Greetings all, Long time lurker of this great place but now I can finally become an owner and member here. How I got here is a weird series of events. I am a first time firearm owner, after doing much much reading, debating, questioning, research and self searching I decided to make a firearm purchase. The small mouse guns interested me the most at first. But after countless readings of their unpleasantness to shoot, the high prices and rarity of 380 ammo, I started to think perhaps I should start with something I can shoot more often and enjoy to shoot before taking the plunge down this road. Months more of research and reading happens before I arrive at one of my local gun shops. I put money down on a firearm where the ammo is cheap and readily available, something I can spend more time with at the range without the webbing of my hand crying for mercy. I go back to the gun shop a few weeks later to browse the guns, see if they have anything else I like in my price range. I initially put money down on a taurus, but I have reservations about the quality of the product compared to other similarly priced 9mm pistols in the price range. As I'm there a young lad walks in and puts a keltec case on the counter, asks the manager what he will give him for it. I let them do their talking but listen in close enough. I can see its a second gen p3at from the reading I've done here. The man offers him $140 and he accepts. I've became fairly friendly with the gun shop guys so after the kid leaves I make my move. The gun is dirty, but looks in well enough condition. One magazine, case, desantis nemisis pocket holder, 180 dollars and the p3at was mine. Not only that, but they had a few boxes of 380 WWB ?! I've been buying ammo when I find it for the calibers I have been interested in for about a month now or so. I took 3 boxes and a box of speer gold dots. I had a box of aguila 380 jhp ... but eh, they get so so reviews. So here I am, now the proud owner of a p3at. This doesn't change my plans much, I do plan on hitting the range with it before I pick up the 9mm this weekend to check functionality. But most of my range shooting and learning will take place with the 9mm. Jeff Cooper's safety rules are read and reread and reread. I will be taking a few classes as well. This forum also helped me make my purchase. I have read mixed reviews about the p3at. I always liked it for its simplicity. And I loved the community that stood behind it. When I got home, I took her apart and was able to perform a good cleaning and a fluff and buff thanks to the great people here. Here she be! The must have... "poser shot" Before.... Hmm is the bent spring normal? I didn't understand how it could bend until I had to reassemble the gun! Should this be replaced? I did straighten it back out. And after... Big thanks to Goldenloki, couldn't of done this work without his great guide. Talk to all of you soon!