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Kel-Tec Model P-3AT (P3AT)

Variant 1 of 10

Produced:2003 -
Caliber:.380 Auto
Action:locked breech semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action only (DAO)
Safety:transfer bar safety
Frame:high-impact polymer
Grips:integrated polymer
Barrel Length:2.7 in.
Overall Length:5.2 in.
Height:3.5 in.
Width:0.77 in.
Weight:8.3 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc.321-631-0068
PO Box 236009Website:
Cocoa FL 32923www.keltecweapons.com
Importer:Phone Number:
Used Est.:$225
Last Update: 7/29/2016

Caliber:.380 Automatic
Alias:9mm Browning Short
Muzzle Velocities - from900to1050ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from168to220ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from88to115gr

Ranking Factors
Power Factor:95497- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:7.51 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:7 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Defense Factor:57%

About the Handgun:
The P-3AT is a semi-automatic, locked breech pistol, chambered for the .380 Auto cartridge. It has been developed from the company's P-32 pistol with negligible increase in weight and size. The slidestop has been eliminated and the magazine capacity reduced to 6 rounds due to the larger cartridge. The firing mechanism is double-action only (DAO). The magazine has a 6 round capacity. The P-3AT is one of the lightest .380 Auto pistols on the market. Thanks to its locking dynamics and superior ergonometry, perceived recoil and practical accuracy are comparable to much larger guns. The P-3AT is mainly intended for plainclothes police officers as a secondary weapon, or for concealed carry by licensed citizens. The small grip size and light trigger pull make the P-3AT ideal for female shooters.
About the Manufacturer:
Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc. is a private US company founded in 1991. Initially, a CNC machine shop, Kel-Tec started to manufacture firearms in 1995. First specializing in handguns for concealed carry by law enforcement personnel or licensed citizens, they have gradually diversified into rifles. Kel-Tec has become one of the top handgun makers in the US.
About the Cartridge:
Designed by John Browning and introduced by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium, this cartridge has achieved world-wide acceptance and has even been adopted as the standard pistol cartridge by several governments. One reason for the round's success is that it is the largest practical cartridge that can be easily adapted to small automatic pocket pistols. Ballistics fall far short of even the 9mm Luger, but still prove adequate for most self-defense situations. The round has established quite a niche position in this role, often being chosen over more traditional small calibers such as the .25 and .32 Autos.
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