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    Introducing The Ruger Ccw .380


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    Well, it looks like they took a KT P3AT and stamped their logo on it. A little bigger too, not really impressed, probably costs more than the KT.

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    for ruger it is a big step. this will most likely mean smaller versions of the sr series, etc.

    ruger is finally entering the ccw market.

    rugers are well made, affordable guns. i would buy a ruger with no hesitation... a keltec? how's never?

    way to go ruger.

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    wonder if Ruger really will make it so reliable that kel tec will loose a lot of sales

    i heard they make close to 900 3AT's a week with lifetime guarantee so...
    has Ruger really done it?

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    I have the KT-3AT and in my area they are about $100 bucks cheaper than the LCP. Since the frist 50rds in my KT it has been totally A-OK.

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    I think it looks awesome.

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    Another poly striker fire compact whoopitydo

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    No instruction manual, so no way to tell how to break it down.

    But looking at the exploded view, it looks suspiciously like my Keltec.

    I'd like to get my hands on one and compare it with my Keltec.

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    Well, Ruger is never innovative. They basically take proven designs and make rugged and reliable versions of same. Witness the Mini-14, a shrunken Garand. Their DA revolvers aren't startlingly original, except they can be field-stripped. Their SA revolvers are basically modernized Peacemakers. The P85 was about twenty years late, as was the SR9. Now they are basically copying an innovative KelTec model.

    If it's reliable, it should be a good gun. I don't know why I'd prefer it to my KelTecs, which are both totally reliable and inexpensive. If Ruger had made this in a more serious caliber - 9mm or .40 - they might have something. As it stands now, I don't see what it does that a P3AT can't do.

    I will continue to pursue my mild interest in the KelTec PF9 instead of Ruger's late entry in the .380 sweepstakes.
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    From the looks of them I would say they break down the same as a KT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Well, Ruger is never innovative. They basically take proven designs and make rugged and reliable versions of same. Witness the Mini-14, a shrunken Garand. Their DA revolvers aren't startlingly original, except they can be field-stripped. Their SA revolvers are basically modernized Peacemakers. The P85 was about twenty years late, as was the SR9. Now they are basically copying an innovative KelTec model.

    If it's reliable, it should be a good gun. I don't know why I'd prefer it to my KelTecs, which are both totally reliable and inexpensive. If Ruger had made this in a more serious caliber - 9mm or .40 - they might have something. As it stands now, I don't see what it does that a P3AT can't do.

    I will continue to pursue my mild interest in the KelTec PF9 instead of Ruger's late entry in the .380 sweepstakes.
    True, true. Ruger is well behind the curve. Still, improving on proven designs is the best way to design anything. See also Ford F150 -> Toyota Tundra. I'd like to see Ruger come out with a genuine sub-compact in 9mm as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman View Post
    True, true. Ruger is well behind the curve. Still, improving on proven designs is the best way to design anything. See also Ford F150 -> Toyota Tundra. I'd like to see Ruger come out with a genuine sub-compact in 9mm as well.
    Agreed, and I'm not criticizing Ruger for using proven designs as a basis for their guns. I just don't see what this one will do that my P3AT can't do for less money - but maybe it will have a better trigger or last longer than a KelTec.

    I remember when Ruger introduced the SP101 as a concealed carry gun. It was in a market that already had good snubbies like the J-Smith and the D-Colt, but the SP101 carved a nice niche for itself. Maybe this gun will do the same.

    But I want a reliable 9mm pocket gun that costs less than an AR15.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Agreed, and I'm not criticizing Ruger for using proven designs as a basis for their guns. I just don't see what this one will do that my P3AT can't do for less money - but maybe it will have a better trigger or last longer than a KelTec.

    I remember when Ruger introduced the SP101 as a concealed carry gun. It was in a market that already had good snubbies like the J-Smith and the D-Colt, but the SP101 carved a nice niche for itself. Maybe this gun will do the same.

    But I want a reliable 9mm pocket gun that costs less than an AR15.
    all good points
    if it doesn't have a better trigger etc etc then why would someone buy it for more $$ than the 3AT

    mike- then you are implying that there is not a pocket 9mm that costs less than an ar15?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    mike- then you are implying that there is not a pocket 9mm that costs less than an ar15?
    The true pocket 9mms I'm aware of are the Rohrbaugh R9 ($1100), the Kahr PM9 ($600ish), and the KelTec PF9 ($300ish). While I am confident the first two are reliable, they are pretty pricey. I am concerned about the reliability of the PF9, but I will probably buy one to try out when I get back home. It's only $300, after all, which isn't much for a gun. If it doesn't work, I'll likely just stick with my P3AT.

    I was mainly joking about the AR price comparison, though the KelTec is the only one not in that general price range. I don't even have any ARs anymore. I sold all mine and have no interest in getting any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    But I want a reliable 9mm pocket gun that costs less than an AR15.
    Me and you both. When one finally comes out they'll sell like hot cakes.

    If only the new Walther was ~ $450...

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    I remember many years ago Ruger came out with the transfer bar safety system and they also re-energized the single action revolver market and as they matured as a company the innovation stopped. Their focus seemed to change to we can make it stronger and reliable. They now seem to realize how far back they have fallen in the marketplace as their marketing group dropped the ball.

    Back to the topic I'm not big on mouse gun calibers but would consider a similar sized 9 MM.

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    Have owned 8 Rugers in my life. Have 4 now. Had some problems with one but after two trips to factory, Ruger fixed it. Have 4 Kel Tecs including P3AT. None have had to go home for repairs and they get shot and carried regularly. None of my Rugers are well suited for cc. Whether the new Ruger is a Kel Tec ripoff, better, worse, etc., I'm kinda glad to see them jump into small affordable ccw arena. I'd like to see them try a small 9mm too.

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    When you compare the internal parts to the p3at there are only 2 new parts added. One for the manual ejector (it doesn't lock back on the last shot) and one other...

    check out the KTOG site. its amazing. I would be amazed if this gun isn't taken off the market after a good and deserved suing from Kel Tec.

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    lots of pf9 talk.

    My first gun and it has been nothing but fantastic.

    I believe either I have a fluke or you are just hearing a few loud people on the build quality. aren't they at like 20,000 of them already?

    There is no need improvements on the newest models, and they are the only ones in most stores currently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Well, Ruger is never innovative. They basically take proven designs and make rugged and reliable versions of same. Witness the Mini-14, a shrunken Garand. Their DA revolvers aren't startlingly original, except they can be field-stripped. Their SA revolvers are basically modernized Peacemakers. The P85 was about twenty years late, as was the SR9. Now they are basically copying an innovative KelTec model.
    Right on the money. I wonder if their plan is to try to improve on proven models. Take Joe Blow, he went to a gun show and wanted a pocket 9mm. One of the vender's had both the Ruger LCP and the Kel-Tec P3AT. If priced the same chances are he would go for the Ruger because the finish looks a lot nicer and the Ruger name. Now Spacedoggy is looking at the new Ruger and wants to see if he should sell his Kel-Tec for the new Ruger. He sees that the new Ruger's finish is 100 times better than the Kel-Tec but he knows that's not important because he is not going to hang it on the wall. The only way he will give up his Kel-Tec is if the Ruger has a great new action where it's really smooth and improves his shooting skills with the little pocket pistol.

    The action is the only thing that would make me even look at this new piece and just plain curiosity.

    I really would like to see Ruger come out with some thing new and exciting in the auto pistol market. They need to work themselves out of the box.

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    i read on another forum that there will not be a law suit
    turns out keltec doesn't have any patents dealing with the 3AT

    the look of the new ruger is a lot more easy on the eyes
    my wife picked it over the 3at based on looks
    it will be interesting to see what those magazine writes say about it in a couple of months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman View Post
    If only the new Walther was ~ $450...
    AMEN!
    I do not like the feel of the KelTec and the LCP looks so much like it. The PPS looks like a thing of beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hideit View Post
    it will be interesting to see what those magazine writes say about it in a couple of months
    That will depend on how many pages of ads Ruger pays for with any particular magazine.
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    Night and day difference in the fit and finish of the LCP and Kel-tecs. The LCP just has a quality feel and appearance, the Kel-tecs do not. If you were to look at them both side by side, you would think the K-T is the cheaply made imitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathias View Post
    Night and day difference in the fit and finish of the LCP and Kel-tecs. The LCP just has a quality feel and appearance, the Kel-tecs do not. If you were to look at them both side by side, you would think the K-T is the cheaply made imitation.
    Nonetheless, my P3AT is 100% reliable, and that is my prime criteria in a defensive pistol. I really don't care what it looks like, since I carry it in my pocket or clipped to my running shorts.

    I am sure the Ruger is a fine little pistol, but I still don't understand all the excitement over a gun that appears to only be a very marginally improved (and in some ways not an improvement at all) copy of a gun that has existed for several years. I guess a lot of it can be written off to the lingering prejudice against KelTec in the shooting community. A lot of shooters think "real" guns have to be made by a company that has been in business for half a century or more.
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