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Are any of the Kel-Tec models "fun" to shoot?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TexasShooter59, Apr 12, 2008.

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  1. TexasShooter59

    TexasShooter59 Member

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    I read often about how the Kel-Tecs have so much recoil, that they are not any fun to shoot at the range above the minimum to stay proficient with them.

    Are any of the Kel-Tec handguns fun to shoot at the range?

    I am looking at pocket pistols for CCW, but it would be great if the handgun was actually enjoyable to shoot, versus an exercise in endurance.
     
  2. romma

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    I have fun shhoting my P32... It has a very manageable recoil IMO..

    The PLR-16 sure looks fun to me as well...
     
  3. daehawc

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    I had a PF-9 that was no problem at all even with +p rounds. Actually, i never really found the recoil to be an issue with the p32 or p3at either. The 32 and 3AT were no where near as reliable or comforting as the 9mm PF9. FWIW, my current pocket gun is a smith 360 m&p in .357. Gives you great reliability and lots of options of loads to shoot for fun.
     
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    I had the opportunity to shoot my 'smith's PLR-16.....What a Hoot!!!

    Really loud and plenty of recoil, accompanied by ear to ear grins.
     
  5. JDGray

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    It depends if you think shooting terrible groups is fun:D

    My P11s recoil was sharp, but not painfull. Well, kinda, the trigger hurts your finger. The P32 is very tame, just don't expect great groups.
     
  6. The Lone Haranguer

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    Define "fun." ;)
     
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    PLR-16 is fun, quite impressive fireball, low recoil.

    Was twice as much fun when ammo cost half as much!

    --wally.
     
  8. rcmodel

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    My P3AT is very fun to shoot.
    Recoil shouldn't bother any experiance big-bore handgun shooter at all. My old Walther PPK/S hurts worse then the P3AT!
    Much more "sting" to it.

    But a K-T pistol is not a range gun to take out and burn through 4 boxes of ammo every trip.

    You need to understand they are not designed to be range guns, but rather the smallest, lightest, most powerful BUG or CCW gun ever made. They are that!

    They are fun to shoot enough to keep proficient, but if you want a handgun to burn up mass quantities of ammo every weekend, you are looking at the wrong guns anyway.

    rcmodel
     
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    My P32 is a fun little gun to shoot for what it is ..and has Flawless reliability in well over 1000rds

    I wouldn't mind having one of those PLR-16s either :D
     
  10. Phydeaux642

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    My P32 is reasonably fun to shoot and as accurate as I need it to be. My P11 is surprisingly accurate but painful for me to shoot. It's not the recoil that is the problem as much as it is the way the gun fits my hand. It digs into my thumb joint with every shot and I cannot figure a way to hold it that cures that. The recoil doesn't seem much different than my 642 to me.
     
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    I've got a P-3AT and while I don't like shooting it, I may order some grip extensions and give it another round of practice. I learned that lesson with my PM9: using the flush magazine my pinky dangled and I could hardly hit a thing; with the extended magazine I had a solid grip and my groups improved noticeably.
     
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    My P-22 is plenty fun AND accurate with my +P 9mm loads. I just can't see how 9mm in ANY chassis would "have too much recoil" for someone!
     
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    I haven't put very many rounds through my P32, but the recoil is mild and it's a blast to shoot, as long as you don't think about the price of .32acp ammo while shooting it. It's not very comfortable with the standard mag, but with the grip extension mag, it fits my hands good, and will still fit in my cargo pocket.

    Who would have ever guessed that something so small and cute could be so fun and dangerous?
     
  14. jon_in_wv

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    +1 on the P32.

    Mine shoots nice groups too. Maybe those who don't need a little more practice.
     
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    I went to shoot my P3AT today, and it's kind of "fun" in a weird way. I believe in praticing with my CCW guns from time to time to ensure it's funcion, and that weird, creepy trigger requires some refreshers every once in a while. It's as much fun (almost, but not quite) as shooting my Mosin-Nagant M44 with that meatal butt plate on a thin T-shirt. :D It's all good :evil:
     
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    wally wrote:
    Yeah, I forgot about the fireball, it was really cool.

    This was one firearm that still makes me feel like Beavis or Butthead when talking about it.
     
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    Well after shooting all of my handguns I found something that suprised me yesterday. I tried point shooting from a draw with only one bullet at a time. I am not sure how to explain this but my P32 is more accurate than most of the other pistols I was shooting and actually found I shoot it more accurate if I dont aim it. I feel alot more confident in my edc knowing it goes where pointed. So yeah its fun
     
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    A suggestion for the future: don't let your pinky dangle. You're holding a gun, not a teacup. ;) Instead, put it to work by curling it up under the bottom of the butt. Besides giving it some work to do, it tightens the grip of your other two fingers. (This also works well on cups, especially heavy coffee mugs. ;))

    If you start adding things to little guns to make them shoot like larger guns, you defeat the purpose of having a little gun, which is to be, well, little.
     
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    I like shooting my P11 9mm, will put 100 rounds a session through it no problem. I am a normal sized (although a little fat) grown man, can handle it I reckon. Now, a 12 ounce .357 I ain't into, but the P11 ain't bad at all.

    Yeah, I have one mag with a finger extension on it I carry as a spare mag, figure the finger extension will work like a bumper pad to insure the mag seats. The mag I carry on the gun in my pocket has a flat base for proper concealment.

    Hey, I've had lots of fun shooting hot .44 mags and .45 Colts, .30-30 caliber handguns, .45-70 caliber handguns (those hurt in a contender), .454 Casulls, 7mm TCUs, etc. The 9mm is a pansy caliber in any gun compared to such company. And, if you complain about .380 in a .P3AT, it's time to take up shuffle board. :rolleyes: I STILL don't like shooting 12 ounce .357s, though. ROFL If that were the only choice I had in concealment, I'd take up shuffle board. :D

    Likely from practice, the gun points well for you. Any gun I shoot a lot is that way and I've fired my P11 and my Ruger P90 most and they point instinctively for me. The P11 is pretty danged accurate anyway, most accurate autoloading pocket pistol I've ever owned not including snubby revolvers of course. But, it's almost snubby revolver accurate and carries more power and more firepower which makes me happy and is easier to conceal. I don't like having speedloaders in my pocket either. A spare mag in a knife pouch on my belt is far easier to manage.
     
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    dude, you should wait untill kel-tec comes out with a .22 lr.

    or a conversion kit for the p-32 or
    p-3at.
     
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    Ditto on

    the PLR. And AR magazines fit it. Just to touch all the bases of an anti-Brady gun.
     
  22. MCgunner

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    Gotta love a company that shoots the bird at the Bradys and won't go out of its way to pass all the ********** crap just to sell guns there to the detriment of the rest of the country. :D
     
  23. jocko

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    Port um

    port the little suckers and then shoot it like u stole it..
     
  24. Darth Muffin

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    I have P11, P40, and 2 P3ATs. I wouldn't say any are "fun" to shoot.

    Now their Sub2000 folding carbines are a kick in the pants. Great fun plinking guns.
     
  25. TexasShooter59

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    Thank you for all the comments! It appears that the recoil issue is subjective, and may be related to what other calibers/pistols the user regularly shoots.

    I'm really not looking for it to be a range fun gun (got a few of those), but was just curious if any of the smaller guns would fit into the "fun" category. The PLR-16 would definitely fit in the "fun" category, I would think!

    rcmodel - Do you say this for durability reasons, or something else? I don't know what the reasonable life of the small Kel-Tecs should be.
     
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