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Any idea why my Kel-Tec P3AT isn't chambering another round?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Joe Link, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    And don't say cause it's a Kel-Tec :s0140:

    A few years ago I took it apart my P3AT to have the slide Cerakoted. When I put it back together and took it to the range, it would fire the first shot, but not chamber another round. I bought a Kahr PM9, put the P3AT in the safe, and haven't looked at it since.

    Now I'd like to get it running again, and I'm looking for clues as to what might be causing this. In all likelihood, I put it back together wrong, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'd like to hear them.
     
  2. Nightshade

    Nightshade vancouver,WA Well-Known Member

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    could it be that the cerakote tighten the slide just a bit. just a wild guess.
     
  3. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That was my initial thought too, but the slide isn't any more difficult to rack than it was before.
     
  4. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    It's likely "tighter" due to the coating.. I'd triple heavy lube it, especially the rails and or whatever that coated slide contacts and give it a go.. perhaps with hotter ammo.
     
  5. Skang

    Skang WA Well-Known Member

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    this is what I am thinking too. clearance got much tighter and parts are not moving freely as it should.
     
  6. Cameron.44

    Cameron.44 Eugene Member

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    Wasn't there something a back a bit about the P3AT and some feed ramps being too long?

    I could be way out in left field on this one. :confused:

    If you are the original owner id send it back to KT.
     
  7. YOURSUPREMECOMMANDER

    YOURSUPREMECOMMANDER Raleigh Hills, Or. Active Member

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    Kel Tec!
     
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  8. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Oh you bad man.. it's because it's not a Model 29 S&W .44 Magnum!
     
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  9. YOURSUPREMECOMMANDER

    YOURSUPREMECOMMANDER Raleigh Hills, Or. Active Member

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    P3AT
     
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  10. YOURSUPREMECOMMANDER

    YOURSUPREMECOMMANDER Raleigh Hills, Or. Active Member

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    LOL.
    After I sold my P3AT, I did carry a 629 for a while. While I liked the stopping power - I wanted more bullets!:)
     
  11. Wood Worker

    Wood Worker Linn County Oregon Active Member

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    the bolt face could be rough and need polishing.
     
  12. AS556

    AS556 Eugene Member

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    There are detailed descriptions of process called fluff and buff on the KT owners forum that help a lot with reliability. I had a P32 that ran fine. The Cerakote likely diminished the tolerances as well. Try grease on the slide rails.
     
  13. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thanks guys, I'll try all this and report back.
     
  14. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Before I had clicked on this thread, just from reading the title, that was my first reason...

    Now then, like others said I would think it's a slide tolerance issue. I would sit some evening in front of the TV or computer and rack the slide a few hundred times to break it in a bit better.