Ruger LCP or KelTec P3AT....which is better?

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    Ruger LCP or KelTec P3AT....which is better?

    Ruger LCP or KelTec P3AT....which is better? These guns are almost identical....except for price. Any experience with quality issues and preferences would be appreciated.
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    personally i have heard a few bad things about kel tec some people have to grind the feed ramp on the barrel to feed right my dad just bought one and it doesent like the winchester white box ammo but it likes the good stuff ie pd rounds
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    apples and oranges. If you're lucky enough to find both at the same time,grab either one, they don't last long in the stores.

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    LCP cost more but has better fit & finish
    Kel Tec has lifetime warranty
    IMO, pocket guns in general are ammo sensitive
    you got to experiment until you find what ammo your gun likes.

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    By now, both manufacturers have worked out the bugs. Many owners polish the feed ramp on both models to make them less sensitive to variations in ammo manufacture. Both manufacturers have good reputations for customer service. I would not hesitate to recommend either one.

    I bought an LCP, because I liked the fit and finish better. At the time, both were priced about the same. Now the LCP is more expensive due to it's popularity. The P3-AT is easier to find.

    Let us know what you decide and why.
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    I love my LCP. Very easy to just slip on in my CB Mini Clip.

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    Just personally I like the K-T.. But this is just what each person likes.. They are both good at what they do..

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    I'm also a KT fan due to their innovations and great warranty.
    However the LCP is nothing more than a copy which they've been working hard to work the bugs out of. So either would be a good choice IMO.
    Just remember that light weight pocket guns are suseptable to "limo wristing" which can cause FTE's. So you need to do some dilligent practice to master the art of shooting these little guns. ;)

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    I'd get the KT, but then...

    I've had my KT P-3AT for over 6 years...it's a first gen...it has never failed me, nor refused to shoot any type of ammo.
    I like mine for a secondary option, or a run to the corner store in gym shorts gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hk boy View Post
    LCP cost more but has better fit & finish Kel Tec has lifetime warranty IMO, pocket guns in general are ammo sensitive you got to experiment until you find what ammo your gun likes.
    +1

    I would only add if I had plenty of cash, I would go with the LCP. I think it would hold value a little better, and might be a nicer item to pass on someday. If funds were limited, the Kel Tec.

    I think it is that simple. They are SD firearms, both will do the job, but neither is much more than that.
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    I don't think you will find many who disagree that the LCP is a more refined, probably in function, and definitely in appearance, firearm than the KT.

    I'm weary of KT's however because I had NIGHTMARE issues with their PF-9, that I purchased, supposedly after "all the bugs" had been worked out. Apparently NOT!

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    The LCP also does have the manual slide hold-open. It does NOT lock open when the mag is empty (*sigh*) but it is a useful feature for safety, etc. IIRC, the KT does not have this feature.
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    I have both the kel-tec P3AT and the Ruger LCP. I like the Ruger better. Wife likes the Kel-Tec. Both have been reliable. Both are easy to slip in the pocket and makes the first rule of gun fighting easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I'd get the KT, but then...

    I've had my KT P-3AT for over 6 years...it's a first gen...it has never failed me, nor refused to shoot any type of ammo.
    I like mine for a secondary option, or a run to the corner store in gym shorts gun.

    I agree, Get the Original, and forget the copy..

    I have over 2500 rds thru my little 1st gen P3AT, SN11XX
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