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    Kel-Tec PMR 30

    I have wanted one of these for years; did Kel-Tec ever work the bug's out of them? Last I heard they jammed a lot and had poor magazines. Thanks for any guidance.

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    I just watched a video review (the truth about guns). They said that Kel Tec upgraded the barrels which improved the reliability. They also said that the production was so low that you have to overpay to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldwing View Post
    I just watched a video review (the truth about guns). They said that Kel Tec upgraded the barrels which improved the reliability. They also said that the production was so low that you have to overpay to get one.
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    That's no crap. I have yet to even see one in any gun store around me, and there are about seven that I know of and go to on a regular basis. Kel Tec has really fallen down on that one.

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    My wife bought me a bronze PMR-30 for Christmas. Fired it for the first time last night. Fits nice in the hand but I was not impressed with it. Hung up about 10% of the time and I was only getting 4-6" groups at 7 yards; all the holes at the outside of the grouping tore the paper as if they were tumbling. It's the first rounds through a brand new weapon and I was shooting the short-barrel-optimized Speer gold dots (they recommend CCI Maxi-Mags) so we'll have to see if things improve. But so far I can't say I love it.

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    I thought I'd post an update, five months later: My initial impression has completely reversed — WOW, what a cool weapon.

    I've found that this weapon works great as long as I stick to plain-ol' CCI Maxi-Mag 40-grain TMJs. I am not seeing any tumbling bullets and accuracy is quite remarkable; I can empty (most of) 30 rounds into a 1" circle @ 12 yards within thirty seconds. I am experiencing no FTEs with these whatsoever. Perhaps once every hundred rounds, I have to give the slide a tap forward to fully seat a round in the chamber, but even that is decreasing noticeably with every trip to the range. I have even carried it a couple times in an UnderTech shirt holster (as a back-up, not as my main sidearm).

    It's definitely the weirdest weapon I own. It's so light, I still feel as though I could accidentally break the dang thing in two. They have warnings about things like never dry firing it and never letting the slide slam forward when you release it. But it seems to be holding up fine. One small defect: one of the two rear fiber-optic sight tubes was loose and would walk backwards as I shot. A tiny drop of Gorilla Glue fixed that.

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