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Old 05-13-2014, 12:19 AM   #1
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Default Kel-Tec: Cutting edge or crap?

So just wondering what the consensus is from this forum is on the Kel-Tec brand?

Some love and others hate.

I personally own the PF9 and have a friend that owns their rifle that can be broken down in the middle. I have gotten to feel some of the companies other models.

IMO, the company is great at pushing the envelope on gun size, looks, and what it can do: HOWEVER, they have some problems with some of the "finishing" touches and some of their products feel a little too much like plastic.


So what do y'all think?


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Some of both. When you get a good one it is great and when you get a bad one it is crap. So far my average with Kel Tec is better than my average with Taurus.

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Strange, this exact thing came up in conversation with co-workers today. None of us own or have shot a Kel-Tec yet, but have heard either great things or bad things. We are super curious.

Hope we get some solid and honest answers out of this thread

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Strange, this exact thing came up in conversation with co-workers today. None of us own or have shot a Kel-Tec yet, but have heard either great things or bad things. We are super curious.

Hope we get some solid and honest answers out of this thread

Funny how that happens. Well my PF9 has performed great except for one type of ammo which I have documented several times on this site. My friends sub-2000 in 40s&w has done very well. So..... Yeah


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I have heard the rifles or sport guns shall I say are pretty good, but I am not crazy about the plastic .380 I have because it jams a lot so therefore I do not trust it and their service department people are rude IMO.

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I think they are a very good company for innovation. They do have a problem with consistency and execution of designs. Their QA leaves something to be desired since they push out more than a fair share of lemons. They will back their lemons, but it can indeed leave a sour taste (pun intended) in a customers mouth.

Their finish work is poor, because many of their guns come with sharp edges, plastic mold flash, metal parts that require polishing, triggers that feel poor, etc.

I had a Sub-2000 in 9mm. The grip had sharp edges, the seam between grip halves would open up because the polymer was left thin in places and would flex more than I'm accustomed to in other polymer framed guns. The trigger had a sharp edge and seemed to be shorter in length that it should have been, because my trigger finger would ride that edge and get sore.

I still really liked the design, and weight, and the fact that it used mags from a handgun I already had. It was reliable with everything I fed it. It was pretty accurate too. I actually regret selling it and would like to replace it, but wish they would make a more refined version.

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10 years ago Keltec was a cutting edge company. People who know guns bought Kel Tec's because there was nothing on the market to compete with them. Now Ruger makes guns that are just a few ounces heavier and ten times as durable.

People who are tinkers have good experiences with Kel Tecs because they can fix them and they enjoy the challenge. Glock pistols are the only gun on the market that is easier to fix than a Kel Tec. If you can not put brakes on a car or fix a lawnmower don't buy a Kel Tec. You do not have the inclination to keep a Kel Tec running.

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I am familiar with several KelTec handguns. I'd single out the PMR30. It gives you a string of 30 magnum rounds before reloading. It is reliable with round or pointed nose 22 Magnums, is surprisingly lightweight even fully loaded, and it has nice Williams-like fiber optic sights. The hybrid action is totally original AFAIK. I used it to qualify for NRA Pistol Instructor. Highly recommended.

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The cutting edge part of the company is the affordability, warranty, customer service, and overall quality of the guns in comparison to cost. I personally have always had very good customer service through them. The way KT keeps their prices so low is not doing all of the finishing/final touchup work that all of the higher end companies do. If you are ok with taking a little bit of high grit sandpaper to some plastic to smooth it out, and comfortable with breaking the gun down and cleaning up some casting edges and doing minor tweaking, they can be very good and reliable shooters. You have to keep in mind you are buying a tool at the LOWER END of the price spectrum. Significantly lower in comparison to what else is on the market. I have owned multiples of all types of kel-tec's from their 32's, p3at's, pf9's, plr-16, and have never had any consistent issues past initial break in. Break in period being around 100-200 rounds. Though I do not currently own any kel-tec's, I love the company because it is locally made in my home state, great warranty, and price. They are great guns for people looking for something cheaper, and that are willing and able to do some minor cleanup work.

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Rumors run rampant, I would only consider those comments of Kel-Tec owners or those who have shot them repeatedly. YMMV.

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