Check out this forum for info on makeing your P3AT sing... With a little tinkering (very easy stuff) they are great little guns!!
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After a few days going unarmed because I was in a hurry (being in a hurry and trying to strap on a full size 1911 onto my belt just don't work too well), I decided to get a small little gun that will be carried more than shot. I went with a Kel-Tec P3AT. It's a nice little gun and very lightweight. I bought for it a Galco In Pants holster, so I can just strap it on without having to fumble with my belt and rather big holster that my 1911 sits in. I used to think that tiny guns were no good, until now. I'd rather have something than nothing, even if it is a small piece. My Taurus 357 snubby was my "grab n go" gun, but I still had to fumble with my belt and the holster too. I'll probably take my little Kel-Tec to the range soon, to see how she shoots, to make sure I can trust my life with it. I guess my mind changes as I get older.
I have a P3AT also. I believe it is a fine weapon. I was apprehensive at first, until I fired it the first time. WOW! What a suprise. I do recommend this little beauty to any CCW carrier. I understand that when it comes to Kel-Tec you either like them or you don't and the P3AT is no different. You will either LOVE it or you won't.
In this warm weather, I am currently carrying a P3AT. I was surprised at the range how accurate it can be with a little practice. I agree with CraigJS above, check out the "fluff and buff" articles from the ktog web site. It is worth the effort.
What takes getting used to is that the slide does not lock back when the mag is empty, and the length of the trigger pull takes some getting used to, but it is smooth.
What ammo are you planning on carrying? I am currently carrying the Corbon Pow'r Balls. They came recommended by a LEO whose opinion I trust.
I love mine , but please do before you depend on it , some need a bit of " tweaking " the info is easy to come by but with keltech ya never know till ya try them ... great little bugs tho .I'll probably take my little Kel-Tec to the range soon, to see how she shoots,
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You'll be in good company with that lil fella - not too long ago QK picked one up too.
Tsk tsk - that's no excusegoing unarmed because I was in a hurry
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Glad you like it ! I almost bought one until I found my lil' mustang.
Got to shoot one too. Quite the pocket gun for the money ! Congrats !
sounds like a winner...
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Remember to fully release the trigger after each shot so it resets properly. Just a little quirk with their triggers. Mine started out as a monster. After two trips to Keltec it's become a good friend. I just don't think theres a better value pocket pistol made. Mine likes to be kept clean and greased well and it's picky about ammo. I have the 1st generation and the factory cut the feed ramp down radically and installed very different springs to make it reliable. I could rack the slide with two fingers before; when I got it back I had to use my whole hand and really work it. But IT works now. For summer carry with a tucked shirt I just can't find anything that is in the same ball park for size, weight, etc. I carry an extra mag and put mag extensions on both so I'm carrying a total of 15 rounds of .380.
Every few weeks I shoot a few mags through it becasue I'm still a bit nervous about the gun because of the rough start we had.
I think if you've got the second generation you're a LOT better off. I know there are still alot of the 1st gen guns out there....
Good luck with it and enjoy it!
I Carry one every day - usually as a BUG...
Sometimes as a Prime... you will love it...
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+1 I agree 100 percent. I love em!! I have a gen one, did the fluff and buff, and it runs great. the perfect pocket pistol, but not that fun to shoot.Originally Posted by ace11golf
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I also own one, a 2nd generation model. They are the 21st century version of a derringer.
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Shoot and TRUST it before you carry it. This is not a comment on the P3AT...as I own one and love it...but more a general comment and "observation" on a rule of CCW.
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I considered the p-3at. But a friend had the 32 version and I snatched it up for $150 so I saved a few bucks. Yeah Yeah the 32 is small but it sure beats the big guns ya left at home and they sure make fine deep concealment pieces. Thats what Im using mine for when I cant carry larger guns. Enjoy that little fella.