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Old 04-11-2014, 12:56 AM   #1
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I'm going to be getting a kel-tek pf9 this weekend and I was wondering everyone's thoughts on them. I've read a lot of reviews on them and see that they are kinda junk. Does or has anybody have or had one? Is there anything I can do to make them reliable? The one I'm getting is having problems with ejecting. I have read the the extractor spring sometimes comes loose or are just weak. I plan on using this one for experience in gunsmithing for myself. Let me know your thoughts.

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One word for that is "inconsistent". There is no way to tell how every new PF9 will behave until you start practicing with it. Some people are very happy with theirs. I wasn't.

It's been a while, so correct me if I am wrong, but I think the extractor is actually removed for regular field stripping. That means easy, and probably cheap, replacement.

Another word from experience, you may have to shoot the heck out of it to polish it internally and break in. Also prepare to accept the fact that your PF9 does not like wide nosed hollowpoints. You will get to know it soon enough. Good luck and good shooting.

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I have a P11. I can easily carry the P11 in my pocket. If you are a tinkerer Kel Tec is all right. You get a pistol you will carry a lot for a great price. Kel Tecs have a lot of small parts that you will have to change as maintenance. Personally, I would look at the Ruger LC9. The size advantages of the Kel Tec is meaningless if you can't keep it running.

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Thanks for the replies. I'm paying $100 for it. So to me it's a win win. If I can fix it then awesome if not then I'm sure I will learn something trying. I have all the machines I might need and I know the concept of how a gun works. I just need the hands on.

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Thanks for the replies. I'm paying $100 for it. So to me it's a win win. If I can fix it then awesome if not then I'm sure I will learn something trying. I have all the machines I might need and I know the concept of how a gun works. I just need the hands on.
You need a set of long roll pin punches to fix a Kel Tec. The Harbor freight punches are fine. The pins are not hard to get out. You want to have the right size punch to eliminate collateral damage. Parts are cheap and easy through the kel tec store.
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Crap shoot. I had a really good P11. I wanted something a little smaller and traded for a PF9. Big mistake. I got rid of it and picked up another newer P11 but it was not the same. My old one had been worked over by the gunsmith I bought it from. It had a decent trigger and never malfunctioned in over 6K rounds. Mostly reloads. I did have one dead primer but nothing would set that one off. The P3AT was reliable but miserable to shoot. No more Keltecs unless I run across a sub 2000 cheap.

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I carry the Kel tek, I have the belt clip kit installed plus the trigger addition.
It fits so flat you can carry with just a T shirt to cover it. I wear mine between my pants and belt, clipped on my belt.
If you buy one, contact Kel Tek for the clip kit, about $12.00
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My father was going to get the PF9 but the gander moutain guy told him Kel-Tek has had a rough history of their quality in firearms. I can't really say anything becuase I have never dealt with Kel-Tec firearms. If I were you, I would get it and go through at least 250-500 rounds of ammo and if it fails, then that is better than needing it and it fails.

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Crap shoot. I had a really good P11. I wanted something a little smaller and traded for a PF9. Big mistake. I got rid of it and picked up another newer P11 but it was not the same. My old one had been worked over by the gunsmith I bought it from. It had a decent trigger and never malfunctioned in over 6K rounds. Mostly reloads. I did have one dead primer but nothing would set that one off. The P3AT was reliable but miserable to shoot. No more Keltecs unless I run across a sub 2000 cheap.

Agreed, and besides the Sub 2000, A PLR 16 or PLR 22, Or PMR-30...I have a P3AT i'm messing around with,...I got it in trade for some 45ACP ammo. If I get it fixed and working, big win...if not,..It'srty something to practice with. I'd rather have the P11 because the grip is slightly larger and thus, somewhat better overall. Buddy of mine has 2 PF9's, a P11, and an SU-16 in his motor home, and swears by them,...
CDNN has Mags for all the Kel-Tec Guns BTW ....OP: Make sure every Mag you buy feeds cleanly, and get a good after market grip, if you can find one, and if you can make it work right, it will wind up being a good pocket gun. But watch what you FEED it. Someone above mentioned Wide nosed HP's which in fact are advised against. If you can find JSP's, use them. Some heavier HPs(124Gr. & 147Gr.) are also recommended.


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I have read good things about the P11. But I haven't seen one in person yet. Thanks again everyone for advise.

Dr. I glad u mentioned CDNN for mags because this one only has one mag with it. That was going to be one of the first things I replace. As far as grips hogue makes a nice little slide over rubber grip I was going to try out. The gun will be here Monday so I keep everyone posted.

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