Optimizing the KelTec P-11

Perfecting the Compact Pistol for Carry, Defense and the Range

Kel-Tec P11 Project Gun

Kel-Tec pistols are wildly popular for concealed carry and personal/home defense.  According to ATF reports, Kel-Tec has produced an average of around 110,000 pistols per year for the past five years year (130,000 in 2009 alone) placing them solidly among the top manufacturers.  Their USA-made pistols are available in a variety of calibers, each coming with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.  A Kel-Tec representative couldn’t give us exact numbers but said that many of their models are “pushing or over a million already.”

However, along with these large numbers there are also a number of common complaints about the pistols. Some of these gripes include being uncomfortable to shoot, not being built to last, having a lengthy break-in period and FTE issues. After debating the purchase for at least a year and trying to choose between their two popular compact 9mm models, the GunLink crew picked up a brand new Kel-Tec P-11 – the fatter double-stack big brother of the single-stack PF-9.

For our project, we plan on trying to improve on an already great firearm.  Follow along with the project on the GunLink Forums in the Kel-Tec P11 Improvement Project thread, where you can offer your own experiences with the pistol, modifications you have made and how they worked and more.


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