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Kel Tec pain

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ric, Mar 16, 2005.

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  1. Ric

    Ric Well-Known Member

    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
  2. Bear Gulch

    Bear Gulch Well-Known Member

    Hidey guns tend to be for arms length engagements.
  3. azrael

    azrael Well-Known Member

    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:
  4. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Well-Known Member

    Your post is the most non-macho thing I have read in quite a while.
  6. alamo

    alamo Well-Known Member

  7. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    You want shooting pain, try an 11.5 oz S&W SC360 "Scandium" .357 firing 158gr Hydrashoks!

    P3AT is a minor irritation to shoot :)

  8. GaryP

    GaryP Well-Known Member

    Better yet dump the Kel-Tec and get a NAA Guardian! :p

  9. Dave R

    Dave R Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. gazpacho

    gazpacho Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Ak Guy

    Ak Guy Well-Known Member

    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 !!
  12. Ric

    Ric Well-Known Member

    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
  13. ID_shooting

    ID_shooting Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. RoyG

    RoyG Well-Known Member

    Any pictures???
  15. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Whole Hog

    Whole Hog Well-Known Member

    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.

  17. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    It beats up my trigger finger too but I'm man enough to handle it.... :neener:
  18. W Turner

    W Turner Well-Known Member

    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.

  19. Lonestar.45

    Lonestar.45 Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. rjdavin

    rjdavin New Member

    You get what you pay for (Kel-Tec)

    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?
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