Complete Disassembly Instructions?

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by Jerry_WA, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. Jerry_WA

    Jerry_WA New Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    Start the flamage!
    I'm a newbie, just purchased a P-3AT, but cannot locate a manual or detailed step-by-step instruction that shows how to completely disassemble my pistol to perform the F&B.
    Did several searches, and found the detailed F&B process, but cannot locate a 'How-To' correctly disassemble the pistol.
    Any help, please?

    23 more posts to open the fun parts of the forum! :-/
  2. virtual-rj

    virtual-rj New Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Houston, TX

  3. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    To field strip (an EMPTY GUN with no mag nor round in the chamber) pull out the assembly pin on the side of the slide.  You can use an empty case or even a small flat screwdriver (careful not to scratch).  It comes out easier is you slightly retract the slide but it's helpful if you have 3 hands.  After removal of the pin, slide the slide off te front.  Pull out the guide rod and recoil springs being careful not to launch the springs, and remove the barrel.  That's it.  Be aware that the ejector part 115 will fall out, so remove it and lay it aside.

    These instructions were written for the P11 and 1st generation P3s.  Ignore the verbage about the recoil catch as it is now captured:

    Fluff & Buff:

  4. Jerry_WA

    Jerry_WA New Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    Thank you TxCajun!!!
    The 1bad69 pages include what I was referring to. I had downloaded the P-3AT manual from Kel-Tec, but shows only field stripping for normal cleaning. The exploded view was lacking in the steps I needed to safely disassemble & reassemble.
    Now on to F&B & Lube....
  5. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    These things are a breeze to tear down. Unhook the hammer spring, knock out a couple of frame pins and the frame lifts right out. :cool:
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    See how easy?

    But be carefull- you will soon be doing it to all of your guns!
  7. haugrdr

    haugrdr Super Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    Jan 4, 2008
    Daytona Beach
    Disassembly was the easy part for me, it's the RE-assembly that took me awhile. :D

  8. Jerry_WA

    Jerry_WA New Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    I did see your pic, and that is what prompted me to start searching for disassembly instructions. [smiley=thumbsup.gif] I'm no gun smith, but, although I am still a little nervous, I am going to dive in as soon as I can get the 'proper' lube solutions. :-/
    Just how many thumbs are required for this? ;D
  9. Jerry_WA

    Jerry_WA New Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    Your pic does bring to mind a couple questions:
    1. Is the recoil guide plastic, or metal? I was told that it is a plastic piece, and would prefer a metal one. 'They' said one is available?
    2. Where does the penny go on reassembly? ;)
  10. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    The P32, P11 and PF9 use polymer guide rods. The P3AT and P40 use steel.
  11. Jerry_WA

    Jerry_WA New Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    TY TxCajun!
    I figured I may have been steered wrong. 'They' never said which model 'they' were referring to, even though I was asking about the P-3AT.

    Am I being a PW for trying to get to my '25 posts to unlock'? Well.....maybe just a little..... :cool:

  12. :eek: :eek: :eek:

    You got yours back together?   :D   It must be all those oposable thumbs you guys have!

    The penny was to show the size of the cr@p that fell out of the new gun upon disassembly.

    The guide rod is metal BTW.  

    And the lube----  I use Remoil and fancy expensive gun grease in a syringe applicator-  but any decent grease should do.  Some here use axle grease.

    One word of caution- learned the hard way- make sure your hammer is all the way foward BEFORE you remove or re-install the hammer spring. To manipulate the spring with the hammer back can overstretch the spring and possibly cause light strikes to develope.
  13. Checker4Tix

    Checker4Tix Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Yup! I never did more than a field strip on any of my guns prior to tinkering with my KT's - my P3AT in particular. I think doing that inital F&B did more for ME than it did for my little buddy.