Sent my P11 to Kel-Tec today after receiving a response with a simple note and directions.
We'll see how long it takes for repairs and what was done.
Yep. That sounds right for service. Let us know how it works.
I have a P-3AT that was one of the "problem" guns made with faulty slides. The recoil rod hole was over bored, causing the slide to peen.
One day at the range after months of carrying, when I fired it the recoil spring went through the front of the slide and went flying down range.
As I live in FL, I took the gun to Kel-Tec and they basically swapped the serial number onto a new gun. That is it came back out with New Grip, New Barrel, New Slide, and New Trigger Assembly.
Went to the range and the thing was a Jam-O-Matic. After I took it home and did the Kel-Tec "Fluff & Buff", it ran fine (so far).
My problem with Kel-Tec is although their followers bash Ruger for their re-call on the LCP, Kel-Tec KNEW their slides were faulty and choose to just wait until the customer either brought it back or sent it it. I know they knew, because thats what the tech that worked on mine told me.
This is why I am here looking into the Bersa. I am considering selling my P-3at and my Hi-Point C-9 and getting a Bersa. I am looking at the 9-UC.
I have a Glock -23 and it has always perfromed pefectly right out of the box. I hear that the Bersa does the same.
If i were to choose between the two, it would be the keltec hands down.
Come to think of it though, I still haven't gotten a gun out of this "program".
All of the above comments are typical of a Kel-Tecie.
I asked the first poster why would he choose the Kel-Tec over the Bersa and what was the determining factors. I have as of yet seen none given. Its the same old "if you don't want it send it to me" Yada, Yada, Yada.
If that's the best you've got why even bother to post a reply.
Regarding why someone would choose the Kel-Tec over the Bersa:
The Kel-Tec is smaller, and is much easier to pocket carry than the Bersa. That is the whole purpose of these small .380 handguns, to be carried in a pocket (for most people). Some people like the price of the Kel-tec, and some also like the warranty. There isn't much out there that compares to the size of the P3AT.
Last edited by Todd; 03-03-2009 at 12:06 PM. Reason: No name calling, Beefy
I chose the Bersa because it's a little bigger, the Kel just didn't fit in my hand comfortably.
I don't regret the choice, my BT 380 is a good little shooter
I'd take a Bersa over any Walther like .380 because of the price, but all 3 sizes of Keltec from .32 - 9mmP are better every day pocket pistols due to weight/profile..
Ok. I'll agree that the Kel-Tec is smaller than the Bersa, even the 380 CC. In fact thats why I chose it in the first place. It fits where no other can, period.
Now for those of you that have a Bersa 380 or 9UC, did you find that it was reliable right out of the box, or did you have to do any fluff & buff to make it run correctly.
My wife, while she can shoot the P3at, does not like the trigger pull. I'm looking at selling the Kel-Tec and getting a Bersa for her instead to carry in her purse. She and I also like the fact that it comes with an external safety.
I carry my Glock 23 all day with no worries, but I would not want her to carry a 26 loose in her purse, simply because there is no external safety.
I've had a few 380 pistols over the years and out of all of them I thought the Bersa worked best. I like the external hammer most. It was a reliable little gun but like most 380's they just are not much fun to shoot. Being most people want one as a pocket gun the small size makes about all of them a little hard on the hands. It just never seemed worth it to me and I have got rid of all of them. I'd rather have a compact 9mm if I wanted something smaller.
If the 380 is your thing though the Bersa model(s) are as good or better than any I've shot or owned.