Kel-Tec Technical

  1. DIY Duracoat Camo made easy

    Eric and the Moss Pawn crew, better known by their YouTube channel IV8888, have a neat and easy way to camo your gear and firearms using Duracoat that they outline in a simple tutorial. Before I get into Eric's tutorial video, let me weigh in on my own experience with Duraocat without trying to sound too much like an acolyte as I feel its relevant. Of course, you can always just skip down to the bottom and watch the video if you prefer, that won't hurt my feelings. With new and gee-whiz...
  2. How the new RM380 stacks up against KTs

    Remington introduced the new RM380, essentially a redesign of the high-end Rohrbaugh R9 in a slightly smaller caliber, as their intro into the micro-pistol field of single-stack pocket guns to compete against the Ruger LCP, S&W .380 Bodyguard and, of course, the gun that really started it all-- the Kel Tec P3AT. With that in mind, let us take a look at the new 380 on the market. What is the Rohrbaugh? In 2000, a well-respected firearms designer by the name of Karl Rohrbaugh in Deer Park,...
  3. Thoughts on 'breaking in' a new handgun

    Congrats! You just got a new handgun. I hope that you did your research and got something that you love based on sound and informed decisions. Now before you trust your life with it, you may want to think about breaking it in. What is a break in period? Breaking-in a new handgun is a simple range session (or series of sessions) where the firearm is put through its paces, confirming for you that it works without defects. This can be as little as 200 rounds or as many as 500 rounds of...
  4. Legacy corrections for fixing light strikes in Kel Tec handguns

    Here at the KTOG we searched the Kel Tec tribal knowledge archives and found a classic lesson in DIY gunsmithing to help fix light strikes on KT series pistols. What follows is a "re-write" of Glenn Higa's original treatise by Chandler Bates III: Forward The P-11 firing mechanism is designed for safety. A heavy spring around the firing pin keeps it from contacting the primer. The gun can fire only when the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear. The trigger is connected to the hammer by...
  5. Idaho concealed carry holder has her P-32, just in case

    In a bizarre daytime incident that ended with the temporary closing of three businesses in a crowded strip mall, police K9 teams, and a taser deployment, a licensed concealed carry holder in Boise looking for a deal on a mobile device turned to her Kel Tec for support. (The hero of our story, photo via CBS-2 Boise) The town Nicknamed "The City of Trees," quiet Boise is the 99th largest city in the U.S. but the biggest metro area in Idaho. Known for its quality of life, it has a spacious...
  6. How the Kel Tec PLR-16 stacks up to the competition

    In the past few years, .223 (5.56mm) pistols have really taken off in popularity, largely due to BATFE rules on the use of stabilizing braces and the like. These interesting little range toys, to include KT's own PLR pistol, are now seen coast to coast. With that in mind, let us see how the Cocoa offering compares to the rest of the field. (The PLR compared with a AK style pistol in 7.62x39mm and a Tantal in 5.45mm. Comparable in size, the Kel Tec is lighter due to its polymer frame as well...
  7. Using the KSG Stock Strap as a One-Point Attachment Sling

    While shooting my new Kel-Tec KSG at my cousin's range, he remarked that I might want to purchase a single-point sling. First, he really didn't like the way the front attachment point of the stock strap was so close to the end of the barrel. My response was that I had just ordered the Hi-Tech "Crusher" Breacher, which would give me an additional inch of barrel length. But that wasn't the only issue he had with the dual attachment. He brought out one of his guns with a single-point sling...
  8. Drop free Kel Tec Mags pistol mags

    First: I want my empty mags to drop free, but I do not want my full mags to drop free. If I hit the mag release accidentally, I would rather the mag stay in the gun so I can "Tap" it back in place. Also, if I do a "Tactical Reload" (replace a partially full mag with a full one while retaining the partially full one) I would prefer to control the extraction of the mag with rounds in it rather than have it jump out from the gun in case I don't get control of it right away. As luck would have...
  9. Before there was Kel Tec: The evolutionary Grendel P10

    George Lars Kellgren's first .380 pistol was an innovative and curious design. This gun even nearly three decades later still holds the record for the largest capacity in that caliber in a 14-ounce pistol and it did it by the use of a rather 19th century loading method. Fresh from moving on from the old Miami-based company that took over production of the TEC-9 (which Kellgren had brought to the country from Sweden as the much better made KG-9), he set up shop in Rockledge, Florida with...
  10. Kel Tec's 9mm Kurz: the 3AT

    In a world full of .380ACP pocket pistols, George Kellgren pulled a rabbit out of his hat when he came up with a design that beats most of them all day-- and it's been around for a decade. Why the P-3AT? In 1988, Kellgren was running his Kel-Tec forerunner, Grendel Firearms in Rockledge, Florida. He came up with a handy and innovative polymer-framed pistol, the P10, which used a standard M16 stripper clip to top feed an impressive 10-rounds (hence the name) through the open chamber into...
  11. Kel Tec's illumination choices: The CL series lights

    As you likely know, Kel Tec has a long and varied line of pistols, shotguns as well as the occasional bayonet. What you may not know is that they also have a passable series of tactical flashlights on top of that. These come in two different models, the light (pardon the pun), handy CL-42, and the more elaborate but no less bright, CL-43. Basic design Back in November 2012, KT debuted their two new lights. Each of these is CNC machined from extruded 6061 aluminum, holds a super bright Cree...
  12. Is the PMR-30 going to lead to a 33 shot 22LR handgun?

    Kel Tec has long been in the .22 Magnum business going back some a quarter century to the old Grendel P30 days. However, other than a pistol version of its SU22 rifle, they have been lacking in a handgun chambered for the more plink-worthy .22LR. Well, that may be changing. Kel Tec's legacy of rimfire options. Back in 1990, Kel Tec founder George Kellgren was running its predecessor, Grendel firearms in Rockledge, Florida. It was then that he came up with the space-gun looking Grendel...
  13. Enter the Gen II: Kel Tec updates the SUB2000 Carbine

    Whereas last year Kel Tec brought a couple of bullpup rifles to debut at the Las Vegas SHOT Show, this year's entry by the Florida company consisted primarily of a surprising new addition to the line of a reboot of the popular SUB2000 pistol caliber carbine. The new and improved Ver.2 is altogether interesting. What is SHOT? SHOT Show in Las Vegas this week did not come as a letdown with its 12.5-miles of new offerings. The annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show-better known as the...
  14. Its all about leverage: Shrink-tubed and shrink-wrapped Kel Tec triggers

    The Kel Tec series of handguns are some of the best little pocket guns there is. Concealable, reliable, and compact, the gun has many attributes. However, the surface area of the trigger to some can seem a bit thin, especially when compared to other handguns. This hasn't gone unnoticed by the greater Kel Tec community here and we would like to present you a quick modification developed by one of our members, Jim C (buckmeister2) to help thicken up that trigger area in just a few easy steps....
  15. The Good old Kel-Tec Fluff and Buff

    A few Kel Tecs do not work very well right out of the box. This happens with other modern, light, compact weapons also. Malfunctions discourage owners from depending on weapons. However, the design and other characteristics of the Kel-Tec the reasons you bought it in the first place are excellent, so you need to give the gun its best shot at pleasing (protecting) you. Performing the following "Fluff and Buff" procedures, then lubricating correctly, before you ever fire your gun, will...
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