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Hi,

  Earlier today I was cleaning my HC P3AT and for the first time, for whatever reason, decided to inspect the cleaned barrel with a magnifying glass. In one of the grooves, about ¼” down from the muzzle end, I see what I’ll describe as a little speed bump. The bump doesn’t go all the way across the groove and it is not so high that it comes up to the adjacent land. It is definitely not leading! I’m thinking that maybe it is something like a tiny puddle of extra HC coating, is that possible? I have hundreds of rounds through this gun without any issues. I don’t think there is a safety issue but I’ll of course give Kel-Tec a call to see what they have to say. What say you?

Thanks for your input,
Bill K.

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SERVICE COMPLETED: 1/26/2011

COLOR: Black   FINISH: HC

ACCESSORIES OR PARTS RECEIVED WITH FIREARM
Mags: 0 Trigger Shoe: 0 Case: 0 Belt Clip: 0 Lock: 0 Sling: 0 Grip Ext.: 0 Lanyard: 0 Plus 1 Ext: 0
Night/Bravo Sights: 0 Muzzle Break: 0 Compact Forend: 0 Laser: 0 Stock Ext.: 0 Deflector Handle: 0 Other: 0

Service Description: Warranty yes
Police/Military no

Service Performed:
__ __
Replaced frame utilizing original serial #
__ __
Repaired or replaced magazines
__ __
Replaced grip and/or mag catch
__ __
Replaced internal parts
__ X__
Replaced slide and/or barrel
_____
Chamber serviced
__ X__
Polished feed ramp
___X__
Test fired
__ __
Replaced or repaired safety


Other: Replaced slide and barrel
Service Notes: Replaced slide and barrel as a courtsey

Bad news...

Watertown, CT, United States 01/28/2011 2:18 P.M. Emergency conditions beyond UPS' control.
01/28/2011 7:15 A.M. Out For Delivery
01/28/2011 6:42 A.M. Arrival Scan
 

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If the gun shoots well I wouldn't worry too much. I'm pretty picky about things so I think I would take a dental pick and see if I could remove the bump. I don't think it would be worth replacing the barrel either way but that's your call.


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CJP32 said:
If the gun shoots well I wouldn't worry too much.   I'm pretty picky about things so I think I would take a dental pick and see if I could remove the bump.   I don't think it would be worth replacing the barrel either way but that's your call.


CJ
Thanks for your reply. This bump is not something laying on top so I believe attempting to remove it with a pick would just result in scratching the barrel.

I did just finish calling Kel-Tec, a women who spoke to me said that the fellow who could answer my question was out of the office and would I please send them an email/message. I sent a communication, with the particulars, to Kel-Tec off their contact page. On submittal there is a message about waiting 2-3 days for a reply. I've got other guns I can carry - even another P3AT - so I can easily wait to hear back from Kel-Tec.

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BillK said:
Hi,

  Earlier today I was cleaning my HC P3AT and for the first time, for whatever reason, decided to inspect the cleaned barrel with a magnifying glass. In one of the grooves, about ¼” down from the muzzle end, I see what I’ll describe as a little speed bump. The bump doesn’t go all the way across the groove and it is not so high that it comes up to the adjacent land. It is definitely not leading! I’m thinking that maybe it is something like a tiny puddle of extra HC coating, is that possible? I have hundreds of rounds through this gun without any issues. I don’t think there is a safety issue but I’ll of course give Kel-Tec a call to see what they have to say. What say you?

Thanks for your input,
Bill K.
Got an email response today from Kel-Tec...

Bill Kxxxx,

I don’t believe there is a reliability issue with your barrel but without seeing it I can only guess.
I would recommend returning the complete slide /barrel assembly to us for inspection.  

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A burr left from the rifling process? I wonder if the cutting tool came out at an angle and jumped a bit on the side left in the barrel as the tool was exiting. It's just a guess, but with it being that close to the muzzle, it would seem like a possibility.
 

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A burr left from the rifling process?  I wonder if the cutting tool came out at an angle and jumped a bit on the side left in the barrel as the tool was exiting.  It's just a guess, but with it being that close to the muzzle, it would seem like a possibility.
A small burr that got hard chromed over sounds like a possibility but then I know next to nothing about machining and coating a gun barrel.

Shipped the top end out to Kel-Tec yesterday. Don't understand why they wanted more than just the barrel, any guesses? Anyway I'll post to share with you what Kel-Tec has to say when I get the pieces back next week. ;D

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BillK said:
[quote author=Tractiongrips link=1294264779/0#4 date=1295333005]A burr left from the rifling process?  I wonder if the cutting tool came out at an angle and jumped a bit on the side left in the barrel as the tool was exiting.  It's just a guess, but with it being that close to the muzzle, it would seem like a possibility.
A small burr that got hard chromed over sounds like a possibility but then I know next to nothing about machining and coating a gun barrel.

Shipped the top end out to Kel-Tec yesterday. Don't understand why they wanted more than just the barrel, any guesses? Anyway I'll post to share with you what Kel-Tec has to say when I get the pieces back next week.  ;D

Bill K.
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Update... Good News Bad News

Good news...

SERVICE COMPLETED: 1/26/2011

COLOR: Black   FINISH: HC

ACCESSORIES OR PARTS RECEIVED WITH FIREARM
Mags: 0 Trigger Shoe: 0 Case: 0 Belt Clip: 0 Lock: 0 Sling: 0 Grip Ext.: 0 Lanyard: 0 Plus 1 Ext: 0
Night/Bravo Sights: 0 Muzzle Break: 0 Compact Forend: 0 Laser: 0 Stock Ext.: 0 Deflector Handle: 0 Other: 0

Service Description: Warranty yes
Police/Military no

Service Performed:
__ __
Replaced frame utilizing original serial #
__ __
Repaired or replaced magazines
__ __
Replaced grip and/or mag catch
__ __
Replaced internal parts
__ X__
Replaced slide and/or barrel
_____
Chamber serviced
__ X__
Polished feed ramp
___X__
Test fired
__ __
Replaced or repaired safety


Other: Replaced slide and barrel
Service Notes: Replaced slide and barrel as a courtsey

Bad news...

Watertown, CT, United States 01/28/2011 2:18 P.M. Emergency conditions beyond UPS' control.
01/28/2011 7:15 A.M. Out For Delivery
01/28/2011 6:42 A.M. Arrival Scan
 

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BillK said:
Don't understand why they wanted more than just the barrel, any guesses?
This is not a guess.
They want the slide to make sure a different barrel engages the locking surface of the ejection port and headspaces properly.

Now, this is a guess.
Maybe they want to put the top end on another receiver and shoot it to see if it functions properly too.

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