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I hope this does not bring up too much negavtive discussion...
This is just my experience of the two.
I have always liked the size of the KelTec and hated shooting it, so I was very excited when i saw that Ruger was making one similar.
My step-dad has a P3AT and I recently purchased (finally) an LCP, so naturally I wanted to shoot them back to back and see how the compared.

Now that I have put many rounds through my LCP i can shoot the keltec much more confidently. Overall I would give accuarcy to the LCP. The LCP is much more pleasurable to shoot due to the better ergonomics, and is what I attribute the slight increase in accuracy to.
The LCP is smoother on the trigger.

All in all I am very pleased that I got an LCP rather than the KelTec, but aside from the differences in comfort in my hand, they are near equals at the range.


Anyone else have experience with both?
 

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both good guns, when the issues are not there. And as we both know they both have had major major issues. Hopefully the lcp with this recall will correct any and all issues.

I like my lcp with 1350 rounds through it and no issues. I just could not get that kind of reliability out of my 3 kt's. Both shot for me though just as accurate. I had no issues with hitting anything at 7 yards with either my kt or lcp.
The lcp to me fits better in my hand, some say it is more slippery than the kt. Probably today won't go wrong in owning either one, Certainly IMO no need to own both, If you have a kt and it please us, IMO you will benefit very little in owning an lcp, or vice versa.
 

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agreed. And I am glad to know that the LCP remains that reliable. thats a lot of rounds. I have put just over 200 rounds through mine.

I would say that LCP is a bit more "slippery" but more than that the KT felt like it would cut or at least rub parts of my hand raw if I tried something like 100+ rounds during one range visit.
 

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agreed. And I am glad to know that the LCP remains that reliable. thats a lot of rounds. I have put just over 200 rounds through mine.

I would say that LCP is a bit more "slippery" but more than that the KT felt like it would cut or at least rub parts of my hand raw if I tried something like 100+ rounds during one range visit.
just something to remember. We have a member on this forum who is also a moderator on the kt forum and he bought one of the first Ruger lcp's and his statement washe was going to shoot it at his gun range until it broke. Well it broke, do you remember the round total before it went south.

HOW ABOUT 42,000 ROUNDS.
 

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Just a reminder....we welcome a comparison between the LCP and the P3AT or any other pocket .380 as long as the discussion remains fair and balanced and devoid of rancor and "high drama." (I am one of those who own both an LCP and a P3AT.)

It is elsiepeaforum.com's position that advocates for either gun can co-exist without resorting to inflamatory accusations of this, that or the other, in short high drama that typically goes nowhere. Keep in mind elsiepeaforum.com is a forum for the discussion of the LCP and that's where our focus should be placed. That doesn't mean however that quantifiable differences in specifications, i.e. weight, size, design, parts, etc. between the two guns can't be discussed. What we don't want to see because it has occurred at other forums is commentary (rants if you will) that can only be descirbed as bashing and trolling whether directed at Ruger or Keltec.

At elsiepeaforum.com, we endeavor to take the "high road" when discussing comparisons between the LCP and the Ketec P3AT. Let the more "emotionally charged" commentary (by now getting old) reside at the other forums. One thing is for sure, the popularity and damand for the LCP speaks volumes. No other pocket .380 in the $300 price range has garnered this amount of attention (and well deserved).

For specifics on the P3AT we recommend you visit www.ktog.org. You'll find a lot of great info there as well as on other Keltec products.

And with that reminder, compare on!

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well with that warning in mind, no bashing here on either gun.
But since this is a compare thread..

I like the trigger and grip better on the keltec. Kraigster you own both right?
Put em side by side, shoot one bullet with one, one with another, repeat
6 times.
The LCP trigger travel goes just a bit too far. It seems like it is never going to go off. Also is it harder to get a non slippery shooting grip on the LCP.
That unfinished KT look ain't pretty, but it sure is functional. That KT grip is straighter, rougher, looks like crapola, but is easy to point, shoot, and hang onto. For 7 shots it is really perfect. For 50, it is painful.

For the positives on the LCP, I like the looks, and the smoothness of the slide travel on the LCP. Racking the slide feels silky smooth compared the latest generation KT. The magazine catch is better on the LCP. The edges of the polymer is more refined on the LCP, not just the lines, but the molds themselves. I think the LCP uses a higher quality Nylon Glass Polymer base material.

Bottom line, I sure wouldn't carry a gun based on cosmetics,
and I would feel comfortable carrying either gun.
 

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I owned a second generation P3AT when I purchased my LCP. After shooting the LCP enough to "wring it out" so to speak, I sold the P3AT. They both seemed to be equally accurate but the Ruger seemed to me to be more comfortable to shoot and was definately better made. The P3AT had in the past, failed to fire a couple times due to light primer strikes which made me purchase the LCP in the first place. As of now my LCP has had approx 200+ rounds throught it with no malfunctions of any kind!
 
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