Kel Tec pain


March 16, 2005, 07:33 PM
I went to the rang etoday and had a blast shooting my 357, 45 Para LDA, and Detective Spc. :cool:
I took my Kel Tec 380 cause I haven't shot it in a while and I believe in working the carry guns out from time to time.
I really enjoyed all of them till I shot the 380, then I remembered why I haven't shot it in a while :cuss: That little SOB hurts!
not enough of a grip to control it much and no weight to tame it.
I cleaned it and put it away.
I'll still carry it when I have to, and I suppose I won't care what it feels like if I have to use it. But Not a fun gun

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Bear Gulch
March 16, 2005, 07:38 PM
Hidey guns tend to be for arms length engagements.

March 16, 2005, 08:50 PM
I feel your pain...I share your torment...I can here your anguish...

GOTO the Naa website and order the "pinky" extentions for there Guardians...Will help ya lots, me promise

unpleasant dreams :evil:

March 16, 2005, 09:24 PM
Don't they offer hi capacity extended magazines for that?

Incidentally, I recently read an articl that contends the .32 ACP is a better defense round than the .380 but I don't remember why. When and if I can locate the article I'll post a few quotes from it.

March 16, 2005, 09:29 PM
Your post is the most non-macho thing I have read in quite a while.

March 16, 2005, 10:36 PM
Get an NAA or Bersa grip extender. It certainly helps:

March 16, 2005, 10:45 PM
You want shooting pain, try an 11.5 oz S&W SC360 "Scandium" .357 firing 158gr Hydrashoks!

P3AT is a minor irritation to shoot :)


March 16, 2005, 10:59 PM
Better yet dump the Kel-Tec and get a NAA Guardian! :p


Dave R
March 16, 2005, 11:58 PM
First time I shot my P-380 I was worried about recoil. Planned to shoot a mag, shoot something else, then shoot another mag, etc.

I wound up putting 75 straight shots through it, because it wasn't as bad as I expected.

But I have long, thin hands. Maybe that little grip fits me better?

Anyhoo, I have no problems with it.

March 17, 2005, 12:20 AM
Get the +1 mag extension and add a rubber grip sleeve ( If you want a nicer hand filling grip, layer the rubber where you want it.

Ak Guy
March 17, 2005, 12:46 AM
Try a 10 rnd NAA Guardian .380 mag, and with some tweaking you can make it fit the Keltec .380. Then you have plenty of grip and 10 + 1 in a really light gun. Worked for me !!

March 17, 2005, 07:54 AM
I should have made myself clearer so I can retain my macho status :rolleyes:

The recoil isn't bad (after all it is a 380)
It's beats the *@#% out of my trigger finger :cuss:

I'm ordering the finger ext. from NAA, thanks for the advice Azrael

March 17, 2005, 08:06 AM
Funny how this little gun affects different people. My shooting buddy says it slams his trigger finger as well, for me, it bangs up my thumb where it connects to my palm. I am not intrested in the grip extension as I carry mine in my front pocket, but the "old guy" at the shop tells me to cut an old bicycle tube to fit around the grip. He says it makes his bearable to shoot.

March 17, 2005, 08:46 AM
Try a 10 rnd NAA Guardian .380 mag, and with some tweaking you can make it fit the Keltec .380. Then you have plenty of grip and 10 + 1 in a really light gun. Worked for me !!

Any pictures???

Walt Sherrill
March 17, 2005, 08:58 AM
Mine has proved to be accurate and, after several hundred rounds, solidly reliable with both FMJ and hollopoints.

But it hurts the crap out of my trigger finger to shoot it, which rubs against the trigger guard during recoil.

Unique little gun.

Whole Hog
March 17, 2005, 09:37 AM
Mine raps my trigger finger too, and I don't know what to do about that. But I also had a problem with the thin grip so I added a Hogue Handall from a S&W J-frame. Then I wrapped an Agrip around the Handall. The gun is easier to control and the better grip seems to help the trigger finger problem a little too.


March 17, 2005, 10:18 AM
It beats up my trigger finger too but I'm man enough to handle it.... :neener:

W Turner
March 17, 2005, 10:36 AM
I bought one and promptly put a pocket clip on it. BIG MISTAKE! I put 50 rounds of FMJ thru it and at the end, the head of the pin that holds the clip on had dug a 1/4" hole in my thumb knuckle. The recoil would push it into the web and the slight twist in the recoil would just dig. That was over a year ago and I still have a scar.


March 17, 2005, 10:46 AM
I just got one last week, and put 120 rds through it on Sunday. I've got a nice scab about the size of a pencil eraser right where my thumb meets my palm. The frame rubs the he!! out of that spot and pretty much tore it up. Hand is still sore 4 days later. The grip itself sorta shredded my fingers a little too. The trigger pinches my trigger finger between the trigger and the trigger guard on every shot. But I've got a grin on my face, it's a light little gun! It's got the most muzzle flash of any gun I own, it's loud, it's light, and easier to carry than anything else. It just won't be my favorite "range" gun, to be sure.

I broke down and ordered a Hogue Handall Jr, and some Bersa finger mag extensions which should be coming in any day. I think that ought to take care of a lot of the recoil issue. That, and practice to build up callouses and muscle.

I'd rather shoot my SA Champion .45 any day though. The 3AT is a "carry a lot, shoot a little" gun, and I can't think of a gun that fits that role more perfectly.

March 17, 2005, 12:34 PM
In addition to your discomfort of the size of your Kel-Tec, those shooting the Kel-Tec are in just as much danger as someone forward of the muzzle.The Kel-Tec name is synonymous with cheap junk and always has been. In American Firearms History, only Lorcin is more readily recognized as a purveyor of expectedly chintsy junk to "thrifty" gun owners. My recommendation; buy yourself a S&W P99 or something else by Smith & Wesson or one of many other reputable manufacturers. Is it worth saving a few sheckles and losing your life because in the moment when you needed it most, your scrap iron misfires and jams and some punk blows you or a loved one away?

March 17, 2005, 12:55 PM
In addition to your discomfort of the size of your Kel-Tec, those shooting the Kel-Tec are in just as much danger as someone forward of the muzzle.The Kel-Tec name is synonymous with cheap junk and always has been. In American Firearms History, only Lorcin is more readily recognized as a purveyor of expectedly chintsy junk to "thrifty" gun owners. My recommendation; buy yourself a S&W P99 or something else by Smith & Wesson or one of many other reputable manufacturers. Is it worth saving a few sheckles and losing your life because in the moment when you needed it most, your scrap iron misfires and jams and some punk blows you or a loved one away?
Edited because pax made she's a tough customer.

Anyway, no need to bash Kel-Tec and claiming they are chintsy junk is unfounded. Sure, some folks have had issues with them but most haven't. Me included.


Walt Sherrill
March 17, 2005, 01:34 PM
What TarpleyG said. <grin>

March 17, 2005, 01:44 PM
It's beats the *@#% out of my trigger finger
Yeah, I've had that problem with it too.

1) Uncle Mike's padded shooting gloves help with snappy, stingly recoil.

2) A little sandpaper along the bottom edge of the trigger can soften that edge, which can help a lot.

3) Adjust your trigger finger a little, put a little less finger on the trigger than you normally would.

Nothing makes it pleasant for me. But those three things made it less unpleasant.


March 17, 2005, 01:46 PM
Oh, yeah ...

<moderator hat on>

Everyone, please see the forum rules at

No more unpleasantness here, please.


March 17, 2005, 03:03 PM
Excuse ME, Mr. Tarpley. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, but they ARE chintzey junk. As compared to say a Walther or a Berretta or a Smith & Wesson or a Khar Arms or an H&K or a Ruger or a Glock or a Sigarms or a Springfield or a Kimber among others. If you remove some 500 or so models from the market, Kel-Tecs are right up there in the top 20. :p If you'd like to contact my gunsmith, he can elaborate some of the plethora of instances where we have encountered problems with them. I no longer offer them, I utilize the saved space for discounted NRA memberships. A "win win" situation.

March 17, 2005, 03:23 PM
As compared to say a Walther or a Berretta or a Smith & Wesson or a Khar Arms or an H&K or a Ruger or a Glock or a Sigarms or a Springfield or a Kimber among others.

Kinda like comparing a BMW or a Jaguar to a Volkswagen Beetle. If you expect a Cadillac for Yugo prices you might, just maybe, be expecting a little much. ;)

I can only speak for myself but I've never had a problem with Kel-Tecs or seen anyone with problems. My mother has a P32 for a pocket gun. Never failed. Though it's not pleasant on the hands.

March 17, 2005, 03:35 PM
rjdavin ~

Obviously these aren't going to be high round count endurance guns, but they are neither designed nor intended to be high round count endurance guns. They aren't distant accuracy guns either, but again, they aren't designed or intended to be distant accuracy guns. They are designed and intended to have a few rounds fired through them, and then be honorably retired to a pocket holster for very discreet concealed carry. And they fill that role quite well.

I'd love to join you in hating Kel Tecs, but in all honesty I cannot do it.
Now if you want to say, "These guns are lousy for high-round count range work, and they suck at distant accuracy..." -- well, I'll join your parade. It's true enough. But the dang little guns work just fine when used as they're intended.

Plus, KelTec is well known for excellent customer service. I shouldn't have to point out to you that not all of the other gun companies you list are known for the same.


March 17, 2005, 03:39 PM
Welcome aboard rjdavin.

Its unfortunate you feel that way about Kel-Tecs. Nuff said.

Walt Sherrill
March 17, 2005, 03:48 PM
I think you'll find, if you talk to long-time users, that the kel-Tec guns have service lives (length of service or rounds fired) that are comparable to guns offered by the other big-name makers. I would expect some of them to OUTLAST other guns, if only because there are fewer things to break or wear.

In fact, they have lifetime warranties -- and its not for the lifetime of the gun...

I've been using them off and on for years, and have yet to encounter what I'd call a structural failure. I've personally yet to experience the first problem that wasn't of my own creation -- and nothing that required me to send it back to Kel-Tec. I carried a P-11 for several years and shot it a lot.

People who don't shoot them or don't have them just assume that they're cheaply made and won't hold up. There are many thousands of users who will disagree -- and when some support is needed, Kel-Tec's customer service is as good as any. Maybe better.

The guns are light because they were designed with that in mind, from the start. They are unique, aluminimum-framed guns with polymer covers. That's a different approach than anyone else takes, and accounts for at least part of their light weight.

Over the years, quite a few buyers have been put off by problems; that continues to happen, but on a greatly diminished scale. When I bought my first Kel-Tec about 7-8 years ago, complaints were far more common than they are today, and the factory, today, is cranking them out as fast as they can. Visit the Kel-Tec Owners Group website sometime to learn more.

They look cheaply made. They're not. They're just a very simple, unique design.

Now... if you want to complain about the P-11 trigger, I'll be right there with you, but there are a lot of guns with triggers I can't stand (including a new Browning Hi-Power I tried recently.) The trigger was why I got rid of my P-11, but I am sometimes tempted to get another.

I just got a Kahr P9 recently, and I love it, so I'll probably NOT go back to a P-11. But you have to realize that the P9 sells for almost 3 times the price of a P-11, and holds 5 less rounds in a flush-fit mag, and 8 less if you use a S&W 59 mag in the P-11, with a spacer.

March 17, 2005, 03:53 PM
Yep! Those cheap pieces of junk KelTecs sure are dangerous. Oh! Wait a minute,____

why that's not a cheap Keltec! I do believe that's one of those expensive H&K guns!
The point is, plenty of very expensive guns blow up, but I have yet to see a KelTec blow up I wish one of you posters that like to knock the KT's would show me one that has kaboomed!
I have put over 3000 rounds through one of my P-3AT and it is stil 100% reliable and I have only had to replaced the recoil spring at this point.
I shot 50 rounds through the P-3AT this morning after putting 100 rounds through my really fine XD9. Unlike the really fine XD9, I can allways have the P-3AT in my pocket and feel sure it will go bank if I ever need it.

March 17, 2005, 04:07 PM

As far as insinuating that the Kel-Tec is a bottom feeder due to it's inexpensive price, and low quality because of that price.....I tend to disagree. First of all I own a Kel-Tec P11 9mm. The gun has around 3000 rounds of 147gr. Hydrashoks through it by now, with zero failures or problems. Since I bought the gun as a BUG (Back Up Gun) to my larger Primary CCW's that are all .45acp's, a Sig Sauer, Kimber, Springfield Armory, Para Ordnance & Taurus, I only ask the Kel-Tec to fulfill that purpose. I have complete confidence in the gun, as do about a dozen of my shooting buddies, that have them as well. Some have the .380 as well and love the gun.

If price were the determining factor then many gunmakers would be out of business. There are inexpensive guns out there that work well for their intended uses.

I have friends that have the high end guns ranging from $1500-3500 dollars that have problems right out of the box. Some have sent them back for repairs or "adjustments" many times. My Kel-Tec has never been back to the manufacturer, for any reason.

I also carry a Taurus Millenniun Pro as a BUG. I bought this gun new for $275.00 and am working on about 1800 rounds of 230gr. JHP ammo through it. Again I have had zero problems with the gun. This gun will probably replace the Kel-Tec in the future simply due to the cailber is my preference and matches my primary CCW's.

March 17, 2005, 04:13 PM
Gee, I'm sorry I started this. Are any of you aware that these items aren't approved for sale in at least 6 States that I have absolute certainty of? There are more "thrifty" gunowners than I figured. I get it, they're not accurate or dependable and not fancy in composition or fit & function, but commendable to the end, huh? Listen, I don't mean to be contrary, but they are cheap replicas of firearms and that's really all there is to it. Yes, I call Yugos, Kias junk too. I guess the difference is that I shoot everything I own often and most times depend on whichever I have at the time to keep me/mine alive. I demand accuracy, performance and quality. I am not a dreamer and have no illusions that I can spend $100 and get a $900 product. I'm ok with that. I know I will reap what I sow. I have also however, been in the firearms business all of my adult life and shot more and more often than most I know of. I know junk when I see it. I have sold them in the hundreds and taken them back that way as well. I have shelled out thousands of dollars paying gunsmiths for non-warranty work and paying for shipping to recieve warranty work and end up with angry customers that somehow blame me for the shoddy manufacturing of an inferior product. This costs me more money to repair my relationship with my customer. You can have them. If I am to tell you the truth, they're junk. That's only my opinion, yet I believe it to be a qualified one. How many of you own Lorcins?

March 17, 2005, 04:26 PM
Are any of you aware that these items aren't approved for sale in at least 6 States that I have absolute certainty of?
:rolleyes: That's no argument.

In the state where I live, Class-2 firearms aren't approved for sale, either. Are all Class-2s junk??

(No, of course they're not.)

In NYC, it's all but illegal to own firearms of any type, and illegal to own a handgun. Does that mean all handguns are junk??

(No, of course it doesn't.)

Could cite more. Not going to bother.

Note: It'd be nice to see this thread get back to the original purpose of the threadstarter, which was to discuss ways to make the P3AT more comfortable to shoot. Suggest we start a separate thread if we're going to continue this little brouhaha.


March 17, 2005, 05:07 PM
I've seen/heard/experienced enough problems from high-dollar Kimbers, Colts, Wilson's, etc. to know that spending $ to make yourself feel good about your purchase doesn't necessarily mean you aren't going to have problems. Matter of fact, it tends to tick me off more when I spend that kind of money and have problems, which has happened. Go to the 1911 forum, check out some of the Wilson, Les Baer, Colt boards, and tell me that spending $800 more than the price of a Kel-Tec gets you reliability and quality. It's not necessarily true.

They are what they are. Like any mass produced product, some will be lemons. While others will be leaving their pistols at home because they are too big or heavy to carry, mine will be in my pocket when I need it. :D

March 17, 2005, 05:14 PM
rjdavin, I bet the $900 Rohrbaugh is also illegal in those states too.

I think it's time to put up or___

How many people can you show us that have been injured because their KT's failed?

Come on all you anti KelTec people!

KelTec manufactures 1000 P-3AT's a week (52,000 a year) and most are carried daily so there must be bodys all over the place, because according to you those KT's are all dangerous junk.

I just want to see one instance of an injury or death because a KelTec failed (52,000 a year), where are all the bodys?

Wilson 17&26
March 17, 2005, 11:30 PM
Finger extensions on the extra magazines are a big help during long range sessions. The NAA (my preference, next to the P-3AT) requires two snips of a fingernail clipper. The Bersa fits without modification.

I know that Kel-Tec pistols can’t be sold states that require empty shell casings and external safeties. It makes me appreciate Kel-Tec even more because they won’t buckle under.

March 18, 2005, 01:03 AM
The first time I shoot about 100-125 rounds through mine, the abraded skin on the web of my hand heals into a nice callus in only about a week. After that, shooting it is an almost pain-free proposition!

Now, if I could just get to the range more and KEEP that callus in place, I wouldn't have to repeat step 1 every so often... :banghead:

Seriously though, I find that shooting 50 rounds through my P-3AT, or even 75, isn't bad. Also, mine has no grip modification or magazine extension. I keep it stock, in order to maintain the smallest footprint possible. The only addition I have on it is a P-Sight, of course!

April 26, 2005, 03:51 PM
Though most top competition shooters don't put anything on their grips, Agrip in particular is a great enhancement.

Walt Sherrill
April 26, 2005, 04:21 PM
Excuse ME, Mr. Tarpley. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings, but they ARE chintzey junk.

Have you OWNED and shot a Kel-Tec, or is this another of those "I don't like them 'cause I don't like them" tirades?

I've had far more problems with Berretta Tomcats than I've ever had with Kel-Tecs. Are they chintzy junk, too?

Tomcat problems that I've personally experience or seen in the guns owned by friends included busted frame and busted firing pins (despite using snap caps). One of my two Tomcats was replaced under warranty, and the other was sold because I had lost all confidence in the darned thing. The slide came askew during recoil, while at the range -- and the only way I could get it to work again was to drive the slide forward with a rubber mallet. It truly locked up.

Had that little problem happened during an up-close-and-personal discussion with a bad guy, a rock would have been a better self-defense weapon.

I've put a lot of rounds through several Kel-Tecs, and haven't had the first problem I could attribute to the gun. And contrary to what PAX said, every Kel-Tec I've used, owned, or know of, is in fact has proved to be a long-term, high round gun. Kel-Tecs are pretty darned durable. And if they ever do wear or break, there's a lifetime Kel-Tec warranty to fix the problem.

As for improved comfort -- making the front of the trigger guard a little larger would do wonders for me. My finger hits the inside front of the trigger guard during recoil. I've given serious thought to getting some of the stuff used to modify Glocks (from Brownells), and enlarging it, myself.

April 26, 2005, 04:39 PM
I will definately emphithize (sp?) with you on how the little 380 stings the palm of your hand... which also one reason I carry it. For how light, small, 6+1 capacity it is, it holds a decent amount of kick and gives me a bit of peace-of-mind while jogging in this not-so-great neighborhood.

On my next paycheck, I plan on getting some of those finger extension things as well as a few extra magazines, but I really don't htink that's going to take much bite out, just help with keeping the little bugger in my hand!


April 27, 2005, 12:02 AM
The Keltec P3AT is unpleasant with hot loads but if you're really into pain, try the Keltec P11 with the 357 SIG conversion. You won't want to shoot a magazine full.
Forget about quality comparisons with guns in other classes. These pistols stand alone in power to size & weight ratios. You're comparing apples to oranges.
Now that Keltec has come up with a functioning extractor, the P3AT has become quite reliable.

April 27, 2005, 12:43 AM
I agree, makes me want to drop a couple hundy on the sub2k...


May 17, 2005, 08:11 AM
I had a new P99 in 45acp HAD! The recoil spring was rubbing on the barrel and was putting metal flakes inside the gun. I sent it in to S&W to have it fixed, they sent it back with a new recoil spring, no letter note nothing. I went ot my range outback and fired 20 rounds, guess what, same problem. I fired 100 rounds tore down thre gun and cleaned it, fired another 200 and found that the spring was about 20% gone on the top front. I also have a Keltec P32 and still have it with no problems, ANY and EVERY gun company has had losers, difference is some fix their problems some dont.

May 17, 2005, 11:26 AM
...don't forget that SIGs rust, 1911's jam, USP's break firing pins, Delta Elites crack their frames, and Berettas break their locking blocks right before putting the back half of the slide through your bridgework. -Tamara

Like Walt I had more problems with a Tomcat than my P-11. I think I am the only person that has NOT shot a P32 or P3AT. :)

I have shot my P-11 a LOT , guesstimate - near 20k rds. I ran 2K in two days just recently. Piddling, doing some drills, ringing steel to 40 yds and some groundhogs came out to offer some fun. :p

I grew up learning to shoot Revolvers DA. Still think learning to do makes one a better shooter no matter what platform they trasition to later.

JShirley said it best recently - If you learn to shoot a P-11 well, you are gonna get some trigger time for sure. :p ( something to that effect- sorry John I probably goofed it up.)

For ME - the P-11 is a niche gun, it is a tool for a task.

Basically less expensive than many choices out there, and basically a Plastic DA revolver. 9mm ammo is cheap , found everywhere.


Well I know some are in locked tool boxes, some are in hiding places, a gun for a grown kids with CCW to use when they fly home to see parents, and dont' want to hassle with TSA and doing the firearm reporting bit. Maybe a friend flys in with CCW good here and they too have CCW without flying hassles.

I know a Dr. and Carpenter, they actually prefer the Glock 26. They often carry a P-11. Doc likes to ride his motorcyle in our humid Southern climate, same humid climate the carpenter works in for new construction - ain't no air conditioning in new construction. So with these in belly bands, they don't care about the sweat cause by humidity...fills a niche for them.

CCW as backup to long guns while on the farm, ranch or hunting. IN the event 2 legged predators are met and well, sometimes the getting to and fro - one never knows.

Easy to remove mag, empty chamber and if need remove bbl, when put into a lockable box in a vehicle if the person needs to travel thru an unfriendly state.
Even though say another semi would allow this, if the vehicle was stolen, the P-11 is less loss than Glock 26, or for sure a Sig or somesuch. Revo are great, some feel the loss of revolver would be "greater" and the fact is kinda hard to remove the bbl off a revolver to make the gun unusable if found in a stolen vehicle.

NO Holy Grails on firearms or ammo - like Tamara said , they all suck to some degree. :)

May 17, 2005, 12:18 PM
How bad is the recoil on a P-32?

May 17, 2005, 01:01 PM
The P-32 is quite a bit of fun to shoot.

If only .32 ACP wasn't so expensive...

The P3AT yanks my trigger finger (trigger slap something fierce) and I find it painful to shoot, but your milage may vary.

While KelTec has made some lemons, so has every other manufacturer out there.

I had one of the first batch of USP .45 pistols made.

After my first range session when I was cleaning it I found that the left rear slide rail had broken off. After discussing this with our HK rep on the phone I found about a recall, and sent it back, to be replaced with a completely different pistol.

Make sure your particular KelTec works with the ammunition you intend to carry in it and you will be ok.

May 18, 2005, 01:19 PM
I ordered two Bersa finger extensions for my mags first. The NAA .380 finger extensions also work. That makes for a very secure 3-finger grip with the pinkey resting beneath.
Second, I made a "poor man's handall" using a piece of bicycle tubing. I wrapped it up around the entire grip with a small space cut out for the mag release. The diamond checkering can really scuff your hands up. With the piece of bicycle tubing covering all of the checkering, end of problem.
Total price for the cure? About $3.

And RJDAVIN: Don't show your ignorance by making the blanket assertion that ALL Kel-Tec products are junk.
Kel-Tec has sold over 100,000 P32's alone. The ratio of complaints to units sold has to be so insignificant as to not even register. I've owned a P11, P32, and P-3AT. The guns are designed for close-quarter self-defense. They have no equals for their combination of value, weight, concealability, and small size. Cheap is not the same as inexpensive. As far as them not being sold in 6 states, that is because they lack an external safety. Please don't make any more baseless, unfounded opinions here.....okay?

April 25, 2008, 12:26 PM
Does anyone know the best way to remove the rear plate on the 40ve?

April 25, 2008, 01:27 PM
Keltec DOES have a finger extension for the P32/P3aT in the store. IMO the btter solution is the 1 round mag extension because the finger extension is a pokin' thing that also makes the pistols seem bigger, which defeats the purpose.


I think that you're trolling.

You keep mentioning Lorcin guns, but those are not Keltec guns.

It's a shame that you have elected to not sell what has become one of the top ten on BATF's list of hot sellers because it's one of those cases in which "All them people must know somethin'", all them people being the gun buyers who have put Keltec on the top of the sale charts for more than two years running. I did not think that Keltec was one of the companies that make unreasonable demands of their dealers, or are quick to refuse a dealer's request to distribute their product - without good cause....

I'll submit that I've been in the business of selling and repairing firearms longer than you have, by your statements. In any case your claims of warranty submissions for KELTEC pistols (we don't care about your supposed experience with Lorcin or any of the other cheap and no longer sold or allowed to be sold pistols, the "Saturday Night Specials" that seem to have been a mainstay for you in your claimed years of gun selling - I wonder, as an aside, did you by chance sell those guns from the back of your pickup truck at high schools, or did you have a large coat with numerous pockets sewn in to carry your wares?) are unsupported in here by you not having provided any sort of documentation of them. It may interest you to know that Keltec denies having received high numbers of warranty claims from ANY SINGLE outlet. This is not to say that there are no warranty claims, only to say that those claims have not been grouped in any way so as to be measurable as a problem with a particular area of the country or a particular dealer outlet. So where are your warranty submissions anyway, mailed to Lorcin?

Now look, I'll be friendly. Is it possible that you have mistakedly classed Keltec products, which you don't know, with Lorcin products which you apparently know quite well?

If so, I'd submit that you are discussing lemons while we are discussing grapes. You like grapes don't you?

Wilson 17&26
April 25, 2008, 02:58 PM
Does anyone know the best way to remove the rear plate on the 40ve?

April 25, 2008, 03:01 PM
I used a rubber grip sleeve on my 3AT and it made all the difference. I sold the gun, though.

Rex B
April 25, 2008, 03:31 PM
I currently own 4 Keltecs - P32, P3AT, P11, and Su16A. I've bought and sold a few before these.
I just sent one in for warranty for the first time. The P3AT had excessive gap between the front of the slide and the plastic dust cover. Worked fine, it was a cosmetic issue. I have no doubt it will come back corrected plus additional tuning, as that is their reputation.
I have more expensive pistols that are just as reliable, but they don't fit in my pocket. The keltecs are almost always there.

As for the pain issue, it must have to do with personal hand shape. None of mine bother me a bit. I can run 50 rounds through theh P3At with no discomfort.
But my wife's Colt Agent .38 Spl slaps my trigger finger every time. I hate that thing!

April 25, 2008, 06:46 PM
Does anyone know the best way to remove the rear plate on the 40ve?

This thread ended 3 years ago until you replied to it today with a question about the S&W Sigma 40VE. Why would you reply to a 3 year old Kel-Tec thread with a question about the Sigma?

April 25, 2008, 11:32 PM
I think you guys scared the troll! :D

These truly are niche guns. They fill the niches in each pocket of my pairs of pants, my vehicles, vest strap... and bedsides... Never had warranty work needed (although I want to try teh "ne" barrel on my low serial number PF-9)

As for "quality" manufacturers, isn't it S&W AND Walther that make a $250 pot metal .22 that breaks it slides and sometimes injures shooters faces/necks? Hmm... I must become a dealer so I can complain...

Anyway, point made ( I own 2 P-22s :D). I have 5 KT pistols and am about to get my first S2K before the RFB finally (if ever :p) comes out. I've loved the Kel-Tecs since I saw the colorful P-32 on the cover of an American Rifleman magazine 9 years ago. It was right next to fateful South African Vektor 9mm that I'll sadly never own. :(


April 26, 2008, 01:19 AM
I have a Keltec finger extension on mine, and I think it makes the grip more stable.

My trigger finger, however, does get scraped on the trigger guard somewhere after 20 or so rounds, but it's no biggie.

I didn't buy it because it was cheap. I bought it because it was light/small/fit in my pocket, and most importantly, it works!

The troll sounded like a bitter gun store owner that my have gotten burned by some other cheapo guns, but Keltec is here to stay.

April 26, 2008, 10:01 PM
I was "out of shooting" for a while. When i got back into it, it was because i wanted a SD gun, and the P3-AT is what i bought. I never noticed that it hurt to shoot, until i started to shoot my bigger pistols again. I really think that it is a frame of reference thing on what actually "hurts" to shoot.

Stephen A. Camp
April 26, 2008, 11:23 PM
revival of a 3 year old thread with a question not even about KT pistols...

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