, even though I love it (IMHO, the finest COMBAT handgun ever designed), but would probably carry my 645. I'm just more comfortable with a revolver, when I'm not competing. And given the action of a Glock, it would probably suit me well. But I'm in a "no more guns for Mark" mode right now... I'm afraid that I'll need to buy another gun safe if I get one more!