Took the Kel-Tec P3AT to the range today to run a test.
I carry the P3AT as the second “BUG”. It has never made it as the replacement to my “BUG”, the S & W model 60. Sometimes I would carry the P3AT as a weekend gun.
But, the P3AT has had some problems, i.e.. FTF and FTE. Out of the box the gun would not shoot, no matter the ammo. Did the fluff and buff, went back to the range and got the same problems. The problems would start at about the 20 to 25 round point. Redone the fluff and buff for a second time and went back to the range. This trip the extractor tip broke off. Kel-Tec mailed the part to me a.s.a.p. Went back to the range. The gun got better, but it does not like hollow point ammo, no matter the brand (factory/reloads). The P3AT loved ball ammo, no matter the brand. At this point I fired approximately 600 round (factory and reloads) total through the gun. Okay, I can live with the hollow point problem, but not with the FTF/FTE problems.
So I came up with this ammo carry plan. The round in the pipe will be a 90 grain Federal Hydra-Shok, and the six rounds in the mag will be 95 grain Remington UMC round nose (ball ammo). Spare mag will have six rounds of the ball ammo. What I was looking for is to fire one mag without any problems, and to reload without the first round going into the FTF mode.
So back to the test of the P3AT. Setup a target at seven feet, took out the P3AT, and fired seven round as fast as I could pull the trigger. Reloaded with the second mag and fired six rounds as fast as I could. This was “Point Shooting” only.
The P3AT worked!!! No problems and it gave me a good group. So I reloaded a second set of mags and conducted the test again. Same thing, the P3AT worked!!!
I like this gun; it is small and easy to carry. But, I don’t know if it will make it to first “BUG” status, but I feel better about the gun. I will get the chronograph out and work up somemore reloads with the Speer 88 grain hollow point. I will work on making the gun shoot hollow points without any problems this winter.