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Probably a dumb question, but does the slide on the P3AT lock back after the last round in the magazine has been fired (and the empty magazine is still inserted)? I was thinking that it did on the P32 that a friend had. In fact, you had to remove the empty magazine in order for the slide to go forward. Not the same way with the P3AT???
 

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correct. keltec ditched the slide lock on the p3at, imo not a bad design choice for an ultra compact self defense pistol.
 

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Personally I kinda wish the P3AT had a slide lock back on the last round as that would make it consistent with every other semiauto I have, but you can't have everything.
 

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Interestingly, the Ruger LCP has a manual slide lock but it also does not lock back after the last round.  It only functions manually.
 

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To answer the question, the slide does not lock back on last round. I agree with Ka6otm. that if it locked back it would be like my othe semi autos. Then it wouldn't confuse this old man.
 

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apex1 said:
Interestingly, the Ruger LCP has a manual slide lock but it also does not lock back after the last round.  It only functions manually.
Ruger included the "manual" slide lock to make the LCP more range friendly, as many ranges require a gun to be visibly "locked open' when a cease fire is called. Many (most) small semi autos do not include this feature as it adds another complication in what is designed to be a simple pocket pistol for self defense. Additionally, the thinking, I believe, is that you will likely never need to change mags in a self defense situation using such a pistol (if you do, then you really should have brought a good rifle to the firefight) and so a slide lock is just not needed.

Jim R
 

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ansursvary said:
IIRC, the slide lock was ditched to save space when the P32 was retooled as a 380.
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