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I have a P3AT & am about to throw it into the trash for the usual reasons most of you are aware of. Absolutely can not rely on it feeding the 2nd and third round. Even sent it back to the factory at a ship cost of $50, all they did was polish the ramp, took 6 weeks. Am considering the purchase of a LCP, have alredy ordered a laserguard and holster. Have read most all the posts regarding this weapon, so many problems stated but hopefully the "371" models have fixed all the bugs.? Some one stated the mag for the P3AT is the same as the LCP, does this mean it will fit and work OK? Why do I see so many references to "elsiepea" regarding the LCP? What does that mean? What is a "light strike"? Thanks for reading.
 

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In my readings about the P3AT and the LCP...The P3AT mag will work in the LCP but the LCP mag won't work in the P3AT.
I have a little over 100 rounds of various HP and RN bullets through it including some BB HRN 100gr and not one hiccup. I've mixed up the rounds in one mag and it didn't care what was in the hole.
I would not hesitate carrying it as a primary piece if I had to.
YMMV
 

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OK my experience is opposite. I got my LCP back a week ago, and took her to the range today. It fired great with all my Ruger mags, but it would not feed a single round with my Kel Tec mag which I purchased in the early days (and I used before). I tried many times and it just would not feed at all.

So I am only going to trust the Ruger mags.
 

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LCP and Keltec P3AT mags are NOT interchangeable in the LCP. And even if you have a P3AT mag that does function in your LCP, I would NOT use it as your carry mag. Ragu, it's just not worth taking a chance. For the price of 5 good cigars stick with the LCP mags. We want you to stick around for a while.
 

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marvinhc said:
I have a P3AT & am about to throw it into the trash for the usual reasons most of you are aware of. Absolutely can not rely on it feeding the 2nd and third round. Even sent it back to the factory at a ship cost of $50, all they did was polish the ramp, took 6 weeks. Am considering the purchase of a LCP, have alredy ordered a laserguard and holster. Have read most all the posts regarding this weapon, so many problems stated but hopefully the "371" models have fixed all the bugs.? Some one stated the mag for the P3AT is the same as the LCP, does this mean it will fit and work OK? Why do I see so many references to "elsiepea" regarding the LCP? What does that mean? What is a "light strike"? Thanks for reading.
"Elsiepea" is just a funny way of saying LCP. A "light strike" is a firing pin strike on a primer which was too lite to fire the round. Get the LCP! You wont be disappointed! I had a P3AT and sold it buy the LCP. No regrets at all for me!
 

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I would never unload (no pun intended) a truly unreliable gun on anyone regardless of price. I'd just worry. I have traded in/solde guns that I just didn't have the warm fuzzies about because they were problems early on but for the time being worked fine (and probably would for years to come).
 

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I would never unload (no pun intended) a truly unreliable gun on anyone regardless of price. I'd just worry. I have traded in/solde guns that I just didn't have the warm fuzzies about because they were problems early on but for the time being worked fine (and probably would for years to come).
Yours is one school of thought, the other is Buyer beware
 

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kraigster414 said:
LCP and Keltec P3AT mags are NOT interchangeable in the LCP. And even if you have a P3AT mag that does function in your LCP, I would NOT use it as your carry mag. Ragu, it's just not worth taking a chance. For the price of 5 good cigars stick with the LCP mags. We want you to stick around for a while.
I totally agree with you, Kraigster. I would never ever use a foreign mag in any pistol.
I was just relaying what I read in Gun-Test Magazine.
 

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Ragu, I hear ya. The problem with Gun Test Mag is that they don't conduct extensive firing with anything (really) - if everything looks good the first time out, it's a great gun. They gave the S&W M&P early on a stellar report when it was widely acknowledged at the time that there was more than a few problems with the mag catch that got weaker (banged up is a better term) the more you shot it contributing to mags falling when firing and an all too-light mag release button catch. To be fair, that problem was long ago corrected and today the M&P is a solid performer.

Don't overcook the sauce. Rich :D
 

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marvinhc said:
I have a P3AT & am about to throw it into the trash for the usual reasons most of you are aware of. Absolutely can not rely on it feeding the 2nd and third round. Even sent it back to the factory at a ship cost of $50, all they did was polish the ramp, took 6 weeks. Am considering the purchase of a LCP, have alredy ordered a laserguard and holster. Have read most all the posts regarding this weapon, so many problems stated but hopefully the "371" models have fixed all the bugs.? Some one stated the mag for the P3AT is the same as the LCP, does this mean it will fit and work OK? Why do I see so many references to "elsiepea" regarding the LCP? What does that mean? What is a "light strike"? Thanks for reading.
you buy the new moded lcp and you won't ever look at a kt product again. The fit and finish of my lcp over my 3 previously owned kt's is like day and nite. You have walked that familar road of kt ownership, so I dom't have to tell you a darn thing, You have been there and done it--so to say.
 

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There have been some reports of the magazine follower binding that could cuase feed problems. Could be due to a bad run of followers that were out of spec. A little light sanding of the offending area could cure things fast. Easy enough fix and hardly qualifies as open heart surgery.
 

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There have been some reports of the magazine follower binding that could cuase feed problems. Could be due to a bad run of followers that were out of spec. A little light sanding of the offending area could cure things fast. Easy enough fix and hardly qualifies as open heart surgery.
every magazine I ever owned on any semi, the first thing I did was take the magazine apart and take the follower and with 600+ grit sand paper,I just rub that follower on all sides on that paper. sure takes away some of that plastic flashing that one thinks is not there but really is. I do the same thing with the mag spring also. just rub it on both sides on that sand paper, you will never know how it can help,but assure you it WON'T HURT A DAMN THING either. Same thing wiht the underside of the magazine feed lips to. just roll that 600+ grit sand paper like a pencil and polish the undersides of that magazine feed lips. Again YOU WON'T HURT a damn thing. We polish feed ramps and barrel chambers, so why not magazine feed lips and followers???? Anytime one can reduce friction, it has to be a benefit..

Magazines are most of all semi feed probolems.
 

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Roger that Jocko. 400 and 600 grit wet/dry paper has more uses than you can think of. My guess is that a few back and forths with the 600 grit paper should stop the binding in its tracks. And take maybe a minute or so to do.
 
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