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Ruger P345 Review of Semi-Auto 45 ACP Pistol

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Ruger P345 Pistol Review - Top of Loaded Chamber Indicator, Conclusion
Top view of Ruger P345 45 ACP semi-automatic pistol, showing the loaded chamber indicator.

Top view of Ruger P345 45 ACP semi-automatic pistol, showing the loaded chamber indicator.

Photo Copyright Russ Chastain
The Ruger P345 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered for 45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol). It can be fired single action or double action, which means when a round is chambered, the hammer is forward, and the safety is off, you don't have to cock the gun to fire it. When fired, the slide recoils and cocks the hammer, providing for single-action firing.

Magazine capacity is eight rounds. Length is 7.5 inches; width 1.24 inches. Barrel length is stated as 4.20 inches by Ruger, but mine measures 4.05. Weight with an empty magazine is 29.2 ounces, or 1.83 pounds.

This gun is comfortable to shoot, and as near as I can tell it has received good marks from most who have tried it. At the time of this writing, I haven't yet shot it for accuracy, but the informal use it's gotten so far has shown promise. Its slim, contoured grip works well in my large, long-fingered hands, and should work equally well for shooters with smaller hands.

My P345 has functioned perfectly every time it fired, though it did fail to fire one time. A friend was firing the gun, using Sellier & Bellot 230 grain FMJ ammo. The hammer fell and the gun did not fire. He then pulled the trigger double-action, and it went bang. There was nothing noticeably different about the ejected case, so I'm not sure what the problem was. I'm more inclined to blame the ammo than the gun, at this point. If that changes, I will edit this article accordingly.

The P345 features an internal lock, as do many newer guns. To lock the gun, place it on safe, and use the factory-supplied key to engage the lock through the hole in the right side of the safety/decocker. To lock it, turn the key clockwise until it stops. To unlock it, turn the key counter-clockwise until it stops.

This gun also has a magazine disconnect feature, which means the gun can't be fired if the magazine is not installed. Some folks love this feature, others hate it. I'm neutral on the subject, unless I'm going to carry the gun for defense. If my mag comes loose during a scuffle, I want to at least be able to fire the round that's in the barrel.

My Ruger P345 has quickly become one of my favorite handguns, and that's saying something. Should I ever find cause to fall out of love with it, I'll be sure to edit these pages to reflect that.

- Russ Chastain

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