Not to sound like a broken record, but the new replacement P-3AT that Kel-Tec sent me to replaced my first constantly malfunctioning P-3AT is now on its merry way back to the factory. If only I could earn UPS frequent-shipper points. Try as I might, I couldn’t get the gun to cycle cleanly through a full magazine without the failure to extract jam seen in the photos accompanying this post. Read on for the latest installment in my mouse gun tale of woe…
To head off the obvious question, yes, this happened with both mags and various ammunition brands. What’s more, the problem seemed to be getting worse the more ammo I put through the gun. All together, I fired around 300 rounds. I attempted to fix it by replacing the extractor per Kel-Tec customer support’s suggestion. No such luck.
Whatever the cause of the FTE malfunction, it’s identical to what occurred with my first pistol. Kel-Tec customer support, though, acts as if they’ve never heard of such a thing.
Seeing that I have had two P-3ATs fail in exactly the same supposedly novel fashion has caused me to look in the mirror. Am I limp wristing? Is there some error in technique I’m not aware of? None that I can discern, and none that two different pistol instructors could find either. The finicky mini didn’t discriminate – it failed for them in exactly the same way.
Anyway, this two week old gun is now on its way back to the factory on my dime. KT says they’ll reimburse me, so I sent the receipt along for the ride. I inquired about a potential buy-back on this pistol – or perhaps a swap to a PF-9 – but they weren’t buying that (ha!).
Stay tuned to this channel for more updates when the pistol returns….