IF it's between a P3AT and an LCP...

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View Poll Results: P3AT so I can use +P, or LCP 'cuz it's better made/etc.

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  • P3AT (presumably to permit higher pressure rounds)

    51 32.90%
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    93 60.00%
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Thread: IF it's between a P3AT and an LCP...

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    IF it's between a P3AT and an LCP...

    No need to push 9mm: I'm hoping she'll accept a PM9/PF9/CW9. And *I* get the "dress around the weapon" but she's kinda new to this. So let's not go there, please: ...yer preachin' t' th' choir.

    If the demands of fashion and comfort suggest a choice between the P3AT and the LCP, how would you counsel me?

    P3AT: known problems, most fixable with a fluff-and-buff; accepts occasional higher-pressure loads.

    LCP: better fit and finish and Ruger has a reputation for a more durable product, but cautions against higher-pressure loads.

    Seems if I'm forced into buying her a 380 (beats begging for mercy*), should I go with the P3AT and load with Buffalo Bore, or LCP and a standard pressure round?

    Any other comments are welcome, too: again, width and weight are the critical issues for her, I believe. My bias is towards the PM9 (a Rohrbaugh really is too expensive for us), and I'll push that direction. This poll is to help me decide if the hotter-load question should be a big deal or not in the decision-making.

    *Um, I meant her begging for mercy, not me.

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    I own a Ruger LCP and used to own a Kel-Tec P32. The LCP has better build quality and I like the pattern of the grip better. They're very similar though. I had both in hard chrome and the finish on the LCP was a lot nicer.

    I didn't have any real issues with either. I would definitely choose the LCP if I had to do it over again since they're about the same price. Add a Crimson Trace and Wolff Springs and it wll be a nice package.

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    imho these two are really close performers...if i had to make the choice i would probably take the ruger because of the cleaner/smoother edges and the slide lock - other than that i think there are tit for tat - even the price difference isn't worth mentioning
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    Both great pocket pistols. I voted P3AT just because you get the option of a hard chromed slide.

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    Got them both....love them both. Fired the KelTec a lot more and carry it most of the time. I do like the slide lock on the LCP.
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    if same price get lcp if price doesnt matter lcp. for me the keltec falls in my price range.

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    Had an kel tec, it broke twice in under 50 rds. The gun shop swapped it out for an LCP after the second trip to the factory. I like the LCP much more, maybe because it fires when I pull the trigger and it looks much better.

    If I had to guess why the LCP is not reccomended for +P ammo, I would say it was the decision of Ruger's legal department. I bet the enginering department was fine with it!
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    Niether...Sig P238...Just kidding... I like the Ruger better. Nicer gun for about the same money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patria Povo View Post
    Both great pocket pistols. I voted P3AT just because you get the option of a hard chromed slide.
    LCP has a hard chrome slide version as well. See here: RUGER LCP 380ACP Hard Chrome for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $349.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big country View Post
    LCP has a hard chrome slide version as well. See here: RUGER LCP 380ACP Hard Chrome for Sale at Buds Gun Shop $349.00.
    Ah, cool. In that case I'd opt for the Ruger, though the Kel Tec is also very good.

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    P3AT and LCP

    I have both, I really like my P3AT it goes wherever I go, conceals with any type of clothing, I have never had any issues it goes bang everytime. I bought my wife a LCP because she did not like the trigger slap of my P3AT. the LCP looks nicer, doesn't have as pronounced trigger slap. It goes bang everytime. I personally shoot better with my P3AT and think its easier to sight down the barrel than the LCP. I plan on putting crimson trace on the LCP but comfortable enough with my P3AT that I don't need that.
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    If you don't care get the P3AT. If you do get the one you want.

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    Owned both...LCP is better made
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    LCP is the only horse in this race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paymeister View Post
    No need to push 9mm: I'm hoping she'll accept a PM9/PF9/CW9. And *I* get the "dress around the weapon" but she's kinda new to this. So let's not go there, please: ...yer preachin' t' th' choir.

    If the demands of fashion and comfort suggest a choice between the P3AT and the LCP, how would you counsel me?

    P3AT: known problems, most fixable with a fluff-and-buff; accepts occasional higher-pressure loads.

    LCP: better fit and finish and Ruger has a reputation for a more durable product, but cautions against higher-pressure loads.

    Seems if I'm forced into buying her a 380 (beats begging for mercy*), should I go with the P3AT and load with Buffalo Bore, or LCP and a standard pressure round?

    Any other comments are welcome, too: again, width and weight are the critical issues for her, I believe. My bias is towards the PM9 (a Rohrbaugh really is too expensive for us), and I'll push that direction. This poll is to help me decide if the hotter-load question should be a big deal or not in the decision-making.

    *Um, I meant her begging for mercy, not me.
    I fired both before I decided to buy the P3AT.
    I have large hands with long thin fingers. The rougher texture of the Keltek helps with a surer grip. If not for that consideration, I would have taken the Ruger as the fit & finish is much better.
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