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You carry a P3AT because it is the smallest and lightest thing available with that level of power. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and the P 3AT will not last as long as a big, heavy gun. However, I don't worry about this: KelTek gives you a lifetime warrenty, and they are really, really good about supporting their products.
Given the price of .380 ammo, it would never be a wise choice for a range gun, but it is very handy when things get ugly. You make your choice and you pay your money.
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My Ruger LCP now has 400 flawless rounds through her. Hope I didn't wear her out! Naw, she looks brand new. I did invest in a very nice rear pocket holster. I find it much more functional than front pocket carry, especially with the very thin LCP. I ordered a left-handed version in case my right hand is busy or hurt.
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Just goin hang with the old school 380s....it runs like a sewing machine.
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+1 on the old school solution:
YMMV one hell of a lot,
I'm approaching 2000 rounds through my first generation P3AT. Its just the funnest little rascal to shoot. I did all the mods shown on KT range to improve it. Not sure if second generations needs those done. I'm the kind of guy that has to mess with stuff to see why it works. I sent my 3AT back to KT and they put a new barrel extractor and firing pin in it for free. I think I've almost got my $220.00 out of this pistol.
That said, I've got a bad hankerin for a LCP, because....well.....I don't have one. And as long as my wife's not around, thats reason enough.