So, 6 or 5 or 4 years ago, I bought a P-3AT at the Indy 1500 gun show. I needed a small concealable firearm. I wanted something reliable and lightweight that I could conceal in a suit jacket….Something for those times when I couldn’t carry a 1911…even a shorty. I also carried this firearm when I was working in the yard as it was less cumbersome and less likely to snag when doing yard work and such.

At the time, Kel-Tec made the only such firearm….The LCP  was a year or so from being available, and there were, really, no others like it at that time with the combination of light weight, size and caliber. Besides, this one had a stainless slide, and my sweat will pit blued steel in nano-moments.

I really didn’t like the firearm, to be truthful. It was small and narrow and not much fun to shoot, but it did what I wanted. Hide well, and it went bang every time I pulled the trigger. I could shoot 6″ groups at 20 feet, and that was good enough…Even though I hated the thing.

I never liked the thing, but I did practice enough that I could use it if I needed to. But I always left that range session with my hand hurting.

Now, Kel-Tec has the serial number in the system, as I broke an extractor a year or so in and lost a takedown pin once. They had honored their warranty for the extractor, and sent me a takedown pin free, even though I lost it. I was happy with their service.

Was. They have decided not to honor their warranty. They have reneged on their promises

Last Saturday morning, I went to load the pistol as I was planning on doing some woodsplitting with Og and family (and Midwest Chick) and I noticed that when I pulled the slide back, the hammer failed to follow the slide. It flopped back and forth. Seems that the hammer spring had failed. Odd, it only had, lets see, 20 rounds or so per month for 5 years….20 x 12 x 5 or so..1200 rounds. Hmm. Not too many. But hey, Lifetime warranty and all that, right?

Nazzo fast though….I called Kel-Tec and asked them their procedure for sending a firearm back for service….Seems that unless you can provide a copy of the 4473 or the original bill of sale, there is no warranty because YOU CANNOT PROVE THAT YOU ARE THE FIRST PURCHASER….Therefore they may or may not honor the warranty. I pointed out that the serial number (and my name)  is in the system as they had sent me parts before, no matter.  The customer service rep stated that without the information, there WILL be a charge for service, for parts, and for shipping.  So much for a lifetime warranty.

I actually looked to see if I still had the bill of sale. (yeah, right). I knew it was futile, but I looked anyway. I do not have it. Nor do I remember the dealer who sold it to me.

Not sure what I am going to do. Likely have the thing fixed. Even if they charge me. But Kel-Tec has changed their policy of fixing firearms. And it pisses me off. They have evidence that this firearm has been in my possession for years, have accepted that I was the first purchaser in prior dealings regarding this firearm…, have sent me parts for free, and have still decided that the burden of proof is on me this time. They have decided not to honor their warranty. I guess that “lifetime” must be getting expensive. They don’t even honor what they say on their website as their official (new) policy. 

Fuck ’em. This will be the last Kel-Tec firearm that I purchase.

But now I need suggestions as to what I should purchase to replace it.

Small,  lightweight, concealable…. decent DAO trigger (yeah, I know…) and something that points well. Something with a reputation for reliability (this IS a personal defense firearm, after all)…Not too expensive, but I’d rather pay for quality…..Caliber .380 or better..(“bring enough gun”). I’d prefer to have a larger caliber, but concealability is important, and the P-3AT was the right size.


I have one. Buy something other than Kel-Tec. They change the rules….Tell yer friends.

This makes 3 firearms that I have broken this year.

Ok, I’ll play…

Og wants us to show our every day carry knives.

Y’all are a bunch of pikers…

nah, really. He was overcompensating.

Here’s mine….

My EDC knife.:

Straight blade ’cause it is easier to sharpen (and I don’t cut rope every day), but I do use the knife several times a day, and have to sharpen it at least weekly.  I actually own 3…2 for backups.

And, for when I go over the state line into the Peoples Republik of Illinois, and cannot carry my CCW, I carry this:


224 years ago:

The most important document ever was adopted by the United States Constitutional Convention.

This piece of parchment, and more importantly the words written upon it, became the foundation for the country to which many people dreamed of living in. Dreamed of emigrating to. Dreamed of becoming a citizen in..

To some, the Constitution is just words, or an impediment. But to  others, it is a scred document.

It doesn’t tell us what our government can do, IT LIMITS what the government can do! This is the magic of the Constitution. It limits what the government can require of its citizens. Think about it.

Our founding fathers forged a mighty document 224 years ago. And in doing so handed our ancestors and also us a mighty country…If we can keep it running.

Has this happened to you?????

Here is a picture of my daily carry piece.

Notice the rounds below the pistol. 2 are shorter than the other.

Know how that happened? These are all Speer Gold Dot .45 ACP cartridges. The center one is brand new. The others are used to be the top two rounds in the magazine of my daily carry.

Used to be, I came home from whatever my daily activities were and at the end of the day, I’d pop the magazine out and then eject the round in the chamber. I’d then lock the slide back and leave the firearm on the table. This was primarily so that the firearm had a chance to dry out after being carried IWB.

In the morning, I’d replace the mag, drop the slide, set the safety, then drop the mag and replace the round that I had ejected the night before at the top of the magazine.

Do this more or less daily for a few weeks or months, and the result is the two shorter rounds you see below. The bullets are set back significantly, and the chamber pressures will, if the rounds are fired, be significantly higher. Dangerous? I dunno. Not Good? You betcha. I’ll knock these apart for components and reload them for range rounds, but I won’t shoot them as shown….

I used to change my carry rounds every 3 months, now I do it monthly. I burn up the personal defense rounds in my CCW magazine at a range session just to be sure that fresh ones (even though expensive compared to reloads!) are at the ready, not rounds exposed to sweat, vibration, changing temps, and the above mentioned bullet setback. And I tend not to clear the firearms daily unless it is REALLY damp, or really dusty, etc. Likely the CCW piece will be only unloaded and the action opened for the weekly cleaning and oiling….

At our house, we have no children, and adults are either trusted ( Brigid, Og, etc) or firearms are put away or carried on our person: either way, out of reach, or adults are closely watched (we aren’t terribly trusting of folks we don’t know well.  We treat people we don’t know just like children when it comes to firearms.) As Tam has pointed out many times, handling yer heater adds to the likelihood that you will have a negligent discharge.

When was the last time you inspected the rounds in the firearm you carry at the ready to save your life or the life of someone dear to you?


What he said:

“All I want to do is mind my business.  I avoid getting into other people’s faces as long as they stay out of mine.  I’m ready and willing to help out when need arises, and I understand that my own success, such as it is, in addition to setting a good example, increases my ability to help those in need.  But that is my prerogative and mine alone.  That goes for me and several million of my closest friends who favor liberty over tyranny.  So go ahead and march for “One Big Global Union”, screaming for revolution, carrying your picket signs attached to baseball bats.  Go ahead and plan ’till you’re blue in the face, and plan to carry out your threats.  I’ll be sitting here quietly minding my own business and respecting other’s right to do the same, until it comes time to act.  I hope you’re not that stupid, but I know from experience that I can’t count on socialists having a lick of sense, even when it comes to self preservation.  They tend to get themselves in far, far too deep before they even begin to understand the implications.”

That about sums up my point of view. Like a hornet’s nest, you really don’t want to kick it too hard or too often, or you really won’t like the resulting action. But leave it alone and you are perfectly safe.

Your choice.