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    KelTec P3AT FTF

    Had a first today. Shot several rounds with the P3AT and had one fail to fire. Here's where my lack of knowledge sets in. I've read before about some guns allowing a second chance at a round that doesn't fire. Is this gun one of them? What about the LCP? Or am I stupid and all guns will do this? I guess I should of tried it out, but I ejected it out before I thought about it.

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    Neither the Kel-Tec P3AT nor the Ruger LCP allow a "second strike" on a failed primer.
    Their slides "pre-set" their hammers to a sort-of halfway point, from which their trigger bars take over. Their triggers will not raise a hammer that's all the way down.
    If either one misfires, all you can do is "tap, rack, bang."

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    Thanks for the reply. Is that a common issue with the KelTecs or is that more likely a function of the ammo that I was using? (Remington Hollow Points) I guess that would be hard to speculate, but I just wanted to prevent problems in the future if I could.

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    The Kel-Tec design requires a lightweight firing pin that is "pushed through" a strong rebound spring by a heavy hammer-fall, in order to be proof against accidental discharge from being dropped.
    Thus, if the firing-pin channel or the breech-face is dirty, or if a cartridge's primer is a little too hard, you could get a failure to fire.
    (Dirt on the breech face would keep the pistol's firing pin from fully contacting a cartridge's primer, due to "standoff.")
    Try the same ammunition after cleaning the pistol's breech face, extractor hook, and firing pin aperture, and see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdeere9750 View Post
    Thanks for the reply. Is that a common issue with the KelTecs or is that more likely a function of the ammo that I was using? (Remington Hollow Points) I guess that would be hard to speculate, but I just wanted to prevent problems in the future if I could.
    I have had this happen to me twice out of 600+ rounds of the same ammo... both times came out of the same box of 50... so i am chalking it up to manufacturer error.

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    It most likely needs a good cleaning anyway. We'll see how it goes from there.

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