Community for Kel-Tec Shooters banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
259 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just qualified with my P3AT yesterday for a back up weapon using American Eagle ammo.  I have qualified with it before and have used AE, S&B, and Blazer for that purpose.  They all gave me cycling problems.  It fires Hydra Shok and Cor Bon (which I use for carrying) without a problem.  I had several FTE yesterday, usually on the next to the last round.  It's not a magazine issue because it happened with both magazines.  I guess it's like a car that only takes premium gas.  Unfortunately, since I carry it more than anything else on and off duty, the malfunctions have given me less than a warm fuzzy feeling and I am considering going to a snub nose revolver.  They just don't disappear in a pocket like the P3AT.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,201 Posts
DD - I have never had a P3AT that didn't like AE FMJs. I'd sure like to see you back to a really warm fuzzy with them and that should be pretty easy. Is yours dripping with lube and grease on all the metal/metal parts? And how polished is your feedramp?

-Scott
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
259 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
adamsesq said:
DD - I have never had a P3AT that didn't like AE FMJs.  I'd sure like to see you back to a really warm fuzzy with them and that should be pretty easy.  Is yours dripping with lube and grease on all the metal/metal parts?  And how polished is your feedramp?

-Scott
Yep, did a F&B some time ago. Nice polished ramp. Cleaned and lubed before firing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,201 Posts
Is part 115 still there in the frame on the left side (which would normally be problematic with the last round but who knows) ? And is the screw holding the extractor in the slide nice and tight?

I had one P3AT that kept getting a shell hung up on the barrel hood and had to do a minor "flyer barrel hood mod" to make that baby work great.

Can you describe your ejection failures a bit more specific.

-Scott
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
259 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
All parts are there and the extractor spring is tight. It extracts from the barrel but does not clear the chamber to eject before the slide returns. Almost a stove pipe but more horizontal in the chamber. Dropped the magazine, spent casing fell out, reinserted the mag, and chambered and fired the last round. I've fire 12 rounds of Cor Bon and some Hydra Shock in the past and never had it jam. What I'm worried about is if I was just lucky with the Cor Bon the time I fired it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
12 Posts
Yes, I've noticed that my P3AT prefers the corbons as well. I had noticed that my extractor screw was tight but not all the way screwed in. Upon tinkering with it, I was able to get it in further and had less jams, however I notice that I really have to keep the gun clean and oiled well after each use or it will jam even with the extractor screw fixed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
259 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Ah-ha!  I remembered that I had disassembled the slide several months ago to show another P3AT owner how to do it so he could replace his firing pin.  I know I had everything tightened when I put it back together, but I was just able to tighten the screw about 1/8 turn.  Question is, did it loosen during firing or was it loose before?  The FTE started early on the first magazine I fired during the session.  I still had FTE issues on practice ammo before I disassembled the slide, especially with Blazer, but not so much the S&B.  Since many shooters have great success with the AE ammo, maybe it was a factor in this instance.  As long as the duty ammo fires without a problem, I'll be happy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
33 Posts
I have qualified with mine for years using anything from silver bear to gold dots to guns show special fmj rounds. Never a hiccup on any of them. Now that you have tightened it up I would recommend getting it back to the range ASAP to test it out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
My father and I went shooting the other day and we had 3 p3at's between the two of us and we were having problems with all three guns. I kept getting the same almost stove pipe jam as referred to above. I was using Magtec FMJ and I'm not sure what he was using. We had both first gen and second gen guns. They were all fairly new purchases and I think they were needing a cleaning.

I cleaned mine very good that night and when I went to reload it with my carry ammo also got jammed???? I'll check the ejector spring to make sure it is tight.

Any other suggestions? That makes me a little worried about this as a reliable carry gun.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
i took mine to the range the other day and it would not feed wolf at all. i dont like AE at all. i had a ton of trouble with it in my glocks and in a ruger mkII. i try to stay away from the cheap stuff but that is all i could find down here in ga. hopefully it will clear up for you now that you have it all tightened up
john
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
johnyutah said:
My father and I went shooting the other day and we had 3 p3at's between the two of us and we were having problems with all three guns.  I kept getting the same almost stove pipe jam as referred to above.  I was using Magtec FMJ and I'm not sure what he was using.  We had both first gen and second gen guns.  They were all fairly new purchases and I think they were needing a cleaning.

I cleaned mine very good that night and when I went to reload it with my carry ammo also got jammed????  I'll check the ejector spring to make sure it is tight.

Any other suggestions?  That makes me a little worried about this as a reliable carry gun.
Quick Update:

I cleaned it really well and took it back out last week. It seemed to work much better, but did start to FTF after about 30-40 rounds. Seems like cleaning is the key. I haven't cleaned the magazines at all, but I'll try that.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top