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    Kel-Tec

    I have been looking and can't find the answer I am looking for. Just how reliable are Kel-Tec Handguns?? I am not looking to go to the range day after day with one, but if I need to shoot, I want to know I will be fine! I like the size of them as a pocket gun. I wonder though if I am better off with my trusty S&W 642. The price of the Kel-Tec is very, very affordable and that is very, very scary!!! Any thoughts are always appreciated!!!!

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    The newer one are doing a fine job and they do stand behind the product. I know a guy who had one of the older ones, and sent back five times untill they got it right. It's a little shooter now. The company never did give him a hassel over it. The 642 in in a different league in my book. It will go bang every time. Your call on what you carry. Good Luck.

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    Well, the 2nd generation ones are supposedly more reliable. The 2nd gen can be told apart from 1st gen pretty easily - the 2nd gen have something similiar to a hex screw on the extractor area.

    I personally wouldn't buy a Keltec 9mm - way, way too snappy (I shot 2 clips thru 1 once). But, the 380 and 32 are nice. Out of all their guns, they apparently have the least problems out of the 32 model, from all the comments and reviews I have read online. That's why I went with the 32 when I bought one...

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    I carry 1 every day from time I get up till I go to bed I have 3 all together 2 in 32 auto and 1 in 380. All have been perfect and all are 2nd Gen guns.

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    I own a P32 and a 2nd Gen P3AT. The P32 has never malfunctioned in several thousand rounds. The P3AT had one failure to eject after about 450 rounds without cleaning, using WWB. The P3AT does kick a little, and I found it a little slippery. I put a trimmed-down Hogue Handall Jr. on it and it is fine - and more pleasant to shoot than a J-frame for me.

    I sold my S&W 442. The P3AT lives in my pocket now, loaded with Gold Dot. It's smaller, flatter, lighter, faster to reload, and I personally find it easier to shoot well. It's a no-brainer for me.
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    I've had a P-11 for several years now and the only problem I've had has been with S&W 59 hi-cap mags(weak springs???) factory mags rattle but feed great! Great CCW pistol for summer time but Colt Officer's .45acp goes with in cooler months. I'd love to have the .32acp/.380acp but to small for my big hands(6'3" 220lbs) and would be great CCW gun BUT, as my daughter lives in the "PEOPLE'S REPUBIC OF WASHINGTON D.C." and they don't like firearms anywhere near there (unless your a commie/liberal/crook/hollywierd or someone who hates President Bush or some other leftiest s.o.b)Be ready to surrender all your rights in D.C.!!!!! Rant over! KEL-TEC makes great guns for your $$$$$ I'd love to have a PLR-1 J.R.

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    I own two P-32s, two P-3ATs, three stainless P-11s plus one hard chrome P-11(done by AP&W in Ft Worth), and one P-40... and they have all been great.

    Both P-32s are reliable, accurate and, so far, trouble free. My pistols and I prefer the Fiocchi 60 grain semi-jacketed hollow point (SJHP) ammo.

    The P-3ATs have never missed a beat and are lately loaded with Speer Gold-Dots.

    The P-11s are all reliable (without the KTOG fluff and buff), accurate and easy to carry and conceal. I have the factory trigger shoe on them, plus a steel guide rod, PT night sights and the belt clip on the (hard chromed) carry piece.

    The P-40 is a handful, but with a firm grip, never fails to feed or fire!

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    Had my little 3AT out today. Tried some Mag-tec super duper poopers and I had two FTE in three mags. Ran a box of W-W box through it without a problem. Think I'll just stick with what works. I am telling boys you need one of theses to play with. Their a blast to point shoot with.

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    I love my P-32! I've had it for over a year and never had any problems. Shoot it at least once a week. Accurate enough at 25ft and more as you get closer. I added the 10 rnd mag and that made a huge difference in the speed and accuracy department. Plus I now have 11 quick responses to back up my main CCW. I carry it in my weak side pocket. I also have a Beretta Tom Cat. I like my Kel-Tec much better...

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    I purchased a P-11 when they first came out, I even forget what year it was. I had to send it back to Kel Tec because it had a feeding problem. Kel Tec customer service was great and I had my gun back in about 2 weeks. I have not had one problem with it since. I try to fire at least 50 rounds through it about once a month or so, sometimes I might go a little longer before I have a chance to fire it, but when I do it always goes 'Bang" and ejects fine. As we all know it's not a target pistol and the trigger pull is not good. Anyway to make a long story short I bought a Glock 30, and Glock 36 for my ccw weapon because I like the 45acp. But I end up carrying the P-11 everyday. Just so used to carrying it and can't seem to adjust to the 30 or 36. I don't even know I am carrying the P-11. Just my 2 cents. Thanks

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    Ya gotta try,no matter what ya want. Hands on is the best way. (still,read up)

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    I have both.
    I generally carry the P32 over the P3AT.
    I load it with Winchester 71 gr truncated cone hardball, which was recommended by the guy who does the Box-o-Truth series.

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