Looks like whoever did the Cerakote did an outstanding job!
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Picked up a Kel-Tec a year ago for pocket carry, the P-32 and it was a total Gem: never had a failure, but it was .32acp. Finally decided it was time to try out the big brother and hope it was as reliable and accurate as the little .32
Enter the Kel-Tec PF-9, with a plus-1 baseplate giving it 9+1 capacity of 9mm firepower. Alas, it was very hard to find in Cerakote Tan, so I bought a black one, and had the frame Cerakoted in Coyote Tan ( plus $70 bucks). Why? I have no earthly idea. Call it a whim. My Glocks are both FDE, so I guess I just wanted to go with some color.
Anyway, the match is close to the factory Tan plus-one magazine adaptors, but not perfect. In regular daylight, it looks the same, but under a spotlight and a maginifed camera lens, it looks a shade off. But that's just cosmetics... how does it shoot? In fairness, I had the gunsmith give it a fluff and buff, feedramp and slight polish on the rails. Maybe it gives me a non-typical result, but I just wanted to have a good reliable back-up pistol, so what does it matter?
Anyway, with ammo being high AND hard to find, I only took 100 rounds to the range. Don't want to burn up what I can't replace easily, right?
Result: 100% function, no FTF, no FTE. 100 pulls of the trigger, 100 holes. In a row.
Not enough to put in my daily rotation, but very pleased with the result. Another 200 rounds with the same result and it will be in my rotation. Probably needs a good cleaning after 100 bangs anyway. So I will keep you posted, but for me and my $300, this little guy does the job just fine....maybe it just runs in the family!
Looks like whoever did the Cerakote did an outstanding job!
"Never stand and take a charge...charge them too."
--- General Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA
I am not currently carrying the Kel-Tec, but once I am 100% confident that it will fire when needed, my thinking was to relegate it to ankle or IWB/OWB carry in the holster shown as a B/U to my Glock 17 or G26. I generally wear them in a Galco shoulder rig. If I carry either of the Glock's in a OWB, the Kel-Tec would ride in my ankle rig. I found an older Bianchi ankle holster for med auto's that fits perfectly.
As for accuracy, the Kel-Tec PF-9 with the grip/mag extension offers me a full purchase grip on the pistol. It doesn't feel or act like a "smaller" pistol. In fact, the PF-11 is close to the same size as the G26, and the PF-9 is only marginally smaller. I'll try to go back and post a side by side of the PF-9 and the G26 so you can see how close in size they are. It's definitely NOT a "mini-gun", which is one the reasons I wanted to get one.
Have had a stainless PF-9 since they first came out back in 07. It has never failed to fire or eject.
Its a shame that youth is wasted on the young.
I've had my PF9 for several years. Mine is blued with the black poly and has about 600 rounds through it. I used good 'full powered' ammo, so no problems.
I love that little 12 ouncer, especially in triple-digit weather. I use it with my motorcycle vest, too.
With Kel-Tecs, it seems you either get a good one or not. I've had 4 and they were all great. Sold my P11 when I consolidated calibers with .45acp coming out on top... it saves me some when buying my ammo in bulk.
The PF9 sure has a 'bite' to it, but it is pretty much done for range time and I usually use quality +P ammo in it, like Hornady XTPs, Corbon Pow'Rball, etc.
I expect 400 ft-lbs of energy from every round.
Also, I got the beltclip on it and it works perfectly under my belt or as a RF pocket clip. Otherwise, it goes in my LF bike Vest. So it doesn't need a holster.
I really love mine.
You are wise to run 300 rounds through it before calling it good.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...
Alabama Constitution of 1901 - That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.
Nothing confusing about it. My daily activity and attire dictates which weapon I decide to carry.
Cool, wearing a blazer, moderate to high potential threat level: full-size Glock.
Tucked in shirt, warm to hot weather, moderate to low potential threat area: IWB Kel-Tec or ankle S&W
Un-tucked shirt, causal attire with unknown threat: anything I feel like carrying.
Having one gun is fine. However, most skilled tradesmen have more than one hammer. And more than one screwdriver. They select the tool based on the job they expect to have to do.
I guess I consider myself a skilled tradesman.
My Kel-Tec was my first pistol 1998. It's since been collecting dust in the safe. Thx for reminding me. I'll be knocking the dust off it next time I hit the range.
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Could not agree more, sixgun!
And like I said, the Kel-tec P-32 I had was one of the best, most reliable, accurate guns I have ever owned. Period. Simple, small, and effective, for what it is. Kinda wish I had kept it, but like I said, I felt it was time to move up to 9mm and altho it won't fit in my pocket like the P-32, the PF-9 can be nicely tucked away IWB or in the pocket of a jacket, and it's a trade-up in ballistics that I feel comfortable with!
If I only had one gun and it had to conceal in all situations, I would have only owned my LCP................. That makes me sad. Very sad.
I agree, different CCW sidearms for different situations. You can have the best saw in the world but sometimes you need a hammer instead.
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Nice looking pistol. I just got a pf9. I like it. I have about 300 rounds of mixed ammo through mine without a single ftf, fte, or stovepipe. Great little pistol for the money. I bought it for my edc.
I bounce around between my Kel-Tec 380 and S&W 642. Both are ez to carry with shorts on and a T-shirt. In the winter time, I might carry my Glock 23 because people are wearing more clothing and it is ez to carry under a coat.
Thinking back, I used to carry a NAA 22mag everywhere I went. It was great on the motorcycle and in the summertime being all stainless steel.