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One of my students has purchased a KEL-TEC P-3AT. She has asked me some questions about carry options,holsters(OWB and pocket) and concealability. I have had no expiereance with this perticular weapon so I figured that I would gather info from the expiereanced users/owners of this weapon. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks------
 

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I have a student that has bought a KEL-TEC P-3AT for her primary CCW. I know almost nothing about this weapon but I promised her that you guys/gals out there would.
Her questions/concerns were: reliability, recoil, hand hold, ammo for CCW and training, ease of disassembly for cleaning, and parts availability ???
Any info that you could pass along would be greatly appreciated. THANKS--------

 

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Well as a gun leather maker and one who carries a P3AT I can say Pocket carry is the most common mode. I make 2-3 pocket holsters for them a week.......
My wife has the gun and carry's it IWB in a teeny tiny Horsehide Holster.
They are nice guns...just make sure it likes your carry ammo and shoot it enough to see if its reliable.
Take down is easy and the accuracy is truely amazing. My wife can make 21 out of 21 head shots at 25yds with it.....they dont have much recoil given their size and weight, nice barrel design reduces it a bit.
Hope that helps........Shoot well.........Eric
 

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RSSZ said:
I have a student that has bought a KEL-TEC P-3AT for her primary CCW. I know almost nothing about this weapon but I promised her that you guys/gals out there would. Her questions/concerns were: reliability,recoil,hand hold,ammo for CCW and training,ease of disassembely for cleaning,and parts availability ??? Any info that you could pass along would be greatly appreciated. THANKS--------
I bought one about a year ago to carry when I otherwise probably couldn't or wouldn't carry. Mine has been 100% reliable through several hundred rounds. Seems like there is about a 50-50 split - they either work or they don't. One of the guys at our range saw mine and like it, so he bought one. He has had nothing but trouble with his. His has been back to the factory at least 2 times, maybe 3, and still isn't reliable. I don't keep up a lot with the Kel-Tec's, but understand that now they have the Gen 2 P3AT's out.

Recoil: Since the gun is so small, there is a good amount of recoil, and this comes from a guy that shoots 10-15K of 9, 40 and 45 per year. You definitely know when you pull the trigger. Also, since it is so small, you can't get a real good grip on it. I'm a big ole boy, 6"2, 290, 42" waist, so I have a big hand to try to wrap around it. I can palm it and keep it completely hidden.

Hand hold: My middle and 3rd finger is all that will wrap around the grip, the pinky is folded under the mag, ala Glock 26/27 without the mag extention. Also the "sights" are so small and close together that it is no more than a 5-7 yard gun.

Ammo: I have only fired ball ammo in mine. My convoluted thinking says the since it is so small, I want all the penetration I can get. I am not so sure that HP ammo would expand anyway,especially after passing through clothing. I would hope that if I ever had to pull it, hopefully just the sight of a gun would end the situation.

Ease of disassembly: Not real easy to take apart, but after you do it a time or 2, it isn't real hard either. Most guns are lots easier to disassemble.

Parts: Anyone that I have ever read that has problems just sends them back to Kel-Tec. The factory does seem to get high ratings on turn around time.

All in all, I would prefer to carry my G27 or G19, but when dress or location dictates something smaller, the Kel-Tec is better than nothing.

Hope this helps a little.
 

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If your student has little or no prior firearms training or handling experience, I personally would recommend that she consider a more "user -friendly" choice. I think the recoil may be a bit agressively snappy for a new shooter,and although the gun may fit her hand nicely, the grips can be rough on the hand with repeated firing. I also must admit that if this were my first gun, I'm pretty sure it would be my last after attempting disassembly- this is not an easy gun to break down-especially for a beginner. As a BUG for an experienced shooter, however, (along with some Cor-Bon ammo) I would recommend, and do personally carry one myself at the present time.
 

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I have a kel-tek P11 (larger 9mm, similar design). Been through thousands of rounds without issue, always goes bang. My biggest complaint is the crappy trigger that the kel-tek's have, but I'm pretty used to it. I've shot the P32 and P3AT, but prefer the stronger round, cheap plinking ammo, and larger capacity of the P11. I would have a hard time recommending the P3AT to a new shooter, I'd recommend something that was more fun at the range. New shooters ought to shoot lots, and this isn't the gun for it.

On the above statements that the P3AT is difficult to strip... Not trying to defend the kel-tek's design, but you really consider it difficult? I don't find the process difficult, always considered this a plus for Kel-tek designs. Outside of the straight blowback designs, I'd put them near the top of the list for ease of field stripping. I guess with the P3AT not having a slide lock, it is a little odd getting everything lined up. There 'ya go, yet another reason to put a slide lock on the little gun. Never understood why it doesn't have one, the P32 does, and it's even smaller and lighter.
 

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I agree with most of Mr. Chitlin's Statements. I have had mine about 18 months and love the little fella. It fires nice and out of hundreds of rounds has only had 2 failures to fire, both where cleared and neither fired even on the second try so it was the ammo not the gun. It is small and easy to hide, I have carried mine almost open and no one notices it. It is a great little gun for daily use.
 

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I've had one for several years and it's a love/hate relationship. Mine was reasonably reliable for 2-300 rounds. I've have an occassional failure to eject and kept trying different ammo types (it's picky, VERY picky). But things went down hill. I'm getting ready to send mine back to the factory for the 2nd trip. I agree with an earlier post that they're feast or famine. Mine is terrible!. Accuracy was okay once I got used to the weapon. Another drawback to the .380 is that the slide doesn't lock to the rear on an empty clip. It's harder than you think to count rounds and more than once it tripped me up.

I think the main thing this gun has going for it is that it's incredibly small for a .380. The second thing is that it's inexpensive. But I'd be VERY leary of trusting it after my experience. I'd almost be tempted to fall back to the .32 because it seems to have much better reliablility.

Another thing for a new gun owner to consider is the disassembly. It's not that it's really hard, but there are two pieces that can simply fall out if you turn it on its side or over. If you know about it, it's no big deal but it's something to consider.

Another think is the textured grip is rough on the hands! I took a dremel with a cotton polishing tip and very lightly rubbed my grips so they were "smoothed" out a little.

All in all, IMHO, I just don't think they're a reliable self defense weapon. I think they're widley popular because you can carry a .380 like you were carrying a big lighter or keys and "feel" protected. My .38 Airweight on the otherhand is a REAL self defense weapon but that cyclinder does protrude and the whole package just doesn't sit in the pocket like the Kel-Tecs do.

When I get mine back from the factory, I'll try it again but I'll have to shoot a lot of rounds before I'll have any faith in it.

all said, I think they're a little fickle and they aren't any fun to plink with at the range. I think a Kahr PM9 would be a better choice but they're very costly.

good luck.

Gideon
 

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http://hedleyholsters.com/keltec.html

I have a pocket holster (the plain one) and mag holder from this gentleman. Pricing is great, holster is great, everything about the purchase was great. A pocket holster works very well with this weapon and I like having the matching extra mag pouch for the other pocket.
 

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Gideon said:
http://hedleyholsters.com/keltec.html

I have a pocket holster (the plain one) and mag holder from this gentleman. Pricing is great, holster is great, everything about the purchase was great. A pocket holster works very well with this weapon and I like having the matching extra mag pouch for the other pocket.
Hedley makes good stuff. KD Holsters www.kdholsters.com is just as nice.
 

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I have right around 1500 rds thru mine, it is one of the early ones SN 11xx. It has been great out of the box.
 

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I have a P-3AT 2nd gen that I really like. Reliability is great. Couldn't believe how accurate the little thing is. Great pocket pistol.
 

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For what they are, quite impressive. I had one but sold it as my R9 suits better. P3 is tho a sharp recoil platform and I doubt very user friendly to new shooters, ladies in particular. That said if the gun is gotten used to then it makes for one of the smallest carry pieces.

Mine was not totally reliable but was G1 - have not seen or tried a G2 yet. Certainly a gun that has its place, for a very modest price.

Hi Bob (Mr C) - good to see you drop in again :smile:
 

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I owned a P3AT and it was not reliable. Failure to feed was the most common problem, but after about 100 rounds the assembly pin would start to work itself loose. I had to shell out $40 bucks to send the gun to Kel-Tec, and they said they fixed it, but the assembly pin would still come loose. I finally sold the gun. While it was very light and totally concealable, I just could not trust it. I've made my carry gun a Glock 30. I'd recommend a Glock 26, 30 or 36.
 

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We sell every one that comes into the store......they never return either. Something good to say about these little guns........for under 230.00 bucks.....they work..
 

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I have had my P3AT for a little over a year, and carry it often as a dinner gun, or in my console of my truck, when I am carrying my kimber.
I really like my KelTEC and it has been very reliable, if I fire it one handed. I am a big guy and it seems to do better that way. I seem to get FTF issues occassionally with two hands. ALSO ammo made a big difference. The remington golden saber hollow points seem to work the best as they are rounded. federal just didn't do well.
I carry in the RJ HEDLEY holster rear pocket, in the front pocket.
Great set up and would allow my wife to carry one, and trust it.
I have probably fired 1000 rounds through it, and for 250.00 or under, you can't go wrong.
-THE DOC
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I have had my P3AT for a little over a year, and carry it often as a dinner gun, or in my console of my truck, when I am carrying my kimber.
I really like my KelTEC and it has been very reliable, if I fire it one handed. I am a big guy and it seems to do better that way. I seem to get FTF issues occassionally with two hands. ALSO ammo made a big difference. The remington golden saber hollow points seem to work the best as they are rounded. federal just didn't do well.
I carry in the RJ HEDLEY holster rear pocket, in the front pocket.
Great set up and would allow my wife to carry one, and trust it.
I have probably fired 1000 rounds through it, and for 250.00 or under, you can't go wrong.
-THE DOC
if there isn't one in the pipe...it is a rock
 

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Adding the one round extension to the magazines gives the pinkie finger some purchase on the grip of the P3AT as well as adding another round. They are available from Kel-Tec. I just ordered two extra magazines with the extra one round extensions already installed. Helps a lot!
 
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