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Old 04-02-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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About a week ago I bought a keltec 3AT .380 and took it out for the first time today. It's already been broken in as far as I know. I went through a box of 50, and I had 12 FTF and 6 FTE. I was shooting the Lawman ball ammo, don't remember the grain. Any ideas?

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Old 04-02-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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About a week ago I bought a keltec 3AT .380 and took it out for the first time today. It's already been broken in as far as I know. I went through a box of 50, and I had 12 FTF and 6 FTE. I was shooting the Lawman ball ammo, don't remember the grain. Any ideas?
My wife had one and it did the same, but with Herter ammo. We got rid of it. I cleaned the crap out of it and still did the same thing. Maybe there is a trick, but like I said we got rid of it.
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About a week ago I bought a keltec 3AT .380 and took it out for the first time today. It's already been broken in as far as I know. I went through a box of 50, and I had 12 FTF and 6 FTE. I was shooting the Lawman ball ammo, don't remember the grain. Any ideas?
FTFire? Feed?

FTEject or extract?

Important differences in diagnosis.

Did you clean factory gunk?
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Did you buy it new or used?

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The P3AT requires a vise-like hold to prevent "limp wristing" failures. This is why I recommend the P32 instead.

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FTEject or extract?

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Did you clean factory gunk?
Factory gunk has been cleaned. Bought it from a dealer and had low round count. I might try again next week, but if it doesn't work, I will be taking it back
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Factory gunk has been cleaned. Bought it from a dealer and had low round count. I might try again next week, but if it doesn't work, I will be taking it back
It too may be a matter of a picky gun. My Ruger LC brothers, which the KelTecs are modeled after, both hated Blazer brass, but loved Remington UMC. Try something different before you assume the worst.
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Screw it...I'm gonna take it back and get a Ruger LCP. Can't go wrong there.

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I liked mine. Never had a problem with it. The only reason I sold it was that with age (65+) I have increased weakness in my hands and I found it harder & harder to rack the slide. Otherwise a nice gun.

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Mine was reliable BUT I had to hold on tight and it beat the crap out of my trigger finger. The LCP is not much if any better. I sold that too. They will teach you to flinch. I now have a Sig 238 and it is a pleasure to shoot and accurate.

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