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P3AT

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by HuskyJW, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. HuskyJW

    HuskyJW Vancouver, Washington New Member

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    So I found a P3AT that has been barely used for $219

    I'm looking for a pocket carry and I don't want to break the bank....but I'm not sure if I should "pull the trigger." What do you guys think?
     
  2. Paradox

    Paradox Seattle Member

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    The P3AT is a good pocket gun if you understand that Kel-Tec in general makes a low cost gun with a short service life. It's not a gun you are going to be able to put thousands of rounds through and expect it to hold up to that. New ones go for $269 ish I think.
     
  3. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    If possible, ask how it has functioned. These seem to either run fine, or need a trip back to the factory (after which, they may run fine).

    I have one. Mine has functioned fine since I bought it. It's great for carrying around - but I don't like shooting it, have my doubts about .380's effectiveness, and I probably couldn't hit the broad side of a barn out past seven yards (your mileage may vary).
     
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  4. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    the KT site has a 'fluff and buff' section on how to smoothe up their pistols,and plenty of help available there from other users.
    my feeling is ,save some more money and get a Ruger if you can.
     
  5. wwkii

    wwkii gilchrist oregon Active Member

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    i have one and it jammed when i 1st got it so i shot it a bunch cleaned it and lubed it and would sit at the tv and work the slide and now it dosent jamb.
     
  6. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    I have a p11 and I did the fluff and buff and did a full breakdown and lube. it hasn't given me any problems after the first 50 rounds or so. It has well over a thousand rounds with little decernable wear. I use light lube when I carry and when I shoot my JHP ammo but when I run it at the range I add white lithium grease to the rails (as with all my aluminum framed guns) and this keeps the wear to a minimum. These are well worth the money and I trust mine
     
  7. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    My Ruger LCP never needed the fluff and buff. Worked out of the box.
     
  8. buick455

    buick455 se portland Member

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    Oh Yeah well my dad can beat up your dad:poke:

    is this some kind of pissin' match? this was a question about the keltec.

    What is your opinion of the keltec and from where do you get you knowledge?
     
  9. HuskyJW

    HuskyJW Vancouver, Washington New Member

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    I appreciate all the info guys. Alas, I think I will wait....either for a bigger price drop or for the LCP.
     
  10. NoAim

    NoAim Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    Who cares about Brand A or Brand B. Bottom line is that the Ruger LCP is damned near the same pistol and generally doesn't need a "fluff and buff" to work. It's something to consider, along with price, support, and user experience.
     
  11. Bajablast

    Bajablast Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    I have shot my friends KT P3AT a few times thinking I would get one myself. I bought the Taurus 738 TCP instead. It has a slightly better grip feel than the KT, but I would have bought the KT if I could have gotten it at the price of my TCP.

    Trust me when I say that neither the KT or the TCP are pleasant to shoot. I put a couple mags worth downrange each time I go to the range to make sure it is reliable (and it is), but this gun will never be shot more than that each range session, as I have more fun and comfortable firearms to shoot.

    For a pocket carry gun, the TCP (or KT or LCP for the matter) works great, very light and easily concealed. A .380 in the pocket is better than a .45 at home.

    I also owned a KT PF-9, and shot 200+ problem free rounds.

    I have not shot an LCP, so I have no knowledge of how it handles.

    By the way, just like the KT and LCP, the TCP is made in the USA.

    Just my actual information from shooting and/or owning.

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