FTE problem

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by fltection, May 23, 2010.

  1. fltection

    fltection New Member

    23
    Apr 25, 2010
    I have been breaking in my 3AT, and am noticing that I am having more than the average FTE problems. I read somewhere on this forum about making sure the extractor screw was tight- it was loose by about a half a turn!

    I tightened it up, and now the S&B 90gr hardball I was using works great, but the 100gr flat-nose reloads I tried still had multiple FTE issues. Defensive ammo is flawless so far (Speer gold dot JHP) but I can't afford to run 2-300 rounds of this for the trial...

    My question is should I send the gun back to Kel-Tec to fix the issue or should I try to use some blue loctite on the screw?

    I am concerned that I will back out the screw too much and the firing pin will move and cause even bigger issues.
     
  2. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Texas
    I certainly wouldn't send it back for that. Just back the screw out enough to get a drop of blue locktite on the top of the threads. Then tighten it snug and let the locktite cure. As far as ammo, these ultra-light guns can be ammo selective - more so during break-in. I wouldn't worry that it doesn't like your 100 grain, flat nosed reloads. Break it in with 100+ rounds of factory, brass cased FMJ. The S&B is fine. Then get a few mags of carry ammo through it. How many flawless rounds are enough to call it reliable is up to you.
     

  3. diamond

    diamond New Member

    623
    Jan 18, 2010
    Locktite - yep.

    Ammo - possibly a finicky gun wanting specific ammo, but since it's still the break in period, I wouldn't factor that in just yet.

    I haven't read some of your other threads that I can remember. Have you done the fluff and buff? Specifically, do it to the chamber since your spent cases are not coming out.

    Before even firing a single round, I did the fluff and buff with 400 and 800 grit paper.
     
  4. PF9Newbie

    PF9Newbie New Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Wisconsin
    Reloads are probably not a good choice for break-in ammo, due to variations in re-sizing, etc. Also, flat nose ammo may not work well in the pistol in any case. Get some decent FMJ commercial (fairly cheap) and run a couple hundred rounds through the gun. You don't need to, and probably should not, break in with expensive defense ammo in any case. After break in, then run a couple of boxes of defensive ammo of your choice through the gun to ensure full reliability.

    Jim R