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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Originally Posted by jdeere9750
It most likely needs a good cleaning anyway. We'll see how it goes from there.