First Impression

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by timewrench, May 29, 2009.

  1. timewrench

    timewrench New Member

    May 9, 2009
    Picked up the first of two P3AT's yesterday. Did a quick check for burrs and polished the feed ramp and a couple other parts. Ran to the gun range this morning. I shot a handful of Silver Bear and 3 different hand loads. On failure to fed with Silver Bear and one failure to eject with a handload.Over all I'm very pleased.Definitely not the finish of a PPK, but this ain't no beauty contest. Buddy pointed out that it would be tough to shoot with gloves on because of the trigger guard. Now I need a holster.

  2. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Only two hiccups with a brand new gun? That's pretty good.
    Did you get the blued version? Yeah, KTs doesn't have the best finish like some others out there but hopefully with it concealed no one will notice.
    Some people report the trigger biting into their finger when they shoot. This isn't a problem for me but I saw my friend get a nice little blister.

  3. risabee

    risabee Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    I cut a piece of high grade surgical tubing from an old stethoscope and slipped it on the trigger. It's thin enough not to catch on anything and hasn't budged yet in over 300 rounds. I think it softens the felt whack even more than the rubber grip (which I also have) and serves as a decent trigger stop as well.
  4. timewrench

    timewrench New Member

    May 9, 2009
    I'm not too concerned about the finish. Of the dozens of guns I own, might be two beauty queens in the racks. Can always invest in a can of Duracoat. I found the gun rather comfortable to shoot, plenty accurate and great to carry. I've got to have the wife shoot it when she gets home from NYC. "Nana's in da hood' for a couple of days. We'll be picking her P3AT up next week. She does not like recoil, kind of interested in her opinion.

  5. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    From the owner's manual:

    FYI, KT considers standard ammo to be brass-cased. They, and most folks here, will not recommend steel-cased ammo (Silver Bear) in these guns. ;)
  6. timewrench

    timewrench New Member

    May 9, 2009
    Guess I should read the owners manual. Probably a lot of lawyer talk, but quite undestandable with the steel cased stuff. Hard to not shoot reloads, especially with the ammo situation the way it is.

  7. chihuahuatn

    chihuahuatn Member

    Aug 31, 2008
    The P3AT's are awesome guns however they only like to eat brass. Unlike my beaters FEG PJK -9HP (100% True BHP clone) , Beretta 92fs and Glock 17 which will eat anything including the kitchen sink my P3ATs will not. Some advise for your new toys...
    Lesions I have learned:

    1) My Kel-Tec P-3AT is ammo sensitive and I suspect a lot of people in this board have had similar issues. Never use anything but brass ammo.
    2) The “Fluff and Buff” works very well every Kel-Tec should have one done. In addition each time I clean my P-3AT I also note where the wear is showing up and adjust the occlusion/wear accordingly with my dremal.
    3) I love my +1 mag extensions, the extra round is awesome and makes grip better in my hands, and this is an advantage over the LCP in my opinion.
    4) I have a Gen. 2 so at every cleaning I tighten the extractor bolt.
    5) When changing magazines I always manually press down the mag-catch as to save on the plastic mag-catch wear.

    Hope this helps,
  8. Moose

    Moose New Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    I've only got about 150rds through my p3at, after a F&B.
    Finally got to try some of my reloads, 95gr FMJ FN, OAL .965, not a single problem. I'm a happy camper.
    Also shot some Federal American Eagle FMJ, no problems at all.
  9. GoldenLoki

    GoldenLoki New Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    My first impression was of Yogi Bear... I was pretty good too!

    Congrats on the P3AT.

  10. badchris

    badchris New Member

    Mar 24, 2009
    Yeah, that's a pretty good habit to get into. Free advice for the day, read it once, then go back and read it again.
  11. abq_sfr

    abq_sfr New Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    My P3AT is a real stinger to shoot, the recoil drives my trigger finger into the inside of the trigger guard, which was like sandpaper until I sanded it down. It's better now, but I always put a bandaid on my trigger finger at the range. My fun-shooting gun is the Beretta PX4 subcompact... and hopefully soon a Ruger MKIII I'm buying for the wife if I can find one.
  12. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    Hey ABQ, you might check out a mk II. It would be used, but many here and elseware like it better. The lawers had not gotten to it as much. Mag release is on the butt, but then, it ain't a SD gun. No one who has shot mine has not said "wow, nice little gun" or sumpfin to that effect.
  13. Curt32

    Curt32 Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Yeah why don't you try to run some commercial ammo, (if you can find some) through it for a real evaluation and no steel, let us know how it works out.

    Tom j.