ruger LCP/keltec comparison

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    ruger LCP/keltec comparison

    i am wanting to get a pocket gun and have decided on one of these
    .380. i know that the keltec has been around a while but the ruger is real hot right now. what about reliability? both are very simular in price. i guess the reliablility is everything.

    b-dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdog View Post
    i am wanting to get a pocket gun and have decided on one of these
    .380. i know that the keltec has been around a while but the ruger is real hot right now. what about reliability? both are very simular in price. i guess the reliablility is everything. b-dog
    I (and I own one) would go for the LCP. It WILL need about 150 rounds through it to get it running well. Use round-nose ammo for that.

    You can google, KTOG for indepth info on the P-3AT and Elsie Pea Forun for the LCP. Honestly both of the guns are very good. The LCP has a better finish and overall feel. And you may need the 'Fluff and Buff" routine on the barrel feed ramp. Some do, some don't. No problems here.

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    I had a P-3AT, it was ugly and broke twice. After the second trip back to the factory I traded for an LCP. I have had no problems with the LCP and it is a much more attractive firearm. IMHO... LCP wins hands down. I will probably never own another Kel-Tec just based on that experience.

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    I have a P3AT, works fine, don't like the Ruger only because I don't like knock offs.

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    I have a P3AT and I am happy with it. I have handled and shot the LCP and find the two to be about the same. I will be buying a LCP when I return home as the wife saw the rasberry and said she "had" to have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddyfish View Post
    ... only because I don't like knock offs.
    Hehe... If that don't draw fire, nothing will.
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    Lcp sure looks like a knock off to me, it just isnt as ugly or prone to break after the first three rounds.

    That should draw fire!
    My GLOCK goes BANG every time!

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    I have both and both have been 100% reliable. Both are more accurate than they need to be. The Ruger has a more finished look and smoother feel. So a slight edge to the LCP.

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    I bought the LCP, because I liked the fit and finish better than that of the keltec. If you want to save some $.. buy the keltec. Both are great little pocket pistols from a reliability standpoint. I will comment that the site picture on both of these pistols is difficult to pick up quickly. I am not a "laser guy", but I did put a crimson trace on my LCP, and love it.
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    Have them both.....Love them BOTH! No problems with either one. Have shot my Kel-Tec more. Got 1200 rounds coming in this week.
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    i got a 2nd gen p3at. great gun. works and does the job. did some of the f & b on it to clean it up. nothing wrong with the kel tec. either gun will do the job.
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    Husband and I both have LCPs. Love them! No reliability issues, they have functioned with any ammo we've shot through them so far. +1 on LCP!
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    I have owned my 1st gen P3AT, since they first came out. I have put over 2500 rds thru it with NO problems.

    Just purchased a LCP today for my wife, once she saw the Raspberry one, she had to have it.

    The Kel-Tec's are kinda rough looking compared to the LCP. The LCP is more refined and better looking. Kel-Tec's are cheaper in price.

    Can't say which one is better, since the LCP is new, but the P3AT has been Rock Solid since I got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdog View Post
    i am wanting to get a pocket gun and have decided on one of these
    .380. i know that the keltec has been around a while but the ruger is real hot right now. what about reliability? both are very simular in price. i guess the reliablility is everything.

    b-dog

    Have you considered the Taurus TCP 738 ??

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