My main summer carry is a P-3AT. I was very excited when I heard about the PF9 but I'm still not convinced that all the bugs are worked out yet. I'm still debating going to a Glock 26 for my main carry instead of my Glock 23.
I carry the 3AT when my Glock 23 is too big. The 3AT is manageable to shoot. I wouldn't take it to the range and send boxes down range. That would wear me out, but it's not designed to be a range gun. It's great for what it is... light, small, reliable, and accurate enough to hit what I'm aiming at inside of 10 yards.
As far as your question diesel, it will surprise you the first shot, but it isn't bad for it's size.
I also had a p11 for about 2 weeks. The trigger was terrible. I have a taurus pt111 millennium pro that is about the same size and weight that has a lot better trigger.
im leaning towards the 3at ammo more$$$$ but size is allot smaller wow i held one today...it fits so nice in my pocket...wow how does it shoot at like 7-10 yards? does it hop out of your hand???
Seven yards is the max. that I will shoot my P3AT. I've not bench-rested it, but it seems to have acceptable accuracy. I doubt that mine could hold minute-of-pie-plate accuracy at 10 yards, but I also don't view this as a 10 yard pistol in the first place.
The pistol does not hop out of your hand. I put a Hogue slip-on grip on mine, and it makes the pistol quite easy to shoot. Even my wife can handle it without any problems at all.
The dao takes a little to get used to but most do-able.
The only problem I have encountered is the clip release.
My thumb kept hitting it and you can guess what happened next.
I applied a touch of 'glue gun' above it and no more problems.
I have both the 3AT and the P11. Both have been totally reliable. The 3AT had a couple of fail to feed in the first box, but after that has not missed a beat. Will feed hollow points as well as ball. The P11 has been 100% with anything. It is much larger than the 3AT and doesn't fit in the pocket like the 3AT does.
i have both and also a p32 still breaking in the p3at 75 rounds so far 2 fail to feeds the pf9 i have not shot yet . feel confident they will check ot fine. great pocket guns but will mainly carry the pf9 on belt holster but also good for jacket pocket carry. the pf9 was 275.00 the p3at was 259.00 the p32 was 245.00.
I never looked at my P3 AT as a gun I would enjoy shooting. Wal-mart had Win 360 ammo on sale a few weeks ago for 7 dollars a box. I bought out the 3 stores in the area total of 7 boxes. The kel-tec is the only 380 I have. I have to tell ya it's a fun gun to shoot. after 2 boxes my hand didn't feel that great kinda like going down a rope bare handed. Waited a week and shot another box. It drops a foot at 20 yards. I also started shooting the p-32 and that's more fun. The wife shot it and now it's her backup. Now I'm ready to hunt Brown Bears with it up in Alaska.
i have wresteled over this same decision
there is a lot of info on the PF9 - the history of the gun has had problems but with a lifetime guarantee that's hard to beat and service has reportedly been very good - the size isn't much different so the PF9 gets my nod - however if i ever get to see the kahr pm45 that could change my decision