What Are Some Features of Kel-Tec Pistols?


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Kel-Tec pistols are known for their light weight, small size and polymer construction. The first Kel-Tec firearm, the P-11, was introduced in 1995 as a concealed carry weapon. It is a double-action only, locked breech, 9-millimeter handgun that lacks a manual safety, instead relying on a heavy trigger pull to prevent accidental discharge. Subsequent offerings from Kel-Tec possess the same general features.

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Due to the extensive use of synthetic polymers in Kel-Tec pistols, they are extremely light. The Kel-Tec P-11 weighs 14 ounces unloaded. The Kel-Tec P-32, chambered in .32 ACP, weighs only 6.6 ounces unloaded. The Kel-Tec P-3AT, chambered in .380 ACP, weighs 8.3 ounces unloaded. The P-3AT spurred the development of smaller and lighter concealed carry handguns by other gun manufacturers. Similar examples include the Ruger LCP and Kahr P380.

Kel-Tec offers two pistols that are substantially different from those in the P-series: the PMR-30 and the PLR-16. The PMR-30, chambered in .22 Magnum, features a hybrid blowback/locked-breech system and possesses a manual safety. The PLR-16 fires the substantially more powerful 5.56x45 millimeter ammunition normally intended for use in rifles such as the AR-15. Its appearance is similar to a short carbine, and the magazine well is not housed in the grip.

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