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Old April 22nd, 2012, 10:57 AM   #1
 
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Picked up a P345 yesterday NOW WITH RANGE REPORT

Picked up a P345 yesterday and will be shooting it sometime this week. This gun was in the used section but after taking it apart and looking it over, it must of had a mag or two put through it at the most.



It came with the original box, two mags, lock and all the paperwork for $350 before tax. The mags have the metal follower and when I took them apart they were very clean with no scratches on the followers or the mag bodies. While I was at my LGS, they had a box of used mags marked "Ruger" and from what I could see, there seemed to be quite a few single stack mags in there. Well sure enough, 2 P345 mags and about 10 P90 mags all for $15 each. Usually these mags are $30-$40 each online brand new and since I was going to change the guts anyhow, it was a heck of a deal.

I bought 2 P345 mags and one P90 mag for now since I had no other funds with me but rest assured, I'm going to buy every single one in that box. Again when I got home, I took apart the 5 magazines and replaced the internals with 5 sets of Wilson Combat ETM followers and springs. Every mag is now 7rds but those "L" shaped followers had to go.

The reason Ruger went from the P90 7rd plastic follower to a metal "L" shaped follower was to increase the capacity to 8. Reports of problems with these metal follower mags are common and mimic problems with 1911 mags using the same type of follower. After comparing the P345 mags to 8rd 1911 mags like the WC ETMs, the mag body is just not long enough to have 8rds and a non-tilt follower.




I then proceeded to take off the rear sight to remove the worthless mag disconnect which was a lot easier than I thought. The rear sight came off with a small hammer and delrin tipped punch. IMO, Magazine disconnects do more harm than good ,so now there's one less thing to worry about.

The thinner slide, thinner nicely checkered grip and slimmer controls are really the peak of the P-series pistols which seem to be transferred over into the SR series as well. The trigger pull is quite smooth and much shorter than the P90. Although I'd have this fully loaded with the safety off, the checkered decocker levers are much easier to move even though they're thinner, yet stay in place weather they are in the on or off position. The P345 is also a natural pointer. Without any readjustment, the sights come up perfectly aligned like they do with my 1911s with flat MSHs and Beretta 92s.

I still like the older P series pistols, but If you think Ruger P-series are bulky/blocky/heavy and you like the 45acp cartridge, I'd take a closer look at a P345 some day. It may just change your mind.




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Old April 22nd, 2012, 11:25 AM   #2
 
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Good Find ! LNIB sometimes means just that,give range report when available.
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I'd like to get a p345 one day...
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I think the P345 dosn't get as much recognition is because all of the other P-series before it either had fat and/or slippery grips. After putting wood checkered grips on my P89, it feels thinner and dosn't slip in the hand at all. The P345 dosn't even feel like a P series Ruger in the hand and I honestly wish more companies would put this type of checkering on their poly models.
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Thin, flat sided grips/frame have concelment as their priority, not comfort. The other P series were, I believe, for duty carry and thus have thicker grips that fill the palm of your hand.

While I loved the way my P345 shot and never hand *any* problems with it, those flat sides were the final turnoff - for my *personal* tastes and what I wanted to do with the gun.

Great purchase and good luck with it! I'm sure you'll be happy together.
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At a LGS w/indoor range, I had the privilege to be able to shoot a mag full through a P345, thought it was sweet! Was sitting in the store another day when the gal opened two new Ruger boxes containing new P345s. Unfortunately this particular stop overcharges for everything they sell so I wasn't inclined to make a purchase. I did fondle one for awhile though.
The only reason I go to this LGS is because of the indoor range and they only charge $5 on Thurs, all day or $10 every other day
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Thin, flat sided grips/frame have concelment as their priority, not comfort. The other P series were, I believe, for duty carry and thus have thicker grips that fill the palm of your hand.

While I loved the way my P345 shot and never hand *any* problems with it, those flat sides were the final turnoff - for my *personal* tastes and what I wanted to do with the gun.

Great purchase and good luck with it! I'm sure you'll be happy together.
I have longer fingers and large hands but I can go either way when it comes to grip thicknesses. I like Beretta 92s, XDs, older P series Rugers, Hi-Powers etc... but then I also like my 1911s with standard or even slim grips. I guess it's the way I shoot thumbs forward but I can adapt to most gun grips which include the shoter type that requires the pinky to be curled underneath. I hope to get the P345 out sometime this week when the range isn't jam packed with people.
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At a LGS w/indoor range, I had the privilege to be able to shoot a mag full through a P345, thought it was sweet! Was sitting in the store another day when the gal opened two new Ruger boxes containing new P345s. Unfortunately this particular stop overcharges for everything they sell so I wasn't inclined to make a purchase. I did fondle one for awhile though.
The only reason I go to this LGS is because of the indoor range and they only charge $5 on Thurs, all day or $10 every other day
I did a bunch of research before looking for a P345. I never thought I'd find a mint used one at my LGS when I strolled in that day but sure enough, one was waiting for me.
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Got my 345 in 08 and have around 3000 rounds threw it with no proplem .
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I made the same changes to my P345 that you did (mag springs/followers and mag disconnect removal). I also replaced the hammer spring with a lighter one from Wolff. Like a whole new gun!
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I have a P345. Great gun.
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P345 Love

Added a P345 to my growing family of Rugers too recently. Woodlark how did you remove the mag safey or do you know where I can find out how to do it myself? Thanks.
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Added a P345 to my growing family of Rugers too recently. Woodlark how did you remove the mag safey or do you know where I can find out how to do it myself? Thanks.
Here are the instructions that were given to me about removing the mag disconnect....



"Here's a blow up of the affected area. Parts are under spring tension at 4, 7 and 9. In order to get the mag disconnect out (6&7) you will have to almost take the rear sight all the way off. If you push from right to left the first thing that pops up is 9 & 10 (Firing pin block). Next you will cross the loaded chamber indicator and spring (4 & 5). Might be a good idea to tape or place a large rubber band around the slide to prevent this part from popping out when you don't expect it. That spring is small and you don't want to be on your knees wondering where it went. Finally you'll get to the mag disconnect and spring. Just take them out and put them away for future use if you ever decide to dispose of the gun. Now you can just push the rear sight left to right making sure all springs and plungers are in position and under the sight.
If you decide you want to push the sight off from left to right you just have to be very careful because the hole for the rear sight lock screw lines up perfectly with the firing pin block plunger (10). You can easily break it off. If you can see under the rear sight just back it out enough to be flush with the base and the plunger should just slide across it. If not just take the screw all the way out and watch as you tap out the sight. Once you see the plunger just use a punch to hold it down and out of the way till you can tap past it. "
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Added a P345 to my growing family of Rugers too recently. Woodlark how did you remove the mag safey or do you know where I can find out how to do it myself? Thanks.
The directions are (were?) somewhere on this forum under "clean rear sight".
Basically you remove the rear sight and remove the mag disconnect plunger and spring. You have to be real careful though because the "loaded chamber indicator" and regular safety are under there too. I sheared off my regulary safety plunger and had to order a replacement from Ruger.

I see someone beat me to it and posted the directions. Thanks!

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