Small Spring trying to escape!

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by Steve_g, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. Steve_g

    Steve_g New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    I've been lurking for a while and have appreciated the posts I thought I would ask a question.

    I did a short search and did not find and posts about apologies if it's been posted before.

    I have a P3AT that I have put about 75-100 rounds through...purchased used.

    Today the small slide return spring is coming out the front. I am noticing that the hole for the return spring pin is getting a lot larger than it should need to be.

    I know this isn't normal but, what can I do to fix it? Is there a known problem whith these firearm?

    Thanks for responding!
  2. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Welcome to KTOG.  What you are discribing was a problem with a few slides a year or so back.

    at the top of the P3AT section should be three sticky posts, one of them is "FAQ and VIPs".  In this post is a link to a post related to this problem.

    to save you the time looking for now here are a couple related post (pictures)

    after you have a chance to read, I'll be glad to discuss any questions.

    one of your options is send it back to KT

  3. Steve_g

    Steve_g New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    I put too many words in my search...thanks for the speedy response...
  4. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
  5. Steve_g

    Steve_g New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    I have emailed KelTec and should be back in business soon....
  6. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Did they respond to your email?  That is not their strong suit.  I'd call, however, a word of caution.  Officially the lifetime warranty only applies to the original owner (don't ask - don't tell applies).  What you really need is a new slide, but if it is not too far gone, someone around the site will sell you a few "JFB Washers" that will keep the recoil springs in place.
  7. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    is your serial number in that range noted?
  8. Steve_g

    Steve_g New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    J2JXX so i "think" so....

    I'm an email sort of pewrson...and If I don't hear from them, I'll call

    Thanks for the great help.
  9. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    Yes, it is.
  10. Steve_g

    Steve_g New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    I was e-mailed at 7:31am CDT today with the following...I'm very impressed.

    Per the warranty page of your manual.
    Please enclose a note describing the problem, your name, address, phone no. & email address, and ship it UPS or FEDEX to:
    1475 COX RD
    COCOA, FL 32926
    there is an 8 week turnaround

    I was thinking of just sending in the slide...but I will ask the experts....
  11. Sangueffusor

    Sangueffusor New Member

    May 13, 2007
    I recall reading here somewhere that they prefer the slide and barrel to be sent as a set. As a bonus, if you don't send the frame, you can send through the post office, which will generally be cheaper than UPS/FedEx.
  12. Moose

    Moose New Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    I would call them on the phone. I called them a short while back for the new hammer block mine needed. The gal I was talking to, asked me if I was having just the same problem as yours. I told her no and got the parts I needed in a couple of days. Sounded like she was ready to take care of the problem ASAP to me.

    Mine is a HKXXX
  13. Steve_g

    Steve_g New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Thanks for the info...I was going to send the springs, pin and slide with barrel as the pin has taken a little bit of damage and the spring (once it was escaping) bent a little...not too concerned if they dont replace them...just thought they would like to see them.

    I'll send it FedEx so I know they get it...anal that way, and it was a $300 gun, so whats $17.50 for 2 day shipment?
  14. kt4me

    kt4me New Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    If they didn't tell you not to send the whole gun you may want to consider it. I sent my V1 3AT to them a while back for what I was certain that I had diagnosed as a small parts problem, but in thier analysis it appears there was a frame issue involved and Kel-Tec wound up sending me a whole new Version 2 gun manufactured just for me with the orginal serial number of the V1. Had I decided I was smarter than them and just sent the part I assumed were bad, I would still have a bad gun.

    I now leave the thinking to the experts.