If there is an ugly duckling in this bunch in comparison to the Sig P232 the KelTek P3AT is it . . .
KelTek brought this pistol to the market in 2003 – and it pretty much set everybody in motion to build a small .380 pistol – If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery realize folks that Ruger just about copied it with the LCP – even to the point of some parts interchangeability.
I believe the P3AT is still to this day the lightest ( 8.3 oz ) .380 on the market – the little pistol will just about disappear completely when concealed yet still gives you a viable and useful firearm that is small enough to be carried anywhere in just about any clothing choice . . .
The P3AT sure makes the Sig look good, doesn’t it?
Just a simple bare bones get the job done .380 . . .
KelTek? Where’s the KelTek?
The sights are practically non-existent – no external controls – nothing to snag – one of – if not the best “deep” carry pistols you can find – but that comes at a price – the recoil impulse of this little pistol is hard to wrap your head around let alone your hand – I am a borderline recoil junkie and I don’t really care for the P3AT – simply too much recoil to be anywhere close to enjoyable to shoot – but it sure hides good . . .
If conceal-ability is your goal – the Sig is a small pistol but next to the KelTek it looks quite large – accuracy? At 7 yards you can shoot “minute of bad guy” – but seriously 4 inch groups are about as good as you will get with any rate of fire . . .
Folks – the bottom line on the P3AT – great LITTLE pistol, but for who? Please don’t get one for mom or grandma or even the wife – get one for yourself – you shoot it and decide if you can manage it – let them try yours – if they won’t carry it or practice with it – it does them no good whatsoever . . .
The P3AT is ugly but it sure does conceal well . . . – the P3AT is not for everybody but it does have a place in the grand scheme of things . . .
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!