Kel-Tec P3AT Jam-O-Matic? Not mine!

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    Kel-Tec P3AT Jam-O-Matic? Not mine!

    I really wanted a pocket gun to carry around. I did some "net" research, and settled on either the Ruger LCP or the Kel-Tec P3AT. I read an older "Gun tests" magazine article comparing the two, and they gave a slight edge to the Kel-Tec. I went to a local gun store, and the owner recommended the Kel-Tec. I kinda got hosed on the price of $350.00. But then again when I want something, I want it then. so I bought it. I took it home and started doing even more research. I started finding all kinds of negative reviews about the Kel-Tec. Constant jambs, checkered grip will rub your palm raw, no fun to shoot past 2 clips and "this gun will plain wear you out", were among the comments I read. Couple that with the time spent on the "Fluff and Buff" which was highly recommended, which also voided the warranty, and I was beginning to highly doubt whether I had made the right decision on purchasing the Kel-Tec. It was two weeks before I was able to go to the range to test fire the KT. Two weeks that I had to read more negative articles. Well I was finally able to go to the range yesterday. I had to wait to shoot due to the longs lines, that gave me time to talk to one of the clerks there. He said he loved the P3At, but recommend I shoot 200 rounds through it before "I would trust my life on it". I brought two types of ammo to shoot. I brought Speer Gold Dot 90 gr. GDHP, and Winchester white box 95 gr. FMJ. I have two clips. I shot them one after another. I cycled 150 rounds through this little gun, and had only one FTF. that was going from the Winchester FMJ to the Speer HP. After that I alternated every other clip, one with FMJ, one with HP. No issues whatsoever! I must admit the first 25 rounds left less than desirable accuracy results at a distance of 15 ft. I could keep it in a grouping of about a 12" circle. I really do attribute that to my worries and anticipation about shooting the gun. After those first 25 rounds, I became much more accurate. I sent the target out to seven or eight yards, and found I could now keep my grouping within an 8" circle. Close enough for me. I experienced no sore hands from the grip checkering, no jambs, only the one misfeed. I was not "wore out", I think this little pocket wonder was extremely accurate. I left the range with nothing but a big smile, and I was wishing I had more money to burn on .380 ammo. I would have happily stayed there a few more hours shooting the handgun. For those of you contemplating the purchase of a Kel-Tec P3AT, I would whole heartedly recommend you do so. I do not think you will be disappointed.
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    Get a grip

    IMHO....a LOT of folks who Bad Mouth the Kel-Tec and LCP's just don't understand how to properly grip the weapon. It took me a while to "get" that you need to pinch a grip that small in the web of your hand. Glad UR happy with the Kel Tec.....if it just came in 45..........

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    I still have two KelTecs...the .32 and the P-3AT...I got rid of the P-11.
    I have had both of my present KelTecs for over 6 years without ANY problems.
    Yes, I think that you overpaid, but that's really not a problem in life's big picture. Sometimes we overpay, and sometimes we make a killing (maybe that's the wrong term for a gun forum...), it doesn't really matter in my book.

    I believe that you will soon know that it is a dependable BUG, or something to slip in the pocket for around the house, but not a fun gun to shoot at the range...that's just the way it is...

    Enjoy!
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    no problems with my after i did some of the f&b.
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    I ahve a first generation P3AT with many, many rounds through it. It has been completely reliable.

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    yep, you overpaid by at least $70, but you got what you went for!

    As for "voiding the warranty".... I don't think I have heard of anyone's KT warranty being voided for polishing the chamber and feed ramp, which is the #1 part of the infamous F&B.

    One suggestion I would make, if you haven't given it a try, is to install the pinkie rest base plate (about $7) on one of your magazines. You will be surprised at the improvement in controlling muzzle flip and overall handling.


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    The wife and I both carry P3ATs and are very happy with them.

    All kinds of 380 through them and no miss fires or any problems.

    Wife actually shoots better than I do and runs the gun very well.
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    No, I would not recommend a P-2at, heck I don't even know what one is. Is it something Kel-Tec is releasing for the 2010 shot show???

    My P-3At is just fine tho.

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    Hold it tight, it'll shoot right.

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    Mine was terrible when I got it.
    Major polishing cured it. It runs like a champ now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Mine was terrible when I got it.
    Major polishing cured it. It runs like a champ now.
    Both P3ATs wife and I carry ran perfect out of the box and both are well trusted.
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    Hadn't shot or cleaned mine in 6 months, drove by the BLM range, took it out of the pocket holster, removed the mag, blew out the dust, reinserted the mag, and bam,bam,bam,bam,bam,bam,bam,bam.

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    I've heard both sides of the Kel-Tec stories and it seems to be a bit of hit and miss. Some are fine; some are not. I think some people have expectations that small guns can't reach. People with complaints tend to complain a lot. Those who don't have a complaint with the P3AT don't tend to post Yahoos on every forum they can find. So....

    Sounds like you've got a good one on your hands. I'd say keep it and keep on shooting. I'm a bit surprized you found .380 ammo, though; it's in really short supply around here.

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    I Voted NO did not think they made a PT 2AT ? ;-)
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