New P3AT, Couple ?'s/Concerns
Well, based on everyone's advice and looking at my needs for concealed carry, I went ahead and bought a new P3AT for $240 ($290 after shipping to PA and FFL transfer fees). I've been able to shoot 100 rds of Winchester white box 95 gr FMJ so far, and love it to death. I have found that with my initial shots (I practice shooting two from the hip after tilting up to target from a draw from the back pocket), I am even more accurate with the P3AT than with my XD. Out of the 100 shots, there was only 1 failure to eject, and it was when my dad was shooting the final round of the mag, so I am unsure of what caused it (possibly limp wristing?). I have not had any failures of any type. However, there are a couple of issues that have come up which I'll describe in a second.
I have a box of 20 Federal Hydroshoks 90 gr that I have yet to shoot, as I am going to go through 200-300 non-expensive rounds to break it in before trying out my expensive ones. I have it loaded with these for carry currently as it is rapidly taking over the XD40SC's job for the most part, and will test out a batch of the Hydroshoks as soon as possible/reasonable. I am using an Uncle Mike's size 1 pocket holster for it, and it fits perfectly for me. I could not be pleased more.
The first issue is this: the P3AT seems to throw brass with such force that it will fly over 15 feet in the air and over 20 feet rearwards. This is not a problem when shooting with arms extended. However, I have been hit in the face (thankfully I had my glasses as it ricocheted off of my cheek to hit them) and in my neck once each when shooting from the hip (as described above). Is this normal brass ejection? Can anything be done to lessen/redirect the shells?
The second issue is a little more disconcerting to me: the assembly pin has tried on several occasions tried to "walk out" of position. It has come out as far as ~.5cm from flush. There were some times I had to push it back in place as many as 2 or 3 times per magazine. Any thoughts on how to cure this without making dissasembly impossible?
Finally, with regards to carry in "athletic wear," aka, running shorts etc when working out, is it responsible/safe to have it in a pocket using the Keltec clip and no holster? If so, which way is the best to carry it for someone who is right handed (so I know which sided clip to get)?
Thanks for all the pre-buy advice guys and the help here too.