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I shot my KP345 at the range Tuesday night - great fun. I was bragging to the guy who owns the range about how much I liked the Ruger. He asked me if I ever shot a Glock. I said no and he asked me if I wanted to. Well, what the heck me thinks. It's not going to cost me anything. I don't know Glocks - the one I shot was a 9mm with about a 4" barrel. The 1st thing I noticed was that because of the grip angle (kind of like a Ruger Mark II), it points way high for me. Once I got past that obstacle, the thing shot pretty good from 7 yards. I like the trigger on it better than the Springfield XD I had and the sights are good. I shot about 50 rounds through it and my opinion of these things has changed. Will I rush out and buy one - naw! (But I probably won't bad mouth them any more)
 

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I agree. I don't bad mouth them; they are reliable, accurate, and go bang every time you squeeze the trigger, but I just don't like them. It feels like you are hanging onto a block of wood!
 

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Yeah, they do work.I sometimes...but not often...use a small one for work under certain circumstances. But...that's about the only time I use it.

I've just never been comfortable with one...too old fashioned, I'd guess...
 

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I don't have anything against tupperware guns and I even own one but I am old fashioned as I like blue steel and wood, it's the best for me. There is a few I wouldn't mine having but they just never make it to he top of the list when I can afford it.
 

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I used to think they were butt-ugly. Now own a 19C, shoots great, love the short trigger reset, triggers not mushy like an XD. Great gun, several thousand rounds thru it, not a single failure of any kind. Don't think it's so butt-ugly anymore, maybe it's now more like a face only a mother could love.
 

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I still think they are butt-ugly, but since firing the two I've fired I don't bad mouth them as much.
I won't buy one because I don't like the plastic frame, one of the reasons I won't buy a P345 or a P97.
I fired a ported 9mm and 40sw version. Both put holes in the targets where the sights were, and both functioned perfectly. Other than being made from steel, what more could you ask of them?

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I don't even have an issue with the plastic frame. I have a KP345, KP97 and a KP95. What bothers me is the grip angle. It forces me to pull the front sight down...doesn't point naturally for me. Otherwise, I would probably jump on one. It appears that it is easy to work on them; replace parts, etc.
 

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I was going to offer my condolences when I saw the title of this thread, but seeings how you had fun I'll refrain.......
 

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I have shot a few of them.found them to be accurate but the draw back for me is the "no" cast bullet barrels they come with.
I like the trigger on my XD better than the glock and the grip safety is a plus of a 1911 guy:).
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quote:Originally posted by JDG

Heres my 2 favorite centerfires:) But the Glock took over as my ccw, for size & weight reasons.
What model is your Glock? Is it a .45?
 

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Thanks
 

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How can people say Rugers are Ugly. That P345 is just beautiful, and the block sure is butt ugly.

Please tell us more about the P345, how it feels to aim, shoot & carry. Balance? Ergonomics? Comfort in carry? Someone unload on this gun, please. I don't hear enough about this model. The gun rags pretty much give you nothing but Ruger's limited description. Tell me more. Thanking all in advance.
 

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People either like this model or hate it. Early on, there were problems with dry-firing without a magazine in place. This caused damage to the magazine disconnect safety system. The manual on early production models made no mention of this. The newer manuals have the following warning:

CAUTION: Dry firing your RUGER® P345TM with the magazine removed may result in damage or unnecessary wear to the firing pin blocking mechanism.

It is unclear to me if Ruger made any changes other than change the manual or not. In any case, this problem seems to have gone away - maybe through education and nothing else.

Others have had problems with feeding and generally blame the 8 round magazines with the steel follower for that. Many don't like polymer frames and even more hate the internal lock, magazine disconnect and loaded chamber indicator.

Now that the disclaimers are out of the way, I will tell you my experiences with, and impressions of my KP345PR.

Comparisons of size and weight:
Currently I also have a KP90D and a KP97D, as well as 5 other P-Series guns. The 345 is a good deal slimmer than the 90 and a bit shorter overall. The 345 has a 4.25" barrel and the 90 a 4.5" barrel. The 345 is also a bit slimmer than the 97, but has the same approximate length overall. The 345, 97 and 95 all share the slim safety or decocker levers, unlike the 90 and other P-Series. The slide release lever is also the most slim of the all the Ruger series. The slide of the 345 is the slimmest P-Series to date, as is the grip frame. The following weights are from Ruger's specifications: 345 = 29 oz, 97 = 31 oz, 90 = 34 oz.

Ergonomics:
This is really subjective, but I will give my 2 cents. I have fairly small hands. (I wear medium size men's gloves) For me, this gun just feels right in my hands. The back plane of the grip has a gentle curved contour, somewhat like a 1911 with a curved back strap. There are also subtle indentations in the upper left and right grip panels that help position the gun in my hand and make the reach to the trigger for a double action shot slightly shorter. The magazine release is a round button like a 1911 and many other semi-autos. This is more aesthetically pleasing, easy to reach and easier on the thumb than other P-series pistols. The safety or decocker levers are ambidextrous, slim, but easy to manipulate. The slide release is right at your thumb but doesn't get in the way when I'm shooting.

Shooting Impressions:
This gun balances nicely in the hand and points naturally for me. The 3 dot sights are adequate except in low light conditions. For this type, they are as good as most and better than some. Felt recoil for me is no more noticeable in this light gun than it is in my 90 or 97. In fact, I personally find it the most comfortable to shoot. It has the best single and double action trigger pull of all my Rugers - smooth, not much creep and a clean let-off. This is obviously not a match grade semi-auto, but mine shoots very good. I have a target with a 10 yard 5 shot group hanging in my office that you can cover with a nickel. My eyes are not good enough any more to give it a fair test at 25 yards. It is more accurate than both my 90 and 97 and shoots better for me than my 9 mm's and .40 S&W.

Reliability:
With only a 1000 rounds down the pipe, I can't judge long-range durability. So far it has been flawless with factory ball and hollow points, and my reloads with hollow points and lead semi-wadcutters.

I know others have had significantly different results with their P345 Rugers. I can only relate my experiences and they have been great. I've owned or own Colt, Star and Taurus 1911s, Browning and FN Hi-Powers, Beretta and Taurus 92 style 9mms, a Springfield XD, Kel-tecs in a couple of calibers and 10 different Ruger P-Series. This is my all time favorite semi-auto.
Tom

Here is a link to my previous post on this subject: http://rugerforum.net/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1280
 

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JDG...The Glock 19 Compact is a super semi-auto 9mm. Both Glocks and Rugers are fine pistols. None are perfect, but what is? Regards...Ron.
 

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The grip angle is just too odd, and the trigger is strange. I view them as sort of an up-scale Hi-Point. If some one gave me one, I would sell or trade it before the sun went down!
 

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From a mechanical standpoint they are remarkable pistols. Aesthetically I like their rugged and purposeful looks. However, ergonomically they are terrible in my opinion. The grip angle and shape are about the worst and most unnatural of any gun I've fired.
 

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I have a 19 it shoots wel and I use it when it rains and I know I am going to get wet.
 
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