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Old March 23rd, 2017, 08:47 AM   #1
 
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Kel Tec PMR30

Was wondering if any forum members own or have owned the Kel Tec PMR30 and if so your experience with the pistol.

I know some say that Kel Tec is a cheaply made line but I'm intrigued with the idea of a 30 round 22mag semi auto. Don't know that I can justify spending $500 on one ....unless there's enough positive, personal, hands-on experience from owners of this model.



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Had to look it up to see what it was. Look neat

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The PMR along with the carbine from KelTec caught my attention the other day. My LGS had both and I thought they would be a nice combo. Expensive to shoot though.
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It is neat one of my sons in law in Virginia owns one and it is fun to shoot. In NJ 15 round mag limit and no one makes a 15 round so 10 round only thta takes away alot of its reason to be.
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I've read some reviews on it. Some good, some not so good.

On the positive side, tons of fun to shoot and easy recoil too. On the not so good side, it might be very picky about ammo and suffer from some less than solid components.
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That looks like it would be a blast
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I've read some reviews on it. Some good, some not so good.

On the positive side, tons of fun to shoot and easy recoil too. On the not so good side, it might be very picky about ammo and suffer from some less than solid components.
problem is theres too much second or third hand or anecdotal info about these weapons. I've got 4 kel tecs and they all work when you pull the trigger.

In some cases theyre ugly as ****, but pull the trigger and they go bang.

I don't personally see why you need to shoot 30 rounds of 22 in one sitting, but whatever floats your boat!
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They had problems getting it to run. Ive been told by manufacturers that the Long 22 mag brass has a tendency to distort when fired causing jams.
With the adherent problems with the thin and alot of times, uneven 22 caliber brass, wide tolerances, getting a semi auto 22 mag to run would be tricky at best.

Thats basically WHY manufacturers have stayed away from making a 22 mag auto.
A friend bought one years back when keltec released it,, and it was a jammomatic on any ammo we tried. He dumped it back to the lgs on a trade.

I dont know if keltec figured it out since then or not.

I love the 22 mag in rifles and revolvers, Use it constantly, and would jump on a good 22 mag auto pistol, if someone built one. I just dont think its happened yet.

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I have had mine for a little over a year now. I have about 1200 rounds through it. It is very light as it almost feels like a toy but does seem to be well made. First outing had some FTFs. Then went back and read manual. Kel Tec recommends load five rounds, then hit back of magazine on table or knee or hand (to seat the ammo against back of magazine). Since I have used this procedure almost 1,000 rounds with no issues. Almost no recoil despite the weight and a ton of fun to shoot. Only drawback is you can go through a lot of ammo real fast. I have carried before in field and is light enough that I never get tired of it. I would personally recommend this gun but just follow the loading procedures.
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While not directly responsive to your PMR30 question, I'm of the opinion that the KT quality digs are pretty overstated. My only experience is with a gen2 Sub 2k in 9mm. It's been really close to flawless for me. I have 4, 33 round Glock mags for it and tend to really rip thru them whenever I get it out. FWIW, I think the PMR30 looks like a blast and I'd go for it if I were you.


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Well I've had two kel Tec handguns and neither were reliable. Won't have another one.
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I have had mine for a little over a year now. I have about 1200 rounds through it. It is very light as it almost feels like a toy but does seem to be well made. First outing had some FTFs. Then went back and read manual. Kel Tec recommends load five rounds, then hit back of magazine on table or knee or hand (to seat the ammo against back of magazine). Since I have used this procedure almost 1,000 rounds with no issues. Almost no recoil despite the weight and a ton of fun to shoot. Only drawback is you can go through a lot of ammo real fast. I have carried before in field and is light enough that I never get tired of it. I would personally recommend this gun but just follow the loading procedures.
That was standard procedure in the old M 16 A 2.

If you didnt do it.. forget it,, it was going to jam.

But we lived with it.

Out of habit, I STILL do that 30 plus years later on my AR's. Never had one of my AR's jam yet.
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Yeah. I've been doing a lot of online research into the PMR30 and just can't find enough positive reviews or remarks to make me want to put $500 into getting one. I'm a firm believer that firearms should work flawlessly straight out of the box -and I don't need another ammo picky semi auto.

I have a little Kel Tec .32acp that shoots okay but is very picky about ammo. That one, however, I got at a pawn shop for under $200 and plan to keep. It's my summer go-to-meetin' gun.

It's been a few months since I added to the collection. I think I'm just getting a touch of gun-buying spring fever.
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I don't personally see why you need to shoot 30 rounds of 22 in one sitting . . .
Because . . . ZOMBIES!


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A friend I hunted with and rides with a motorcycle club bought a PMR30 and seems to like his very well. He like the idea of carrying the lite KelTec with 30rounds of .22mag.

He bought the pistol prior to improvements but appears to have few problems. I am interested myself, but the prices are a bit high; but, the last gun show the prices seem to be coming down.
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