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Kel-Tec P3AT with Lasergrips

I’ve mentioned that I really dig Laser Grips from Crimson Trace. I mentioned that I really like them as a training aid and for self defense. Well, I snagged a set, and a holster, for the Kel-Tec:

From Gun Porn

Here’s the whole set up for pocket carry:

From Gun Porn

Installation was a snap. You snap the two halves on the trigger guard and then use a couple of set screws to ensure a good fit. Out of the box, it lined up perfectly with the iron sights.

I had the slip on grip to help with the gun’s recoil. Such a small gun in that caliber tends to be hard on the hands (as Robb will attest to). The grip absorbs some of the recoil and makes it more pleasant. But the grip would slip over the switch and leave it on constantly. So, I broke out a razor and cut a groove in the front part of the grip so the switch isn’t affected by it.

I’m down to my last 30 or so rounds so once 380 ammo drops to below $1 per round, I’ll go give it a serious work out and follow up with a report on that.

18 Responses to “Kel-Tec P3AT with Lasergrips”

  1. Robb Allen Says:

    I want some for mine as well, they’re just out of my financial reach at the moment.

    Personally, I think there’s a damned good psychological advantage to a laser. You can see when a firearm is pointed at you with a laser and there’s the assumption that the laser is going to help you shoot better. If you manage to see a red dot on your chest, that’s kind of unnerving, and might possibly deescalate the situation.

    And if not, you can put the bullet right where the red dot is.

  2. Robb Allen Says:

    Oh, and I dig the holster. Did that come with the laser?

  3. SayUncle Says:

    It’s sold separately.

  4. JoeMerchant24 Says:

    Of all the LaserGrips I own, the Kel-Tec set is by far the most useful.

    They were the most accurate out of the box (first 10 shots at 10 yards stayed on a 4×6 index card).

    The button is also easier for me to work than the set on my G30 or J-frame.

    I need a better pocket holster, though.

  5. Kristopher Says:

    Sew a loop of paracord to the bottom of the holster … then turn your pants pocket inside out and sew a button to the bottom of it.

  6. Jim W Says:

    I found the secret to getting good accuracy out of the kel-tec is to have a death grip on the gun when you fire it. Without lasers, I can bounce coke cans around at the 10 yard range and hit them most of the time at 15 yards.

    After a long session, the gun does eat into the web of my hand and my fingers begin to get sore and shaky from the effort, but we are talking 100+ rounds, not the length of a gunfight.

    The gun is well engineered to do what it does. It’s accurate, reliable and it doesn’t print when you pocket carry. And it’s cheap!

    The only trick now is to find some ammo.

  7. Firehand Says:

    Right now, I’m very thankful I got a set of .380 dies and some suitable bullets a while back; as you note, even if I could find factory ammo right now I couldn’t afford to shoot the stuff.

  8. Rivrdog Says:

    JoeMerchant24: I use a DeSantis pocket holster with my P3AT. It has a “sticky” rubber coating on the outside, and a slick silk-like lining inside. Dono if it will fit with a laser on the front of the trigger guard, though. The way I see it, my P3AT is a belly gun, and the range for a belly gun is contact to 8 feet, so the laser is probably not necessary. I also carry a Kel-Tec P-11 (9X19) when I’m not carrying the P3AT, and I do shoot that one out to 25 yards, so a laser might be nice on it, but it also has nice 3-dot sights, and I don’t have any problem sighting it. I qualified with it last year on the police Tactical Pistol course (a twilight shoot, no less!), and I was the first ever shooter of that course to even try with a Kel-Tec.

    Firehand: If you have everything to load .380 but hulls, couldn’t you use some 9X19 hulls trimmed down 2mm? There are all kinds of 9mm hulls out there.

  9. FatWhiteMan Says:

    Good thing Ruger chose the Kel-Tec to copy. Crimson Trace would have never made a Laser just for the Kel-Tec.

  10. SayUncle Says:

    they made the laser for the kel-tec before the ruger.

  11. xc Says:

    Holsters? Why would you use a holster? I use the spring clip to keep it in the small of my back under my pants. I did switch the clip to the other side as I am right handed, but otherwise it is stock. I can sit in a car for 8 hours without it bothering me.

    Agree on the tight grip comment. Twenty rounds and I’m through shooting that for the day. Upside: it makes my Gold Cup feel pretty tame!

    -XC

  12. Chirol Says:

    I have a P3AT as well and am interested as to which slip on grip you chose for your Kel Tec? Looks like a Hogue cut down to size. I’d really appreciate the tip because I’ve been looking for one that’s the right size.

  13. SayUncle Says:

    It is a hogue and I had to take a razor and cut off about 1/4 an inch.

  14. Chirol Says:

    Thanks. Do you remember which specific model it is? Seems like the Kel Tec would be far too thin for any grip to stay on.

  15. SayUncle Says:

    Sadly, I do not. It’s the smallest one they make, though. If that helps.

  16. Hugh Says:

    It’s a Hogue Hand-All Jr. I just got one for my p3at. I need to figure out how to shrink it just a little.

  17. SayUncle Says:

    Hugh, lay it flat and use a razor or exacto knife.

  18. Chirol Says:

    Thanks for the help. I’m going to order one.