I have my eye on a Ruger P-345

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Tom the roofer, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Tom the roofer

    Tom the roofer New Member

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    Does anyone have info on this pistol? I like the D/A S/A feature and it fits well in my hand. It's used but looks to be in great condition. I've been wanting a 45 ACP.

    My biggest caliber pistol to date is a 9mm Beretta 92FS. I love that pistol. It's a mean mis-treater with those crimson trace lazer grips.:D

    I just want something bigger. I was also thinking of a .40 Beretta too but the step up in caliber isn't so much. Or is it?
     
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  2. Defender

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    Tom:

    Before you leap, try out some 1911 .45's. In a semi-auto, I much prefer single actions like the 1911 over double actions.
     

  3. Tom the roofer

    Tom the roofer New Member

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    Defender, I've done some research on the Ruger and I thought the pistol was DA/SA. Well it D/A and S/A only when you pull the hammer back from what I get out of the info I've read. I hate a DAO pistol. Thr Ruger is OFF THE LIST. :D

    I've been looking at the S&W 1911's and the Colts too. I can pick one up for around $850. We went to a gun shop today and checked out their prices and WOW. An S&W 1911 was $1,100. Big differance between gun shops.

    I'm also considering a Beretta 96 or the smaller Beretta "in the .40 caliber.
     
  4. greenjeans

    greenjeans New Member

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    The P345 is DA/SA. The first shot is DA and ieach after is SA. It can be cocked for SA first shot. My P345 has been trouble free and fits my hand better than other pistols. Mine will feed ball and hollow point eually well. I use Silvertips for defense loads. I have a couple of Springfield 1911's also, but the Ruger holds its own with them. I really like mine.
     
  5. Tom the roofer

    Tom the roofer New Member

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    Thanks greengeans. I guess I misunderstood what I was reading.
     
  6. Defender

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    Buy what suits you, Tom. Don't rush into a purchase. :)

    Look around at every gun shop and show in your area. If you have a good range in your vicinity that rents various handguns, be sure to fire several different brands and calibers.
     
  7. Tom the roofer

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    Thanks Defender. I finially decided on a pistol. I really like Beretta because I have had no problems with them so I just ordered a Beretta P4 Storm in the 45 caliber. It will come with the blued or matte black finish. I don't care which. I'll have it in a week or 2 so I'll let you know how it shoots.
     
  8. Defender

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    Keep me posted, Tom! :)
     
  9. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    ruger 345

    If you are going to be doing a LOT of shooting,I cannot reccomend the 345. Instead,I reccomend the standard P90 as the 345 polymer frame on the 345 is just that-no steel inserts-meaning the steel slide rests/travels on plastic whereas the P90 has aluminum frame and will hold up for a lot more shooting than the plastic frame. Even better is a gun with steel slide/frame but they are considerably heavier when carrying them but you'll never wear a steel gun out.
     
  10. Tom the roofer

    Tom the roofer New Member

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    Will do Defender.

    Thanks for the info stalkingbear. Good info.
     
  11. Defender

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    Stalkingbear's advice on the 345 is sound.

    Anybody interested in a polymer .45 should take a good look at the Kimber Pro BP Ten II.

    The Pro BP has the metal inserts that the Ruger lacks, so the Kimber will hold up better over the long haul. It also comes with a 13-round magazine.

    With 13+1 in .45 ACP, you've got some serious firepower if the SHTF! ;)

    http://www.kimberamerica.com/pistols/ten/probpten.php
     
  12. Tom the roofer

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    Man that is a sweet pistol Defender. I'm supposing it is a single action only?

    I already ordered the Beretta. I'm hoping this pistol will meet my expectations. Beretta hasn't disappointed me yet. I'll let ya know :)
     
  13. Defender

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    Yes, it's SAO, Tom.

    There are a lot of good weapons out there, so don't second guess your purchase of the Beretta.

    If you've had good experiences with Beretta in the past, there's no sense switching.

    Like I said before, what matters is that the weapon is reliable and that you practice enough to become proficient with it in case of an adverse situation. :)