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??? What do you think of the Ruger P345? I am drawn to this .45 because of size, light weight, and cost. I know there are many different 1911 style pistols out there. Most are out of my budget(Cheap)!
The S&W 1911Sc is very attractive, but still almost twice the Ruger's price. I want something that is cheap, reliable and fun to shoot. To me ...that means a Ruger!!! What do you guys think???
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I like the P345's slimness and look, but I'm put off by the idiot lock.

Personally, I've always found the P97 to be an attractive gun (and a good shooter). Really, a superb gun.

The P345 is smaller, certainly, and feels more refined. But, for me, it's moot since I already have an even smaller and more refined Glock 36.

I'd still like a P97.

Now, not surprisingly, all the magazine articles I've read about the 345 have been glowingly positive. However, in the last couple of weeks I ran across a negative user review on one of the bigger boards I frequent (The Firing Line? The High Road?) - it might be worth a visit and a search before you decide to buy.
 
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I have always been a Ruger fan. I've owned Black Hawks, Vaqueros, GP's and in semi's MKI's, II's, and P90 and my girlfriend has a P95.

But I've got to tell you ergonomics aside I'm not happy with the direction that the Ruger Corp is going. I know they have landed a small military contract and are trying to get LE contract's around the country, but to turn what I'm sure is a a decent pistol into a "sellout" is beyond me. The lock as mentioned above, the loaded cartridge indicater on top of the frame right at the barrel, and most of all a magazine disconnect safety (anyone who owns a Hi-Power know about that). I'm surprised that there isn't low capacity warning light on it too!
Ruger used to be a real "K.I.S.S." company now there just a "kissass" co. IMHO or course.

Other then that they make the best best pistols for the price they charge.

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One of the fellows out at our range has been using on for IDPA and PPC since last fall. He seems to like it and it seems to run well. He was trying to run it with downloaded reloads and it would run irratically, but he said quote " Once I stareted putting some powder in my reloads it ran perfect."

It is a nice size, although not my cup of tea, I guess I'm a 1911 bigot for the most part, but he seems quite happy with his and hasen't held up a match for failures, something I would notice readily.
 
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:( Sorryto say, but....the whole industry has to go with the locks, loaded chamber indicator, etc., because of the laws in Mass. and Cally. They have to have these to sell in those states. It's been many moons, since I could buy a new Ruger Semi-auto in this stupid state!!!
You might as well get used to it.....'cause it ain't gonna change!! (No matter how much you whine about it.) It's still better than having NO guns,, at all. Is that what you want to see happen? :-[
I like older S&W's that don't have these attrocities. They are Grandfathered in.....thankfully. So they can't take these away.........yet!!! I'm sure somewhere down the line, they will consider it. (I hope that day doesn't come in my lifetime.) ::)
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I'm a huge Ruger fan, but the curve in the backstrap on the 345 is in exactly the wrong place for me. It's probably a great gun, but it won't work for me.
 

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Hi there,

I was in the gunstore the other day and saw/handle two variations of the Ruger P345. One had a stainless steel slide and one had a carbon/blued steel slide.

Most of the Ruger Autos that I have handled are robust, and reliable. However, the P345 just didn't strike my attention as anything more than a variation on the DA/SA .45 ACP theme.

With its streamlined "art deco" style of slide and oversized controls, I would would rather put my hard earned money on a factory reconditioned Sig P-220 and have a handgun that would retain its value.

I own several Ruger Firearms, but can easily pass on this one. At a MSRP of approximately $595.00, there are too many other choices in the market.

Chris
 

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Hello everyone
I have to tell ya , I bought the P-97 from CDNN new in the box with two Mags. for 289.00 I figured for that kind of money I cant go wrong plus its made in the U.S.A .
Same as above I found it would only function with the Hotter loads. I`ve shot about 500rds through it so far
and it just keeps getting smoother. The green box
Rem. ball shoot the best for me . My reloads also work
well if I load them a little SPICY, at least 6.3 grns of unique.
My wife also likes to shoot my P-97 and does quite well
 
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I do not have one, nor have a shot one. I've been very interested in one because of my smaller hands. However, if you do a search on www.rugerforum.com you'll see lots of mixed reviews. Those that get a good one love theirs while some have had numerous problems. I decided to wait until they've worked the bugs out.
 

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I like that the P345 is smaller than the previous P series guns. I have a P95DC that is an absolutely wonderful gun, nearly 4,000 rounds through it without a single failure(knocks on wood). My problem with the P95 is that grip is really too large for decent concealed carry, because I am a rather small guy. I also find the grip to be difficult to grip if my hands are sweaty or wet.

Minor things asside, I am VERY satisified with my Ruger pistol, it's accurate, reliable, and well built, the price I paid was astoundingly good($325) and I have no doubts it would fire another 4,000 rounds without a single problem. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a P345 except for a couple of personal issues, I prefer decock only on my double action pistols, and also I'm dead set on my next pistol being a 1911.

-Rob
 

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Hello all

I did like the feel of the P345, It did not get the best
write ups. I dont think it needs all the gagets and
safetys. although it is the most modern firearm technology available . Rugers have always been strong
Did you get a chance to hold the new Taurus 24-7
it looks and feels like the P345 and got good reviews.
Gil...
 
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If you want a cheap, reliable, accurate .45, the CZ97 is better made and far more accurate than the Ruger.
 
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