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hi, i am new to this fourm and am a die hard glock man! i wanted a small pocket gun because my g-26 is just to big and heavy for pocket carry. i will add that i was looking for a ruger lcp or maybe a naa mini revolver,kel-tec really never crossed my mind because i always thought they were jamming junk for what i have heard.so i went to the fun show and looked around have not been able to track down a ruger lcp anywhere and if you do find them they want way to much money for it.looked at the naa revolver it was cute but not what i would like to pack if i ever needed to use it.found a dealer that had a booth with some kel-tecs had a few green and blue p32 and two p3ats so i looked at it and said hell i give it a chance. came home and looked for info on the net and found this site which is helpfull so i did the fluff and buff and greased this little gun.went to the range today bringing my ar-15 and my new kel-tec. shoot 100rds through this gun any had only one failure which was the ammo!!! i am very very happy with this gun so far.another thing is i was shooting a metal target out to 25 yards and was hitting it!!!!! so to say i am becoming a fan of kel-tecs and am sad i didnt give them a chance until now. i order a nemisis holster for it and it will be with me all the time.look forward to being on this forum!! thanks tat2 :)
 

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WELCOME, tat2.You will have fun with the little guy.I never heard of KT untell about 4 years ago now I have 5 of there guns Thay all work good for what thay are made for.Good luck with yours.
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Welcome tat2 - Your experience is typical. The P3AT makes for a very good summer time carry, doesn't it. Careful though, as Kel-tecs tend to multiply on you. ;)
 

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Tat2,

Welcome aboard! Gota love the P3AT. I also have a Glock 26 but my Kel-Tec gets carried way more often. Those times when I do carry the Glock guess what's been in my right front pocket... Yep, you guessed it. Oh, BTW I've got 2 P3ATs.


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Mine is an old 1st gen so I did all the "fluff & buff" to it. May not be as necessary now. Slip on grip or grip pads help recoil. Lots of choices on ammo: 102 gr GS to 70 gr. Powerball. DoubleTap & Buffalo Bore
have some hot loads. Best load to me is one that shoots most accurate and most reliable. A lot like GS & others like DPX. Mine has DPX in it right now but have a bunch of GS on hand. One expands well and other penetrates better?
 

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Biggest issue with .380 ammo is lack of adequate penetration and/or failure to expand. For carry ammo, I interspersed federal hydrashock with flatnosed full metal jacket in the same magazine. First couple of rounds hollowpoint, then alternating FMJ and HP. I figured if one didn't work, maybe the other would. Best to make sure that the two different types of ammo will function together if you're interspersing, though.

Just as I was selling the .380 to standardize on 9mm, Buffalo Bore came out with some hot stuff for the 380acp. I shot some of their 45acp +P loads and am a big fan -- lots of power, but not too much muzzle flash like I got with Corbon. Tests looked promising for the buffalo bore .380 loads. Figured if I wasn't selling the .380 I would have wound up buying some. It's spendy though.
 

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thanks for the repiles, is there any mods i should do or leave it stock?? also what ammo do you guys carry?? thanks tat2
Welcome to the forum.  I'm using Buffalo Bore 90 gr GDs for concealed carry.  I use 88 gr Rem JSP for practice.  They're cheap (at Walmart) and hit the same point of impact as the Buffalo Bore.  At least close enough at 5 to 10 yards.)  Since you're new to the forum you may not have seen the Buffalo Bore tests posted here by wheelguy.  Here's the link:

http://www.ktog.org/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1202857757

These loads put the 380 in the P3AT right up with snubnose 38 Spl +Ps.  In fact wheelguy (who did the tests) said "I'll take the P3AT any day."
 

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thanks guys, alamo thats a killer web site!!! been learning alot about the keltecs, got my holster the other day and have been carring the little guy everywhere!!! i cant belive how comfortable it is to carry!!!also have been looking at the bullet info on here and to say i fell fine with the .380 for protection. i cant wait to go back to the range again.if this gun keeps me happy i might send it off and have it plated and worked over by that guy larry in texas.. what a great forum
 

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tat2 said:
thanks for the repiles, is there any mods i should do or leave it stock?? also what ammo do you guys carry?? thanks tat2
Mods I’ve done on my 2G P3-AT in order of best first …

ArmaLaser
Slight rampectomy
Metal magazine catch
Barrel lug and magazine well shims
Bersa finger extensions
Extended backstrap
Slip-on grip
Painted sights
Trigger Stop
O-rings on mags above Bersa extensions

I carry a mix of Santa Barbara TCMJ and Remington Golden Saber JHP.



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tat2 said:
if this gun keeps me happy i might send it off and have it plated and worked over by that guy larry in texas.. what a great forum
Larry?  Do you mean Jack?  If it's keeping you happy, no need to have it "worked over",  plating would be good though.

http://www.gunsmith.fuselier.com/

http://www.gunsmith.fuselier.com/slideoffer.html

That is yzguy's website, a  forum forum moderator / contributor and a great guy. His name is still listed as a moderator,  more of a moderator emeritus these days.

http://www.1bad69.com/keltec/index.htm
 

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alamo,yes jack dam sorry were did i get larry from!!! i think the slide finish would be nice.bobo man thats a nice looking gun wow you can do a lot of mods to these guns.
 
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