New Ruger P345 .45ACP Polymer-Framed Pistol (w/Picatinny Rail) for CCW

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by David Crane

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. just introduced their new P345 .45ACP polymer-framed pistol. The Ruger P345 pistol is designed for comfortable concealed carry by police detectives. The polymer Ruger uses for the P345’s frame/grip is called Isoplast. The Ruger P345 pistol is double-action/single-action (DA/SA), features a brushed stainless steel slide, ambidextrous slide-mounted sweep-up safety, fixed sights (three white dot), loaded chamber indicator, magazine safety, and key lock. The P345 utilizes an 8-round single-stack magazine (it comes with two of these). There are two versions of the Ruger P345 pistol. The Ruger KP345PR pistol features a 1913 Picatinny rail/tactical light mount, while the Ruger KP345 doesn’t.

People who own and carry Ruger semi-auto pistols seem to swear by them, and we’ve only heard good things about them regarding their reliability. Reliability is the single most important aspect of any defensive/tactical firearm. So, if you have to…

go with a double-action (DA/SA) auto, and you’d like to go .45ACP, the new Ruger P345 would appear to be a viable option. Hopefully, Ruger will introduce a blackened-slide (black finish) and O.D. green slide versions of the Ruger P345 pistol, soon. We’ll try to get our hands on a KP345PR for T&E, soon.

Overall weight of the Ruger P345 .45ACP pistol is 29 oz. Barrel length is 4.2". Overal length is 7.5". DefRev doesn’t yet know the trigger-pull weight on the P345. Retail price on the KP345PR is $548. Retail price on the KP345 is $540.

If you’d like to inquire about purchasing one of the new Ruger P345 .45ACP pistols, you can contact Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc. at 928-541-8820.

Click here to read a press release on the Ruger P345 pistols.

It should be noted that DefenseReview doesn’t particularly like double-action/single action (DA/SA) autos, that much. First, we don’t like the heavy double-action (DA) first shot/light single-action (SA) subsequent-shot transition. We prefer the single-weight/(relatively) light trigger-pull of the single-action auto’s and Glocks. 1911’s (pistols) and Glocks both feature a very short trigger reset, which the author greatly appreciates. This allows for extremely fast follow-up shots. Secondly, we don’t appreciate slide-mounted sweep-up manual safeties that many double-action (DA/SA) autos utilize. We much prefer either the single-action auto’s frame-mounted sweep-down manual safety (featured on the 1911 pistol and Browning/FN Hi-Power), or Glock Safe-Action arrangement (no manual safety or decocking lever to worry about).

Finally, we don’t like the high bore axis of the double-action (DA/SA) autos. Single-action autos tend to feature lower bore axes than double-action autos. Glocks feature a lower bore axis than any single-action auto. The only two firearms with lower bore axes than the Glock autos are the Heckler & Koch (HK) P7 series (P7M13 and P7M8) squeeze-cockers, Steyr M/S series pistols, and now the M11 series semi-custom pistols by IC Technology. A lower bore axis usually translates into less muzzle flip, and thus faster indexing of the front sight during fast multiple-shot strings.

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David Crane started publishing online in 2001. Since that time, governments, military organizations, Special Operators (i.e. professional trigger pullers), agencies, and civilian tactical shooters the world over have come to depend on Defense Review as the authoritative source of news and information on "the latest and greatest" in the field of military defense and tactical technology and hardware, including tactical firearms, ammunition, equipment, gear, and training.

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