Here is my take of the Ruger P345 polymer frame 45ACP. Its a light weight pistol only weighing mere 29 ounces unloaded, which had me a little concerned about felt recoil.
I went to the gun range with an assortment of ammo. I had one box of PMC (50 rounds) 230 grain FMJ target grade, a box of Corbon (20 rounds) 165 grain +P JHP, and a bulk box of Magtech (250 rounds) of 230 grain FMJs. I also brought my CZ75B S&W 40 just to compare it to the P345.
I shot my first 50 target rounds in my P345 at 7 yards. The pistol shot about 1 high, but dead center vertically while keeping a group at about 2 diameter. To my amazement, the recoil was negligible. It was more of a PUSH than recoil! It actually has less recoil and muzzle flip than my CZ75B 40 S&W. My next round was at 15 yards using the MagTech 230 FMJs. The POA is dead on and I kept the group within 3 diameter. I switched to the Corbon +P 165 grain JHPs to see how radical they would be. The Corbon +Ps definitely had more push, and they were a lot louder. The +Ps also had a lot more muzzle flash. But the P345 was still very comfortable to shoot. At 15 yards, the Corbon +Ps kept a 1 3/4 diameter POA about ½ higher than the target loads, The +Ps were a lot higher velocity, 1120 FPS to be exact.
I shot a total of 320 rounds using three brands of ammo in my new P345, and not a single problem. The polymer frame was very comfortable even after shoot 320 rounds! I also shot 100 rounds through my CZ75B. Both pistols got a full tear-down and cleaning. The P345 wasnt any dirtier than my CZ.
The Ruger P345 absolutely surprised me! Its a well designed polymer framed pistol which offers the traditional 8+1 capacity in a light weight and yet a mild-mannered recoil package. It delivers monster knockdown power of the infamous 45ACP and it has acceptable accuracy.
As much as Im impressed with this polymer handgun, I still prefer metal frames. I guess Im just old school.