I miss the slide lock on my first Kel-Tec, a P-32, but the cost of ammo (locally) and the chance of rim lock made the .32 caliber unattractive.mkgarrison5 said:just curious... what are the differences other than caliber?? snappy recoil??
The peening issue is new, or at least I saw no mention of it until recently, so an older, used P-3AT probably does not have this problem, but look anyway.mkgarrison5 said:i have been looking at the 3At's used.. what kind of issues have plagued this style? i know the peening but there is washer that corrects this right? how much??
I agree with everything else. I find 32 cal just about the same price as 380. Certainly 380 is no where near double the muzzle energy of 32 cal. Rimlock is not an issue really. If you carry JHP, use a Flyerwire or KT spacer. Another good option is a JHP in the chamber and another on top of the mag, followed by FMJ rounds. This loading does not risk rimlock even without a spacer. It also hedges your bet somewhat.FWM said:.380 ammo cheaper.
Power: 3AT about double muzzle energy compared to .32
Misc: .32 HP ammo subject to rim lock.
220 is for the old 90 gr Corbon JHP. I don't think too many folks are carrying that these days. Most 380 rounds tend to be in the 200 ft lb range, or less. The DPX (very popular) is only 197 ft lbs... not so a huge difference. Personally, I think most bad guys are going to cease and desist if shot with anything. I doubt the difference between 32 and 380 would matter to many who were hit with a few shots placed COM. But then, shoot me with a good BB gun and I'l leave. ;DGMax said:220 ft lbs. is 67% more than 147 ft. lbs.