Another newbie from old Kentucky

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by cherokeebd, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. cherokeebd

    cherokeebd New Member

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    Jan 24, 2011
    Just "jined" up. Bought a new P3AT early this month. No indoor range near-by and we've had a mini-blizzard so I've really struggled to shoot. Carried a tarp to a remote informal range to catch the brass and now have an even hundred rounds of mixed factory and handloads downrange with nary a failure-to-anything.

    Trigger has smoothed itself out, slide is easier to work, accuracy is improving. WW Whitebox 95 grainers and W-W Bonded 95 gr. HPs shoot to p.o.a. My bullseye hand load shoots right down the middle about aninch low at 7 steps.

    If I had to pick a point about which to whine, it would be that my P3AT sometimes chucks the empties 10 steps behind me and a lttle left.

    Couldn't be happier.

    cherokee
     
  2. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    Well BD,
    Welcome to KTOG. Yeah, the p3 really throws that brass over your head. I'm not sure if you are aware, but we (KTOG gun nuts) meet at knob creek in the summer and have a fun shoot. Come on down and join the club.
    Take care,
    Lop
     

  3. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Texas
    That's not even a contender for the record. [smiley=laugh.gif]
     
  4. loudmouth

    loudmouth New Member

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    Jan 19, 2011
    Didn't know about the Knob Creek shoot, sounds fun!.
     
  5. cherokeebd

    cherokeebd New Member

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    Jan 24, 2011
    I hadn't heard about the shoot either. If things work out, I might get interested.

    I've shot a few cowboy action matches there and drove down there last winter to pick up a Ruger 44 Spec. Flattop at the range shop, so I'm a bit familiar with the area.
     
  6. BillK

    BillK New Member

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    Jul 23, 2007
    Hi,

      Welcome aboard!

      Glad you're happy with your new P3AT. Great little gun for primary when you can't carry something bigger and a great BUG when you can.

      If I stood in the center of a 50' x 50'  tarp it might catch 80% of my brass and not all of that to the right rear. Just the way it is with the P3AT.  :(


    Bill K.

     
     
  7. cherokeebd

    cherokeebd New Member

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    Jan 24, 2011
    Thanks, all, for the kind words.

    BillK, my tarp is 15' X 30'. Got to the range early and started off turning the 30' length 90 degrees to the target face and stood in the center. From that position, I fired 7 rounds. To my amazement, only 2 were on the tarp when I finished and started looking for brass.

    A friend showed up and he's a big help! He picks my brass and I pick his. Mine's scattered from Maine to Spain. His old FEG stacks'em in about a 3-4 foot circle 6-8 feet to his right. Kinda hate to see this arrangement end when he realizes what's goin on.... ;)

    From which section of our fair commonwealth do you hail, loudmouth? I'm from the part of the state where the hollers are so narrow the dogs have to wag their tails vertically. :D

    cherokee
     
  8. BillK

    BillK New Member

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    Jul 23, 2007
    Batter's cage brass catcher/retainer...

    I shoot in my back yard and have thought several times about fabricating, out of PVC pipe, a batter's cage type brass catcher/retainer. Would be pretty cheap to make and light enough to easily move around. Should be able to use it for most drills that don't have you moving off the "X". What do you think? Any design ideas?


    Bill K.
     
  9. cherokeebd

    cherokeebd New Member

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    Jan 24, 2011
    We built a cage about the size of a phone booth-and-a-half out of a few straight joints of PVC pipe and a handful of "ells" to limit the swing of shooters taking part in impromptu sporting clays on a private pistol range obviously not meant for sp. clays. No reason a light mesh or other fabric couldn't be thrown over it and secured to help corral brass.

    Thanks, BillK. Great idea! (Since we've already got the cage, my thought when I read your post was, "Where's the duh-smilie that makes a fist and pounds himself in the forehead?") Plus, we've got a bunch of handgunners who like to dot shoot their 1911s. The cage is the solution to their problem, too. I'd a probably thunk a that on my own by next century. ;)

    I had been bouncing around the idea of using my wife's large sun umbrella that mounts on an old CAS upright guncart. It'll stand up to anything shy of a gale and still might work when shooting at ranges away from the cage. It's darn portable and might work as is for my P3AT but would require hanging some sort of flap on the right side for my friend's FEG.

    Thanks, again for the idea.

    Cherokee
     
  10. franco45

    franco45 Member

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    Jul 5, 2010
    Welcome, I don't have a P3AT yet but I love my P32. I just got rid of a pos Diamondback and am torn between the KT and the LCP. Is that blasphemy on this sight? sorry
     
  11. franco45

    franco45 Member

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    Jul 5, 2010
    Welcome, I don't have a P3AT yet but I love my P32. I just got rid of a pos Diamondback and am torn between the KT and the LCP. Is that blasphemy on this sight? sorry
     
  12. BillK

    BillK New Member

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    Jul 23, 2007
    I'm not a Ruger hater... I've got a single six (.22/.22 mag) and a .44 mag Super BlackHawk but would not get their LCP (most of you reading this know why). If the P3AT doesn't rock your boat then take a look at the S&W BodyGuard and if you can afford it the Kahr .380.

    Bill K.
     
  13. BillK

    BillK New Member

    898
    Jul 23, 2007
    I'm guessing that for $20-$25 you can et enough "shade cloth" to cover the roof and half way down the sides of a PVC cage. Getting a weave just small enough to stop the brass would still let plenty of light come through.

    Bill K.
     
  14. cherokeebd

    cherokeebd New Member

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    Jan 24, 2011
    My thoughts, precisely.

    Cherokee
     
  15. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Well if you our Loudmouth are ever near the Morehead area you'll have to let me know and we'll go to the range here, or meet us at Knob Creek when we have another Kon. Congrats on the new gun!
     
  16. cherokeebd

    cherokeebd New Member

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    Jan 24, 2011
    torrent, my wife and I shoot CAS with several folks from Morehead. We're a couple hours south. A few years back they hosted some CAS matches out at the Wells Range where the Corps of Longriflemen shoot.

    We actually had a .380 shootout down at Hooten Old Town in Jackson County, KY, last summer. Didn't limit it to P-3ATs, though.

    I had an old 1966-made PPK at the time. It would more-often-than-occasionally cloverleaf 4-6 Bullseye loads at 7 yards, then vertically string the remainder. It might have served as a belly gun but for the fact it failed to feed once per 40 or so rounds and it could have served as ballast on a small front end loader. :eek:

    After shooting the PPK, a P-3AT, an LCP, and maybe a couple others (Beretta or Raven or Taurus??) that early summer day, I made up my mind to buy a Kel-Tec. Put it off all summer and fall, but when I found this one at $250 otd, I took the plunge.

    This whisper of a pistol is 100-for-100 rounds fired to this point, is extremely conducive to carry, does not vertically string that same Bullseye load, shoots 7 times, and seems capable of at least j-frame accuracy. Wouldn't want it to be my one and only, but since I ain't likely to encounter an army,I believe this little gal might be capable of escorting me to one of my business guns.

    Chero-color-me-happy-kee