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6/20/04 10:08 PM
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mkirk
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Edited: 20-Jun-04
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Hey guys, does anyone have any experience with the new Kel tec .380?

6/21/04 9:23 AM
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ryanJ
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Edited: 21-Jun-04
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I have one and love it... Now obviously if/when you purchase one you have to take certain things into account....this is a pocket gun. It is not a gun I would put 1000 rounds through every weekend (or if I did, I would buy a couple and keep one as a practice gun). I will say I was surprised at how well mine performed at the range out of the box...no jams and relatively good accuracy. There were some quality issues in the first few runs, but generally from what I have heard the glitches have been worked out. As of late most reviewers I have read have been really surprised at how well the P3-AT functions. You can drop this gun in your pocket (in a pocket holster) and literally forget you have it. I think as a back up gun, summer gun (easy to carry even in board shorts) or a gun to carry when you would not likely carry otherwise it works well. Just my 1.5 cents and I am certainly no expert, but any other questions, feel free to ask.
7/5/04 4:29 PM
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Edited: 05-Jul-04
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Thanks ryan!

I'm also considering the Kahr PM9. I'm going to try to shoot it this weekend just to get a feel for it.

7/12/04 8:52 PM
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I got the .32 Kel-Tec and find it a good weapon. Easy to conceal, dependable & light as a feather.

I've only put about 50 rounds thru it and found it boring to shoot, but had no problems.

7/19/04 11:52 PM
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Edited: 19-Jul-04
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I'm getting one, and have heard very good things about them.
3/28/05 9:57 PM
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Edited: 28-Mar-05
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Just thought I'd bring this one back for any more opinions about the .32 or the .380 models. I'm looking for a small, light and easily concealed weapon. The reviews I've read are generally favorable though I've read some that raise questions about quality from the factory.
3/29/05 12:28 PM
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Dark Knight
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I have a Bersa 380, its a PPK clone. Pretty happy with it. The first shot is double action then single action from there. Consider the small glock or one of the many subcompacts in .40. You may find your happier with the results of the bigger rounds.
5/3/05 7:51 PM
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Skpotamus
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Never heard anything bad about the Keltecs, (worked in gun shops all through college....almost out now). My boddy has one he loves, he has a wallet holster for the damned thing, and carries it in his back pocket where his wallet would normally be (he keeps the real thing in another pocket). I think it was a galco holster for it. I personally like a little more ass behind my rounds, I carry a Taurus Titanium 38spl in my pocket for nice covert carry. It's light, accurate to 25 yards with practice, carries a "better" bullet IMO, and it's fun to shoot. Throw in some Speer 135 gr Short Barrel Golddots and I'm good to go. I do have a glock 26 (subcompact 9mm), but it was a little heavy and dragged my pockets down a bit, and was very noticeable in summer when I was wearing shorts. The 38 I can get away with during warm weather with no problems. ttt
5/5/05 9:28 PM
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Edited: 05-May-05
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Since this thread came back to life, i'll add some more...

I got the ten round mag for the kel-tec and now I like this gun even more. I tuck it IWB and with that little extra length on the grip I can pull it very easy.

It won't really fit in the pocket with this mag in place, but I don't really carry that way so it don't matter to me.

Also with the extra length on the grip it doesn't move very much.

10 rounds gives you a little more lead to throw at the bad guy too!

 

7/14/05 12:28 PM
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7/15/05 10:27 PM
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Edited: 15-Jul-05
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I am a revolver guy so I don't have a lot of experience with small autos. I have heard that small autos have a tendency to jam and that since they have such short barrels they bleed off a lot of velocity? Are these just myths or is some basis in fact?
7/22/05 1:01 PM
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glock4life
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Edited: 22-Jul-05
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Well, my Keltec hasn't jammed yet.
12/30/05 9:55 AM
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Edited: 30-Dec-05
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Thought I'd bring this one back from the dead again for an update. After shopping around I decided to go with the Kahr PM9 for a primary carry. I could not be happier. The weight and size is perfect for IWB carry and it is a blast to shoot. I'm still thinking of getting a KelTec .380 as a back up and for the shorts and T shirt days. I have reservations about it's reliability though. We'll see.
12/30/05 1:17 PM
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krept
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Damn good choice, JD. Any reason why you wouldn't go with an Airweight S&W instead of the .380? cheers
12/30/05 8:56 PM
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No particular reason. I've heard really good things about the S&W but I don't know that it would be as fun to shoot at the range. I cannot speak from personal experience but I've heard that they kick like a mule and I don't care for hand fatigue. I prefer a semiauto and I love the size of the KelTec, I'm just not sold on their reliability.
1/8/06 11:55 AM
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Edited: 08-Jan-06
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Hello, Anyone familiar with the Rohrbaugh R9 9mm? Im considring one for CCW... Peace ST~
1/9/06 11:52 AM
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krept
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I heard they had feeding problems with the earlier models (not sure about new ones) but they are tough to beat for the size. Problem is the price. I'd like to see one side by side with a PM9. IMO the PM9 is "small enough" before you get into the realm of a hammerless lightweight revolver or even a .22 like the Beretta M21.
2/5/06 12:29 PM
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Edited: 05-Feb-06
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Hello All, Thought I pass this on its a good value!, anyway I just bought a p-64 9x18 Poland military surplus very well made. It is a "Makarov type" (type only) size and style. Had it for 150.00 This one was never issued 1972 model, looks to have a chrome lined barrel. Surplus models start in the 1960's Only thing I dont care for is the DA first shot way to heavy SA pull is fine. Wolfe springs offers a main spring to lighten the DA. It is worth a look and the price is is right. FWIW Peace ST~

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