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When the Kel Tec PMR-30 popped up on the scene a few years ago, many true fans of the brand and those near-cousins that came before smelled something familiar. You see back in the day George Kellgren, founder, and owner of Kel Tec, ran a precursor company by the name of Grendel-- and one of his neatest guns was the P-30.

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Design

Looking all the world like a ray gun from a 1930s Buck Roger's serial, the P-30 first started circulating in the form of a familiar flash advertising flyer in late 1989. Produced by Kellgren's Rockledge, Florida-based Grendel Firearms company, the gun was unlike anything else on the market.

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This 20-ounce (unloaded, 27 when filled) polymer-framed semi-auto pistol had a then-revolutionary 30-round capacity in its .22 Magnum chambering. The 5-inch target barrel gave an overall length of 8.5-inches, making it as long as a Colt 1911 longslide but providing a very efficient 7.2-inch sight radius.

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The frame and magazine body was Zytel polymer while the slide was machined from La Salle steel in an early CNC process. An adjustable front sight and replaceable rear could zero the lightweight little rimfire magnum which operated by a simple blowback design. Retail in 1990: $225.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNcPn2n6nc8
Megzamani taking a closer look at the P30 Grendel

Variants

Besides the standard P-30 version which hit the market in 1990, there was an "M" model with a removable muzzle break that added a half-inch to the overall length of the gun, an "L" model with an 8-inch barrel, an "LM" with the longer barrel, the frame tapped for optional counter weights and accessory points to turn it into a Man From Uncle-style get up, and the rarest of all the versions: the 11-inch barrel Model P-31 (with an MSRP at the time of $345).

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Standard P-30 with its 'ladder mags'

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The rarely seen P-30LM with its barrel shroud and pointed muzzle brake

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And of course the P-31 which was marketed briefly as a trailgun/PDW with a "Rapid Deployment Sling"

There were also options for nickel finish although few have been seen in the wild.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5MKFpTI6LM
Firing the P30

Getting your own

The entire line closed after just five years when Kellgren pulled the plug on Grendel and moved into his new Kel Tec project. The new company reportedly will service old Grendels (call to make sure, before you send anything) but be advised that spare parts are few and far between.

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The 7-page manual is still online over at Steve's Pages and Numrich stocks a few parts (but most are often sold out). With that in mind having one of these as a regular shooter is probably not a good idea.

As a collectable, however, they are growing in value with the odds of finding one for less than $400 exceedingly rare. As for the more precious versions like the L and LM, expect to pay twice that amount.

Then again, you can always get a PMR-30. Afterall, the family resemblance is telling:

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Thanks for posting. I was unaware of the variant models.
 

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Had one in the mid 90s. It actually fed, fired and ejected reliably. Unfortunately the plastic wasn't the best. The bottom of both magazines came off and had to be glued back on. Traded it for a Colt Trooper in 22 mag. Those older Colts are beautiful.
 

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I know im resurrecting an old post but, I am currently working on molding new mags for the p30. Also gonna try and make new fore ends safety levers and the sights. My question is, would the populous prefer a 15 rd mag and a 30 or just the 30?
 
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