Ruger P345 polymer frame 45ACP

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Mark F, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Here is my take of the Ruger P345 polymer frame 45ACP. It’s 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 FMJ’s. 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 FMJ’s. The POA is dead on and I kept the group within 3” diameter. I switched to the Corbon +P 165 grain JHP’s to see how radical they would be. The Corbon +P’s definitely had more push, and they were a lot louder. The +P’s also had a lot more muzzle flash. But the P345 was still very comfortable to shoot. At 15 yards, the Corbon +P’s kept a 1 3/4” diameter POA about ½” higher than the target loads, The +P’s 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 wasn’t any dirtier than my CZ.

    The Ruger P345 absolutely surprised me! It‘s 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 I’m impressed with this polymer handgun, I still prefer metal frames. I guess I’m just “old school”.
     

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  2. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    For some un-explained reason, I added a tactical light to my P345. I really don't know why... I just did it. It works GREAT.
     

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  3. NickoD

    NickoD New Member

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    Good Lord that looks heavy!! Can you elaborate on drawing times and weight on the frame now that you have that on? Also, who is it made by?

    Cheers.
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    LOL - That's the best reason for doing something I have heard in a long time... :D

    That's classic....

    JD
     
  5. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Actually NickoD, It's very light! With the Tack light and a full load of ammo it's only 47 ounces... I don't know about draw as it no longer fits....
     
  6. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    That one is right up there with UFO's...
     
  7. BigO01

    BigO01 New Member

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    As a general rule once you add a dedicated light it becomes a "Nightstand" gun , however , there may be an exception if you go with a Fobus Holster

    GLT17RB,Roto Holster,W/Light

    http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0geu_b3R...olster+holsters&d=cXn1EELURlxE&icp=1&.intl=us
     
  8. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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  9. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    One thing really nice about the Tactcial light is, it's easily removed just by pushing a lever, and sliding it off the rail. It installs by sliding the light down the the rail until it snaps in place.

    My Tactical Light is made by GLOCK, Model GTL 10.
     

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    Last edited: Oct 20, 2008