The Ruger P345 is a medium-framed semi-automatic pistol chambered in .45 ACP. It is part of Ruger’s P-series of centerfire pistols. There are two models in the series: the P345 and the P95. The P-Series are economical, no-frills polymer-framed pistols.
|Sights:||Adjustable rear 3-dot sights|
|Features:||Ambidextrous manual safety; and decocker|
|Slide Material:||Stainless steel|
|Twist:||1 in 16"|
Ruger has a reputation for making quality guns and pricing them very reasonably. And because of that, they are widely available – you’ll find more Rugers at the range and in the field rather frequently.
And I always jump at the opportunity to test a Ruger and one in particular had been on my mind for quite some time: the P345 .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. I had been eyeing it for a few weeks, so needless to say I was excited when I finally got my hands on it.
The P345 is a very handsome gun. The stainless steel slide compliments the flat black of the frame. But it’s also a burly gun. It has a large grip that’ll really fill your hands and, the polymer frame feels much heavier than expected. It weighs 29 ounces (or 1.8 pounds), so it had a little extra heft than a typical polymer design.
This particular model was a bit worn, so the frame-to-slide fit was a bit loose. If shaken back and forth, the gun had more than a little rattle to it. However, it didn’t seem to affect performance, but it does show what’ll happen over time.
Features and Shooting
The P-Series guns are hammer-fired and have a double/single-action trigger. And they're equipped with an ambidextrous manual safety, which doubles as a de-cocker, so you can change it from a short single-action pull to a long double-action. The slide catch can also be flipped around for lefties.
The double-action actually traveled a long, long way before engaging. If it were my gun, I would definitely take it to a smith and have that tightened up. After the creep, it felt crisp and clean, like most Rugers do.
The P345 has three-dot sights that are adjustable for windage and an under-barrel accessory rail, which is beneficial if you want to attach a flashlight or laser. And it has a loaded chamber indicator, which is a metal strip that protrudes from the side when a round is in the chamber, which opens it up to the California market.
Ruger markets it as "designed to be easily maintained" meaning it's easy to take apart.
The recoil, or “kick”, was about what was to be expected. It wasn’t a wrist-breaker, but it surely packed more punch than your standard all-steel 1911 .45. The grip and checkering made the general feel of the gun very comfortable. It doesn't grind against your hand or slip easily.
The video with this article was the first eight rounds I had shot through it. I probably should have waited and filmed the last one, because I got a much tighter grouping. What’s important to note, though, is that the gun was very accurate. If you pointed it at something, the bullet went there.
Although the particular P345 I tested had some issues, as I mentioned, I don’t believe them to the fault of the gun. Unfortunately, folks don’t care for stuff when it isn’t theirs.
The pistol shot well and looked really nice. I liked the placement of all the features, too, such as the slide lock and the safety/decocker. At 35.7 ounces when fully loaded, the gun didn’t feel light and toy-like, either, as some polymer-framed weapons do to me.
The MSRP for a blued model is $595, while the stainless steel model that I tested is a bit more pricey at $636. A few of those dollars are likely knocked off by the time it hits your local gun store, though.
I would recommend this pistol to anyone who wants a no-frills shooter in .45 caliber and doesn’t want the weight of an all-steel gun in their backpack or on their hip.