RE-Break In - How many Rounds?

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by BillK, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. BillK

    BillK New Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hi Folks,

      Well I finished a fluff & buff on the new upper (slide, barrel, recoil rod and springs) I recently received from Kel-Tec. Cleaned, greased, re-assembled, racked the slide a bunch of times and hand cycled a bunch of snap caps through the gun. In your opinion, about how many ball rounds and how many SD rounds would you put through the gun for a re-break in?

    Bill K.
  2. YooperP3at

    YooperP3at New Member

    Oct 12, 2008
    Everyone does something different.
    I've never had a problem with mine from day 1.

    I just cleaned and lubed mine.
    Took a couple of boxes to the range and started shooting.
    I ran 2 boxes thru the first time out. Went home and cleaned and lubed.
    Went out again and ran 2 more boxes thru it. No problems.

    I then ran 2 boxes (40 rnds) of carry rounds thru it. no problems.

    So far I'm up over 1200 rounds total with no problems. Just cleaned and lubed.
    Good luck.

  3. BillK

    BillK New Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    So you'd be comfortable to carry with 100 ball and 40 SD rounds through your gun - assuming without issue. Kind of what I was thinking except I would clean after each box of fifty and of course again after the 40 SD rounds. Sounds like a plan.

  4. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Most agree that 200 trouble-free rounds is good enough. Doing a F&B (IMHO) cuts that number down by about half or so.
  5. tomwalshco

    tomwalshco New Member

    Aug 29, 2009
    I concur with torrent. Also easy to fall asleep at the switch with these snappy guys and limp one now and then. Be careful not to blame a jammed gun on operator error.

    I hit the feed ramp and chamber a little with a Q-tip and some mild polish everytime I take it down. Shiny and slick...
  6. BillK

    BillK New Member

    Jul 23, 2007
    Yes, good advice about limping. I'll occasional get sloppy near the end of a shooting session, realize I'm doing so and then finish off just fine as I re-focus.

    Isn't just shooting and cleaning keeping the feed ramp slick?

  7. Ka6otm

    Ka6otm New Member

    Sep 12, 2007
    On the first trip out with mine I ran 100 rounds through it. My hand hurt for a couple of days after that. The next week I ran 50 through it and then 50 again the next week. At that point I started carrying it but continued with the 50/week until I hit 500. Then I just shoot it around once a month for 1 or 2 magazine loads to keep my hand in.
  8. copterdrvr

    copterdrvr New Member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Isn't just shooting and cleaning keeping the feed ramp slick?

    Not to me. I use my Dremel tool with a felt wheel and polishing rouge to polish the feed ramp to a mirror shine. The ramps of all of my semi-auto pistols look like they're made of glass, and they'll all cycle any load i put in them.
  9. billjohnso20

    billjohnso20 Well-Known Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    With all my new semiauto handguns, I run 200 through them on the first trip. The second trip, I run another 200 rounds. If there are no problems with the second 200, the gun is good to go.

    I decided to experiment with my P3AT not long after I got it. I loaded 400 rounds and headed to the range. I shot all 400 rounds through my P3AT in one range session without a single jam and without cleaning it or wiping it off. It never jammed and never has at any other time either. :) :) :) :) :)
  10. oldgranpa

    oldgranpa New Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    actually, if your P3AT shoots without a burp, like mine, then 50 rounds (without a burp) is plenty!! The new P3AT's coming from KelTec are being made that way. Of course, a good cleaning and some good grease on the rails before the first range trip is suggested. The ramp on mine was polished like a mirror when I got it. No Fluff&Buff needed. IMHO.
    YMMV and all that. ::)
  11. Mike_OD

    Mike_OD New Member

    Nov 19, 2010
    You must have hands of steel.  I love the P-3AT, but 100 rounds at the range is tops for me.
  12. Rubb

    Rubb Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2006
    I was always a member of the “run at least 100 SD rounds club”
    A while back I started something new with the ammo prices getting higher.
    For new gun break in I run 200 FMJ, if I have a hiccup in the first 50 I really don’t give it much thought.
    If it balks after 50 I start the count over.

    After that I do SD ammo testing with carry mag (s) at full capacity +1 in chamber.(test like you’ll carry)

    Single stack ( 28-36 rounds)
    A. 1 mag  @ slow aimed fire
    B. 1 mag @ rapid, double or triple tap fire
    C. 1 mag @ one handed 90 degree right angle(left handed gangster style)
    D. 1 mag @ one handed 90 degree left angle (right handed gangster style)

    The 90 degree angle is not an indented way to fire but, is the most natural for the off hand.
    Angle shots can also occur if you’re knocked to the ground or have to shoot from under cover/concealment.

    I do the same test with double stack mags but with only 2, combining test A&B with one and C&D with the other.

    If I have an issue in the test I will put the gun away and start fresh at the next range trip after a
    cleaning and 50 rounds of FMJ.

    I don’t clean the gun at any time during testing but, If I was to pick up another P3AT I would clean
    after each 50 with this method. I also clean and lube a EDC every two weeks regardless and always after a range trip.

    As always, this is worth what you’ve paid for it :)
  13. Danny68

    Danny68 New Member

    Feb 13, 2011
    Mine was reliable after 150 rounds.
  14. vvldb14

    vvldb14 New Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    Been to the range 3 times each shot 100 rounds. First 150 were ball, second half SD rounds. Mine performed flawlessly, but having the Hogue grip was a lifesaver! Also the Fluff and Buff was crucial too for comfort. Can't wait to go out to the range again!