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Ruger P345: reviews & Recommendations
10/13/2007

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?

Mike


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1 posted on 10/13/2007 6:27:34 PM PDT by MichaelP
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To: MichaelP

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.


2 posted on 10/13/2007 6:30:04 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims.Kill all child molesters RFN!)
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To: MichaelP

I learned how to shoot a rifle today. It was a .22 Ruger.


3 posted on 10/13/2007 6:31:20 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: DCBryan1
I want to carry a .45 discreetly. This one is small enough and light, yet still performs...

MIke

4 posted on 10/13/2007 6:32:51 PM PDT by MichaelP (The Big Picture IS important!)
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5 posted on 10/13/2007 6:37:10 PM PDT by umgud (Axis of Propaganda; lib academia, lib media, lib entertainment)
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To: MichaelP

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.


6 posted on 10/13/2007 6:37:48 PM PDT by decimon
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To: MichaelP

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.


7 posted on 10/13/2007 6:39:38 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: All

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.


8 posted on 10/13/2007 6:42:17 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Chuin, Master of Sinanju (emeritus))
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To: MichaelP
I manage with a XD-45 compact most of the time.

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).

9 posted on 10/13/2007 6:45:19 PM PDT by kAcknor ("A pistol! Are you expecting trouble?" "No, were I expecting trouble I'd have my rifle.")
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To: Armedanddangerous

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.


10 posted on 10/13/2007 6:46:45 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: VR-21
The P97 is too bulky carry discreetly. The P345 is MUCH smaller and lighter. The grip is ergonomic and it is accurate and reliable. The trigger can be worked on.

Mike

11 posted on 10/13/2007 6:53:53 PM PDT by MichaelP (The Big Picture IS important!)
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To: MichaelP

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.


12 posted on 10/13/2007 6:54:09 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Attila the Hun... wasn't he a liberal?)
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To: MichaelP

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

Go figure.

By the way, the P-99 is what the glock should be.


13 posted on 10/13/2007 6:57:55 PM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Chuin, Master of Sinanju (emeritus))
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To: MichaelP

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.


14 posted on 10/13/2007 6:58:06 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: MichaelP
If it were my money I would get a CZ 2075 RAMI P in 40 cal. instead.

They are VERY high quality and can be had for the same or less money than the Ruger.

15 posted on 10/13/2007 7:00:54 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: MichaelP
"The P97 is too bulky carry discreetly."

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!

16 posted on 10/13/2007 7:01:11 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: Bigun

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?


17 posted on 10/13/2007 7:02:54 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: wastedyears
I learned how to shoot a rifle today. It was a .22 Ruger.

Congratulations!  Full steam ahead!   :-)

18 posted on 10/13/2007 7:05:42 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: VR-21
Yes sir and a CZ-75B as well.

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.

19 posted on 10/13/2007 7:06:54 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: Bigun

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.


20 posted on 10/13/2007 7:13:26 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: Bigun

Hydra-shok dang it!


21 posted on 10/13/2007 7:13:43 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: Bigun

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.


22 posted on 10/13/2007 7:16:29 PM PDT by Mister Politics (www.misterpolitics.com)
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To: Stoat

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.


23 posted on 10/13/2007 7:18:11 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: VR-21
CZ’s are remarkable pistols.

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 can’t believe, considering what a 1911 bigot I’ve been most of my life...

LOL! You and about 9 zillion others!

24 posted on 10/13/2007 7:23:54 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: Mister Politics

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.


25 posted on 10/13/2007 7:27:51 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: wastedyears
"Unfortunately, my smallest groups were shot at 20 feet away."

I believe most documented gunfights involving pistols occurred at around 10 ft., so don't despair, practice.

26 posted on 10/13/2007 7:30:08 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: MichaelP
24 posts, and no mention of the finest handgun ever developed. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
27 posted on 10/13/2007 7:30:46 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: wastedyears
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.

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. :-)

28 posted on 10/13/2007 7:31:13 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: NYleatherneck
24 posts, and no mention of the finest handgun ever developed.

They are indeed fine handguns but I, as a matter of personal preference, do not like DAO pistols of any brand.

29 posted on 10/13/2007 7:35:36 PM PDT by Bigun (IRS sucks @getridof it.com)
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To: MichaelP
Do you carry now? If not you may consider the following.

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.

30 posted on 10/13/2007 7:36:13 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: MichaelP

Born and Bred in New Hampshire Live free or die! Ruger lives in N.H. Go for it!


31 posted on 10/13/2007 7:36:45 PM PDT by lucky american (We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails)
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To: VR-21

I don’t have a gun to practice with, and no car to travel easily with.


32 posted on 10/13/2007 7:36:50 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: wastedyears

No more wasted years. :-)


33 posted on 10/13/2007 7:37:12 PM PDT by Bear_Slayer (When liberty is outlawed only outlaws will have liberty.)
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To: Stoat

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.


34 posted on 10/13/2007 7:38:18 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: Bear_Slayer

I got it from a song :)


35 posted on 10/13/2007 7:40:56 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: Bigun
"LOL! You and about 9 zillion others!

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.

36 posted on 10/13/2007 7:54:12 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: NYleatherneck
I tried firing one once, and it felt "weird" to me. I don't know if it was my imagination, but after firing both my S&W 645 and my 1911-A1, it felt like the grip was flexing in my hand. Maybe it was also the fact that the felt recoil of a 9mm is so different than that of a .45.

Mark

37 posted on 10/13/2007 8:01:13 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: devolve

Ping of interest.


38 posted on 10/13/2007 8:05:57 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_‹(•Ώ•)›_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_‹(•Ώ•)›_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_‹(•Ώ•)›_ooo_))
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To: wastedyears
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.

Here's to a new you and a Happy Birthday!  Cheers!

 Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

39 posted on 10/13/2007 8:08:02 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: NYleatherneck
A G19 ;That is a stun gun

You need it in the proper caliber :


40 posted on 10/13/2007 8:10:19 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: MarkL
If you’re used to wheel guns and 1911s, it’s going to feel weird. Hell... I was used to M9s and hated the glock when i first fired it. I had to force myself to accept that it was a superior pistol.

After some growing pains, and a lot of practice, I’m convinced that it is the finest handgun in the world.

JHO

41 posted on 10/13/2007 8:11:51 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: Stoat

Thank you, FRiend :)


42 posted on 10/13/2007 8:11:55 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: XeniaSt

How many rounds is that?


43 posted on 10/13/2007 8:12:28 PM PDT by wastedyears (I turn 22 tomorrow, help me =()
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To: umgud

Do you have to know how to do a back flip to fire that thing?


44 posted on 10/13/2007 8:15:25 PM PDT by badpacifist (They say your head can be a prison Then, these are just conjugal visits.)
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To: NYleatherneck
\ Did you mention the finest handgun ever developed?
45 posted on 10/13/2007 8:16:03 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: wastedyears

10 standard but will take a magazine for a G21 at 13


46 posted on 10/13/2007 8:16:36 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (you shall know that I, YHvH, your Savior, and your Redeemer, am the Elohim of Ya'aqob. Isaiah 60:16)
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To: Lancer_N3502A

How many rounds does that hold ?


47 posted on 10/13/2007 8:19:24 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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To: Lancer_N3502A

I’ve always wanted an M1911 but they’re a bit out of my reach. I liked them when I was in the Navy.


48 posted on 10/13/2007 8:19:35 PM PDT by rbosque ("To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: NYleatherneck
If you’re used to wheel guns and 1911s, it’s going to feel weird. Hell... I was used to M9s and hated the glock when i first fired it. I had to force myself to accept that it was a superior pistol.

After some growing pains, and a lot of practice, I’m 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!

Mark

49 posted on 10/13/2007 8:23:41 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: XeniaSt
Nice... But the 30 is too small for my hands. I have a 21sf which is perfect for my hands, but too large to carry. IMO, the G19/23 is the ideal combo of size, capacity, and accuracy. All you have to do is pick your caliber. I find the 40 too snappy. 9mm is perfect for me.
50 posted on 10/13/2007 8:24:24 PM PDT by NYleatherneck (It ain't a World War until the French surrender.)
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