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Old 09-13-2004, 03:05 AM   #1
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How many here own, shot or even subjectively examined

one of the Keltec pistols, P32,P3AT,or P11.

I personally own only a P3AT. I have imagined changing several different things on it. I would like to have a SS steel frame insert available as an accessory. A captive, within the frame, assembly pin retainer spring would be really nice. Maybe even a threaded pin to replace the existing style. The steel frame would allow the use of steel pins

A modified feedramp to prevent damaged bullet noses and magazine followers would be nice.
A set screw to replace the trigger spring pin would be nice.

A more rigid carbon fiber grip to replace the standard plastic grip would be nice.
A H3 insert for the front sight would be nice.

If Keltec were to build these things in at the factory this fine little $300 pistol might cost twice that. Then I might be tempted to look at another pocket pistol whos name begins with an R.

So , what do ya'll say. Several of ya'll here make a living building and modifying more expensive pistol, how about a custom P3AT?
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:17 AM   #2
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A set screw isn't really needed for the trigger pin at all.
When you first get your pistol, just make sure the pin is all the way up, then permanently fix it into place with Loc-Tite.
The trigger in the P-3AT and P-32 is NOT a removable item - it must be actually broken to replace!
So... might as well just make the pin a permanent part of it!
Old 09-13-2004, 01:38 PM   #3
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I own one of each caliber that they make (except the P357 upper) and I like each of them. They serve an intended purpose as a BUG to a larger weapon and for those times that nothing else will do. My favorite by far is my P3AT with the HC slide.
Old 09-14-2004, 10:39 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input. I have already done what you suggested.
I was just thinking maybe even a nylon set screw would be easy to use in production. It would also likely eliminate this common failure.
Another thing is with the nylon screw the mating threads (or scores) don't have to be all that great to hold securely.
Just an idea....

My P3at has become my constant companion. Even when packing my compact 45 or PM9.
That little sucker is light enough that I clip it on the waistband of my "athletic" shorts in a Desantis insider. It stays put while cuttng the grass ans other similar chores.
Old 09-14-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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uncleBS, you don't need a different assembly pin!
YZguy's website has a very simple mod that will keep that pin in place. Click on the picture of the pin I modified using YZguy's fix.

Old 09-16-2004, 08:18 AM   #6
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Experiences with Kel Tec

I have two Kel Tecs, a P11 and a P40. Actually haven't shot either much lately. Bought them as possible replacements for a S&W Airweight J-frame .38 pocket gun; with the P11 and P40's comfort in shooting, narrow width, large mag capacity, speed of reload, and ease of adding night sights, they seemed ideal. I shoot the Kel Tecs more accurately at speed than the J-frame, and they conceal about as well in a pocket holster. The only problem that I have with the Kel Tecs, and it's perhaps my flawed technique rather than any fault of the guns, is that I find that when I shoot them fast the trigger doesn't always reset quickly. This is as opposed to the 642 which has a very reliable and consistent trigger action. Haven't put a great deal of effort into getting to the bottom of this because I now usually carry and shoot a hi-cap 1911 .45 instead.
Old 09-16-2004, 04:09 PM   #7
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I have owned a Kel-Tec P-32 for a couple of years that is my favorite carry gun hands down because of its small size and light weight. I believe that its design will be remembered as one of the most innovative of this era.
Old 09-27-2004, 03:34 PM   #8
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These are not really "plastic pistols" as the title to the forum states. The frame is actually aircraft aluminum and just happens to be installed in a high tec nylon reinforced polymer housing and grip which is the only one piece plastic part. Barrel and slide are heat treated gun barrel alloy steel. In fact there is less 'plastic' than a Glock which has steel rails imbedded in the plastic housing. Same for a Kahr.
So let's not refer to these neat little pistols as 'plastic gun'. The ATF might take a look and say something nasty just because they heard it's a plastic gun.
I've had all three, P11, P3AT, and P32. The P32 is my everyday pocket pistol. BTW, did I mention there is a wealth of info at
Extensive details on the feed ramp 'fix' for the P3AT is there. Plus my 'unballistic' terminal tests in the Articles section.

Old 10-01-2004, 09:42 PM   #9
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What I'd like to see is a double barrel P32 that fires 2 rounds with one pull of the trigger.
Old 10-02-2004, 09:28 PM   #10
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I own one of each except the P-3AT. I love them all. I would drop a Glock faster than my KT's.

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