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Picked up a new P3AT from Tomball Pawn and Gun in Tomball, Texas a couple of weeks ago with the intent of using it as a daily carry.  I've had zero past experience with Kel-Tec, but it came highly recomended by a good friend.  It is a new unit, in gray with a black slide.  Purchase price of $269.00.

Based off online reviews I was unsure what to expect at the first trip to the range.  Prior to the trip to the range, I gave it a thorough cleaning with the requisite Hoppes 9 and a light lube with Outers oil.

I ran 100 rounds through it today, 50 Sellier and Bellot 92 grain FMJ and 50 PMC 90 grain FMJ.  Very pleased to have had zero issues with either, no FTFs or FTEs at all!  It was my first time with something this small and with the exception of the first 3 or 4 rounds I kept everything within a 4 to 6" grouping at about 5 and 10 yards which was well beyond my expectations!

The trigger pull definitely threw me for a loop.  Even though I'd dry fired it a few times prior to the range, it really takes some getting used to.  I didn't find the recoil to be too bad at all, but the trigger guard is a bit rough on the finger.  My intention is to try to smooth out the plastic on the inside of the guard with some emory cloth.  The trigger itself didn't bother me, which was counter to some posts I'd seen in researching the gun.

The ammo was purchased from www.ammotogo.com, the S&B for $11.95 and the PMC for $13.95 for a box of 50.  The PMC was dirty, the S&B definitely proved to be the better ammunition in my opinion.  

Overall, I am very satisfied with the gun and it will be my daily carry with a Blackhawk size 2 pocket holster loaded with Hornady Critical Defense hollow points I'd picked up at ammotogo.com for $19.95/box of 25.  

Very happy with the gun and a new P3AT fan now!
 

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welcome to KTOG.

sounds like a good first impression.
(going a 100 rounds is pushing it though) ;)

however, if you were impressed, wait till you carry it for a few weeks. In a good holster it feels less than a set of car keys
 

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mjoplin said:
I ran 100 rounds through it today, 50 Sellier and Bellot 92 grain FMJ and 50 PMC 90 grain FMJ.  Very pleased to have had zero issues with either, no FTFs or FTEs at all!  It was my first time with something this small and with the exception of the first 3 or 4 rounds I kept everything within a 4 to 6" grouping at about 5 and 10 yards which was well beyond my expectations!

The trigger pull definitely threw me for a loop.  Even though I'd dry fired it a few times prior to the range, it really takes some getting used to.  I didn't find the recoil to be too bad at all, but the trigger guard is a bit rough on the finger.  My intention is to try to smooth out the plastic on the inside of the guard with some emory cloth.  The trigger itself didn't bother me, which was counter to some posts I'd seen in researching the gun.
We (wife & I) purchased a new P-3AT about a month ago and have shot more than 200 rounds of the S&B 92 grain FMJ without any problems  -- seems to be very good ammo.  The trigger pull does take a little time to get used to, but overall we are very pleased with the accuracy and performance.
 

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Congrats on your P3AT. It is an amazing littlle pocket rocket. I'd test the Hornady ammo before relying on it much. Not because we've seen a few issues with it, we have, but I'd say the same for any SD ammo. Welcome to KTOG. :cool:
 

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Welcome to KTOG!

Continued good luck with your new P3AT. As much as you reasonably can practice with it like your're likely to use it in a SD situation.


Bill K.
 

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S&B ammo is great for practice. I have used thousands of rounds of it over the years, mostly in makarov and now in 380, with a few other boxes of it here and there. It almost always fires (every cheap ammo has a few duds, but very few with S&B), and seems to be a quality product at a good price.

Note that a lot of people are calling it Lellier because the fancy S on the package looks like an L. Its the same stuff.
 

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Called Kel-Tec this morning just out of curiosity and got in touch with Mike in service who was good enough to provide me with the manufacturing date of my new acquisition. KSDxx was born 6/22/2010. Continue to be very pleased with the purchase and carry it daily!
 

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thanks for the serial number/date manufactured. I added your info to the few in this FAQ/VIP
JFB said:
the Kel-Tec serial numbers are a modified 34base.
Here are some P3AT serial #s and dates

H1K300 Sep 2003 1G
HEC00 Jan 2005 1G
HFGxx Jan 2005 2G
HHS00 May 2005 2G
HQF00 Dec 2005
HRA00 Jan 2006
J0700 Sep 2006
J7C00 Jan 2007
JK8xx on 12-21-07
K0Dxx 10-08-2008
K8400 late May 2009
KBT00 July 2009
KJP00 Dec 2009
KSDxx 6/22/2010
Here are some P32s
12900 Feb 2000
C9500 Aug 2006
CB300 Dec 2006
CFN00 Sept 2007
 
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