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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.