Took the keltec .380 plunge today have a couple of questions?


December 26, 2003, 10:25 PM
I bought a keltec P3AT today I traded an argentine hipower that I diddn't really use towords it and only ended up paying $95 out of pocket for it it was n.i.b. I also got the pocket clip for it. Anyways I have a couple of questions about this gun first off the ejector came out of the frame when I field stirpped it to clean it is this normal?,it went back in with no problem BTW. Seconly that double spring was a pain in the A** to get back in I hope it gets easier after being broken in will it? I never really cared much for these guns until I held one today and really looked it over I coulden't bring myself to go with the bigger,heavier tomcat and it was only a .32 I finally get what all the hypes about with this gun.

It is the smallist package and packs a dencent puch on that note I plan to use FMJ ammo only as I'am not comfortabe with .380 jhp's out of such a short barrel. I am going to the range tomorow to try her out and will post a range report here as soon as I get back to let you know how it went. Good I hope :D thanks for any help guys.

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December 26, 2003, 10:32 PM
Congrats on the new gun. I have carried mine daily, that is until I headed to California for X-mas vacation. I really miss having it in my pocket.

Yes, the ejector will at times just fall out. Just make sure to put it back. Mine fell out the first few times, but after having been shot a bit hasn't as of late.

I've been carrying Corbon +P's and haven't had any reliability problems. But if you choose to carry FMJ, that's fine. Still better than not having a gun.

These P3AT's are definitely the best pocket carry gun that I have found. Decent power, compact/thin size and almost no weight.

Good luck and enjoy.


December 26, 2003, 10:49 PM
I have a P-32, it should be identical except for caliber to your P3AT. I love mine and have a P3At on my list to buy. How far did you take yours apart? I never had my ejector come out. By double spring do you mean the slide return spring? I did not find it difficult to reinstall. I do not remove the action from the grip to clean mine. Just remove the slide and barrel.
I think you have a good pocket gun.:D

December 26, 2003, 11:01 PM
Knecktie I only did a basic field stripping to get the factory grease out of the barrel I did leave some of the factory grease on the rails as it can't hurt. I already love this gun my local dealer who is a great guy to deal with says he sold quite a few of these and have not had any returned and as I'am in there everyday just about for hours on end lol I believe him.

Mr Jody Hudson
December 26, 2003, 11:05 PM
I have three, my son has 2.

I sold my P32s now as they are virtually the same size and the 3AT is far more powerful and cheaper to shoot.

I've shot over a thousand rounds through mine, mostly two of them.

I sent my first one back to Keltec as we ARE Beta testers for these guns... I'm willing to do that at this price and for such a ground breaking design.

My .380 is far more accurate for me than the .32 was.

There is a LOT of surplus .380 law enforcement and military ammo on the market now!

Your choice of fmj is valid in my opinion, although I carry Speer-Lawman +P HP that I got a couple of cases of - from Law Enforcement trade-ins.

I am also fond of QuikShok and have a case of that -- They may be out of business now. There is some ammo sensitivity in these guns. The "American" ammo that I got would not function. I got some Spanish military surplus that is HOT and very, very, accurate. The Dynamit-Nobel surplus does not work in one of ours but works well in the others...

Great pistols!

Craig M. Arnold
December 26, 2003, 11:21 PM
I have about 500 rounds through my 3AT and it has been perfect!

I think it is a great little carry gun. I would not want to be without it.

I have a Colt Mustang also, but the KelTec is so much lighter and easier to carry in a pocket.

December 26, 2003, 11:58 PM
Yep, UNlike the P-32, the P-3AT ejector does come out. Also, LIKE the P-32, the recoil spring catch (part #194) does come out so watch out for that too.

I don't think usage really helps all that much with the double springs, you mostly get more proficient at it with practice.

December 27, 2003, 01:08 AM
Good choice. I really like mine. Just showed it to a LEO friend the other night. He saw it in the case and asked whether it was a .22 or a .25. His jaw dropped when I told him it was a .380.

I did the recommended "fluff and buff" and it has functioned perfectly so far, although I've only got a few hundred rounds through it.

You can read up on the "fluff and buff" and much more at

December 27, 2003, 09:44 PM
Second what alamo said, especially regarding getting the recoil springs back into the slide when putting it back together.

Neither my P-11, P-32 nor my P-3AT have been easy to bet the recoil springs back in at first. Each one takes a slightly different skill that's impossible to explain, but after you've done it several times, there's nothing to it.

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