Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day: Boomer’s Baby (Kel-Tec P3AT)

Boomer's everydaycarry.com pocket dump

Boomer’s everydaycarry.com pocket dump features Kel-Tec’s sub-compact semi, the cheap and cheerful P3AT. Back in the day, TTAG reviewer Don Gammill gave the .380 three stars. Reading Don’s review, it looks like it’s a blessing that Boomer displayed the better part of valor by photographing his gun in a holster . . .

While the P3AT isn’t “knock-a-dog-off-a-gut-wagon” ugly, buying this weapon for its looks would be like marrying Kendra Wilkinson for her intellect.

Kel-Tec P3AT (courtesy thetruthaboutguns.com)

To be charitable, Kel-Tec set out to manufacture the lightest, most concealable .380 Auto in creation—not a beauty queen. Nonetheless, all the old 1911 guys can now forgive GLOCK for mainstreaming ugly guns and pray that the spirit of John Browning will smote Kel-Tec’s ballistic blasphemy.

Yes, well, the Ruger LCP II which blesses my pocket from time-to-time looks like a refreshed version of this gun. And I think it’s adorable. Anyway . . .

Do looks count when buying an everyday carry pocket pistol? Or any other pistol, for that matter? If they did would anyone buy a GLOCK? Just askin’ . . .


  1. avatar strych9 says:

    When your OTF knife costs as much (or more depending on exact make and seller) as your pistol….

    1. avatar Specialist38 says:

      Im thinking the knife cost twice as much as the Keltec.

      Not my picks but solid nonetheless.

      Proves I am not a millenial.

      1. avatar strych9 says:

        Depends on where you buy the knife and the exact version you pick (blade/handle material, coatings etc).

        Also, what makes you think he’s a millennial? There is no age listed.

        1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

          In an earlier post he had a $200+ scalpel. http://everydaycarry.com/posts/27167/monday-errands I like odd and expensive knifes as much as the next guy but that one kinda baffles me.
          In http://everydaycarry.com/posts/6101/office-edc he has a very expensive Cartier and a maybe $1500 pen. Wow.

        2. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

          In an earlier post he had a $200+ scalpel errands I like odd and expensive knifes as much as the next guy but that one kinda baffles me. In another, he had a Cartier and a $1,500 pen. He is apparently a dandy. (I don’t mean that as derogatory.) I double posted this comment because I put the EDC links in it and got held for moderation.

        3. avatar Specialist38 says:

          The knife, the watch, and the hankie.

          I could be wrong……could be a buster.

    2. avatar binder says:

      When your OTF knife costs $100 more….

    3. avatar strych9 says:

      That knife, generally, sells for $350 (I think, I can’t tell exactly which one it is on my phone) But there are versions of the Hellhound that go up to $1400.

      MicroTech makes a FINE knife but yeah, when it’s $100+ than your pistol…

  2. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

    The pen also costs almost as much as the gun too and the watch may or may not be far behind. I think Dirty Harry would call this one “stylish’;-)

  3. avatar Quasimofo says:

    A Kel-Tec for a CCW? I see someone’s a fan of extreme sports…

  4. avatar Tom W. says:

    As a P3AT long time owner, it has stood the test of time here in the sunny and hot S. Florida area. A Golden Loki fluff and buff and routine TLC, it shoots every brand of .380 put through it. My EDC rounds are 102gr Speer Gold Dot. Works great in a Nemesis holster since shorts are worn year round.

    I realize it is a mousegun, and at “smell you” self defense distances, 4-6 rds will change said scumbags attitude.

    Oh, and nice knife. What’s with the micro wonderbar?

  5. avatar GS650G says:

    My P3AT works fine. I’ve got a lot of rounds through mine already.
    You’d be surprised how many DGU that crappy little gun as been in, a lot more than 1000 dollar guns.

  6. avatar Jim says:

    My kel-tec P3AT has been a dependable firearm,owned it for many years & it didn’t break the bank. It might not be aesthetically pleasing to the eye as a 1911,I own those too,its not as maintenance intensive either. Simply put,it works.

  7. avatar Setarip says:

    Looks for a pistol do matter for me. But looks are only good if the pistol functions well. The Glock boys always seems to mention that looks do not matter when spending $500 on a gun. I beg to differ, my vp9 is a considerably better pistol than a g19 while costing only a little more, and looking pretty darn good as well. Plus, I cannot unsee the Glock “pignose” defect.

    I certainly would not ccw a pistol as cheap as a Kel-Tec while owning a knife worth considerably more. Kel-Tecs maybe fine if that’s all you can afford though.

  8. avatar Matt says:

    I don’t always get offended…But when I do it’s because someone spent more money on their knife than their pistol.

    I’m guessing he uses his pen, knife, and watch way more than he uses his CCW. As long as he is proficient and his P3AT is reliable with the ammo he carries I don’t see a problem here.

    1. avatar Joe in San Antonio says:

      I agree completely, I use my every bit of kit more then my CCW. I am proficient with my ccw but I would upgrade my other kit before I upgraded my CCW.

  9. avatar ironicatbest says:

    . At present the 54-1 will have to do. One thing I truly like about the Chinese knockoff tt33 is its unpointability you point shoot at head height and the bullet impacts around the groin area. The wonderful unsafe safety is another feature I like about that particular sidearm, but I removed it because during recoil it would slip up to the unsafe position. The lack of ammunition availability is another big plus in my books. I purchased this sidearm in 1991 and have put aproximately 200 rounds through it , it’s still shoots as well as it did with 50 rounds fired. The smeared on blueing really sets all the tool marks off. And the sights, who could fault the way the rear site rips the palm open when speed thumbing the hammer and the way the front site hangs up in the holster and tears chunks of leather out of it. As much as I like this firearm I’d trade it for one of those Nambu’s that go off when you press on the side

  10. avatar Mikial says:

    For all the anti-Kel Tec gun snobs our there who think thje only gun in the unuiverse is a 1911, my EDC pocket gun is a Kel Tec PF9. About the same size as the P3AT, but a 9mm. It is very reliable and shoots nice little groups at typical close combat ranges of 7 to 10 yards. Excellent guns. The gun that is in my car as I do my field work is a G21.

    1. avatar Setarip says:

      I do like the 1911, but not exclusively like some people. I do not like or ever want to own a Kel-Tec. I don’t like glocks either. I am however a big HK fan and S&W wheelgun fan, so take that as you will.

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